Yuzuko Aihara, a high school girl whose main interests are fashion, friends and having fun, is about to get a reality check. Due to her mom’s remarriage, Yuzu has transferred to a new, all-girls school that is extremely strict. Her real education is about to begin. From Day One, happy-go-lucky Yuzu makes enemies, namely the beautiful yet stern Student Council President Mei. So what happens when a dejected Yuzu returns home and discovers the shock of her life: that Mei is actually her new step-sister who has come to live with her? Even more surprising, when Mei catches Yuzu off-guard and kisses her out of the blue, what does it all mean?
Source: Seven Seas
What the HELL did I just watch? Positives first, fantastic animation and sound quality. I watched the dub, and the voice acting was pretty good. So props to the studio (Passione)... But those were the best aspects of the anime. Everything else falls very short. I mean really short. Besides the taboo topic of incestual relationships, the relationship itself was extremely weak. It was so repetitive. There was absolutely NO character depth whatsoever. Why were there entire arcs that spanned many episodes when we didn't even dive into why main characters are the way they are? I honestly understand fan service and the taboo fetish of the entire series, but at least make it make sense. You had strange sexual encounters in different areas and they went NO WHERE. I don't mean no where as in the physical act of having sex, I mean no where as in it didn't add to the relationship between the characters. Extremely poor writing. Plot was bad. One of the most poorly written shows I've seen in a while.
Repeat this with me "One rapey scene does not fix the other" jesus christ I thought this wouldn't be fan service and I thought it would be a unique take on romance especially since I've never watched a yuri anime before. I went into the first episode thinking "Huh maybe this is a new perspective" and I must admit the plot idea was super interesting. I think im in love with yo- huhhhh you're my new sister... you get the point. And for a few minutes it was. And than it went on. And on. And on. And I did not make it past the first 4 episodes. Here is the problem... Unrequited love is an interesting trope that works in some cases. It's adorable and the characters develop and they leave a trail of crumbs to keep you coming back but it's enjoyable (akatsuki no yona is my best example here) and than there are cases where it is infuriatingly slow and annoying (insert citrus fan art). They really just shoved the trope so far down our throats. Mei does not have any feelings for her and if she did the rapey, mean and dismissive way she shows it sure as hell aren't bread crumbs. Tsundere trope. We all know Mei is a tsundere and her life experiences allowes her to be like that. But I'm sorry If I watch another episode of Yuzu bending over backwards and chasing her around like a puppy only to be insulted, dismissed or to be felt up in a super rapey way than no thanks. Balance. This anime has no balance what so ever. Mei forces herself onto Yuzu and than Yuzu says "hey you're not that great" and than she proceeds to have a mental break down, cry herself to sleep and chase Mei around the school/house only to have Mei say "I don't care" and I kid you not this repeats in every episode. And lastly the annoying characters. There are a lot more problems I just can't bring myself to spit on this anime any more. This anime did one thing to me I never thought any anime would. It made me relive my terrible all girl highschool days. Every girl character was just narky and annoying. Yuzu's friend is the exception. And just as I thought that I couldn't handle Mei and the girl students annoyingness and I begged this anime to feed me some bread crumbs they instead toss me an annoying obsessive bestfriend trope and that was when I decided to throw this anime out. What's worse than one girl chasing after an annoying tsundere character that shows literally no interest besides borderline raping her? Answer: A creepy obsessive bestfriend fighting over the annoying tsundere character that basically has the likability of a piece of celery. I don't like celery. That's all the energy I have for today but if you came for the girl on girl stuff than yeah this is for you.
I know many people are turned off Citrus because there is questionable actions by the main characters. But, if you judge this anime based on that, you're seriously missing out. This anime is much more than just fanservice & "sexual assault". The assault has purpose, as problematic as that sounds. They address this & it becomes a plot point. You guys just take things at face value & don't stay around to see what the rising conflict & resolution are. Mei is an incredibly flawed character who goes through a lot of changes, as well as Yuzu. These two girls go though several obsticles together to get to really know the other & to watch their love for each other grow. Everything in this story has a purpose & does get explained, yes, even the psuado-incest (which gets shut down in the manga). For those who are treating this as Netsuzou Trap, you're severely misinformed. Even NTR was done dirty by a 9 minute 12 episode tragedy. Both of these series have more an intricate plot in the manga, but that's a different review. I just implore those who have been detured by negative reviews (who most only have seen the first few episodes), to please give it a try & stick around. It's only 12 episodes (hopefully a season 2 will be made since the manga is still ongoing). Citrus is the best yuri/shoujo-ai series out there.
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