Akira Tachibana is a reserved high school student who was the star of the track and field team but had to quit when she got injured. Sidelined and depressed, Akira stops in at a family restaurant one rainy day, and after the manager—a 45-year-old man with a young son—serves her free coffee, she is smitten, and soon takes a part-time job at the restaurant. Despite the age gap, Akira is drawn to his kind nature, and little by little, the two begin to understand each other. One day, she decides to finally tell her manager how she feels… but how will he react?
I wasn’t sure about watching this show at first. I knew it was about a younger girl falling for her boss, so I thought it might end up being a bit creepy, and not necessarily because of the age gap, but because it’s anime. You know what I mean. I actually ended up really liking this show. As of right now, I have one episode left, and I’m sad that it’s over. Kondou, one of the main characters and the boss of the family restaurant that the show centers around, ended up being one of my favorite characters simply because he’s not typical. He’s not overly attractive, and he’s not at all charming, but this girl is head over heels for him. I found it endearing. Tachibana, the main character who has feelings for Kondou, was an interesting character. In the first part of the show, we learn more about her. She’s a high school student who used to be on the track team, but can no longer run due to an injury. She now dedicates her time to school and work. In the second half, it’s more about Kondou and his backstory. This anime is an adaptation of the manga, Koi wa Ameagari no You ni. As of right now, nine volumes of the manga have been published. Obviously, I haven’t read them yet, so I don’t know where the story goes, or what they’re planning to do with it as far as the anime goes. I’m hoping for a season 2. The story was good and pretty solid. It’s fairly short though. I would have liked to see more of the story. The animation is beautiful. I like both the ending and opening songs, especially the opening. The main characters and supporting characters were interesting, but I only really cared about Tachibana and Kondou’s relationship. Overall, this was a good show. It’s not really for anyone who isn’t interested in romance/friendship stories. I think there’s a lot more to Tachibana and Kondou as well, such as struggles with loss and connections that are built through pain and failure. It’s about two people from different walks of life coming together during difficult and confusing times. Even though they have huge differences, they share a deep connection.
I was expecting a full-on love story between a 17-year-old girl, Tachibana, and her 45-year-old manager, Kondo, but the story changes its direction halfway through and becomes about 2 people who are trying to rekindle an old passion. The show starts with Tachibana falling in love with Kondo and his response is that she doesn't really know him which results in Tachibana trying to understand Kondo's fascination for literature. Kondo gave up on his passion but is still intrigued by his old passion. Tachibana, on the other hand, has always been passionate about running but feels that an injury has made it impossible for her to run again. Moral of the story, don't give up on something that you are passionate about and try not to go through life regretting things. The art style itself is absolutely gorgeous and the whole show is animated extremely well too. I was really impressed with how they handled the relationship between Tachibana and Kondo, it feels classy which is something I really appriciated.
Can you believe it rains a lot in this show? Unbelievable, I know, but trust on this one. There's also lots of water and reflection related scenes. Jokes aside, Koi wa Ameagari no You ni, is a show about Akira Tachibana who had to quit running because of an injury, which led her to working in a family restaurant and falling in love with the Manager Masami Kondo, they have a 28-year age gap but Akira doesn't care. Will Akira get her feelings across? Will Masami return those feelings? Will she ever run again? I want to tell you that the answer to all those questions is 'yes', but I can't for the show is open ended and lacks clear conlusion to any of it's plots. But it's a damn fine show regardless. Great story of everyday strugle of a girl whose life was turned upiside down. Animation looks great, more like this please. Sound ads to the themes and feeling of the show. Characters are great and realistic, kinda glad and disappointed at the same time Ryosukes blackmail wasn't adressed after the first and only time, would have been nice to see Masamis ex-wife. As a side note, the story hit me on a personal level, for I too was a young boy once, in love with a teacher 14-years older than me. Needless to say nothing happened and those feelings were just a fleeting dream for me. But I truly hope Akira finds happiness with Masami.
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