Honestly, why do I have to put off good animes like this when someone recommends me? HONESTLY. I don't know, really. First it was Steins;Gate, then it was Your Lie in April, and now it's this. How come I didn't find this anime sooner?
Now, I know what you're going to say. Blue Spring Ride is cliché as sh!t. And let me tell you -- It is. Haha, I'm not sure if you're into those kind of animes about a hopeless romantic girl who rejoins her childhood crush or whatnot, but I seriously am. *cough* Probably cause I kinda want my life to be like that *cough* ANYWAY...
The story wasn't really really interesting. It was predictable and cliché, like most rom-com animes (My Little Monster, Your Lie in April, etc.). Nonetheless, it delivered extremely cute moments where I kinda just went into non compos mentis mode. I don't know how much times I've strangled by poor pillow just to keep my 'feelz' under control. I think it kinda worked. I didn't wake up the rest of my family in the middle of the night, so that's good...?
I gave it a 5/10. Minus 5 points because it was just really commonplace and I've seen animes like Blue Spring Ride before. But, I didn't deduct any more because I will say I thoroughly enjoyed watching it. Goodness, I just couldn't stop (which is why I'm currently picking up from the manga.)
OH AND ANOTHER NOTE. I'm taking out 0.5 points now because of this. I HATE it whenever the anime producers do this but... WHY. Why does Blue Spring Ride have to END before actually finishing?! Really? Really. If it means making another season or actually WAITING for the manga to finish for it to be produced, then DO IT. Please, these unfinished animes make me cringe and cry my eyes out. Really good animes have been cut short and I would LOVE to see them be finished (Fruits Basket, Vampire Knight, My Little Monster Ouran Highschool Host Club...) The list goes ON.
So, on a final note, the story would actually be 4.5 just because cut-off animes make me so deranged.
If it hadn't been for the visuals, I don't think I would have continued with this anime. The first episode animation would probably be my most favorite. I was totally in love with the painted scenery and the way the anime artist depicted Futaba and Kou's first meeting. It was just absolutely adorable. Futaba and Kou were just... Ugh, I just had feelz thinking about it. I'm pretty much a sucker for guy leads that are attractive. I mean, Kou? Dude, you gotta be kidding me. Futaba is so lucky. T-T
8/10 for me! I wouldn't give it a full 10/10 because the other characters could have had more effort put into them, but then again they're not really mains...
I can't really judge the sound, to be honest with you. Haha. I watched Blue Spring Ride at night while the rest of my house was dead silent, so I didn't really turn up the volume. However, I do think that the voices for each character suited them quite well, but then again I can't really say. ^^;
Okay, lemme tell you. I don't care who you are -- Boy, girl, cat, potato. You will pretty much fall in love with Kou. And his hair. Mostly his hair. I don't know about you, but I've been really loving the messy bedhead style most rom-com anime guys have been sporting lately (e.g. My Little Monster). However, I personally think that both Futaba and Kou are very nice visuals. I like how they were drawn. But, that doesn't stray from the fact that their personalities are bland and not really anything new.
I mean, you have Kou -- The "oh-so-perfect-Kou" with a terrible back story that just makes you want to love him even more. Apparently, Kou has different personalities. When Futaba first met him in junior high, he was the gentle, soft-spoken 'angel.' Then, when she met him again in high school *spoiler?* he was cold, unresponsive. The like. For once, I think the manga writer didn't want him to be overly smart, but he was practically good at everything he did.
Then you got Futaba. I found it somewhat nostaglic watching a character like Futaba. Brings be back to the days when I stayed up late in middle school... All because of Kaichou wa Maid-sama. In the beginning of the anime, Futaba was seen as an ill-mannered girl who ate a lot and didn't care much about her appearance, just so that boys won't like her. And so that she wouldn't appear cute to her 'friends.' But in reality, Futaba is a cute, bubbly girl, which is revealed after a few episodes. She put on this 'mask' because she found out that her peers don't like cute girls and she wanted to fit in with the others. (Misaki had a similar personality, just more... Amped up haha.) Thennn she turned out to be a total tsudere. So my reaction was pretty much mediocre.
6/10? I think that's fair enough. I won't go into the other characters, though. That would kind of spoil the anime.
Overall, I really liked this anime. I would be lying if I said I didn't enjoy it. However, there were times when I felt like the storyline could have been a bit more interesting. Because I am also a sucker for complicated, paradoxical animes. But, if you're into rom-com that will make you squeal until your little heart bursts, then I suggest you check out Blue Spring Ride! Though I have mixed thoughts on the story itself, one thing is for sure.
I wish I will have a boyfriend like Kou in my life. ;-;