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Tsuki ga Kirei – Episode 6

REACTION – The episode focuses on three things: Akane’s track meet, Kotaro’s publishing offer, and Chinatsu’s feelings for Kotaro.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Tsuki ga Kirei – Episode 4 & 5

REACTION – I’ve got to hand it to this anime series for having such an engaging slice of life, romance plot with so little words used and just different forms of the two main characters.

These two episodes have rare occasions of talking and if there were such scenes, they were little words spoken between the speakers. That’s something great for an anime series – to tell an romance story without any words but merely the characters giving off hints through body language.

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But because of this lack of conversation, it makes character interaction rather… dangerous. In real life, no one would actually understand what you wanted if you don’t voice it out clearly. This series keeps its realistic tone by putting that in. It’s also one of the most heart-clenching aspects of a story for me.

So after confessing to Akane, Kotaro is given the answer “Let me think about it” and that almost goes every much wrong. Throughout the fourth episode, I was left on the edge of my seat awaiting for some sort of closure – will they get together or not?

The events in the fourth episode contributed to that fear of mine as the entire class 3-1 goes out for a school trip. It was pretty much awkward for the characters to notice each other after that confession scene, even me as a viewer is left in tension.

School trip starts and what’s horrible is this – Kotarou asks out Akane to hang out with him during free time, but his phone is confiscated by their homeroom teacher. Thus this leaves Akane in the air and unsure if the agreement will push through.

And by dear lord, it almost goes out of hand.

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Kotarou desperately trying to reach out to Akane but hesitating since she’s with her friends. Akane glancing at Kotarou, trying to make the decision to go to him, but ends up swept away by her friends’ request to go shopping.

The weather turns for the worse and the rain pours down hard.

Akane’s friends were such good people to notice that she was very much uncomfortable and had something else in her mind. They gave her space which allowed her to go to the aforementioned meet-up destination.

This scene is where it gets me so hard. Kotarou running desperately in the rain as there were different branches of the same store he mentioned to Akane for their meet-up and he never specified enough which one.

That one moment where they almost met but the crowd was too thick for them to meet – AH GODDAMNIT!

Akane gets a little bit concerned and wonders if Kotarou has lost interest of her.

Kotarou, however, manages to find one of Akane’s friends, Chinatsu, and asks for her phone. The dilemma which Kotarou faces – whether to ask Chinatsu for Akane’s number but it could give out the fact that he might be interested in Akane. Fuck. FUCK!

But Chinatsu, I don’t know why, catches on and gives him Akane’s number. At that moment, I gave a sigh of relief, as did Kotarou.

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So they met up and Akane’s answer was “I want to talk with you more.”

Fifth episode, they are now officially a couple but have a trouble on what to do next. What do couples do, both of them thought. I like how these two characters felt so real in a way. Their worries, their joy, and their sadness, the two of them felt so real.

But Akane’s feeling a little bit threatened since Chinatsu has been getting too close for comfort towards Kotarou – but Kotarou doesn’t know that.

Chinatsu goes on and asks Kotarou if he knows any good literature cram schools and invites her to his cram school. Much to her delight.

So throughout the fourth episode, the tension rises for Akane as she tries to assert herself as a girlfriend for Kotarou whilst Kotarou is at a stumbling block when it comes to his grades.

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Kotarou invites Akane, later on, to his favorite bookstore – to the recommendation of the bookstore owner. They have a good talk and a romantic scene where they hold hands. But here comes the big bomb. The rain in the parade – where the parade is the Kotarou x Akane ship and that is Chinatsu having a crush on Kotarou.

. . . . . Someone help me.

I applaud Feel. and their work on these two episodes. When an anime series tells a story effortlessly, without much dialogue and just pure body language alone from the two main characters – you know that it’s a good anime series.

Studio Feel. is nailing the atmosphere and characters right for this anime series. They doing a good anime adaptation of real life romance between middle schoolers and I think that is a great step for this studio. Especially when they did Oregairu a few seasons back.

Just a well done effort for this anime series and I am almost calling it a masterpiece. Let us hope the next few episodes keeps this kind of pace and doesn’t go wrong.

Honestly throughout these two episode I was expecting some sort of netorare bullshit to happen but praise the heavens nothing of the sort did.

Tsuki ga Kirei – Episode 3

REACTION – This episode was just an adorable sequence of events – the highlight of the entire episode. Tsuki ga Kirei delivers another great episode with just depicting real life adolescent romance and that is some good writing, right there.

It is the middle of midterm exams. Akane’s track meet a few days afterwards and a school trip a few days after that.

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In the first parts of the episode, Akane is pestered by her friends that Hira, a clubmate, is probably going to confess to her any day now. Overheard, Kotarou is a little bit flustered and concern. He goes and chats with Akane on LINE to confirm his suspicions but can’t find a good way to do so. The chat ends up to be a wonderful exchange between two middle school students.

Kotarou seeks solace in Akane after his manuscript doesn’t win a writing contest, then Akane replies “I think you’re fine the way you are,” using the same words Kotarou said to her during the sports festival. It’s a pretty adorable scene and gives away what each side feels about the other.

Track meet comes and Hira attempts to confess his feelings to Akane but failing to do so, much to my relief. Akane beats her personal record and does well in the meet. Kotarou helps out in the local shrine – the reason why he couldn’t go to Akane’s track meet and cheer for her personally.

One of the most adorable things in this episode is how Kotarou is so tense if Akane replies to his messages or not. Slightly glancing at his smartphone, wondering if he should ask how her track meet went and all that good stuff.

Akane ends up meeting Kotarou at the shrine and there’s an awkward yet adorable exchange between the two. Kotarou wondering if he’s rather too forward or too timid with conversing and Akane wondering whether she should make the first step – it’s just too much.

Then, the big event – the usage of the “tsuki ga kirei” phrase which has a double meaning in Japanese, “I love you” has been done. Kotarou, our man, steps in and says “Will you go out with me?” leaving Akane shocked and confused.

The episode ends there. Goddamnit.

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Overall, this episode was adorable to watch. I’ve been noticing how the confession scene at the end was so beautifully animated. Despite being a night scene, it was done perfectly – a glowing moon, the calm waters in the pond, a warm soundtrack. All of this contributed to the episode’s success.

I wonder what’ll happen next.

Tsuki ga Kirei – Episode 2

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.

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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.

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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.

Tsuki ga Kirei – Episode 1

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Top 5 Anticipated Anime for Spring 2017

DISCUSSION – It has been a long time since I have followed closely with the releases each season due to being pressed for time. In this article, I will be sharing the different anime series that I am quite excited and intrigued for this spring season.

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1. Shingeki no Kyojin Season 2

After receiving a lot of hype for its first season, it is not a doubt that Shingeki no Kyojin will be part of this list.

The first season ended up with people asking a lot of questions: the titans in the wall, Eren’s basement, Annie being a titan and more. All of these questions need to be answered by this second season.

I hope that is the case for this season and there will be no similar cliffhangers or plot holes for us to banter about.

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2. DanMachi: Sword Oratoria

DanMachi’s first season had some sort of arguments whether it was great or not. Was it just another Sword Art Online copy?

For me, it is not the case since this is the kind of setting the anime series is in. It is not similar to Sword Art Online’s case where the characters are trapped. No, the setting in DanMachi is the characters’ reality.

This season of DanMachi will apparently focus on Aiz Wallenstein, the female swordsman (best grill) and her adventures in the Dungeon.

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3. SAGRADA RESET

The story is set in a town where almost half of the population possesses some form of special power. The story centers around two high school students: Kei Asai, who has the ability to remember everything he sees and hears, while Misora Haruki can “reset” time to a maximum of three days.

Time travel has always been a wonderful and interesting concept to me, especially when it’s in a story.

The whole pairing of a guy who possesses a sharp memory and a girl who resets time makes me wonder about the possibilities.

Say that you witnessed someone’s death – the girl can reset the time whilst the guy can remember every specific detail and work out some sort of plan to avoid such event.

But then again, that would cause some time travel problems which would require a whole other article for me to explain in.

Quite excited for this and I cannot wait.

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4. Alice to Zouroku

The story centers around a girl who has the power to make her imaginations into reality. She and other girls who possess the same power are locked up in a research facility and are treated as subjects.

Sana has a specific power where she ignores the laws of physics and can bring anything into reality (literally).

However, she escapes the research facility and meets an old man named Zouroku (oh no) who takes her in (oh no), to his annoyance.

I am quite intrigued at two things: first, how her power actually works and secondly, why does this old man take her in? Just because? Or does he have ulterior motives?

Because of these two things, I am putting Alice to Zouroku as one of my anticipated anime series for this spring season.

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5. Tsuki ga Kirei

Tsuki ga Kirei catches my eye because of three things:

Firstly, it is a romance anime and I have a knack for anime series in this genre. Secondly, the studio working on this is feel. which worked on Oregairu’s second season. To top it all off, the director is the same one who did Angel Beats.

This is a wonderful thing because, judging from the preview video alone, it is going to be a slice-of-life, romance anime series which might have similar vibes to Angel Beats and Oregairu.

Tsuki ga Kirei will be one of my most anticipated anime series for this season because of these reasons.


What about you? What anime series are you excited for this spring season? Share in the comment section below!