“Everyone deserves to be loved.” It may sound cliché, but they were the words that a girl I liked had told me, after she rejected me; and at the time, I didn’t know how to accept it. That was seven years ago.
Some of my friends in real life think I’m a big, friendly guy like Takeo from this series, but that wasn’t always the case. Knowing how impulsive I can be, I have often thought of myself as a monster, and only recently have I learned to, at the very least, accept that as a part of myself. My story isn’t like Takeo’s at all, and yet, there’s something about him and his relationship with Rinko that speaks to what I might have done wrong all this time. And in some sense, learn how I can make it right in the future.
But I’m not going to make this review as dreary as my life’s backstory. This is a romantic comedy! So in that spirit, let’s make this review a lot more fun!
My words alone cannot do this series justice. It is among my highest recommendations for anime this year. It is a show for all ages, yet its themes are surprisingly complex. It is a cute show, but still contains the maturity of a magical girl series. And while it was originally made in collaboration with the automobile company Subaru in 2011, this extension of the short feature delivers a powerful message for us to always dream big, never let others define our selves, and no matter where we go, we will always be connected to those that matter on this journey we call Life.
It never really caught on as a catch phrase, but watching this series always made me feel “po-warm.”
Welcome to the Fall Anime Season! And once again, I will be sharing some of the new titles that I’ve just added to my simulcast list.
Featured here are 14 more shows that are airing for this season, but not everything that is currently out, as I’ve already made conscious decisions to drop a few shows, including some of the most anticipated ones (sorry!). Only one of these features is a sequel, but you can bet I’ve added others! You can find these and many more on Crunchyroll.
I am presenting these featured shows in order by which they will be simulcasting, from Sunday 0:00 to Saturday 23:59 (PDT). Each show description here will include genre tags, a brief summary, and my first impressions based on a pilot episode.
So technically, this is still anime. It is made by a Japanese studio, and it’s animated. But its purpose isn’t to tell a story or to even make us feel something from it; at least, I don’t think so. It’s an extended commercial for Toyota. Think of it as taking a string of Superbowl commercials, splicing them together, and calling that a TV show.
Commercial intention aside, it is a very quick and easy love story, which is why I will be talking about it here. And because it’s a commercial, you can watch the entire series in about half an hour. But please, don’t try to over-analyze the story or its characters. It’s very fast-paced, so there are no extraneous details, and it has one very fast romantic development!
You can find romance just about anywhere, even in a bookstore. And before people start losing their minds over much more erotic things, yes, I’m talking about THAT kind of bookstore! Now you may proceed to lose your minds (briefly), and then come back to this review!
Erotic shenanigans aside, this series actually contains nothing explicit. On the other hand, there are tons of innuendos left to the imagination (or not?) that makes this series a mild adult comedy. But beyond the surface of such humor, there lies a drama of unrequited love, bringing in both a funny and serious side to romance and eroticism.