Farewell, My Dear Cramer

Alt title: Sayonara Watashi no Cramer

TV (13 eps)
3.107 out of 5 from 547 votes
Rank #11,917

With no soccer accomplishments to speak of during the entirety of Sumire Suo’s junior high school years, the young wing gets an odd offer. Suo’s main rival, Midori Soshizaki, invites her to join up on the same team in high school, with a promise that she’ll never let Suo “play alone.” It’s an earnest offer, but the question is whether Suo will take her up on it. Thus the curtain opens on a story that collects an enormous cast of individual soccer-playing personalities!

Source: Kodansha

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Lovesickness

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Those Who Chase and Those Who Are Chased

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Those Who Chase and Those Who Are Chased

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Pursued By the Past

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Pursued By the Past

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The One Running Beside Us

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The One Running Beside Us

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Franconator
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Female-centric sports anime are hard to find, mostly because they focus more on the fanservice than the actual sport. By all accounts, Farewell, My Dear Cramer should have been the glitch in the sports matrix because it actively goes against all the fanservice bits and aims its focus more on football, its impact on its female athletes, and the bigger picture of Japanese women’s football. That’s what you get at the start and for a while, it begins to look promising. But as the story progresses, it starts to give the impression that these big ideas were mainly just outlined bullet points that weren’t filled in properly. The goalposts are there, but most of the trouble lies in getting from one end to the other. You can tell there wasn’t a lot of budget put out for Cramer because its gameplay animation is virtually non-existent. So to make up for it, you’ve got characters from all sides providing excess, unneeded commentary that often goes round and round in circles. Everyone repeats each other and it’s the same faces of shock every single time no matter what happens, but what really hurts the show here is its stagnant set of main characters. There are three main characters and one main annoyance on the Warabis, the underdog school so low in the rankings, they’ve already run out of barrel bottoms to scrape years ago. But they’ve got heart, even if they’ve got their quirks. They’ve got the talent, even if you’re not sure if everyone else on the team is the same. That’s mostly the way these story arcs go, and save for the interesting backstory of their disillusioned coach, they end up looking the same and almost redundant with how often they’re brought up again and again. Besides your three main characters and one main annoyance, there’s practically nobody else on the Warabis worth taking note of. That’s all such a damn shame, too especially since Cramer looks extremely good and interesting on paper. It’s just that its execution is more than a little lacking and its characters are mostly just there to let the story happen through them. It’s not entirely boring, but it is disappointing. It’s got missed potential written all over it, but if you absolutely had to get into a female-centric sports anime, then you could certainly do much, much worse than Cramer. Just don’t head into it expecting something revolutionary, however.

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