Koi wa Ameagari no You ni

Title:Koi wa Ameagari no You ni
Love is Like After the Rain
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Notables: Animation - Wit Studio
HIRATA Hiroaki
17-year-old high school student Akira Tachibana is a girl who barely expresses herself. She harbors a secret crush on Masami Kondō, the 45-year-old manager of the family restaurant she works at part-time.
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Series premiered on January 10, 2018.
Animated by Wit Studio.
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Unevaluated Stretch [series:3473#628]
(Five episodes watched):

Well, I want to see more of this! Episode one left me curious about how this unconventional romance might work out. Although there was some comedy, I got the impression that the topic was being taken seriously, which is a relief. A considerable cast of characters is introduced, from the staff at the restaurant that Kondo manages to the classmates at Tachibana's high school, and they seem like people who have been carefully designed in order to help tell a story. We learn how this all got started with a good deed that Kondo once did, and about his unhappy past in the world of romance. On a side note, I thought I had seen Kondo's character design somewhere before in anime, and I realize now it was in Patlabor. Anyway, I am optimistic about this series; it ought to be fun.

In episode three Tachibana finally confesses to Kondo and manages to get him to agree to go on a date with her. He's reluctant, being old enough to be her father, after all. This couple faces all sorts of headwinds that have the effect of discouraging their romance, which makes them underdogs we can root for. And we know they are good people: he's a middle aged man stuck in a modest job with little prospect of advancement, and who has already been married once but that marriage did not end well (I wonder if his ex-wife will turn up at some point?). She's a distinctly reserved girl who means no harm to anyone, and her crush on Kondo doesn't seem foolhardy, at least to me. She recognizes a good man when she sees one, even if he's more than twice her age. So, I like these two and hope things work out well for them. I just hope this show doesn't end as many romance anime do, with no firm conclusion (like marriage) at all--just 'things are going well for the couple, so let's end here'.

Things get a little disturbing in episode four when Tachibana is blackmailed by a coworker who has discovered her crush on the manager. But it doesn't go very far and is ultimately little more than a cruel joke (unless it surfaces again later). In episode five we get a look at Kondo's home, which I thought was a clever and effective way to develop him somewhat.

Last updated Tuesday, February 20 2018. Created Saturday, January 13 2018.

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