Tsukikage Ran is a animé that I had almost forgot about even though I really liked it. It's easygoing, appealing and generally just fun to watch. I'll try my very best to find something to whine about but the only thing that's "bad" about it is that it's not perfect, if that makes sense.
Carried By the Wind is about Tsukikage Ran and her friend Meow traveling over japan, each episode is selfcontained and has the main characters pitted against some criminal or similar. While never complex in the slightest it also never tries to be. Its tone is very light and there is a warmth to it not often found outside of Ghibli or CLAMP productions.
The only recurring theme would be poverty, Ran never has any money whatsoever and often she has to find minor jobs or simply has Meow pay for her tabs. It's also humorous of course and uses basic but wellwritten comedy to keep things interesting. Everything about the show might be described as a little silly while never going too far with it.
If I have to say something less nice about it I guess the stories sometimes are a little bit too simple. The way they're told still makes them work for me but I can see how it could be offputting for some.
That the show is supposedly from 2000 kinda shocked me, it looks more dated than that. Apparently the whole thing is inspired by old samurai series from the sixties and seventies so the dated look is most likely intentional.
The show is by no means ugly though. The animations are fluid (especially in the fights) and it's all crisp and clear. It just has a nostalgic (or dated one might say) feeling to it of sorts thanks to the retro-inspired looks. It looks like animes used to do before everything was pumped full with CGI. It's a acquired taste if anything.
Not bad in any way but not remarkable either. I wish there was more I could say but that really is all there is too it. And as usual I don't care about the ending or opening and I can't remember a single tune from the show but I very rarely can.
Without a doubt the best part of the show is seeing Ran and Meow interacting. They're both full of personality and charm and it shows most of the work was put into these two. They're also the only recurring characters so others never have any time to develop. While not any awful ones there aren't any particulary impressive ones either. But seeing as how loveable the both main characters are I'll be giving the show a high score nonethless. It's my review after all!
As I've stated before the show is simply endearing and fun to watch. It never tries to be anything more than entertaining and does what it wants to well. The only way I could see anyone dislike this show is if you hate slice of life because it never really does anything more than putting the characters in mildly dramatic situations or just lets them walk along a road and talk about stuff, often about how little money they have left. I know I've said it before but it really is a fun little show, full of love and charm.
But I guess that's also its downfall, it ultimately serves no purpose. There's nothing unique or special about it and you probably have seen things like it before. But if you liked those things you'll like Kazemakase Tsukikage Ran too no doubt.