English: The World is Still Beautiful
Synonyms: Still world is Beautiful
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2014 to Jun 29, 2014
22 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.781 (scored by 18465 users)
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SynopsisNike, the fourth princess of the Rain Dukedom and one who holds the power to call forth the rain, travels to the Sun Kingdom to marry Sun King Livius for her country, despite her own reluctance. She soon discovers that the King, who conquered the world in only three years after his ascendance to the throne, is still a child! Furthermore, for trivial reasons, he has demanded that Nike call forth the rain...?!
Related AnimeAdaptation: Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii
Characters & Voice Actors
There is something about this show that sets itself apart from other shoujo that have been coming out as of late. It doesn't have the best animation, nor the prettiest and well designed characters around or anywhere near a original story line that is deep. Shortly after the first episode I found that something. In the areas where it lacks, it has the charm to make up for it and it adds to the magical and alluring atmosphere of the series. Adapted from Dai Shiina's manga, "The World is still Beautiful" the story follows a princess from the rain principality in Nike Remercier who was pushed to have an arranged marriage to the person who conquered the world for her country, despite her unwillingness. That person is Sun King, Livius Orvinus Ifrikia who she later discovers is a young kid and this is how this charming series begins, these two characters create something special that has an old-school shoujo style and feel to it.
The story is episodic structured though there is an overarching plot which becomes clear early on in the series, a overall goal. Livi has spent all his years as King in conquering the world due to unfortunate events that happened in his past that has made him grow cold and cruel and began to distrust those around him. Nike is sent to marry Livi so her country can retain its autonomy after he demanded it. Nike who has the power to call forth the rain was the perfect settlement between the two countries. After both starting off with the wrong foot forward, these two later develop a awkward yet special relationship. As the story progresses, Nike helps Livi as he slowly begins to realize that there is still good in the world and it can be a beautiful place. Right now, the alarms are ringing. The age gap between the two is very far apart but don't let that put you off. Their relationship will prove promising early on and it really delivers, it is certainly sincere and realistic than a lot of other romance series out there.
If there was ever a series that was made for a studio, it's Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii and Studio Pierrot with it's old-school, fairy-tale, quasi-european look and tone with the backgrounds, landscapes and architectures which is very charming, something refreshing making it fit well within the fantasy themes. The animation, character designs and overall visuals are nothing spectacular but they ain't ordinary either, in fact it can be very stunning but those moments are scattered about. Something I found interesting was that the characters in various moments wore different clothes ranging from formal to casual and they were well designed. The colors used in the series add to heart-warming vibe, nicely bright that had a glossy shine to it.
The soundtrack is perhaps a strength within the series. It gives off a majestic feel, something similar to old Disney classics and really puts a mark on the themes. The song, "Beautiful Rain" a.k.a "Tender Rain" by Rena Maeda who is the voice actor of Nike becomes a signature musical item that plays when Nike sings to call forth the rain. Her voice is sublime, as soon as the song hits the climax it tends to create a magical moment and leaves you mesmerize. The Opening song, "Beautiful World" by Joanna Koike instantly sets the mood, it is catchy and uplifting. The Ending song that is also done by Rena Maeda, "Promise" showcases her beautiful voice in a very elegant manner, it's the perfect song to end this romantic tale. They sure did a excellent job on the casting, again, a lot of praise to Rena Maeda on Nike's voice...it really is the heart and soul of show, she really brings her character to life and compliments Nike's personality. Nobunaga Shimazaki had a tough task ahead of him while casting Livi's character. How to make him sound mature while fitting the age and appearance of his character. He succeeded and did a fantastic job at that.
The supporting characters compliment Nike and Livi greatly, especially Neil who is Livi's loyal butler and tutor who guides him through his campaign as King. His reactions to bizarre and silly antics is golden. What makes this series so fascinating and alluring is Nike and Livi and their interactions and relationship. Nike has all the traits of a typical loud-mouth, mentally strong-willed female character but shows a sincere soft side and comes across more human-like and sensible rather than your stereotypical characters that act stupidly rash and annoying. How great is the chemistry between her and Livi. Their personalities and traits clash but somehow they make it work, there is definitely an emotional-need type connection between the two, they even look incomplete when not together. The writers did a good job on Livi's character to not make him too childish, that took care to give him maturity beyond his age.
The romance doesn't feel forced despite the arrangement between the two, it feels rather natural and there is a real connection between them. Take Nike's power for example. Her inspiration to calling forth the rain is by seeing the beauty in the world through the one who wishes for the rain. Livi is incapable of seeing such things at first but Nike connects with him emotionally and becomes her goal for him to finally start seeing how beautiful the world is. Thankfully, while the subject matter is taken seriously, the series itself retains a sense of light fun. The humor is multi-faceted, sometimes its slapstick, sometimes it's a little more adult. Surprisingly, the series occasionally breaks the fourth wall, which is a delight for fans of meta-humor and this is very much created by Nike and Livi's relationship.
Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii throws together a bit of everything from magic to royalty, minor action scenes to touching flashback moments. The show does a careful balancing act of entertaining the audience with a bit of each, all the whilst ensuring to never take itself too seriously. Thus the fun, comedic and over the top dramatic moments. Nonsensical moments are a plenty, but as I had said previously, the show doesn't even pretend to take itself seriously. Overall this series was a sleeper for Spring season and become one of my top personal favorites. There's some good suspense here, that's for sure and it's much deserved for this excellent adaptation. There is a bit of serenity with this series while also being fun and full of life, it really is one of the most charming shows in a long time. It takes you back to the roots of good and wholesome anime's and I am glad that I have been present along this journey from day one. Give it a go, it is really easy to get into and as the viewer, you reap the rewards of this brilliant romantic shoujo.
9.5/10 absolutely fantastic!
This is one of the best shoujos I've watched so far. It stands out with it's unusual setting, great and not cliché at all characters and the great music.
It was pretty original. I like the world the author created, although I couldn't understand everything about it. The story was a bit too fast paced for my taste in the first half, but it got more well balanced towards the end. It felt a bit over dramatic to me at some parts, maybe because twelve episodes are not enough to really get into the story and feel moved by the drama. I did feeled pretty moved in the last 2-3 episodes though.
The art was nothing outstanding, but it wasn't bad either. I liked the way the eyes were drawned.
This was my favourite part of this anime. The music is great. I really like the rain summoning song, it's so touching and I can never get enough of it. The opening was pretty nice too and the ending was great. The voice acting was really good too. I liked how Princess Nike didn't have a over high pitched voice like most girls in anime.
The two main characters were really well developed. We got to learn about their past and how they became the way they were. The way their relationship developped was really nice too, it felt realistic. Most supporting characters like the butler didn't get much development, but they were funny and interesting. Some of them could have been removed without changind anything, like the elder trio (I never understood what their role in this story was).
I really liked this anime, the first episode really got me hooked and I enjoyed most episodes a lot.
It is a great shoujo and I don't get why it isn't more popular. I really liked the older woman with younger man (or child here) kind of relationship. It's so unusual but worked great here. A must watch for fans of romance that are getting tired of the typical shoujos with shy girls and strong boys. read more
Both have the same cougar to tadpole kind of relationship.
Both cougars have special powers, and the tadpoles is just an ordinary boy.
Both have the same fantasy and romance genre.
One has an extra sci-fi genre while the other has an extra magic genre.
The boy in one anime is just an ordinary high-school student with a bad case of narcolepsy, while the boy in another anime is a bratty ruler.
The cougar in one anime really does maintain a romantic relationship with her tadpole, while the cougar in another anime acts like a mother figure to her tadpole.
The same Milf to young teen kind of relationship, except the kid in one anime is a bratty ruler, while the teen in the other is an ordinary high school student.
Both have the same sotacon element where it involves mature lady to young boy kind of romance. It also involves mature lady having special ability and young boy being just a simple human, and beside there is no anime version of the classic "The King and I" movie, where the anime SSU is more related to.
Yes, if you liked Lovely complex, Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii is very simmilar. Very good art, funny interesting story, includes romance, both of them are awesome. Lovely complex was my favourite shoujo anime, but now I can't decide between these two. Both girls are strong, funny and rude and boys are smaller than girls.
Yeah.. Finally i found anime like lovely complex. If you like Lovely Complex, Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii is very similar.
- both anime have a tall girl
- both anime have a chibi guy (Smaller guy)
- Romcom (Romance Comedy) where girl & boy fighting each other
- Same plot but Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii much to empire
Plot : girl & boy fighting each other ->day after day they be friends -> love one another
Sorry my english is bad :/
Both have the tall girl short boy theme
Both have girl and boy who started out fighting each other
If you liked one you will love the other one
Opening Theme"BEAUTIFUL WORLD" by Joanna Koike (小池ジョアンナ)
Ending Theme"PROMISE" by Rena Maeda (前田玲奈)
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