I’ve never done a review on a romance anime, but here we are now.
This show’s title translates into “As the moon, so beautiful” which I didn’t quite understand at first. I get it now, and it reminds me of a certain scene from my favorite manga of all time. So this show won me over just with the title.
Going into it, I thought it would be a generic, cliche-filled slice-of-life romance. But, I feel there’s something about it that makes it stand out. The animation was definitely not what won me over, like most shows. The main animation is fine, and the style is unique, but for some strange reason the animators decided it was a good idea to animate the background characters with CGI. It was a horrible decision. But still, the content of the show makes up for the awkward robot background characters.
I think my favorite part about this show is that both main characters get to pursue their passions separately. The male lead, Koutarou Azumi, is a writer and participates in a drumming club that performs at festivals. He reads avidly, but has average grades. The female lead, Akane Mizuno, runs track and has excellent grades.
They are clearly very different people, and do not meet in a club, as most animes show. It was a chance meeting. They both knew of each other, and coincidentally, their families both decided to eat at the same restaurant one night. They try avoiding each other, but somehow their families both realize that they know each other.
Eventually they end up exchanging LINE IDs and text fairly regularly.
I have a rule when it comes to pairings. I feel it’s fair, but maybe this is just because of my lack of dating knowledge. I will never pair two people together if they are not somewhat close friends first. Though, if I’m a fandom that has a million pairings and some like barely interact at all but people still pair them together, I’ll still respect it. Please tell me if this rule is fair, because I may just be oblivious. I’ve been flirted with, and let me tell you, it makes me incredibly uncomfortable if I’ve never met the person before. I just don’t get it.
Alright, sorry for that tangent.
The two characters were friends before plunging into the dating zone. So, we’re already off to a good start.
The interactions between Koutarou and Akane are very stiff and awkward for quite some time. It’s only near the end of the series that they become entirely comfortable with each other. I think that’s pretty understandable and realistic, correct me if I’m wrong. They aren’t always touching, in fact it’s a rare thing for them to be physically affectionate until the last few episodes. I’ve seen this in a few other romance based anime, though I’ve seen overly affectionate more than anything. I actually prefer it when a couple is portrayed as less physical, because every interaction seems more meaningful.
As for the actual plot of the show, which I probably should have started with, there really isn’t a set goal. Both characters have dreams, but majority of the show is just their relationship gradually growing.
As I’d said earlier, Koutarou is a writer. He’s shown frequently typing away at his laptop, and actually gets to talk to a publisher. He’s very passionate about his writing, but is embarrassed to show anyone what he’s written. He wants to make it perfect before it’s out anywhere. Being a writer aside from this blog myself, I can understand this mindset. I used to put all of my writings on Wattpad, but recently, I’ve been keeping them to myself. I want to be able edit them and get them to the best they can be before even a friend reads them. I want to be able make a little bit of money off them at some point, considering how many hours I put into them. So, I understand this part of Koutarou.
Another thing I really like about his character is that he will add little quotes from an author in his narration of the show, which always relate to the topic of the episode. Generally, this would seem a bit cheesy and unnecessary, but all of the quotes are a bit obscure, and take a little bit to understand why they were said. It added a layer to the show that I really liked.
On to Akane. She’s really into track, and is very focused on it. She’s also quite intelligent and does very well in school. Honestly, anybody who can balance a sport and schoolwork is amazing to me. Even as a fictional character, she impresses me. Another thing that instantly made me love the show. Akane seems very put together and organized, but has some sort of anxiety. She keeps a little toy to fidget with when she’s nervous, and worries about things constantly. There is a scene where she explains this to Koutarou, and though it somewhat annoyed me, I also really liked that they included it.
The things I didn’t like about the show:
There were shorts after the ending song, which I didn’t realize until about episode six, but they didn’t really add anything to the main story. Why did they exist? I have no idea. I said earlier I thought it would be cliche, and yes there are definitely cliche things in this show. Both main characters have a secondary character crushing on them. Of course. Have to make things more complicated than they already are. Akane’s best friend likes Koutarou, and a boy that’s been on the track team for years likes Akane. Okay, whatever. I absolutely hate this trope. But something that gets me going even more is how often adults would say things like “Oh, good job on getting a girlfriend” to Koutarou. I hate this. It sounds as if he just won something. No, because that’s not the point of relationships. It’s a mutual understanding between two people and take a good amount of work to maintain. Can we please destroy this cliche? It makes me so angry. Why don’t we say like “Oh, both of you are cute, you seem happy” or something like that?
But anyway, those are my only problems. It’s really not that bad.
Overall, I feel this was honestly one of the best romance shows I’ve ever seen. I didn’t think I was going to love it as much as I did when I started it, but the ending is what really got me. Of course, I can’t say much about it, but just know the ending was much more satisfying than expected. So, if you enjoy watching romance shows, I’d highly recommend this one. It’s cute, and awkward, and more realistic than a lot of romance shows I’ve seen.
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