October 1st, 2012
Nothing seems out of place.
The production really kills this show. Well, I can’t say that the female lead is doing it too many favors either. Shizuku’s just so morose about everything, and with the long… very long… portions where there’s no music or anything interesting going on visually, attention tends to drift easily, especially through the first half and all its requisite listing of names, ages, interests, etc. Everything is just really really cheap though. Music, art, animation, the works. The director often tries, but the lack of a budget is painfully obvious through the entire episode. A little more energy and spirit, if not through Shizuku then at least through the art and animation, would do this a world of good.
When the music does exist or Shizuku and Yoshida are playing off each other, it’s not bad at all though. It’s not the funniest thing in the world, but it’s often cute enough and neither of them are quite as oblivious as main characters usually are. Well, oblivious in different ways than usual. Her internal monologues also aren’t (usually) as horrible as those things often get, or maybe BTOOOM’s have just skewed my perception temporarily. It wasn’t a bad start for a light romantic comedy as far as these things go, hitting both the romance and comedic sides decently… or at least without doing anything horribly wrong. I really hope that they can pull the production up though because it was pretty awful. Or at least let their relationship continue to develop, which as I know from anime, is probably also a lost cause.