Skip to Loafer

Title:Skip to Loafer
Skip and Loafer
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Notables: Animation - P.A. Works
Mitsumi moves to Tokyo to attend a prestigious school and achieve her dreams of making positive change in the world. But while she's got book smarts, she soon finds herself inexperienced in big city social norms, and struggles to make friends at first.
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12-episode TV anime that premiered on April 4, 2023.
Animated by PA Works.
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Rent 8 7 8 6 7 7 Ggultra2764 [series:4635#1552]
Skip and Loafer plays out as a slice-of-life comedy dabbling into the everyday high school lives of Mitsumi Iwakura, a girl with high aspirations adjusting to urban life having been born and raised in the countryside, and a young man named Sousuke Shima, whom has personal issues he conceals by maintaining a facade in front of others. The series goes through the everyday lives both have in high school and their home lives, while also undergoing their gradual developments in dealing with their different situations. This provides the series a bit of depth that gives it more to engage an audience outside of the typical elements of slice-of-life titles. The genre focus may not be everyone's cup of tea and it does end inconclusively due to its source material currently being ongoing. But if slice-of-life titles grab your interest, there's enough depth here to make this worth your time.

Last updated Tuesday, June 20 2023. Created Tuesday, June 20 2023.
Rent Stretch [series:4635#628]
(All episodes watched):

Mitsumi has her entire life preplanned, right up to what will be done with her ashes after she dies, and is highly confident before her first day at high school in the big city of Tokyo. But things don't exactly go as planned. She runs into the blond guy, Sousuke ('Shima'), after getting lost on the subway. This is fortuitous, because he is considered a hunk by the other girls of their class who are willing to befriend her if it gives them a chance of getting closer to him. Mika, the red-brown haired girl who sits behind Mitsumi, does this. Mitsumi is staying with her aunt (Actually, her gay uncle, I think), Nao. This show had some decent laughs and seems to have a plot that is going somewhere, so I am onboard for now. Mitsumi's distinctly simple and unexpressive eyes seemed a little odd for a main character, but OK.

In episode three Kurume (IIRC), a glasses-wearing 'dweeb' joins Mitsumi's circle of friends, much to her surprise. I found that I had a hard time remembering what had happened in episode two; I had not updated this review. This story is sort of silly, and modestly comic, but exactly where it is going remains unclear. Maybe it will just be a laid-back slice-of-life sort of show. I wish some sort of engaging plot, with a conflict and everything, would emerge.

...or maybe it's OK as it is. Episode four consists of two sub-plots, in which Mitsumi learns that Shima was once a child actor and considers immitating the workaholic style of a student body member. Again, no sign of an ongoing plot but it was kind of amusing and we learn a few things about the characters. It's sort of like instead of laughs now and then we are continually in a state of being just about to laugh, if that makes any sense. Mitsumi doesn't know nearly as much as she thought she did, and learns new things everyday in her own silly manner. She wonders if Shima sees her as anything more than a friend. This show is sort of silly, and Mitsumi is likable, but I get impatient for the plot to move forward and wonder if each episode is worth the time and concentration I devote to it. Some beautiful but spiteful girl from Shima's past turns up. It seems he feels guilty for an indiscretion he once made that wound up hurting her, and she won't let him forget it. The plot seems vague and blurred to me, but the characters are likable and the jokes are OK, so I keep watching.

A visit to the zoo, a school festival (with a class play based on The Sound of Music). It looks like maybe an encounter between Mitsumi and this girl who dogs Shima may be building. Indeed, a climax and resolution comes in the final episode. I was a bit surprised that things didn't get more heated than they did; or that no major step was taken in what had seemed an inevitable romance between Mitsumi and Shima. Still, I was left feeling largely satisfied with the way things worked out. This was a silly, modestly amusing show that was worth watching, even if the plot sort of petered out rather than reaching a big climax that resolved everything. That's not how most people's lives work out. I wouldn't call this one of my favorites of the Spring 2023 season, but if a second season came along, I wouldn't mind watching it.

Last updated Saturday, July 15 2023. Created Friday, April 07 2023.

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