Murasame Sumika is popular in the high school for her excellence in the marks and sports. However, she has a secret: she is in love with her classmate Kazama Ushio. Ushio also has a liking to the love between girls, but she hasn't noticed Sumika's feeling and always been refused by other girls.
I think we all know how painful it can be to love someone who doesn't love you back. I certainly do, and I don't think I've ever seen an anime series that depicted the loneliness--and very rarely the joy--of one-sided love as well as the shojou ai romcom Sasameki Koto did.
I began watching Sasameki Koto at the very beginning of the year, around the same time I started Junjou Romantica. I could not have picked a better first shojou ai series. Although it is basicly about the love between two girls, it is way lighter and more fun then some of the more dramatic shojou ai series out there, making it a perfect introduction to the genre.
Sumika Murasame is an intelegent, tough as nails highschooler with a big problem: she has fallen in love with another female, her best friend, Ushio Kazama. The problem isn't that Ushio doesn't like girls--in fact, she's absoluely crazy about them--the problem is that Ushio only likes "cute" girls. Small, weak, shy girls that one would feel compelled to protect. Sumika, being unusually tall and a martial arts expert, does not at all meet this description.
Sasameki Koto presented a very simple story, and was able to do a lot with it. Something different happened every episode, and they managed to bring in very satisfying romantic scenes and wonderful comedy without being too unrealistic. The only problem was that some episodes had no real significance, and could have been skipped over in order to make room for a decent ending. Note before you watch Sasameki Koto that the ending is very abrupt, and will probably leave you unsatisfied and thinking 'That's it?'
The characters made this series what it was. Each character was unique and quirky, and you pretty much had to love every one of them. We start out with the two mains, Sumika and Ushio, and their friend, the happy-go-lucky Kiyori. Later, we are introduced to Akemiya, a dorky boy with a huge crush on Sumika, Tomoe and Miyako, a lesbian couple who hopelessly attempt to start a school club for lesbian girls, and Aoi, a passionate fan of a series of yuri novels. The characters are all very well developed, and it's very entertaining to watch them in their everyday lives.
The main reason I like Sasameki Koto is that you can feel the characters' emotions as if they are your own. There are several scenes in this series that will make one think "I've felt that way before." The series manages to perfectly execute the drama of one sided love without being melodramatic, and seeing as this is a Highschool story, this is a major accomplishment.read more
First of all i want to say that "Sasameki koto" was my first Shoujo-ai anime and because of that it kind of changed my view on Shoujo-ai series and all that girl+girl thing.
Story: "sasameki koto" tells us a story about love which seems strange to many of us and that love is between girls no that love which we call "friends" but real love , feelings and wanting to be with some one. The story revolves around few girls Kazama, Ushio and Murasame, Sumika also their many friends which they encounter. Murasame Sumika feel in love with her best Friend Kazama Ushio who falls in love with all the "cute" girls she see, for Murasame its the worst thing that can happen because she isn't the "cute" type if you think about it shes more like guy shes tall , strong and also knows karate ... well in other words the opposite of the type that Kazama likes because of that Murasama suffers alot. She also suffers because of seeing Kazama always getting hurt by other girls ... and getting her heart broken. Story goes into many misunderstandings and alot more sufferings but only to be relieved by some humor and joy of main characters "after bad things happens there are always something good awaiting". When going further into story we see some development of feelings from both sides still that was a mystery for me because it was my first Shoujo-ai anime ... with that i got into it and wanted to see more. Because of that i came across even more changes in their characteristics after some time i noticed Jealousy coming from Kazama who i thought had no interests in Murasame. With that i will end my review.
Art: Well art is beautiful all the characters are beautifully drawn and all the atmosphere is warm.
Characters: It was a wonderful character development and characteristics of each protagonist every moment of jealousy and such was shown nicely.
Enjoyment: well i enjoyed these series alot because it was my first shoujo-ai anime.
Overall: its a great love story which makes some difference from these plain every day anime romances which we see happening and after 4 eps you can already tell what will happen in the end ... I would suggest to watch this if you ain't against girls love!. read more
Ahh, my very first Shoujou ai Anime... What I would give to remove the show in my brain and watch it again to get that "first time" feeling.
Sumika Murasame, a high school girl is secretly in love with her best friend Ushio Kazama. Unfortunately, Ushio only likes girls that are cute and small. Sumi is not cute, tall and very athletic. The anime follows exactly the plot of the manga version of the same name (Except episode 12). If this was a stand-alone anime then story rating would have been lower due to the ending of the show (the ending of the show was the ending of manga version volume 1). Since they were following the manga version's plot, it's getting a high rating. I've read the manga version until the end and it was wonderful.
The show has a great animation with few minor flaws that are not distracting.
It's getting a low rating because they keep using it every episode. It eventually got annoying and this also tells me that they're not good at coming up with new soundtrack
The characters in the show(and manga) are well developed.. You have Sumika, a tall and athletic girl. She is the main protagonist of the show and she is Ushio's best friend since middle school. You have Ushio, a lesbian girl who likes "cute" girls. She and Sumika met in middle school and has been best friends ever since. You have other supporting characters but I'm not going to list them.
I really enjoyed the show. There are 2 things depicted in this show. What it feels like to be in love with your best friend and if society will accept you because you're lesbian/gay.
It's got a great story, great character development and a great animation. I recommend you watch the anime first so you don't have to read the first 12 chapters of the manga version. If you're not planning to read the manga at all then don't bother watching this show. The manga picks up where the show exactly left.
-Realistically depicts the lesbian relationship
-Took its time to explain things
Whispered Words (AKA Sasameki Koto) is in the rare genre of genuine lighthearted gay/lesbian romance shows, exempt from the usual pandering to yaoi/yuri fetishists. It’s nice to branch out and explore different types of love and how anime handles it every once and awhile, and it would be even better if the show ended up being something rather special. Unfortunately, I can’t say that for Whispered Words.
This anime follows a protagonist named Sumika as she attends school with her childhood friend Ushio, whom Sumika secretly has romantic feelings for. Ushio of course has no clue and lives out her school years feeling no shame whatsoever to being attracted to particularly cute girls. As the show moves on, they find other girls in similar situations in regards to lesbian love, and eventually form a ragtag club around the topic.
The show begins with the journey that the two leads have together before the club is formed, and once that does happen, the show shifts into daily life mischief with sprinkled commonplace yuri issues or ideas. In that sense it’s a very simplistic anime, but there were many times where it felt overly simplistic. The focus on serious topics disintegrates as they drag the show out with very slow fillers and pacing that would lose to a snail in a race. Though the topics at hand are addressed respectfully half the time, that didn’t stop the inclusion of a couple service shots or cheap jokes. By the halfway point, it had devolved into the same common anime tropes and scenarios. As predictable plot points come and go, and petty attempts for drama pile up, the show decides to finish up on a very unsatisfying conclusion, if you could even call it that. Although more famous exist, like Berserk or Evangelion (both of which are wrongly accused anyway), I’d gladly nominate this show for worst final episode in some hypothetical contest. During those episodes where everything felt somewhat natural, I did like sitting back and enjoying a very easygoing show with simple characters, but the real meat of the show doesn’t turn out anything remarkable at all by the end.
The characters weren’t as badly handled as the story, but sadly, they aren’t much to talk about. They’re sort of likable and that’s about it. When you step back and look at the whole cast, there isn’t anything beyond being balanced and tame. Also noticeable is a couple of yuri character tropes or reused scenes. Let’s just say it’s easy to pick out some archetypes that would fit with certain superficial personalities portrayed by Sailor Soldiers or Rose Bride Duelists. The bad news is that while certain developments happen in the show to make each of them grow, nothing was very impactful and there wasn’t much chemistry in the bits of romance that it had. I can give them credit that they’re at least tolerable to take in, unlike other stereotypical anime casts that end up being a complete chore to watch. So not the worst characters, just fairly forgettable.
Animation was done by AIC, with help from a couple smaller studios, which I find interesting considering it was pretty bad.The visuals move just like any other below average anime with only a few rare moments of creativity. Background work looks okay, and a sense of atmosphere is evident at the beginning and select parts in the latter half. For a show that moved at the pace of a disabled snail, I’ll take some honest atmosphere any day.
Both the OP and the ED were pretty damn stale, and that’s me on a nice day. Background music was likewise, consisting of a few calming tunes that weren’t too eye popping. Select tracks were used to over-glorify particular situations, and they ended up feeling too over the top to stomach. So sadly the sound department doesn’t get much either, and when everything adds up, this anime feels particularly sluggish. What started out as a lighthearted show turned into another uninspired, stereotypical filler anime for a studio that decided to skimp on all production aspects. Combined with a weak script, this brings the show down much more than it ought to.
Fun fact, this was one of the very first anime shows I completed. Back when I was testing the waters to find what anime could offer, this came and went in a day and I didn’t think much of it. It doesn’t really surprise me that when I saw more, this show would fall lower and lower on the quality spectrum. It’s rather abysmal at this point, but I guess I’ll keep it in a personal special place. Whispered Words is nothing special once it’s over, but for someone just stumbling onto anime, I really am glad I watched it early on.
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