I’ll explain in another blog why I stopped watching anime, which was the same reason I wasn’t able to read books and write as often as I wanted to. Here I rated and described four anime shows, mostly romance and recently released, that I have watched during the last half of 2019 (my time only allowed me four, sorry).
Kaguya-sama: Love Is War
Genre: school, romantic comedy. Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya are the president and vice president, respectively, in their academy. Having good looks and smart brains, together they are viewed as the perfect couple. Although they have feelings for each other, neither wants to admit it first, and the one who does “loses in this game of love.”
It uses the love-hate trope, featuring two prideful characters. If I were to read their story, I would have been annoyed, but the show turned it to something fun. I loved the characters, especially Fujiwara-san. Watch it here.
Ao-chan Can’t Study!
Genre: ecchi, romance, school. Because Ao’s father was an erotic novelist, people often link their residence to lewdness, which Ao became ashamed of. She swore to study relentlessly to get into her dream university and own her own property, but when Kajima came into her life, her focus began to dwindle.
The story mostly centered on Ao thinking about possible sexual interactions between her and Kajma and her getting disappointed when this doesn’t happen. There were entertaining moments, but scenes about mocking one’s virginity did not suit my taste. Watch here.
Yagate Kimi ni Naru
Genre: school, drama, yuri. Yuu Koito is unfamiliar with falling in love. She confides this personality of hers to Touko Nanami, her senpai, after assuming that the latter was the same as her. But events turned out differently as Touko confesses her love to Yuu. As their one-sided relationship progresses, Yuu learns of Nanami’s past and tries to encourage her in ways she can.
Honestly, the drama annoyed me. But I loved the other supporting characters, Maki and Koyomi. The frequent wind gusts became ineffective and cringy. The middle parts were quite dragging, but the ending was oddly satisfying, albeit hanging. Watch it here.
Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku
Genre: romantic comedy. Narumi Momose planned to hide her otaku identity as she transferred to another workplace, but it turned out that her childhood friend Hirotaka Nifuji, a game otaku, also worked there. Momose brought up her frustration to him when her ex-boyfriend broke up with her after finding out that she was an otaku, hence her transfer. This pushed Nifuji to ask Momose if they could date, saying he’d go with her during anime conventions.
I’m glad I was able to end my year with Wotakoi. It tackled three different situations of romantic relationships, which I was looking forward to every episode. The last episode didn’t seem the ending though, but I was satisfied and fulfilled nonetheless. Watch it here.