This Art Club Has a Problem!

Alt title: Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!

TV (12 eps)
3.64 out of 5 from 4,305 votes
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This Art Club Has a Problem!

An ordinary arts club at an ordinary middle school, Tsukimori Middle School. One member, Uchimaki Subaru, wastes his abundant talent trying to draw his perfect 2D waifu. Another, Usami Mizuki, can't stop thinking about the loser that is Uchimaki-kun. Then there is the club president, who, despite being asleep all the time, seems to care for the two, and another vague, sketchy member, Colette. Today, yet again, in this art club full of mild disappointments, a problem arises.

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This Art Club Has a Problem is a sweet story of young love ... with a wee little touch of perversion (just a smackerel, really) which makes it interesting. Mizuki Usami is an idealistic middle school second-year who is crushing painfully with fellow Art Club member Subaru Uchimaki.  She has been trying to attract his attention for all that year, with limited success.  And ... wonderful how complications flesh out ... should she ever get Subaru's notice, Mizuki freezes up like a popsicle.  But fat chance of this happening.  Subaru is totally into the 2D girls of anime/manga, and 3D girls like Mizuki don't interest him. Throw more interesting characters in the mix.    The Prez is a third-year whose ability to sleep is a marvel.  A slacker worthy of being the illustration in the dictionary, Prez still can offer sage advice and is resourceful with problems, should they arise during his lucid moments.  Colette is the spunky first-year who manages to provoke embarrassment for Mizuki by just entering the room.  Maria is a transfer student and prospective rival to Mizuki for Subaru's attention.  And she is more 3D in certain girly categories than most.  This thought brings up the new Art Club advisor, Tachibana-sensei, who has the hottie aura to her, but her bumbling nature and lack of self-confidence balances her out as a teacher struggling to be relevant. The episodes come as a series of connected vignettes, all with the theme of girl (desperate) inching along with boy (clueless) down love's path.  Emphasis: inching.  There are moments, such as when another girl confesses love to Subaru, is rejected, and then she assumes that it is because Subaru and Mizuki are close.  Later, Subaru and Mizuki are locked in the Art Club's storage room, producing little conversation and no results.  Later, Subaru confesses that he is falling for Usami.  No, not her, but an anime character who just happens to share Mizuki's last name.  Subaru asks if he could begin calling her by her first name.  Mizuki, to her credit, demands that Subaru earn that privilege.  While hopelessly in love, Mizuki is not hopeless.  She has understood that all of Subaru's waifu-drawings had been modeled after her. The anime technique is passable, but there is something about the character design.  Too much tendency to borrow.  Mizuki's friend Ryouko looks too much like a red-haired Momo Kawashima from Girls und Panzer.  One would think that Hikari Kokura dropped her rifle,  escaped from Chidori High, and assumed the role of Kaori Ayase, Mizuki's overly-protective friend. The sound and music thrive with the theme of art, which shows how much I need to keep up my art theory.  Though the projects and competitions took a back seat to Mizuki's crush on Subaru, it was refreshing to see how shared interests, even ones heading in opposite directions, could act as the catalyst for things that could take years to mature. So, what of the ending?  Do we need a second season (the Prez promises he won't be there, going on the high school)?  Can we be content with that understanding Mizuki seems to accept about the course of true love never running smoothly?  Or can we read that twinkle in Mizuki's eye that maybe Subaru is ready to add another dimension to his notions about girls?

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