It feels a bit weird writing a review for these special episodes because they're only about a minute long each and there's not really much going on. With that said, they're still enjoyable, just don't get too excited.
The specials are mainly just Mei conversing with herself (or the cat?). There's no consistency in the specials whatsoever. You might argue that there's pretty much nothing. The third special—for instance— is just the cat meowing a song. It's cute, but hardly anything worthy watching.
The episodes take roughly ten minutes to get through, but that's if you're even up for it. I don't think you have to 'regret'
watching this as long as you don't expect it to be funny.
Here i am with my review on Sukitte ii na yo specials.
First of all i must say that i really loved the original series, the characters, plot and all. I got emotionally attached to the characters, was feeling happy when they were happy and was pretty sad when they were sad.
The specials series consist of 10 episodes each 2 min long. During that time Mei reflects on something that's going on in the main series or tells a short side story about her childhood. And there's always her cat Marshmallow who listens to the stories and comments them.
If you expect this specials to be
humorous, you'll be disappointed. Almost none of the stories were funny, niether were Marshmallow's comments on them. Marshmallow sees Yamato as a rival so most of his comments are about how he dislikes him.
The art is very very simple as well. The only thing i loved about those specials is Marshmallow's seiyuu - Sakurai Takahiro (who was voicing Yamato as well).
Usually you expect specials to be a nice/funny/touching/whatever supplement to the main series. Even though they really tried to make the specials cute and funny, the series didn't turn out this way. I was pretty disappointed because the main series were really well made and sometimes were so hilarious i couldn't stop laughing, so i expected the specials to be on the same level. I even wondered if there are the same director and screenwriter as in the main series. It's just hard to understand why specials turned out to be so boring and tasteless.
It hurts me to say so, but if you liked the main thing, perhaps you shouldn't watch the specials. For me it was the waste of time.
No story, but each episode has a little thing to it. However, each episode varies between 15 seconds and 3 minutes (closer to the former than the latter) and their 'theme's' are very light, so nothing really happens.
The animation is very strange. It's the sort of thing you'd see on the Nintendo DS at launch. It looks awkward and stilted but it doesn't look terrible. I, at least, understood what the things were.
VA work is fine. Music is stuff carried over from the show.
No character at all. We get some insight on the leads for the series but it isn't anything we didn't already know.
I was irritated that the last two episodes were 2+ minutes long.
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A long time has passed and only faint memories of the parent show remain.
Sukitte Ii na yo.: Mei and Marshmallow feels like a pointless collection of shorts that averages around a minute an episode (for 10 episodes). Only to start gags and make fun of some plot points, and to be honest, the fans would consume everything their favorite series can offer.
- Art (7/10):
A perfect mixture of both cute Chibi and a strange minimalistic 3D art style, one that makes me beg for a lengthy series with the same visual quality.
- Sound (8/10):
Great voice acting, very cute from Mei's part. I really liked the cat
parody of the few first seconds of the series' opening theme song.
- Enjoyment (7/10):
Not enough to make me giggle, but just about enough to appreciate the minimalistic waste of time I had on this. I really was left with a great desire to rewatch the parent show, it feels like a true nostalgia dosage.
Great shorts gave their length, it shouldn't really take up any more than 8 minutes or so, and the quality is just as decent. The fans would differently appreciate.