In the story, Mitsuyoshi Tada, a boy who has never known love, is taking pictures of the cherry blossoms in full bloom when he meets Teresa Wagner, a transfer student from Luxembourg. Upon arriving in Japan, she got lost, separated from her travel companion. Mitsuyoshi helps her and brings her to his grandfather's coffee shop.
'Tada-kun Never Falls in Love' is a series I started watching just to know if this is actually true. Turns out the series stays loyal to its name for approximately 56 seconds. Simply amazing.
The idea is rather fresh for a romance series. Our main characters are a Japanese boy and an European exchange student who is currently living in Japan. One has to wonder how on earth on this day and age has this not been done before. Pretty much everyone knows at least 10 people IRL who have studied abroad via exchange studen programs. After getting a general idea of the premise, I was
sure I would like this series.
When it comes to our main characters, Tada is bit from the generic school boy side, but appears mature and highly certain about himself in the self-centered lone wolf type of way. His whole existence appears almost businesslike. Teresa on the other hand is very open and genuine person who has the tendency of seeing beauty in pretty much everything. A bit of 2pure4this world is radiating from her during scenes where she, for example, happily plays with a cat in the rain. I also get a heart-attack whenever there is a close-up of her emerald eyes shown on screen. These two people appear to be more similar than they personality-wise seem. Pretty cool.
Unfortunately, that's pretty much where the good things end. My biggest problem with this series are the side-characters who do not have in anyway believable personalities. Most of them come off as purely comedic devices rather than actual characters. It's pretty annoying and unnecessary. I am not sure if I prefer this over generic drama and love-triangles or not. That's how bad it is. The voice acting for these characters is so inferior compared to the main voice acting that is immersion-breaking and reminds me that I am indeed watching an anime. And now it is not even a romance anime anymore: It's a slice of life comedy, and most of the time not even very funny. Excluding the cats who are real MVP's. Overall, this would have been So. Much. Better. as a serious series. After the quite original and interesting settings, rest of the series is filled with generic content, typical cliches and cop-out writing. I am not very impressed..
The only thing I can say is, this show gives you the same content that you saw before on other shows about romcom. And you know what kind plot it has. The only thing that makes this show enjoyable is how the story progress. It doesn't matter if it has the same formula for the beginning and the ending atleast it manage to connect those parts and don't make the story kind of mess up.
Art Style, I don't know why I have to explain it. Everything I watch has the same style unless its 3D,2.5D or CGI then I guess I can give an opinion
about that. But if you are going to say, "How about the pictures? Aren't they good?" Yes, yes they are. But nothing is different. A picture within a picture, what's the difference?
Same to Sound/Music, unless Music itself was the topic of the show. For Voice Acting? Nothing aswell. Unless they try to speak English which is funny but nothing more. I'm not hating how they speak it, I just mentioning it because I had nothing to mention about the Sound/Music.
For the Characthers, well, they also similar to others but atleast they pick the good ones. And if you observe, all characters in this show can be equally devided as partners. So good news for Shippers, I guess... But nonetheless, the Main Characters are fun to watch together. The English title of this show tells our Male Protagonist, Tada-kun never falls in love, and of course, it wasn't true at all. Thats why it has a Romance Tag.
Do I enjoy watching this? Yes, yes I do. I don't care if it has a overused plot or a terrible presentation (For your prespective). I like watching this kind of shows and you might think now that starting from the beginning I was biased but I keep it equal as possible.
Overall, its good show, and if you think its overused plot shouldn't be given a chance, I feel so sorry for you. It doesn't matter if its overused. The thing that matters how its presented,how it showed and how it progress. I rather have the same meal for years than to starve to death. What I was pointing out is, overused doesn't mean terrible or bad. But regardless, this show surely isn't bad, the score already says it all. I wonder why. It has the same plot as the last anime I just give a review about yet they are given different treatment, sigh.
Tada is a nice and enjoyable watch that keeps you interested in what to come. If you want a solid, bubbly and romantic anime that isn't a repetitive washing of a romance, look no further.
Ratings~ Story  Art  Sound  Character  Enjoyment  Overall 
Perhaps a strength of the anime thus far. Tada progresses well and adds to the overall appeal of the bubbly anime. The reoccurring use of photography as the main theme holds it all together and in the end, we are left with an interesting anime in which, our attention is kept focused on the relationships within the
It presents a unique, yet quality approach to their intended romantic appeal. Soft and nice on the eyes and is consistent in its application. Considering that the series is set on photography, it's to be expected that the art is up to par and so far, it has delivered.
Op and ending tracks are fine. The voice acting is a lacklustre here and there but gets the job done. Nothing great of note here, especially as the plot doesn't really put an emphasis on sound.
Tada is a mix of extremely different yet familiar characters. They work well together and the series allows them to interact with each other and develop their relationships. However, I can't help but notice hollowness of some characters. It seems to me that Tada presents a character, says "ok this is your background" and then chucks them into the group to make them do things (*cough* Gentarō *cough* -_-). As a result, we are left with some noticeably uninteresting and forgetful characters early on into the series
It's really interesting to see how the characters pan out, early on in this series and its all due to the plots situation. The meshing of drastically different characters and how they interact with each other is enjoyable to watch and I can't help but wonder "whats going to happen to x and y next". The combination of seemingly night and day characters is what really has pushed this anime past "just another good watch".
Tada presents us with an interesting plot and drives us to watch. Through its interestingly stereotypical characters, and the unpredictability of their interactions, we are left with a great bubbly watch that you will look forward to and will lighten your day by even just a little.
As much as it is for a Doga Kobo original series (ever since the highly acclaimed Plastic Memories), the studio has nailed it once again.
This series is as unique as the title goes for rom-coms: rather than the MC fall in love with girls of unique origins and proportions, he chooses other aspects that will engage him in stuff rather than chasing love that is like the wind. So in a nutshell, rather than the usual boy-love-girl formula, engage the characters and cast of crew that goes along with the things they love to do, with love, feelings and whatnot becoming the backdrop of
I'll say this much: for a studio like Doga Kobo, their prowess in art never ceases to disappoint, even if the scenes do look tame at best. I get it that it's trying to recreate the visuals that proportionate to most other studios who can do their flare of art better, but for what it is, it handles exceedingly smooth and bold to form.
The characters themselves are another story though. Though with a huge cast of characters, it felt like everyone was trying to write their own story:
Tada and Teresa: Common with Rainbow Shogun that their relationship wires that way,
Ijuin and Alexandra (Alec): Common enemies that "might" have interest for each other (soon, we don't know!)
Hajime and Hawakase (Hina): Common with the usual fan-idol love
The concept IS indeed original, but not much has been tackled onto that, though we'll have to see towards the rest. For now it feels half-baked.
The sound department got a boost, with a fairly good sounding OST. Because the series doesn't demand the usual good Vs. evil but yet just some good ol' slapstick slice of life demeanor, that's why everything sounds so calm, from the character VAs and the overall ambience, it gives the laid-back feel that you can enjoy this without much of the archetype drama that so much anime had to have that make or broke the series as a whole.
For now, I can consider this as a good watch, even if not much of these story, or it's episodic flow can be ever gracious to us viewers. If you're considering whether to watch this, go ahead coz this, like many others out there is generic, but unlike them, it's unique on its own charm.
In these opening weeks of the Spring 2018 anime season, Steins;Gate 0 starts off as the by far highest rated anime, although Megalo Box is the new heavy hitter if we look past sequels. This and more in the opening edition of The Seasonal Quarterly.