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 is a pretty good love story. It has a varied pace that is sometimes a bit too slow and pretty much every character save maybe one or two are total idiots. On the one hand, it is refreshing that neither of the two main characters are the class president and ace student of the school, but on the other almost all the characters are so dense, stupid, foolish, or awkward you might end up wondering if things for any of them will ever progress in a positive direction. Youko is dense and not very bright. Even when her own feelings scream at her about what she wants, she either ignores them or misinterprets them as something totally unrelated. Asahi is supposedly too honest as well as a total whimp when it comes to talking to girls or if he does he gets so anxious he screws things up. That doesn't really change even when his love for someone is actually serious. He is too clueless and wussy to reveal how he feels. Everyone, even though most are lacking wit, finds both their attractions to each other quite obvious, the only ones oblivious are the two in love. While that can be a cute and charming aspect of a love story, it gets a bit frustrating when the doubt is dragged on so long and/or never actually resolved. The story puts so many doubts and obstacles in the way it actually starts to drag on the show and slow it down. Shiho's character is solid in her original form but her transformation form gets a wee bit underused and virtually vanishes for the second half of the series. This makes her character seem forgotten about or inadequately used though her lecherousness seems to know no bounds or genders which helps to keep her dual nature somewhat alive. Aizawa is the last girl who outright rejected Asahi then she begins to doubt herself or double back on her rejection but the reasoning is a bit suspect for two reasons. He is the only one who finds out what she wants kept secret but at the same time that is the main reason she has doubts about her rejection so it doesn't feel legit. She never gave anyone else the chance to be ok with that secret yet keeps it a secret so no one finds out and puts herself into the position of her concern. It is like a catch 22 that she does to herself. Therefore, you might wonder if anything about her feelings are quite what she thinks they are or may doubt them or how strong they are. Mikan has her own secret but that is also a bit under used though not as much as that of Shiho's. Mikan may have the same kind of issue as Aizawa and misunderstand her own sentiments due to one gesture, that is what is implied and no strong connection really beyond that and a child hood friendship are explored which leaves some doubt that it was ever much to begin with in the eyes of the writers. Akane and Akari are a comedy duo and might make you wonder what else is in the school after meeting them. For someone as experienced and long lived as Akane is she often acts childish well below her years to the point it seems like her brain never matured much beyond how old she looks. Akari for the most part is the most intelligent character but falls to the atypical stereotype loner desparate woman missing love though it is somewhat hidden at times. Akane is a perfect example of stupid, since she has a great deal of power but often makes the simplest of mistakes that unravel her schemes which if she were actually either intelligent or mature as she should be by her experience, she would never do. At least one of Asahi's friends, Okada, is somewhat intelligent but since he and all his guy friends are little more than minor support characters you never hear much about or get very deeply involved in the story, it is hard to say for certain. Shimada, the only one as perverted or more so than Shiho is a bit cliched. He is alot like the character from Clannad for example, aka the short guy who is a lewd pervert constantly harrassing girls or at least one girl. Art is slightly above average and though there is a bit of a frog face element the skillful expressions on the characters helps to make up for lost ground. Characters are a bit too much alike in the way they are too dense or cowardly to see or say what is obvious. However, they are not quite the most cliched cast either since none are the class aces or number one power in the school. Voices fit the characters pretty well and highlight moods and expressions well. Background sounds were few but adequate yet still lacked a few ordinary background noises. The story was a nice spin to some common themes yet the pacing and characters' lack of ability to express themselves is a tad snail paced and frustrating. Jitsu has a pleasant psuedo love story (cause it is cast in constant doubt and never gets very far) but a lacksadasale pace with characters often too blind to see what is in front of them and despite the supernatural element, no one is brave enough to point those things out.
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.
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