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(Six episodes watched):|
The character designs and premise of this show remind me of an anime that I watched long ago, and I wonder if it wasn't written by the same person. So far, this is feeling like a very slice-of-life show, with nothing remarkable or unlikely happening, just small talk between teenagers. The fact that the character designs aren't all that distinctive (and that I have a poor memory for names) may be problem for me as I watch this. But I will watch this, because it's kind of fun and amusing and I'm curious where it will go. Will it be a harem? Lots of closeups of girl's skirtlines and mildly suggestive stuff like that is included, but so far nothing more. It certainly wouldn't hurt me to watch episode two and see if something entertaining is coming together.
I must admit that watching this show is sort of fun; perhaps that's because the characters get into fairly plausible situations where hot girls are within reach for one reason or another, rather than the usual 'Oops, I tripped and fell with my hand clenching your breast' crapola. Is she just toying with Shoichi, or are they liable to get intimate? What should he do in response--to not waste an opportunity but not go too far either, and scare her away? You don't know, but want to. This is seeming like a video game dating sim based show, in which I'm guessing that all the options which the player could have chosen to pursue different girls are played out one after another, perhaps in alternate realities. Episode three had one LOL joke regarding how to get out of trouble when you are caught by a teacher in a bath with a girl after hours. I didn't see it coming and it was genuinely funny.
It appears that Seiren will consists of six different girls each getting Shoichi's attention for four episodes each--perhaps six different ways a dating sim video game might have wound up. The first arc ends pretty inconclusively--will all (except perhaps the final one) end this way? Perhaps this show is basically what would happen if you were playing the game and managed to just barely lose each of the first five optional girlfriend before winning the final one. I am left somewhat disappointed, but maybe the second girl, and what happens as Shoichi pursues her, will be interesting in some way.
The second arc seems to involve a girl who is into video games (although the games they play are so primitive that you would think that this story is taking place twenty years or so ago). This interest of hers obviously offers Shoichi an opening to get to know her. She's so good at winning that her skill threatens to turn off teenage boys who are thinking about something else, apparently.
Last updated Saturday, March 18 2017. Created Saturday, January 28 2017.