Nami yo Kiitekure

Title:Nami yo Kiitekure
Nami yo Kiite Kure
Wave, Listen to Me!
波よ聞いてくれ
Overall:Unevaluated
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Notables: Animation - SUNRISE
SUGIYAMA Riho
Imagine the surprise of waitress Minare Koda when she hears her own voice being broadcast by a local radio station, telling all sorts of sordid but quite authentic tales. This can only be a recording of things she said while drunk to a strange man the night before. Minare storms into the radio station to make a complaint--and winds up with a job as a talk show host.

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(Four episodes watched):

One thing that quickly becomes clear is that Nami- is an adult level show, not in the sense of it being sexually explicit (though there is some nudity), but rather because it is made for discerning adults rather than children. The only fighting is an imaginary match between Minare and a bear in a dark forest, which she brings to life to liven up her radio advice column. The jokes and dialogue are witty and clever, though it can be a bit of a slog to struggle through it all (I think it took me around 45 minutes to watch episode one). I think this will be the sort of show which requires a good deal of concentration to watch but is worth the effort. What with all the talking she does, we can't help getting to know Minare pretty well and coming to like her. Definitely the most lively and sophisticated dialogue of any Spring 2020 anime I had yet watched. This is not the usual sort of anime where words are kept to a minimum and fights of the week do most of the talking. In general, this show was pretty clever. It has a novel premise and at the end of episode one I was left wondering where things would go from where they stood. It was the first new anime of the season about which I felt I must download any additional available episodes ASAP just to make sure they didn't slip between my fingers.

I found myself reluctant to watch episode two, precisely because this show is so good. It's a show with a complex and demanding storyline, and I must be in tip-top mental state to watch it and get the most out of it. Watching while being fatigued or just not in the right mood won't cut it. More than a few viewers would find this show too demanding and prefer more lightweight, simple stuff. Anyway, Minare soon finds herself out of a job and goes to Mato to negotiate. Two of her former coworkers at the restaurant get some character development, which wouldn't happen if they aren't going to stick around for awhile. Except for manager Mato, the people already working in radio are suspicious of this newcomer and won't let her rise to stardom overnight. Even Mato has his doubts. Minare has genuine personality--odd, but likable--and this show has a sly, witty sense of humor. Like the scene in episode three where she thinks there's an intruder in her apartment. In episode four a strange woman shows up at Minare's short-handed restaurant and volunteers to work without pay, which seems too good to be true, and indeed something is funny here. Whereas many shows pile on more and more shallow characters, here the new character has a definite personality and there's something intriguing about this person, something we want to know. Judging from the OP sequence, there's a large cast in the making, and the signs are that each character will be distinct and interesting.

Last updated Friday, May 22 2020. Created Tuesday, April 21 2020.

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