I don’t usually like movies and series set around this time (1925), but it didn’t seem to care much about being historically accurate and instead focused on being an entertaining light and adorable series which is something I’m really grateful for. And damn did I find this adorable! Besides Chi’s Sweet Home, this is probably the cutest series I’ve seen. The general story is in fact pretty weak, but worked really well, probably because it focused more on a light, cute & comedic touch here as well, and they certainly succeeded with that. It works great and doesn’t need to be anything more. What story it has also comes to a sweet conclusion. Although I would’ve wanted to see more screentime for Koume and Saburou since it was those scenes that were so incredibly sweet.
Animation/Artwork/Visual Effects: 7/10
I can start of by saying that visual effects (basicly what I call special effects in anime) are non-existant here. Both the artwork and animation instantly reminded me of Kamichu. The design of the female lead especially reminded me of the female lead from Kamichu. Although Kamichu’s artwork is on a much higher level if you ask me because of it’s fun creativity of the gods and spirits.
All the characters have very generic designs but it didn’t bring down the enjoyment of the show the slightest bit for me.
The animation is above avarage, though not far above. It doesn’t need to be higher here, but I guess it could’ve added a bit more excitement to the baseball games if it was.
The BGM was avarage at best and there were some songs I really didn’t like. Below avarage for that. The voice actresses were generally unimpressive as well, but never any bad.
While several (nearly all) characters possess some incredibly cliché qualites, it didn’t bother me at all. I mean, some characters have some more solid work to them, but definitely not all. I don’t know why it didn’t bother me. In fact, I liked them all. It may just be the because I like show overall, or it may be something like it’s directed more to my liking, although if that’s the case then I have no examples for it, because it’s just a guess. Bottomline, I liked them all.
Besides loving how adorable this show is, I have no real idea why I liked it as much as I did. I didn’t laugh at it very often, although I did break out in laughter a few times. I did sat with a big smile on my face almost the entire time I watched it. So while breaking it down into pieces and slightly analyzing it, it doesn’t seem special at all (I may in fact have given it too high score in some places), but my overall enjoyment of this show is huge. To be honst, it’s one of my favorite shows this year, but because I can’t really figure it out I won’t give it too high of a score.