Since the graduation of the senior members of the club, Takezou ends up being the sole member of the "Koto" (traditional Japanese string instrument) club. Now that the new school year has begun, Takezou will have to seek out new members into the club, or the club will become terminated. Out of nowhere, a new member barges into the near-abandoned club room, demanding to join the club. How will Takezou be able to keep his club alive and deal with this rascal of a new member?
Beautiful and heartwarming series that surprises us in each episode. Who will thought that we will have regular boy an deliquent and koto prodigy in one place and they will create a "space" that will reach us all? As much as story brings us enjoyment there is one thing that's most interesting and it's sound. Voice acting and instrument sounds are really nicely done here. I like art and I rated it high even if animations aren't top notch, at least this isn't a series when it's hard to recognize characters because they all look the same and act same.
The maybe one thing that
series lacks is small amount of female characters but opening gives us a hint that there will be one more girl showing up in later part of season.
This is the first anime I thought I needed to review it, super underrated in my opinion, I'm at episode 5 and already cried twice. To be honest, I get it, is an anime about playing Koto, a classic Japanese instrument, I always thought koto, kinda weird and stupid, and I wouldn't watch it if it wasn't recommended by a YouTuber that I watch, but they can make you emotional anyway, really great, looking toward watching everything, if my opinion changes I'll edit this review.
The story is great, the editing is great, the animation is Ok, nothing I wasn't expecting from a slice of life
about playing an instrument, music is great too.
The best part is the way that the director tells you the story, I've seen before directors not bringing the best out of a good story, but that is not the case, I feel like this anime would lose a lot of potentials if it was directed "wrong".
NON SPOILER REVIEW:
First let me start by saying I love this anime because I love the manga. The manga is near and dear to my heart with such amazing character development and storylines and it does not fail to give great art as well. As for the anime, I believe that it holds up to the standards the manga has set up. After only having watched five episodes so far I can tell that its going to be great. I will be updating this review once there are more episodes to compare to, I just felt compelled to write a review since this anime deserves
all the attention it can get.
Genres: Comedy, Slice of life, music, Subtle hints of romance (further down the line)
Story: The story so far has closely followed the manga, and I expect it to well into the second season as there are 70+ chapters available for the anime to follow. The storyline grabs you in the first episode as you follow the story through the eyes of one character. The story progresses into following 3 of the main characters in their point of view.
Art: The only thing I do not like about manga is that it gives you an unrealistic expectation of how the anime art should be. The manga is so beautifully drawn that the anime art has lost some of its original luster. With that being said, the art is still beautifully done on its own if you don't compare it to the manga. My only wish would be that some of the background was a little more detailed along with the characters, but it still has its own charm.
Sound: I like the anime opening and ending, I just dont love them. This is a person preference so it's really up to you. As for the koto, you dont hear the sound until the second episode. And I must say I had high expectations for it because of how much the manga hyped it up....and it delivered. I've never heard the koto before but the way the koto sounded when Satowa played was amazing. The anime did a good job of displaying the koto because there are characters who are not as good at playing the koto and characters who have been playing the koto their whole lives, like Satowa. I'm really excited for the way the instruments sound further down the line as the pieces get harder and more dynamic (as explained by the characters in the manga).
Characters: I'm only going to write about the character development in the anime so far and not the manga because it would contain spoilers. With only five episodes in you can get a good grasp of how the characters are going to interact and grow within the storyline. The characters start off weak or misunderstood and continue to grow from their past mistakes and learn more about themselves and about what the Koto instrument really means to them.
Enjoyment: The manga/anime is down right hilarious so if you're looking for something to laugh this is definitely the place for you. Be warned there are also times when you really feel sorry for the characters or are frustrated by some actions the characters do. Overall the character development so far is starting to build. Each character has their own personal color and sound, im excited to see where they go next
Overall: I hope that if youre STILL reading this, that you give the anime a chance because I believe it has a lot of potential to be one of the best animes in a long time (is it just me or lately the new animes been nothing but ecchi and poor storylines).
It has heart. Considering the love and hard work that went in producing these episodes and the love the manga has received from fans it's no wonder the second cour of the show is already planned.
The direction is great. The atmosphere ranges from funny to ominous as the context of the scenes ask for. Are the characters and situations clichéd? After meeting similar people in similar situations behave in similar fashion will you consider their existence a trope or a reality? Your answer to those questions will provide the lens through which you view the story and characters.
The characters are
classical archetypes but whose stories are revealed in a compelling way. The animation and cinematography are gorgeous. The character designs are beautifully drawn(especially the eyes) with occasional changes of the style for comedic purpose. It works, even though it's just a matter of time until it will have its critics as FMA:B/FMA.
And the main attraction: The music? The koto music is teased for 4 episodes. Only a few practice scenes or short performances by episodic characters. Then episode 5 comes, and it really was worth the wait. Outstanding. The background music is also great.
I'm looking forward to how the subsequent episodes adapt the rest of the manga.
If the production keeps this level of quality, considering it's source material, it's almost guaranteed to be one of the best shows of the year, together with Fruits Basket, and may be a classic in the making.