Asahi Kuromine is a high school student who supposedly cannot keep a secret. One day he spots his crush Yoko Shiragami, unfurling a large pair of wings from her back. She explains to him that she is a vampire and is only able to attend a normal school on the condition that no one discover her true identity. Asahi swears to keep her secret but finds it hard to maintain seeing as how Yoko herself is an airhead and Asahi's friend Mikan keeps bullying the two of them.
I'll Keep This Secret!
Beware Childhood Friends!
Help the Class Rep!
Let's Go on a... Date?
Beware of the Wolf Man!
Let's Get Sexy!
Let's Save the World!
Let's Put On Our Swimsuits!
Let's Be Honest!
Let's Go to the Summer Festival!
Let's Stop This Confession!
Jitsu wa is a mediocre anime. You might not think so at first: you might think that it's actually something special, as I myself did, drawn in by the comedy, nice animation and good songs, and even after the bland ecchi filler starts to creep (read: rush) in, even after you've heard the two "this is an emotional scene" songs ad nauseam, you might, as I did, hold on to your hope that the snippets of character development and drama the show gives you every once in a while might actually turn in to something. But you, as I, would be wrong. This anime is based on a manga, and the hum-drum, status-quo story of that manga hangs around this anime's neck like a millstone, dragging it to the bottom of a sea of similar shows. Were it not for that, this anime might have been good, but as it is, you can pretty much just stop watching at any time and not have missed anything. And one of the best places to stop watching this anime is before you even start.
What I Liked: The soundtrack was appropriately modern. Both the OP and ED. Great, exaggerated voice acting all-round. Unique and interesting character designs. Backgrounds and set designs are brilliant, as well as the colour palette used throughout. Shiho, surprisingly. The humour, occasionally. What I Didn't: The open-ended ending. The cookie-cutter characterisation. The fact that all the main female characters felt like they weren't characterised beyond "She's a <supernatural being> and she's in love with Kuromine". No exploration of said supernatural themes aside from the occasional punchline. Character animation was occasionally sloppy. Sound design was so-so. Suffers from Penultimate Episode Mood Whiplash. The humour, occasionally. Final Verdict: Actually, I Am starts off strong with its modern soundtrack and great visuals, but is eventually let down by poor characterisation, hit-and-miss comedy and wonky pacing towards the end. It's generic as all get-out, and the "will they won't they" waltz between the leads is just as asinine in this as it is in any other harem comedy.
This Anime is a good show for watching while relaxing. The show itself is has a very light feel to it, and it is easy to follow the story line. The opening and ending theme were good, and the after credits were interesting to watch. My issue with the show was that the story didn't move too much in any direction, and I feel that, although it is not a story based show, it could have done a little more about it. Many of the characters were enjoyable, but they followed the steriotypes a bit too much for my liking - espesially a few of the characters. All in all, I do recommend watching this for just having a good time. [ Secret Santa Review ]
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