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Lets start with the story. At first, I thought it would be a comedy/magical girl/search for the mysterious thing sort of anime. At first, I thought it would be utterly boring from the synopsis. Who wants to watch slice of life like the original synopsis I read made it sound like? I usually don't.
Then, I thought it would be a comedy/romance where Ringo realized how much she came to love Shouma over the course of the series. I am not much of a person for romance either, to be honest, but the comedy kept me coming back.
To get to the point, its like a gigantic maze where you constantly think that THIS time you are going the right way and not getting utterly lost.
I gave up on trying to figure it out around two thirds of the way through and just went along with it, but when you finally find the exit its like.. that was it?
No, it was nothing like what I expected. Nothing at all. In the first half, it had the great comedy that kept me watching through what I thought it may be and direction that during the painful wait of the week I re-watched all of the episodes currently out.
This later turned out to be a good thing since it let me remember a bit better how I went into this maze, because with all the twist and turns this show took, you would have to of had looked at some complicated chart of ideas and plot lines that show up beforehand to get a slightly tighter grasp than others the first time around watching. It is one of those shows that's like a box jam-packed with things that you can't even see hardly any past the first layer until you sort through it bit by bit, going back to it every now and then to give it another look to see what is in there. Sometimes coming upon things that creates an "Oh, so that's where it's been!" sort of moment.
One thing besides the comedy that kept me loving it was the art, but sadly I can not give it a ten like I wish to, because some episodes the animation and such..changed style terribly which bothered me a lot. Really, I didn't find the animation change bad, per say, but rather too different from the norm of the show to not be jarring. Prepare yourselves if you are marching in for the animation alone at first. Then there's the sound, which I also like... but it kinda got repetitive to be honest which in my opinion, detracted from how pretty it sounded.
Overall, it is defenenantly one of those roller coaster rides that go all over and kinda wan't to make you barf, yet leave you wanting to ride it again. In other words, I highly recommend watching this series over and over again over the course of a long period of time.