Story – 9
Lovely Complex or LoveCom’s story is a really funny love story. It demonstrates the immense joy and pain one usually feels when falling for someone, confessing, getting rejected, and getting back up again to live another day. In addition, all the awkward and hilarious moments are done in excellent fashion. Not to mention, it tackles an oddity: tall girl falls for a short guy and is actually making the moves towards the relationship. My only qualm about the story is the small fillers near the end of the show which kept it from getting a 10. Nevertheless, I was truly impressed with the story and direction.
Animation – 9
The animation fit in really well with the series. I really like the character designs, especially for Koizumi. As the main character, her facial expressions displayed the emotions needed for each scene. The same could be said for the other characters to a lesser extent, but Koizumi’s art style stood out the most and brought this show to another level in terms of emotion and comedy. It was the driving force that meshed well with whatever the situation was at hand.
Characters – 9
The two main characters, Koizumi and Otani, are extremely fun to watch. There is not much in terms of back story for either character, but what they do during the story add to their great personalities. With the characters going back and forth, there is never a dull moment. The other characters are great too and add to the humor and emotion of the show.
Sound – 9
The first OP and ED are much better than the 2nd</sup> ones. Tegomass’ “Kimi + Boku = Love?” (OP) manages to create the charming atmosphere of the show while “Kiss ~Kaerimichi no Love Song~” (ED) is a great song in and of itself, with its soft melodies and easy listening feel. In addition, the background music did a great job in reinforcing and portraying emotions and funny situations throughout the show. Koizumi and Otani’s voice actors were perfect for the job and had amazing chemistry.
Enjoyment – 10
I was really impressed with the show overall and it was a lot of fun to watch. I’m glad I picked this series as I was searching for something different to watch from what I normally do. Every episode is genuinely funny, and charmingly non-cliché (fresh, to me anyways – with the tall girl liking the short guy and doing something about it, completely opposite of what we think today!) Definitely a must watch for those who like a natural good comedy, and those who like love stories.
Average Series Rating – 9.2 - Excellent