Aoi Tokura is having a rough day. He’s used to being mistaken for a girl, but it’s even worse when a captivating stranger on the train calls him a creeper for staring a little too long. Aoi’s soaked by a sudden rainstorm and takes shelter at Rainy Color, a cozy café where the warmth of the staff compliments the sweet hot cocoa he’s served. When he falls into a job at the café he feels like things are finally looking up— until Keiichi Iwase, the man he couldn’t help but stare at on the train, shows up. Did this day just get worse, or better?
Ever felt so unmotivated in life that you were too tired to watch even one episode of an anime? Well if that's the case Ame-iro Cocoa may help cheer you up a bit. You may well even end up having some motivation to make yourself enjoy a cup of coffee.
Rainy Color is where our cute young boy Aoi works at as a coffee maker. There are three other boys who hang out at the cafe talking and gossipping about various things and that's pretty much the story.
Aoi, our young coffee server is a shy boy who is often mistaken as a girl. Shion is
his senior who works with him. Ryota is a happy-go-lucky guy who hangs around the cafe a lot and to his opposite is Kei the cold-hearted guy who for some unknown reason, seems to dislike Aoi. There's the owner of the Rainy Color as well but even for such a short amount of time the show covers he's only seen twice the entire series, in the second episode and the last. However, he appears in the opening song and is seen laughing hysterically for some unknown reason. The characters are neatly drawn in this anime, the backgrounds are kept simple and plain.
There's a twenty five second long OP for this two-minute anime and if you see it that way the quarter of the show is covered by the song itself. But the song is pretty nice infact, and there's very little music in the show. Even if it's a very short anime the voice actors used in it are pro's. Miyano Mamoru, well known for several of his voice actings, plays the role of Ryota in Ame-iro Cocoa.
Normal souls would find it pretty hard to comprehend this and I can feel them as there's pretty much nothing to be gained from watching this. This makes Ame-iro Cocoa share a similarity with another one of the short anime, Pupa. However, the two are vastly apart from being similar as Pupa tends to make itself known to its viewers for a long time using some other kinds of means which I wouldn't want to mention. As short anime's come and go Ame-iro Cocoa will certainly not be remembered, but yet this is one anime that can not be loved nor be hated.
I'll be completely frank, this anime is utterly boring. I watched the whole thing again after it was complete, thinking, that maybe I'll find something interesting about it. But nothing.
I was almost glad it was only 2 minutes an episode, that's how bad it was.
There is pretty much no story here.
The art is simple and animation is basic, nothing interesting about it at all.
The characters are completely plain. There was no character development, basically everything stayed the same the whole show.
The sound was close to alright, it was calming and set the mood right but that doesn't make up for the anime at all.
a 3. I didn't enjoy it at all and I'm pretty sure many wouldn't either. It has nothing special about it and nothing interesting happened at all. Just a waste of 24 minutes.
If you want to watch short anime I would recommend Orenchi no Furo Jijou or even Ai Mai Mi!, at least THOSE are interesting shows. (Guys, even Pupa was more fun to watch than this. FREAKING PUPA!)
Establishing an interesting and entertaining story with likable characters within a mere two minutes per episode is definitely no easy task. That being said, Ame-iro Cocoa doesn't even seem to try. I'm not saying there's absolutely zero effort put in, but it's so miniscule that one can barely notice it. There really isn't much to say about Ame-iro Cocoa, so this review will be relatively simple.
To be frank, the story is nonexistent. It's just a bunch of random scenes strung together with no sense of an actual plot. You follow five male characters who work at/visit a café called Rainy Color. These guys talk
to each other and their customers about random, mundane subjects that goes nowhere. That's pretty much it in terms of its plot. There's no progression, no development and nothing interesting happens. I suppose I shouldn't rag on those points that much since Ame-iro Cocoa is just a comedic short, right? Well, even the comedy was dull and lackluster.
The art and backgrounds are simple and plain, but passable. The animation was lacking, though. Since most of the focus is usually fixated on the characters' simple dialogues and interactions, there's not much worth talking about in terms of its animation. Also, the character designs are generic shoujo fare with not an ounce of creativity put into them, so they were just bland and uninteresting.
The sound is probably the best thing about this series, but that isn't really saying much. The soundtrack, background music, and voice acting all got the job done, but none of them stood out in any way. The background music is just there and it's easily forgettable. The opening and ending songs are very basic as they're just your generic, run-of-the-mill pop tune that you hear countless times in these type of series. The only good thing was that the Japanese voice actors were all fine and did an okay job portraying each character, but that's a given.
All the characters are very lacking in depth in almost every category. They're all unimaginative cardboard cutouts of character types that we've seen many times, and they bring nothing new to the table. Since the runtime is only 2 minutes, there's no room for character development or progression, so don't expect anything more than basic interaction. Since all the characters are painfully boring, I felt no appeal or connection with any of them. Overall, very weak characters.
If you just want to turn off your brain and watch a simple short with no substance, then sure, you might actually find some sense of worth in Ame-iro Cocoa. Since I usually don't care for those kind of series, I didn't find much enjoyment in it. Yes, it doesn't take much time to get through, but you can definitely spend that time watching something better. Everything is so pointless and boring that you'll just end up questioning yourself why you're even watching it in the first place.
I award Ame-iro Cocoa with an overall rating of 2. If you skipped this extremely lackluster short this season, then I applaud your wise judgement. If you didn't and want something worthwhile, then I highly suggest you just let this one pass you by because all you'll find here is a waste of time.
Ame-iro Cocoa, is a VERY SHORT show about our 4 ☆*･゜ﾟ･*Bishounen*･゜ﾟ･*☆ characters, that work in a cafe.
That's really all it is.
The story centers mainly around 2 ☆*･゜ﾟ･*Bishounen*･゜ﾟ･*☆ working in a cafe, brewing coffee and occasionally chatting with the only regular costumer (who is also a ☆*･゜ﾟ･*Bishounen*･゜ﾟ･*☆)
The story is nonexistent. That's not a bad thing for this show *cough* Vampire Holmes *cough* since it doesn't feel like it want to be funny, have a deeper meaning or tuck on your heartstrings. It's just about 2 ☆*･゜ﾟ･*Bishounen*･゜ﾟ･*☆ and their ever absent manager, working together in a cafe. It's good and quite relaxing honestly.
The art is
your typical shoujo-esque style, but with a hint of pointy yaoi chin.
The backgrounds are really well done. You easily get the cafe feeling, with the coffee beans on the shelves and the fine cups that they're using. It helps create a relaxing atmosphere.
The opening is quite catchy, but not enough to get inside your head. The voice acting is good. They sound convincing and it doesn't feel forced. The sound effects, like cups clanging against the table when they're placed, or the small footsteps on the wooden flooring are very well made. It feels completely natural.
The only thing i really can complain about with the sound, is that the opening song is playing in the background throughout each episode, like some sort of elevator music.
The characters are not that well fleshed out. Not that they need to, don't get me wrong. I can immediately tell you that you shouldn't expect any character development.
The characters do a fair "job" at their posts.
The silent, but ever smiling guy behind the bar, brewing the best coffee you'll ever taste. The greenhorn waiter, who does his best at chatting with the mysterious ☆*･゜ﾟ･*Bishounen*･゜ﾟ･*☆ regular (who apparently loves dogs). The guy who occasionally shows up at work and makes others wonder what he actually does, and lastly, the very mature and of course ☆*･゜ﾟ･*Bishounen*･゜ﾟ･*☆ manager, who SOMEHOW is managing to keep the place up and running with only 1 returning costumer.
It's well made for a 2 minute show. It creates a relaxing atmosphere and easily sucks you in. The voice acting is believable and the sound effects are keeping the immersion of being in a cafe from breaking. But it all falls short and gives off a "meh" feeling in the end.
If you want a 2 minute show that manages to create a cafe environment with a relaxing atmosphere, lighthearted jokes, no character development and ☆*･゜ﾟ･*Bishounen*･゜ﾟ･*☆, then this anime is definitely for you.