Together with her father, who had quit his salaryman job, Toyokawa Himeno moves to Gifu prefecture's Tajimi city. That's the city where her mother is from, whom she had lost when she was still young. Himeno is now attending her mother's alma mater, where her classmate Kukuri Mika invites her to tag along to a special place. That place turns out to be the pottery club! There, she learns for the first time that her mother was a legendary potter, and is consequently pulled into the world of pottery.
Do you like cute girls? Yes? Good. Do you like pottery? Not really...? uhhh watch this anyway! Story & CharactersJust like your typical CGDCT (Cute Girls Doing Cute Things) this show doesn’t have much of a plot, and relies instead on character interactions and light exploration of the hobby it happens to be centered around, be it Fishing, Camping or in this case, Pottery. The only remarkable difference between how the hobby is handled this time is in how the main character, Himeno, actually has an emotional connection to pottery thanks to her late mother being a relatively famous potter. This leads her to wanting to connect a bit more to her following in her by footsteps, but even more interestingly ends up creating some unique interactions with her Dad. Shockingly enough for the genre the Dad is not only a major character, but also one of the better written ones and plays a key role in the more emotionally charged moments. The remaining of the cast is overall standard, there is nothing wrong with them nor anyone is annoying but if you have seen enough anime you can instantly slot all of them in their defined stereotype and they won’t really shake up any preconceived idea you make of them. Despite that, the minor instances of “drama” between the side characters still shows care and thought with how they interact and never disappoint. Undoubtedly the best part of this show is the pacing. Even while having 15 minutes episodes they manage to have as much happening as other CGDCT while still keeping the relaxed tone and never feeling rushed. Not a single episode felt rushed or left me feeling like not enough happened. Visuals & SoundWhile the animations themselves are standard and don’t stand out, the show makes incredible use of color, especially with the ceramics they end up making. A special mention also needs to be made for the water animations, which for some reasons were some of the best I have ever seen. The OST never steals the spotlight but always does an adequate job at matching the feelings in the scenes. And the VAs did an amazing job with every character. ConclusionIf you like Slice of Life this is an obvious pick, but even if you don't usually watch them the shorter run time makes it easier to recommend to everyone. Personally, I'm already looking forward to Season 2 airing this Fall!
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