English: Mashiroiro Symphony
Synonyms: Mashiroiro Symphony: Love Is Pure White, Mashiro-iro Symphony, Pure White Symphony
Japanese: ましろ色シンフォニー -The color of lovers-
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 5, 2011 to Dec 21, 2011
24 min. per episode
R+ - Mild Nudity
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Score: 7.421 (scored by 22264 users)
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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 sticking the Kagamidai boys into the Yuihime girls all at once, a plan is concocted in which a group of test males will be inserted into the Girls' Private Academy first.
Thus it is that 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)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Mashiroiro Symphony
Side story: Mashiroiro Symphony: The Color of Lovers Picture Drama, Mashiroiro Symphony: Airi ga Anata no Kanojo ni!?
Characters & Voice Actors
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
Clannad, Kanon (2006) or ef - a tale of memories/melodies although aging, are the anime who solely represent how romance visual novels should be adapted. As an anime which aims to be romantic, the formula for success is quite simple. Cookie cutter girls are thrown into the same world with a heartthrob and there their feelings would be played around with might it be love or hate. Though absolutely clichéd, this method of portrayal proved to be effective when handling rom-coms. However as time pass, what was known as lovely and heart-warming was tainted by inappropriate fan service, unfunny and exaggerated humor but most of all, the formula was rehashed again and again making it feel like you’ve seen everything. Thus, the same type of characters appears in every anime with the same genre only with varying facial features. Yet despite that, some studios are too lazy to put in much effort even just to differentiate characters only relying to different hair colors and to two-syllable names to make them easy to remember and distinct from one another. Sadly, Mashiro-iro badly suffers from one of these categories; it was already done before, and in a much better way.
As an anime that has the same method of its predecessors, the story format of Mashiro-iro is quite simple. Our hero wanders off in a peaceful town and meets an atypical girl (our heroine) in an unusual way. Surprisingly, the girl whom our hero has met is in the same school as his and eventually they became classmates. The boy then tries to befriend the girl and her friends but she shrugs him off saying she doesn’t want to because she has more serious matters to attend to. Despite the prima donna attitude, the girl has some secrets and problems she doesn’t want anyone else to find out. Accidentally, the boy found out about this and offered his help. The girl at first rejected the boy, but since he was so persistent she had no choice but to accept it. Despite the boy having without any romantic intentions, the girl developed a feeling of love, and I might as well say that the boy did too. Thus through a simple twist of fate, everything was changed for the couple. Now if the anime focused more on improving their relationship with the help of everyone around then this could easily be the spitting image of a modern day Clannad but true enough, it doesn’t stop there. You could treat the first half of the series as a different story since the second half of the series underwent drastic changes. After the main heroine was introduced and her problem solved, the story now focused on the side characters, or so they were.
For a sweet and happy first half, the second half was rather jarring. As the other characters were introduced, they quickly overshadowed the main girl whom the viewers have grown attached to. Not only that, the series took a much unexpected turn in which not only the main girl was thrown off the scene, but another girl took her place in being the leading lady. In the blink of an eye, what happened during the first half was all forgotten and was never given any further attention. Everything happened as if there was a sudden change of scripts which was much uncalled for. Viewers did not see it coming and there was no reasonable explanation on why the scriptwriters would do such a thing. The cause would probably be because it seemed so generic, the staff in their saving efforts might have placed an event as such for them to be labeled as unique but instead of impressing its audience, it made the audience scratch their heads in confusion, raise an eyebrow, or even curse the scriptwriters. Although not a School Days-tier shocker, a lot of people would be annoyed by the decision made by the creators. And thus would be the most fatal error they’ve made in the series.
For an anime that had me hoping for so much it’s just sad to see that what had great potential was wasted because of mishandling. Having said that, I’d recommend treating Mashiro-iro Symphony as one anime with two different themes: the first part portraying on how it feels like to have a crush, while the second part dealing on how it feels like to have a lover.
Nonetheless, the opening and ending songs are so gentle it could easily drive away whatever grievances you have against this anime. In the opening song “Authentic Symphony”, Choucho really shines with lyrics illustrating how romantic and lovely this series is supposed to be. While on the other hand, the ending song “Suisai Candy” by marble is so sweet just like what its title is. What’s more is that it is so catchy you’ll be surprised that you’re already singing along. If an anime’s criteria for rating is only music then Mashiro-iro will without a doubt get a perfect 10.
Concerning the sound department would also be the voice actors. With different character personalities, you could easily identify who’s the tsun, the tomboy, the caring senior or the “dumb maid”. Though sometimes it seems that they speak very slow, the voice actors still did a good job in providing personalities for the characters. Although sometimes, there are some parts which felt that it dragged on for too long (sedating at most) because of how the characters speak and act slow. Along with the packaging of a character are the designs and as I have stated above, there wasn’t much of a distinction among them but the different hairstyles and hair colors which can be accurately observed in the ending song sequence. Another issue concerning its art would be the distortion of the characters’ faces when zoomed out. The male protagonist Uryuu suffers the most from this.
When all’s been said and done and despite the drawbacks, by all means Mashiro-iro Symphony is not a bad anime. It has a proper storyline and characters you could easily like without focusing much on giving fan service. If you’re a fanatic of sweet and romantic love story then I don’t see why you shouldn’t give this one a shot just be wary of the second half. Sure it is no Clannad, Kanon or ef but it is one of the most decent adaptations I have seen this year. If not for the sudden changes then this would easily be a contender for 2011. After all, who doesn’t like a sugary sweet love story?
all the female likes the male protagonist
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 art are quite same.. Both are about Harem and romance..
Multiple girls like the main character. Similar art.
Yeah.. Pretty much the same
Very similar anime. Love story and drama.
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.
Opening Theme"Authentic symphony" by Choucho
Ending Theme"Suisai Candy (水彩キャンディー)" by marble
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