English: Mashiroiro Symphony
Synonyms: Mashiro-iro Symphony: Love Is Pure White, Mashiroiro Symphony: The Color of Lovers, Pure White Symphony
Japanese: ましろ色シンフォニー -The color of lovers-
Oct 5, 2011 to Dec 21, 2011
24 min. per ep.
R+ - Mild Nudity
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SynopsisWhen boys suddenly get into places where they've never been allowed before, some girls tend to get upset. So when the decision is made to merge the elite Yuihime Girls' Private Academy and the coeducational Kagamidai Private Academy, everyone wants to take extra care in avoiding trouble while bringing the two Privates together. Therefore, rather than just bringing the Kagamidai boys into the Yuihime girls' school all at once, a plan is concocted in which a group of test males will be inserted into the Girls' Private Academy first.
Thus, poor young Shingo finds himself being thrown as a sacrificial lamb to the lionesses of Yuihime, who aren't exactly waiting for him with open arms. Will Shingo manage to survive the estrogen soaked death pit that is Yuihime? Can the girls learn to be more receptive to the boys? And just how long until something involving panties will cause emotions to flare, sparks to fly and the battle of the sexes to explode?
(Source: Sentai Filmworks, edited)
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Opening Theme"Authentic symphony" by Choucho
Ending Theme"Suisai Candy (水彩キャンディー)" by marble
Preparing for takeoff: my third time reviewing this series.
So, why is it that I constantly keep re-reviewing the EXACT same series? Because my opinion towards it changes a small bit every time I re-watch the series. Which I've done 3 times, for a total of 4 watches. No big deal. More about that at the bottom of the review.
So, enough blabber. Let's get going with this review.
Story & Characters -
The story of Mashiro Iro Symphony: The Color of Lovers follows high school student Shingo Uryuu, who's been transferred over to an all-girls' school known as Yuihime to be used as a test student in an attempt to integrate males into the school and basically make it co-ed. Among Shingo, his stepsister Sakuno Uryuu is also chosen to be a test student.
One night, Sakuno gets lost, and calls Shingo for help. While lost, Sakuno meets a girl named Airi Sena, who also happens to be lost. Shingo helps the two, and eventually, Airi and Shingo have what is commonly referred to as a "pure-white encounter." Before I continue on, let me remind you that the source material for this piece of work is a visual novel that's titled "Mashiro Iro Symphony: Love is Pure White." There is also a bit of dialogue between two seemingly unknown characters at the very beginning of the first episode that hints at the fact that love is like a blank canvas, and that its color is pure white. Hence, this encounter can be considered one comparable to love.
Everything seemed fine and dandy between Shingo and Airi. That is, until the first day at Yuihime for Shingo and Sakuno. There, they discover that not only is Airi Sena completely against the integration of male students at Yuihime, but that she's also the daughter of the principal/director of Yuihime, who is named Ranka Sena. Due to her position as the director's daughter, her opinion of whether or not she wants boys to be integrated into Yuihime is of huge influence.
Despite the encounter with Shingo the night before, Airi's opinions towards the integration remain the same and thus, she treats all men (including Shingo) poorly.
Let me begin by saying this: there isn't anything specific about the story of Mashiro Iro Symphony that's legitimately bad. A lot of poor/slightly below average quality content does exist here, sure. But... nothing that I would actually call bad. However, due to this being a critical analysis, I have to shine light on the problems of this series.
First off, as you would probably guess, the story isn't anything new. Boy is transferred into what was just an all-girl school is something we see in MANY run-of-the-mill harem anime series'. Because of that, you can't really expect anything too fresh when watching this series for its story.
However, there are a few other interesting aspects. The fact that Airi decides to keep her opinion towards the merger, despite her "fateful, pure-white encounter" with Shingo the previous day is pretty surprising; not something a lot of writers would decide to do in a situation like that. And I also want to mention that what happens after that, the building of a harem and various other aspects, is pretty damn interesting as well.
But that still doesn't make the storyline of Mashiro Iro Symphony anything special, at least for a significant majority of the series. This series lingers with an epiphany of flaws over your head while you're watching it.
First: the pacing. This series is meant to be one that takes place during a series of seasons, and meant to cover about a year's worth of time. However, being that it's only a 12 episode series, you can expect some fast pacing at times. That wasn't the problem I had with the pacing at all. The problem I had revolved around how the pacing was executed. You had times where there'd be a time-skip of multiple months, and times where two episodes would only cover about a day or two worth of time. This problem ties into a similar problem that the 2014 ufotable adaptation of Fate/stay night had; you're given source material that has virtually impeccable pacing, but you screw it up by rushing parts that don't need to be rushed and giving too much screentime to parts that needed to be rushed through. I feel like that had this anime been adapted much better throughout one route of the VN (which would've likely required 12 more episodes), as opposed to trying to shift routes halfway through the series, it could have been a masterpiece.
Which leads me to my second problem: shifting into another route halfway through the series. Let me just say this: the first 6 episodes of Mashiro Iro Symphony were freaking great. You're given an incredible female lead that'll impress even the most passionate tsundere haters/anti-tsundere anime watchers, above-average pacing, fantastic backstories, INCREDIBLE character development, and outstanding visuals. But, for whatever reason, the directors decided to switch the series off to the route of Miu Amaha halfway through the series. Why they did this? Who knows. The series was on pace to receive an adaptation of the greatest route of the entire VN, but right as everything got good, it was switched off to the 2nd worst route. Right when Airi Sena was becoming a character that stole everyone's heart, right when she deserved and even sort of needed lots of screen time, right when everything started to get really good... just switched off in a snap. The character that deserved 40% of the screen time for the rest of the series ended up getting around an accumulated 5 minutes of it.
Now, let's back up a bit. This series does definitely have flaws, but given the rating I give to the story, you have to expect it to be good somewhere, right? Yes, it definitely is. The tone this entire series gives off is a great one. It may seem boring at times, but even during the lousy second half, you're still given a unique and pretty fresh feeling to an extremely cliche harem genre. Lots of tropes here still do exist, but they're not in your face like they would be in most harem series'.
The characters are where everything's picked up a notch.
What you're given is a slew of quality characters that will hardly ever disappoint. Sure, there are a few duds there, especially in the 2nd half. But all the non-dud characters are ones you're sure to love.
As I said above about Airi Sena, she'll impress even anti-tsundere anime watchers, despite being a tsundere. Her characterization really does lack; she's made off to be a spoiled type of child that acts fake (the pure-white encounter makes her appear fake as you continue on in the series). She just does give off that whole "I don't care about men and I'll treat them all like trash" vibe early on. What stands out is her character development as you continue on in the series. Sure, her development does end up dying out later on, as her character route is completely trashed halfway through the series. But she is still, nonetheless, a great character.
though... it still saddens me that her route wasn't finished in the anime... dear god it was such a good route... why did it have to turn out this way...
I place Sakuno Uryuu and Sana Inui at even ground when looking at them as characters. Sana did have some quality as a harem girl, but I didn't like her that much until much later on. Sakuno, however, was a pretty decent character but had no quality as a harem girl, at least in the anime adaptation. I also want to mention that her character was incredibly skewed in the anime adaptation; she was a much better character in the visual novel.
Miu Amaha is the character I had the most problems with here in the harem. Specifically, there wasn't a lot wrong with her. I just thought that she was a boring, generic deredere type of character. She also completely lacked character development, and honestly, there was no reason why her route was deemed more important than Airi's for the 2nd half of the series.
As for the side characters, I liked all of them. Ranka Sena was enjoyable to watch during the small parts in which she was given screen time, and Yuiko Amaha was definitely a nice addition to the series. She's bound to give you some laughs from time to time, whenever she's given screen time as well.
Specifically, however, the best character was hands-down Airi Sena, and she made the entire series much better overall.
So, let's recap a bit of what's been discussed thus far.
The story has its ups and downs, the first half is great while the second lacks due to a switch of routes halfway through. Would have been an incredible series had it stuck with Airi Sena's route all 12 episodes, and even better if it was given 24 specifically for Airi's route.
The characters are great. There are a few meh characters, but overall, Airi Sena makes the series so much better and is the poster girl of the entire series.
Final score for story: 5.93/10
Final score for characters: 8.77/10
Art & Sound -
Where Mashiro Iro Symphony lacks most sticks out like a sore thumb: the art. The art isn't the worst thing I've ever seen, but to put it into specific terms, it doesn't even come close to holding a candle to the art of the visual novel.
I will say that I do, however, understand why... as it takes a lot more time and money to animate an anime series than it does to create a visual novel... animation vs still images. But the fact still remains that the visual novel's amazing art makes the art of the anime series look like crap.
That being said, however, the score I gave for art definitely says it's NOT crap. It's below average, yes. But not crap. The character designs were still done well enough to tolerate, even if you read the visual novel before watching the anime. The still images (backgrounds, scenery, details) are definitely worthy of a bit of praise, but still aren't anything special. Again, just enough to get by really.
But the part where Mashiro Iro Symphony exceeds the most also sticks out like a sore thumb: the soundtrack.
I've never really placed much of a high value on the soundtrack of just about any series, as I'm not super musically-oriented on a series when I'm watching it as much as I am oriented towards the story and characters. Even some of the most amazing soundtracks haven't left me with many feelings afterwards; I just think of everything in a soundtrack as white noise that prevents a scene from being empty voices.
The same isn't true for Mashiro Iro Symphony.
The series' soundtrack had many, and I mean MANY, aspects that were left lingering in my mind hours, hell even DAYS after I finished watching it. Not really that I know specific names of, but there was one track that I do, called "Sayonara Kimi no Koe." Beautiful track.
But overall, the soundtrack of Mashiro Iro Symphony is just am amazing one... believe me, there isn't a single song that you won't enjoy in this series, and most of the time you'll remember things as more than just white noise to prevent the voice actors from sound awkward.
In addition, the voice acting was top notch as well. I also enjoyed the ending song, and the opening song is as amazing as the soundtrack as well. The opening song also paved the way to learning about my current favorite J-Pop artist (for a little over a year now) named ChouCho.
The art lacks simply because it wasn't that great. Though it's only actually "bad" when compared directly to the visual novel.
The soundtrack is absolutely incredible, my all-time favorite anime soundtrack and I doubt that'll change any time soon. The voice acting is great, the ending song is pretty good, and the opening song is absolutely amazing and has been sort of life-changing.
Final score for art: 4.22/10
Final score for sound: 9.91/10*
*prevented from being a 10 because I gave the ending theme a 9.8/10.
Let's do a quick overview, before I give a final score.
The story of Mashiro Iro Symphony is definitely an enjoyable one, it just lingers with a few flaws that prevent it from being anything special. It would have definitely been something great had it stuck with the same route the entire series, and even more so had it been given 12 more episodes. I thought that the first half was about as good as you could get, with the second being the reason why this series isn't much more than "kinda good." It just isn't anything too special. However, the characters were pretty great. There were a few meh characters in there, but Airi Sena really did carry the show and led it to being something you wouldn't really expect in a harem anime. The art was below average, and bad when compared to the visual novel. The sound was amazing. The soundtrack is the best I've ever seen in any anime, and the voice acting and title themes were both great as well.
Final score for Mashiro Iro Symphony: The Color of Lovers: 7.29/10
Enjoyment level: 8
Although I gave the overall rating a 7 on this review, I still leave it as an 8 on my list due to my enjoyment level. That isn't the case with every series, but it is with this one.
Who I'd recommend this to: any fan of the harem genre, or anyone who "likes" the harem genre but is a little sick of the tropes and looking for something fresh.
Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I did writing it! See ya next time!!
Information regarding watches:
I first watched Mashiro Iro Symphony: The Color of Lovers in October of 2014. It was the 3rd series I ever started since coming back to watching anime in 2014, and the 2nd that I finished (since I started Kill la Kill a few days before Mashiro Iro Symphony, but finished it a day after).
I re-watched the series less than a month later, as an attempt to fully understand the problems of the series. I felt an extreme void after finishing it that I thought could only be cured by re-watching it. It was. I, then, wrote a review of it, in which I rated the series a 9.
Then, I re-re-watched the series about 3 months later. When my computer had broken down, I was left with only anime for 2 weeks, and decided to try watching this series again in an attempt to write a more critical review of it. I gave the series an 8, but I thought the review still lacked, as I only really focused on the harem aspect of the series and the deconstructing value as opposed to the series as a whole.
About a month ago, in October of 2015, I decided to give the series one more watch, to sort of "celebrate" the one-year mark of watching this series. I had the series on DVD by then, and was able to watch it fully uncensored alongside the Airi ending spinoff and the picture drama with subtitles. My re-re-re-watch allowed me to obtain an even firmer grasp of the series as a whole, and realize how I truly felt about it and make critical analyses of it.
I would also like to mention that I read the visual novel, every route from start to finish (minus the PSP-exclusive routes of Sana and the girl that wasn't in the anime, Yutsuki, since I didn't feel motivated at the time) in December of 2014, which was between my second and third watch of the series. I self-translated it using a dictionary. read more
Once upon a time, I was browsing through My Anime List, looking for a new anime to watch. That's when I found Mashiroiro Symphony. From the look of it, I guessed that it was based off of a visual novel. I've been a big fan of visual novels being turned into animes, I guess that's why I liked A Bridge to the Starry Skies, The Rose Madder Colored Hills, etc. So, I decided to try it. I didn't expect to find such a masterpiece.
So, story wise, nothing fancy. It's your typical harem anime that starts out with a boy coincidentally meeting what appears to be the main character of the story when looking for his sister. After that, he meets a bunch of other girls, and boom. He has his own personal harem. What I was thinking at the time was "This is almost a cliché harem anime". I mean, this is basically how all harem animes start. HOWEVER, as I started getting further into the show, my opinion changed. The thing about harem animes is that 99% of the time, the first girl he meets in the show is the girl he falls for in the end. 99% of the time, and that's a fact. With Mashiroiro Symphony, it pulled the carpet out from under me, and halfway within the series the main girl changed. I wasn't expecting that. That's when the story started getting good.
Artwork was excellent. Actually, the artwork was why I fell in love with this anime. When visual novels get turned into animes, there's just something in the artwork that tells you "I used to be a Visual Novel". That may just be me, but either way, stunning. Absolutely beautiful. I loved the character art and the scenery. Gorgeous.
Sound-wise, I feel like I've heard a lot of the voice actors play in other animes, and by other animes, I mean other animes that used to be visual novels, so I was fairly happy that I recognized some of the voices in the show. Despite my love for the voices, there was a single voice that irritated the crap out of me. Sure, I liked the character, but when all he says is "Pyu" over and over again, it will seriously bug the hell out of you. I know it's a cat/alien, but at least let it have other things to say then "Pyu".
Finally. I've spent years trying to find a harem anime where the main character isn't either:
A) A Pervert
B) Someone who get's flustered easily.
What I'm trying to say is that Uryuu is the one lead harem character that doesn't annoy the hell out of me. Not only is he cool, but his choices in friends is 5 Star material. That brings me to the second thing I've been searching for for years in harem animes: The male role's best friend isn't a pervert either! Along with Uryuu, we got a bunch of other characters that made me happy to see. Sure, we've got a couple tsunderes, but we've also got an animal lover, a cool younger sister, and a hyperactive maid. +1 for the character designing.
I can say that I enjoyed the show. I really liked it a lot. It took me a few episodes to really get into it, but I feel like I've found a treasure in the harem anime/visual novels that get turned into animes vault. Definitely worth watching. read more
When I first took a look into Mashiro-iro Symphony I never thought it would drag me in as much as it did. It took hold of my attention when I was watching, and didn't let go of me until I got though the whole anime; and yes I did marathon the anime for me it was that good.
I've always been a fan of romance animes, they're what I go to when I need an uplifting story or a sad one; this anime does it that bill of being one of the higher end romance animes that I've seen (and I've seen a lot of them). It may have had those slow moments, and those slightly inappropriate moments but over all I thought the storyline and character progression really overshadowed those moments making it a very good anime. Especially one that can throw around your feelings like it was nothing.
The story and how it progressed through each character is what I think make it worth watching. Each storyline per character had it's own story to tell, each one had their own part in the story that just made the anime, and it's characters click. It wouldn't have been a romance if it didn't have it's ups and downs right? The way those problems and resolves came in truly made this story very, very enjoyable for me.
I thought the character was really good, the uniforms were well designed and well executed in color. Each character had their own unique part of their character that made them different from other character designs I've seen in the past. Also the character expressions were really on point. Though there were little design mishaps, I believe in my mind that it did not effect the anime at all.
I thought the intro was amazing, I even downloaded it because I like it that much. The sounds in the anime were well place during certain parts which really added to the mood of the setting. The only problem for me was there were some parts where a song or two would have played well, but were just blank leaving for some awkward moments but other than that I thought it was really good.
Each Character have their own story, which adds to the mood of the story. They all have their own backdrop that pulls you in quite a lot. To be fair, each character were individually good at playing their part in the story that it is without a doubt one of the harder times you can pick out your favourite (couple/person) because each one has their own good qualities.
Overall this anime will forever be one of my favourites!
Mashiro-iro Symphony = MUST SEE read more
This is quite possibly the best anime that I've ever seen that has harem listed as a genre.
I'm sure that you will all agree that the most annoying thing about any harem anime is the perverted characters who tries to hit on everyone/ gets hit on by everyone. Thus, I have more or less given up on the harem genre and steer well clear. However, this anime is like hope at the bottom of Pandora's box.
I really like how the protagonist is not just a decent person for once but he cares so much about everyone around him. All he is ever trying to do is help (leading to a number of misconceptions). The story line is not about him and every other girl falling in love symultaniously but rather, it focuses on the development of a single girl's feelings... before disregarding them for the next. He takes everyone's feelings and attitudes to heart, and is always trying to help.
I most certainly did not expect the ending of this.
Plot: (Warning Spoilers)
As I'm sure you've gathered from the synopsis, the series starts with our protagonist looking for his lost sister and when they find one another there is a girl, our other main character, from the presteious girls highschool with the sister. This makes you think, oh no - here we go again.
There is a merger plan between the girls highschool and the protagonist's co-ed school and our protagonist, his sister and his (not perverted) best friend are enrolled in the experiment.
Our main girl instantly makes the boys feel unwelcome and from there on its tsundre. The character development is mainly centred around her rather than every girl. But then suddenly, about half way through the series the main girl switches. Completely unexpected. The new main girl is also tsundre but more heavily so (if you know what I mean). She loves the protagonist but he doesn't seem to love her back. Instead he is falling for her best friend (who is the only one whom he actually loves). read more
Both has the same school, harem and romance genre, with a little bit ecchi, checked.
Both main male charaters have a dude who serves as their bro, checked.
Both male lead have met the female lead prior to being their classmate in school, checked.
Both also features a high school senior who is frendly with the male lead, checked.
Both male leads were living with their sibling, checked.
Both male lead begun their school year with a rocky start, checked.
In HKH the main bitch is the female lead's friend, while in MS the female lead is the bitch, checked.
The sibling in MS is a girl who is part of the male lead's harem, while in HKH the male lead's sibling is a boy, checked.
Though, the male lead in HKH is living with his sibling, they also have a guardian looking after them, while in MS both male lead and his sister are living alone, but they were on the same year level and both attend the same school, checked.
The plotline is kinda similiar in aspect to a sibling moving to one place or changing their "surroundings" to another school. They discover their common intrestest amongst friends and eventually find love
Both are dull to a sense, and nothing really happens in either of these anime..
Both are Harem with generic and cliche plot+characters
Mashiroiro has more drama though
While the story is very similar as it revolves around a protagonist who goes to a new school, what's really similar is the characters particularly Sana and Ibuki, not only 'cause they're both tsunderes but something else is the same which I won't say because it's a spoiler.
The main protagonist and his younger sibling start attending new schools and meet new friends (mostly girls). Both have a mix of comedy and drama, but Hoshizora has more comedy than Mashiroiro. The girls all have a wide variety of hair colors and styles, and there is a small amount of nudity in each.
- Similar animation
- Both are Harem/Romance Animes
- Both get depressing near the end
- Characters are similar
just when you though the main character will like this person, it changes to the other, but yosuga transfer in many direction of relationship.
this anime really reminds me of Yosuga no Sora.especially the main girl
both the main girls have same attitude.
both anime the main male character's sister wants more attention and feel jealous if they talk to any other female.
both of them main female characters think deeply.
if you like on then you will definitely like another.
They are both anime where the main guy likes the main girls (well duh). But the main guy has a sister and ends up with her in one of the splits, yosuga no sora is in an omnibus format which means you get to see all the possible outcomes!
These series have quite a few simularities. First of, there is the young male who lives with his younger sister. He ends up helping out a female and the next day meets her at school, only to find out that she has another side to her personality. There is also a color theme.
Multiple girls like the main character. Similar art.
Graphics , story , the feeling. And both of them look like a harem game , where main character choses a path ( a girl ) and try to finish the game with that girl's ending . But of course in anime , main character doesn't understand the others feelings and ends up with not choosing any of them . Makes you mad .
More then one girl is in love with the male guy.
Male ends up with the unexpected girl.
Tells each side of the girls stories.
Harem anime that, unlike most harem shows, don't immediately make it obvious who the guy will end up with. Both have five girls and one guy (though not all of those girls have romantic feelings for the guy) and they each have bright, unique hair colors and archetypes.
Both are school-age harem romantic comedies that are a bit less focused on slapstick comedy and the "accidental pervert" trope than most in the genre. Moreover, both anime reach a satisfying conclusion, in which the boy makes a choice about who to love--and in neither case, does he make the "obvious" choice.
The little sister of the main character from Mashiroiro is similar to Furukawa Nagisa from Clannad. They both appears to be weak but works hard and are very resilient, not to mention cute.
The original soundtracks from both the series are very alike.
The atmosphere at the school is quite the same too.
Both are originated from Visual Novel.
The calm and smooth going plot of both anime are very appealing to watch.
just trust me they will both make you cry like absolute babies its immensely sad and has its comedy bits as well as some weird moments
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