Nike, the fourth princess of the Principality of Rain and one who holds the power to call forth the rain, travels to the Sun Kingdom to marry Sun King Livius for her country, despite her own reluctance. She soon discovers that the King, who conquered the world in only three years after his ascendance to the throne, is still a child!! Furthermore, for trivial reasons, he has demanded that Nike call forth the rain…!?
I absolutely loved this anime. The charcters were all lovable and relatable (in my opinion). The animation was wonderful, and the songs got stuck in my head all the time. I loved the storyline and the developing love between Nike and Livius.
Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushiii otherwise known as This World is Still Beautiful is a surprisingly delightful treat. Looking at the synosis, it looks like a standard tale of boy meets girl with the boy being a jerk. It looks like pretty standard anime romance fair. And for the most part....it is. However, it is the standard romance done right. In many shojo romances i've found myself frustrated by the sheer stupidity of the main characters at times. In some anime romances problems and issues happen for petty reasons and the main characters take actions that are equally as petty. In this anime however, we have excellent character development with a romance formula that is not often used. Very Minor Spoiler *Instead of unrequited love or one character trying to win the affections of another, we see both characters fall for each other with the same intensity and almost at the same time. As an audience we see the characters fall in love and grow together. It's quite refreshing.* END OF SPOILER We also get to genuinely like most of the characters. I liked the Sun King and I liked the Rain Princess. He was a good guy with a couple of jerk moments in which he more than redeemed himself for. And the rain princess wasn't a ditzy damsel in distress. Nearly all the plot devices are cliche but a person is just so curious to see the interaction between our two characters that its almost easy to overlook. One thing to note is that one of the characters looks substantially younger than the other. The sun king looks 12 and the rain princess looks around 16. There are a few scenes where this is reflected upon by the characters (differences in height, strength, etc). They are engaged so there are various cute moments when the king takes charge to "woo" his princess . I will say that the sun king might look 12 but he sounds and acts like a grown man. If this disturbs you then take off a point. For the most part though, they keep everything relatively innocent (there are a couple of scenes that had me raising an eyebrow including the ending credits at the end of each episode. I'll just say the animators seemed to have an unhealthy fascination....) The animation is of very good quality, they spent a little money for this. As for the sound, I felt they could have varied the songs used in the anime. There is pretty much one song that is used continually (you will know when you watch it). The song was fitting but I felt that they could have branched out and used at the very least different variations of it based on the situation. It just seemed a little lazy to me. Overall its a solid anime. It has likable characters, good animation, nice sound, and the plot isn't too shabby. They wrap everything up pretty nicely. I wish there was more of an epilogue for our characters, but we can't have everything.
Secret Santa ReviewStory:The whole show is well paced though it lacks a main conflict. We get to see a lot about the main character's past and it contributes to the story. However, everything turns out too well. The power of love solves everything and there's not a bit of resentment in the characters who make the conflict.Animation:The character's designs are pretty common, I don't remember any background in particular but the clouds and the animation in the sky is really good. One thing that bothered me a bit was the fact that they didn't work much on the singing, Nike's mouth could have moved more...Sound:A little bit disappointed here. Being so essential in the development of the story, the music could have been better. I was expecting it to move me but it was just like any other show's music. It was not bad, though.Characters:Once you get past the fact that the love interest is a child (I really appreciate the fact that Libius wasn't given a female voice), the whole relationship is well developed. We can see how the feelings of the main characters grow throughout the series. Their personalities were well established through their background information. Moreover, some of the supporting characters were really funny and didn't feel as if they were just to fill space.Overall:A simple story with good characters, it's worth seeing it. If you are in the mood of a simple story to soften your heart, this series will be perfect for you!
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