Three Leaves, Three Colors

Alt title: Sansha Sanyou

TV (12 eps)
3.495 out of 5 from 1,280 votes
Rank #6,325
Three Leaves, Three Colors

Futaba Odagiri is the energetic transfer student who befriends Teru Hayama, the class president who is meaner than she looks, and Youko Nishikawa, a former rich girl who still acts like a princess. Three very different girls who only share one thing: the kanji for leaf in their names. Balancing school and life is hard enough, but what about dealing with clashing personalities on top of it all?

Source: Funimation

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duchessliz
6

Are you a fan of Slice of Life anime? Are you of fan of watching cute girls do cute things? If you said yes to both of these questions then look no further than Sansha Sanyou as the perfect series to entertain you! This is a Slice of Life series based around three very different high school girls who strike up a friendship. You have Odagiri Futaba who is generally cheerful and food obsessed. Seriously. The girl enters eating challenges and wins nine times out of ten which in turn gets her banned from numerous different restaurants! Then there's Hayama Teru, who just so happens to be the class representative but her friendly facade hides a darker personality. Teru also happens to be animal obsessed. Seriously. She goes to petting zoo's and kitty cafe's! Last of the three girls is Nishikawa Youko, a former rich girl whose family has fallen on hard times. Youko is actually generally upbeat, despite her situation and penny pinches due to her current poor status. They're an unlikely trio but they fit each other wonderfully. There are also several amusing side characters such as Sonobe, the deceptively young looking former maid of Nishikawa Youko who now owns a bakery. Sonobe is a bit cosplay obsessed, but is very devoted and doting of Youko in her own unique way. Yamaji is also a former servant of the Nishikawa household and his new every day routine is to 'check in on Youko-sama' during breaks in his day. He's a bit stalker-ish but his concern over Youko adjusting to her penniless status is somewhat endearing. The Tsuji twins are also a rather funny duo. Tsuji Hajime see's Futaba as his rival. He's determined to defeat her in an eating challenge and is constantly miffed when he fails to do so. Tsuji Sasame wants to see her brother happy, so she tries and supports him but takes a dislike to Futaba who she believes is being cruel to her brother. She also develops a bit of a girl crush on Youko. Hayama Kou is the older sister of Teru and she is a very lucky person. However, she cannot cook to save her life ... her attempts at making healthy food is, in truth, detremental to the person eating it. Nishiyama Serina see's Teru as her arch nemisis. They even go so far as to compete as to who the bigger animal lover is. And who has the cuter cat. While the plot isn't anything to write home about, it's still very endearing and fun to watch due to the amusing cast of characters. The OST was actually very catchy and I quite liked it. And the animation was lovely! All in all, I really enjoyed this series. While it may not be for everyone it's certainly worth watching if this type of anime appeals to your taste.

YuiYui
8

Warning this review may contain spoilers- So this is another Spring 2016 review. This here is another cute girls do cute things anime but it is worth checking out, this has to be one of my favourites of this season and it would be pretty stupid if I didn’t try and explain why I think this is much more than just another moe show that is just a copycat of others. STORY The pacing was spot on, at no point did I ever feel bored or was wondering whether I should carry on this series due to pacing. The story didn’t really have a structure other than it was in chronological order throughout a year or so, due to this you would have the typical Valentines and Christmas episodes but these were very good episodes so it doesn’t interfere with my opinion. Other than that I believe that the characters really made this series enjoyable, I don’t think I hated the way characters were presented in the story which was a bonus. ANIMATION It was pleasant and very good quality (especially to gather reaction screenshots as I did), there isn’t much to say about this other than it was decent. SOUND It was all fun, the opening was fun, the voiceacting was fun…just fun. The opening was a good mix of the fun and enjoyment the anime portrays but also has something good that keeps you listening (as well as the fact the animation was pretty perfect alongside the music). The voice-acting was good as well, again not much to say or complain about. CHARACTERS Sweet. They were all a perfect addition to the story even in a story mainly about girls the male characters still had a nice impact on the story. I must admit at first I didn’t like the typical character personalities given to the main 3 girls but they did grow on me, especially Youko who did come across as the annoying rich kid at first but she grew on me. So that ends another one of my very short reviews, I recommend this series quite seriously but if you don’t like cute girls doing things anime then you probably won’t like this xx -AngelBeatsYui-

krofire
7

Studio Doga Kobo’s 2016 slice of life is playing in a very crowded field in its comic depiction of the lives of three crazy High School girls. The bar has now been set pretty high for “eccentric high school girls” by Lerche’s “Asobi Asobase” in 2018 and by Lay-duce’s 2019 “O Maidens in Your Savage Season” but these came later so it is an unfair comparison. Poor little rich girl Youko Nishikawa comes from a family that recently lost its fortune. Now she is slumming it in a public school and surviving on bread crusts. At lunchtime she hides in the bushes to eat as her stuck-up attitude has resulted in her being snubbed by the other students. She is discovered one lunchtime by Futaba Odagiri (a girl with cavernous appetite) and by class-rep Teru Hayama. Teru has a reputation for an acidic sense of humour that she wields against anyone she doesn’t like. Yet these three strange girls quickly form a friendship bond that propels them through the next twelve episodes. Episode one is disorientating as none of the back stories of the three girls initially feature and we join their story right at the point that the three of them bump into each other by chance. The audience would be forgiven for thinking that maybe they have  missed something here. However, stick with it as we quickly catchup with the backstory. In addition to the three central protagonists there is a broad cast of wonderful supporting characters including two who used to work as servants in the Nishikawa household when they were rich: Shino Sonobe, who has started a cake shop where most the girls end up working, and Mitsugu Yamaji who pops up everywhere as a faithful dog-like character to care for Youko. To argue that there is no story progression and that nothing much happens might be a little unfair. Buried in here somewhere is the coming-of-age tale of Youko who is learning to cope with life as a “commoner” despite being raised in a position of some privilege. However, this forms such a minor matter for proceedings such you would hardly notice it. Most of the plot revolves around Shino making maid-outfits for the girls to wear whilst working in her shop. So, it is hardly very deep or meaningful. It has its moments and can be occasionally laugh-out-loud-funny, yet witty writing is hardly its forte. It ends up going through the motions. Far from mediocre yet far from being that memorable it is simply a work-man-like performance all round. We have seen a lot worse. We didn’t fall asleep once and enjoyed the show. It is, at the very least, entertaining. Worth a spin if you have nothing better to do with your life. Not saying much.

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