#12DaysOfAnime – In this holiday season, the act of giving has always been a staple tradition. People, young and old alike, receive gifts from their friends, loved ones and even strangers at this time of the year. These gifts can come in different forms: touching words, objects of sentimental value and last but not the least, money. To put simply, let us talk about gifts and the forms they come in.
ANIME, FIRST LOOK – After being heavily recommended by friends, the anime series “Tsurezure Children” is now part of the short list of anime that I’ve watched out of the long list of anime which I haven’t. While it does give me some sort of entertainment and lives up to its genre of a romance-comedy, I can’t help but feel lacking from how it formats its episodes.
REACTION – The episode focuses on three things: Akane’s track meet, Kotaro’s publishing offer, and Chinatsu’s feelings for Kotaro.
For Kotaro’s case, he was contacted by the publishing company who received his novel manuscript. Despite strong objections from her mother in pursuing writing as a career, he goes to meet with the publisher anyways.
However, Kotaro was met with disappointment as the publisher states that he is not fit for serious literature and should try doing light novels instead. For me, it felt kind of an insult for Kotaro since I, as a writer and a person, know the feeling of expecting you are great at what you do but get shut down by other people – telling you that you’re not fit for such career, hobby or job.
As for Akane’s track meet, she lost in the race and had the worst possible time which earned her some disappointed remarks from Takumi, the president of the track and field club. Although it is clearly quite evident that Takumi wants to comfort Akane, but nuh-uh, mate, she taken.
What’s surprising though is Chinatsu’s request to confess to Kotaro after Akane just said that they were in a relationship. I understand that you need some sort of closure but isn’t the fact that your desired person is already taken enough to discourage you from going further?
Quite concerned on Chinatsu’s request since it could affect their friendship a bit if she tries anything fishy and Kotaro gets baited real good. But I’m also complacent that no such thing will happen.
Every time a similar situation happens like this, I always think about the concepts of netorare, cheating – it could be possible.
I’d also like to take note how wonderful it was to incorporate a good song in a montage of Akane’s track race and Kotaro riding a train to the publishing company. It gives off an air of uncertainty and calmness as the two embark on their separate journeys to accomplish their dreams.
Currently what I can say about the Kotaro and Akane pairing is that they are still at the stage where they prioritize their own dreams. However, I am certain that as time goes on in their relationship, it could make them open up more and realize each other’s importance to each other.
The whole relationship, at the moment, can be characterized by awkward stares, conversations which is pretty much expected from characters like Kotaro and Akane.
I hope the anime series continues on this wonderful path where they incorporate realism when writing their characters and the story as a whole.
Day 8: Favourite Anime Couple
I had no question in my mind but to put Keima Katsuragi and Chihiro Kosaka as my favorite anime couple from the anime series The World God Only Knows.
Chihiro was originally a minor character for the first season of this anime series. When the second season started, she was given a main character role and became one of Keima’s love targets since he was forced to do so to be alive.
To anyone unfamiliar with Kaminomi‘s plot, Keima Katsuragi (main character) unexpectedly mistakes a contract with a demon girl to be a challenge to his self-proclaimed title, God of Conquests, as he acquired after mastering the art of gal gaming or most commonly known as dating sims.
In this contract, he is to flirt with a certain woman who has been possessed by a loose soul in order to extract said soul and be contained by his contract demo, Elsie.
Chihiro was one of these girls.
Now you might say that she’s one of those disposable love interests in a harem genre but hear me out.
In the third season, the scenario changes for Keima. Instead of any woman, the targets are now those he once conquered before and they have retained all memories of him flirting with them. This prove problematic since after a conquest, the woman possessed would forget any memory of Keima.
Keima deduced that those who weird acting flustered around him could possibly be his new targets as they could be possessed by goddesses who did the reverse of loose souls. Instead of sucking up the love in them, they fill these women with the emotion of love.
Chihiro was one of these flustered women and Keima added her to the list of other women who’ve possibly been possessed by goddesses.
Unknown to Keima though was that Chihiro was not flustered because she remembered Keima and his flirting but it was because Chihiro was genuinely in love with Keima. She had feelings for Keima even before her conquest.
This somewhat breaks Keima a little bit inside and forces him to shove her away for her own safety. He rejects her when he realizes this and resulting into Chihiro breaking into tears.
But what’s wonderful is that Keima did something unlike of his character: he cared. All throughout this anime series, Keima had this attitude to complete these conquests and treated every woman as another dating sim to finish. But this was a special case – someone was in love with him and for reasons he thought were impossible.
Chihiro loved Keima just because she did. That’s all there is to it.
Seeing Keima cry out of this revelation was something to noteworthy since this was a rare event. It’s similar to how rare it was when Hikigaya Hachiman, from Oregairu, cried when he opened up that he wanted a genuine relationship.
Kaminomi was one of those rare anime series were I did not expect I would shed tears for. It was that moment when Keima realized that Chihiro had genuine feelings for him, not because of recollection of her past conquest, but because she had those romantic feelings from the beginning that made me cry alongside Keima as he realized something.
Keima was involved in a scenario which endangered himself. He did not want to involve Chihiro. As a solution, he pushed her away for her own safety and regretted afterwards.
In the manga series, however, Keima ends up going to Chihiro’s home after he finishes his contract with his demon co-hort, Elsie, and try to make amends for what he did before.
The series ends there.
Wow, I’m getting chills as I write this article. Kaminomi was not the best anime but it ended properly and at a good note.
Keima x Chihiro is probably one of those couples where they discovered their feelings not out of a lie but because they were true to themselves and to each other – and I think that’s something to praise about in this anime series.
Explanation of above video:
Keima is about to kiss Chihiro to see if there is a goddess inside her but as he progresses, he finds out that there’s something off. By the point he went closer to Chihiro, she should’ve revealed the goddess inside of her. That gets Keima in a dilemma since Chihiro ends up not having a goddess inside her which means that the last girl, Ayumi (which is Chihiro’s best friend) is actually the woman with the goddess.
So he then asks Chihiro, “Do you actually really like me?” To which she replies, “Yes I do.”
He then asks “Since when?” and all those normal questions.
Keima then denies this and goes on about that Chihiro shouldn’t have liked him. Keima keeps asking that there must be a reason why.. something that he did. Chihiro then proceeds to say “You don’t have to get a reason to love someone” and then proceeds to kiss Keima.
This leaves Keima in a precarious state.
Too bad I couldn’t find a video of the entire scene. It’s in the last episode of the TWGOK Season 3 if you really want to see it.
REACTION – Nothing particularly big happening in this episode. As the sports festival begins, the school is riled up with all the common sports events being organized.
The episode shows off what this series does best and that is the portrayal of adolescence in middle school. Kotarou somewhat displeased about having to participate in sports event considering his lack of athleticism. He does whatever odd jobs he can to steer clear of any athletic duties – move equipment, clean, and all that.
His lack of athleticism is clearly evident when he was assigned to a relay event and toppled over whilst running.
The scene where he went to the school clinic and got his wounds tended by one of Akane’s friends – being called “Curly-kun” and the sloppy first aid treatment.
Akane, on the other hand, is very athletic as we’ve known from the first episode that she is in the track and field team. She does pretty well in these types of events. The adorable part is that she gets nervous without her plushie – which she ends up losing. Because of that, she lost an event and eventually their whole team finished third place.
The major event in this episode was Kotarou’s effort in the sidelines whilst Akane was occupied with sports events. After noticing that Akane was getting nervous and there was no plushie with her in sight, Kotarou goes around the school to find it. If you look closely at scenes where Kotarou appears in the background, you can see what I mean.
When Kotarou returned Akane’s plushie, it was just the most cutest thing ever to behold this series. As the day ends, Akane and Kotarou converse on the mobile app LINE and I think that just completes the entire adolescent portrayal.
This episode was much more livelier and had more stuff going on compared to the first one. Tsuki ga Kirei is doing a great job in portraying a simple life in middle school – the friendships, the romantic moments, the embarrassment and all that good sauce.
I hope it continues at this pace.
FIRST LOOK – When I first started out watching anime, I was rather fond of the slice-of-life genre because of the way it interprets stories as it would play out in real life. It doesn’t go into the extremes and tries to keep itself real. Tsuki ga Kirei is one of those anime series.
Tsuki ga Kirei focuses on the characters Akane Mizuno and Kotarou Azumi, two third-year middle school students who become classmates the first time. It will depict how the characters will grow and connect with each other and to the people around them.
What I love about this first episode is that it doesn’t try to rush everything, the story runs at a right pace. It starts at the opening of a new school year and the meeting of the two main characters, Akane and Kotarou. The two are involved in the equipment team of a school event which will be the catalyst of their romance, the bread and butter of this anime series.
Akane is a very shy and timid girl. She has a plushie which she uses to calm herself down when she is nervous (adorable). I am really not sure whether the one with the romantic feelings is Akane or the male lead, Kotarou – but other than that, there is a romantic air around these two characters.
Kotarou is, from what I’m seeing, an aspiring writer. There is a scene in the first episode where he drops a brown envelope perhaps containing his novel’s manuscript. He is a very normal guy with his own set of friends
The thing about this series is that the scenarios and characters feel very real. We got a shy girl and a guy who tries to be a writer and is somewhat of a bookworm. They are in middle-school and are part of their own separate clubs. The two of them are part of a committee for a school event. It is just the perfect slice-of-life, romance format one could ask for.
The charm of this anime is from its realism. Every one and every thing feels so real and this series does not try too hard to accomplish that.
One example of this a scene where Akane’s family goes out to a cafe restaurant for their dinner. While ordering, Akane notices that Kotarou is there with his family as well. So it starts the usual “holy sh*t, there’s someone here that knows me – I gotta be careful on what I do” kind-of scenario.
And to my pleasure, a similar scenario does erupt. Akane’s older sister notices Akane being aloof and all that jazz, tips off their mother into probably “hey, she likes that guy on the other table” and then good ol’ mom just goes and interacts with the other family going all like: “I’m her mother, ain’t she pretty?” and starts to “sell” her daughter’s charm points to Kotarou’s parents.
Now that is something you’ll probably encounter or have encountered some time in your life and that would be highly embarrassing.
It is these moments that make Tsuki ga Kirei real and thus, entertaining.
The soundtrack, including the opening and ending themes, is soothing and syncs well with the spring atmosphere that the anime series is set in.
feel. has improved quite a lot from Oregairu with the incredible usage of the cherry blossom petals and vivid color palettes. The animation style fits the tone of the series very well. I still have to point out that the 3D CGI is not that bad and they will have to use them when animating crowds of people because other than that, 3D CGI will look really off with the whole animation style this series is pulling off.
I am quite excited for the second episode and how this series will develop the romance of the two main characters. The usual “boy-meets-girl” scenario is always a good one, depending on how it is executed. A classic, I might say.
Tsuki ga Kirei is showing off as a good slice-of-life series and I hope it continues to do so. If high school and romance is your cup of tea, then you are going to love Tsuki ga Kirei.
as the moon, so beautiful.