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For a slice-of-life rom-com, Horimiya shows it has a bit more going on beneath the surface in its focus on its main couple of Kyoko Hori and Izumi Miyamura. Both are characters portrayed to have more going on with them beneath whatever perceptions other students have with them with Hori shown to have a more sensitive side beneath her abrasive personality and Miyamura being more sensitive than his outer appearance may imply, with his piercings and tattoos being his way of coping with self-esteem issues he struggled with in middle school. The relationship between the two gradually changes from being close friends to becoming a couple, the developments being significant to Miyamura's character as he becomes more open in his interactions with others as his classmates realize he isn't as hostile as they initially assumed. However, the show does have its issues with providing enough focus on a good chunk of its supporting cast as some of them get out of focus after their initial debut or focus is given to relationship developments between them that don't get a proper resolution within the series, this happening with a number of Hori and Miyamura's classmates. But outside this major issue, Horimiya made for a rather engaging rom-com thanks to its developments offered up on its main, titular couple.
Last updated Saturday, April 03 2021. Created Saturday, April 03 2021.
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Basically, two teens discover that their lives outside of school are somewhat different from what one would expect. Miyamura, in particular, is seen as 'gloomy' and a bookworm at school, but is in fact a pretty cool and unconventional dude. OK, but then what? The fact that Hori serves as a sort of substitute housewife for her working mother wasn't exactly shocking. No doubt many girls are obliged to do this. In short, this premise didn't strike me as all that intriguing. It's sort of a joke but not an LOL funny one; the humor in this show in general didn't strike me as all that funny. Nor do I see why she is already becoming attracted to him; neither of them has really said anything that seems likely to initiate a romance. And after episode one I still don't feel that I know either of them all that well. He has a amusing but not scandalous secret (he sometimes acts unwisely on the spur of the moment), she has what barely qualifies as a secret (she's devoted to her family), but other than that neither of them has really said or done anything which tells us much about them. Is the message supposed to be that the only possible reason not to look down on people who are reserved and wear glasses is that they might actually be 'cool' in secret? So, I ended up disappointed with Horimiya.
Last updated Saturday, January 16 2021. Created Saturday, January 16 2021.
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