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Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo
(Six episodes watched):|
I got a good feel about this show right from the start, from the first few moments of the first episode, and it did not disappoint me. We quickly get to know these five likeable girls in a manner which is more fascinating than onerous. There's the popular, stylish Sugawara, the prudish, glasses-wearing club president, Sonezaki, the 'mysterious author' Hongo, and the two relatively ordinary girls, Sudou ('Mo-Chin') and Onodera. The character designs were a bit unusual and interesting. This show was quickly looking like fun, with dynamic characters that I could care about. They do not tell jokes or engage in slapstick, but it felt like a comedy in the sense that the perfectly realistic situations they found themselves in were sometimes hilarious. The episode took longer than most to watch, because there was so much 'meat' to it--so many things to think about, make sense of, and keep track of. But it was always a pleasure rather than a grind. I desperately wanted to know more about how these girls would cope with coming of age. "This world has too much sex in it!" and "I don't want sex to take over my life" Kazusa protests at one point. This was the first full-length show of the season that I got genuinely excited about, and may well be my favorite or second-favorite anime of the season.
Each of the girls has her own peculiar problem with coming of age and dealing with sexuality. Sonezaki has a reputation as an unattractive female nerd, while blond-haired Sugawara(?) is, if anything, too attractive. Hongo feels she needs some sexual experience in order to be a successful author, while Mo-Chin has yet to feel any attraction to the opposite sex when she is thrust into a fairly adult situation. And Kazusa doesn't know what to do as she discovers Izumi has become interested in girls. Episode two didn't thrill me as much as episode one had, but episode three was great fun. I must admit that while fun, the bulk of the show doesn't seem as intriguing as episode one did. Perhaps what disappoints me a little is that the theme of these girls valiantly resisting the onset of sexuality--which would be unusual and original--seems to have been largely forgotten. They could have decided that romance is just something that your DNA tells you to do, not something you choose via free will, and therefore they will fight it. At any rate, I think Hongo's romance is the one that interests me the most--she takes an aggressive approach, but clearly has some vulnerabilities as a young virgin. She is spited when she discovers that her internet boyfriend is in fact a person she knows and does not get along with all that well, which is titillating. The other girls' romances seem relatively tame in comparison. She may be a little too aggressive, as I find myself sympathizing with her intended boyfriend rather than with her.
Last updated Saturday, September 07 2019. Created Friday, July 19 2019.