Words and music bridge the gap between Cherry, a boy who is terrible at communicating with other people, and Smile, a girl who hides behind a mask. They meet in a mundane suburban shopping mall in a provincial city. Cherry always wears headphones and puts the feelings he cannot utter into his hobby, Japanese haiku poems. Smile always wears a mask to conceal her large front teeth, for which she has dental braces. As a popular video star, she streams a video about seeking "cuteness."
First of all, the art style used in the show was truly beautiful. The whole aesthetic, colours and backgrounds were so on point and lovable. This may be the only thing that made me watch it until the end. I believe that in romance films, there should be at least one extrovert in the relationship, if not at least a few around them, like friends, family, etc. If not, like in this anime, it becames extremely boring for me. This film could also be described as "one and a half hours of a bunch of old people and a bunch of introverts quietly talking." The idea was nice, a shy boy who loves haikus and a girl who has problems with loving her own features, but the way it turned out was awful. If weren't told, I probably wouldn't be able to figure out which ones were the main characters. There is absolutely no exciting scenes, for a really long time you wait for something to happen and then it just don't. In the end, they both did overcome their insecurities, but how? Their interactions weren't romantic in any way, they were never alone, they never had the time to fall in love. Repeating because it's the only thing I love about this anime, the art was brilliant, but the characters were simply trash. Summary: I wouldn't recommend it if you like animes with a little bit action and excitement(not talking about physical interactions here, just maybe a few lines of romantic words?) because if you do, this anime is definitely not for you. P.S. The guy's head looks like a damn lightbulb, could have had better proportions with him.
i honestly really loved this movie, showing two different types of insecurities and how they interfere with our everyday lives. i thought the romance in this movie was so adorable and i couldn't stop blusjing the whole time. it was amazing how different it was with all the haikus in the movie. the colour palette of this movie was so cheerful and happy, it really popped. the animation style was soo cute and unique in my opinion but really fit with the story. it really made me want to watch it again and again, i think i might just do that. (>-<)
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