This is going to be a very short wrap up of a very cute show Tsukigakirei.
As Dazai said, it’s very difficult to find a good romance anime nowdays. And it’s quite a surprise that I enjoyed Tsukigakirei. I expected something horrible, ugly and totally unbearable, because romantic series are tricky beasts and few studios and directors can do them right (and even fewer authors can create good original material). Romantic anime are usually either dramatize everything to some enormous extent, at the same time forgetting about any logic or extremely boring. Well, sometimes it’s not either/or but both. Regularly humor comes to rescue (just imagine, I don’t know, Bokura Wa Mina Kawaisou or even Honey and Clover and KareKano, which I worship, without humor, what would it have been?) but than romantic shows that can make you follow their story carefully without making characters in chibi-style and without jokes are even more valuable.
Tsukigakirei is extremely simple and extremely nice story about a boy and a girl. They are classmates but this is probably the only thing that connects them. Azumi-kun is an aspiring author, quoting Dazai non-stop; Mizuno-chan likes running and she’s a member of the school’s track-and-field club. Their families are completely different – at a glance. They shouldn’t have made a couple. But they did, somehow. We’re watching how slowly, without much drama, their relationships are becoming stronger. Well, some moments there made me regret my choice to watch the show – artificially created problems on the way to happiness looked cheap and Tsukigakirei wouldn’t have lost anything if it didn’t contain them. However, 70% of time it was just cuteness and nothing else. The last episode seemed rather weak (typical story, eh?) and I hated the main character… until the final titles and images, which again happened to be unbelievably cute.
The main downside of the show, however, it its inconsistent visual. There are a lot of images on the Internet, there are some gifs on tumblr, etc. but they mostly show good moments. Unfortunately, the anime contains tons of horrible animations, dozens scenes I wish I would’ve never seen and authors even managed to put a recap episode into 12-series show that has just several characters and which plot can be described in 3 sentences!
Nevertheless, as a pretentious final word – Tsukigakirei is a good anime that brings a bit of faith in true love, which even being naive can light up our world (ashamed after this sentence I’m running away from the computer.)
Had I only written something good about Tsukigakirei and this anime immediately decided to remind me that shit happens. Seems that they hired some guys who hadn’t seen anime at all and, surely, hadn’t made any shows in their lives. Animation in this episode is horrible. Its quality varies from frame to frame, at the same time being stable awful. That’s especially upsetting because in terms of plot the episode is very cute (he’s waiting Mizuno after school, they’re spending time together at the festival, etc.) Probably, this is kind of a trend in the genre of romantic anime, Orange recently also demonstrated that they knew how to make something that might be called “animation” only if you close your eyes and (ideally) turn the display off, in the episode 9 if I’m not mistaken.
Tsukigakirei is a very pleasant surprise this season is presenting us with. It’s stupid, it’s simple, it’s about relationships not even between high-school but middle-school students – and still it conjures up emotions. I’m swearing, I’m cursing two main characters because they are so spineless and hesitant – but continue on watching despite all that.
I’d like to say many good words about “Uchouten Kazoku” and “Sakura Quest” but do I really need to do that? I’m sure that a lot of people expected them to be good and P.A. Works just aren’t making any mistakes in these anime (haven’t made so far, at least).
“Kado” actually is a weird anime. It’s first “what a twist!” happened in the end of 8th episode (that’s why I decided to write a few words, to be honest) and probably we should’ve understood that Yaha Kui Zashunina isn’t a Good Samaritan. That he might be a wicked person whose goals are far from being innocent and educational. But this was so funny!
Shindo-san doesn’t look like the smartest guy in the world but the authors are regularly trying to remind us that he is. That he is the Best Negotiator and we can leave him in charge of all Important Decisions. Sorry, I just really feel an urge to use capital letters when think about Kado. I was talking about Shindo… yeah, after he has spent more than a month with an alien, it seems that he still hasn’t asked and hasn’t even thought about such things as “Why is this anisotropic person doing all this? What are his goals? What will we have to give him? – because nothing is free, humans know it as noone else.” The scene with Tsukai-san’s family was nice, though.
I feel sorry that I write mostly negative things about Kado – the anime isn’t bad, actually. But unfortunately I still can’t find anything that would allow this show to stand out, to become an anime our kids will be learning in their anime classes at school. At least, to become a show whose characters’ names I can recall some time after.