Shizuku never does anything but study. Then she meets a handsome, smart boy who doesn’t have any friends either and they fall in love.
This was a very solid series— I just am not a big fan of shoujo romances. I like the animation style and the use of bright colors in particular.
My biggest complaint is that this just wasn’t that ambitious. It’s exactly the same as every other shoujo romance, except with a rooster. Furthermore, it feels as if the show is just toying with us. First Haru confesses to Shizuku. Then Shizuku decides he doesn’t actually like her. Then Shizuku confesses to Haru. Then Haru decides she doesn’t actually like him. Then Shizuku confesses to Haru again, ad nauseum. Come on guys, it’s not like you’re getting married. Just go out already and then break up in a beautiful explosion of fiery passion, it would be better than this.
The female characters are excellent— I’m especially a fan of Natsume, but Shizuku and glasses girl were great as well. The males are much weaker, unfortunately. Haru and the blonde guy can be jerks. I don’t understand this side of shoujo. In shounen romance shows, the female characters are ridiculously kind and beautiful, while the males are boring. In shoujo romances, the female characters are ridiculously kind and beautiful, while the males are assholes. Why? I guess girls really do like bad boys?
The show does provide great shipping fodder, even if the two main males leave much to be desired. For the record, I’m shipping Natsume with Sasayan, and Shizuku with glasses girl. Haru can choose between Yamaken or the rooster. I don’t get how anyone could ship Natsume with the old guy.
- Storytelling – C – Solid, but milks the one conflict for all its worth.
- Voice – B – The colors and the rest of the visuals make this stand out from its rivals.
- Characters – B – Good, except for Haru and Yamaken.
- Attention Grab – C – Went slow at times, particularly Shizuku’s monologues.
- Production – A – Looks great.
- Overall – C+
Recommendations – Kare Kano