The story begins with Hanabi, a sixth-grade girl who is neither an adult nor a child. She deals with issues such as accidentally witnessing her homeroom teacher kissing, and worrying about experiencing physiological changes before her friends. The series depicts a 12-year-old girl's innocent worries and first love.
Give me a chance, since this is my first review.
When the Spring 2016 season came out, I saw this one and was vaguely interested. I was looking for a romance (that wasn't a harem). I watched the first episode, and I thought this show was adorable. Second episode, show's adorable. After that? Ih.
Story - 6
I'd give this story a 6. I know, it's somewhat original since it focuses on what happens after a couple begins dating, and it's about sixth graders. I don't usually watch anime about little kids, and this proved my point. Although, this series is what got me into Kodocha, which I recommend checking out. But, it's overly cutesy and it's typical. It makes me want to pull my brains out how much they're embarrassed about every little thing! And I've dropped this show at 5 episodes, because we just reached a conflict with a love triangle. Great. Nothing about it is super original or out there. It's just fine. And what bothered me the most was the real turnoff point for me, which was how they focused on one couple more than the other. I liked the second boy and girl that were introduced more, but recently, they've just been side characters.
Art - 6
Since this show is about sixth graders, it bothers me how their eyes are as big as my dinner plate. But, I don't mind it, since it's supposed to be like that, because they're little kids and all. I liked the design of the characters. They fit their personalities.
Sound - 7
The music was fine. It fit with the story and the opening isn't bad. Nothing special, but not bad.
Character - 6
This is where I can really rant. There are slight spoilers below. Like I said, I liked the second couple, so we'll start with them.
Yui was a cute girl who I liked because she was more mature. I liked her design, because it showed her maturity. She's more simple, and I think she's a little more comfortable when talking to Hiyama, making me happy to see their relationship grow. She isn't annoying and there's nothing really bad about her (in my opinion).
Hiyama is a sweet kid, who was tough at first, but warmed up to Yui. He is a nice boyfriend who does the things that Yui asks and is happy to be dating her. Also, I don't think there's anything wrong with this kid.
Marin is Yui and Hanabi's best friend who gives them romantic advice that she learns from her sister. She's cute, and in my opinion, a little bit of comic relief with her confidence. But, she's also kind, and helps out her friends.
Next up is Takao, Boyfriend #1. He stands up for Hanabi for too much and always has to make her feel better, making her frustrating. He gets embarrassed a lot, which annoyed me, and he didn't really become "protective" until this whole love triangle thing started. He's too forgiving, and hasn't really toughened up until now.
Next up is Tsutsumi. (SPOILER) He's the second love interest of Hanabi. Why her? I have no idea. Once he appeared, I had a feeling he'd make this whole relationship thing complicated. But, I refused to believe it. And I actually really liked him with his cross, bad-boy attitude. For about an episode. And then he fell in love with Hanabi, which made me shake my head. I knew it was going to happen. Hanabi refused to believe he showed any feelings for her, since she's in her happy glow of Takao. She innocently wanted to be friends. And he just made this whole mess sloppy. I don't mind him as a person, but his love preferences? I'll pass.
Now we have my least favorite character of the show. Hanabi. This girl makes me want to punch a tree. 90% of the time Takao says something to her, she blushes and kind of internally freaks out. She is too cutesy, and her character design happens to be the one I don't really like. I don't like cutesy girls in anime a lot anyway, so this isn't entirely her fault. She dresses cutesy and acts cutesy. She's also embarrassed to ask Takao about a lot of things, and sometimes I think she's just an idiot. She relies on Takao a lot, and can't really stand up for herself when her classmate says she wants Takao, and that Hanabi isn't worthy of him. She isn't. Also, in one of the episodes (spoiler) when she goes on her double date with Takao, and Yui and Hiyama, Takao somehow manages to grab her a stuffed animal from those claw machines. Of course, she wanted the one that was only an inch tall. And then she LOST it in the mall. I don't know how, but they managed to find it. I was impressed. Her personality is just too happy and cutesy to the point I can't STAND her! She confused and oblivious (in an innocent way) that just really bothers me to the point where I was thinking, 'It's so obvious! Why are you an IDIOT?!' multiple times. I'm sick of these types of characters. They're really annoying.
Enjoyment - 5
I probably would've stuck with this show 'til the end if it wasn't for Hanabi. But, it was getting a little annoying with the blushing and cliche, predictable moments. I liked this show at first, but I was getting seriously bored and annoyed with it. The cuteness and the fact that it's about little kids was kind of taking my interest out of the show.
Overall - 6
I personally don't like love triangles, especially because I usually end up feeling bad for the person who is "losing" to their rival over their love. It's pointless for them at that point. I know as a viewer how it's going to end up. It's also why I don't like harems. But, this show was just heading down a road I didn't want to go down. If you've read all this and disagree with me and still want to watch the show, by all means, go for it. This anime is cutesy and about actual relationships (with 12-year-olds). That just isn't my style. I don't like cutesy characters (as main characters) and suck-ups. The story wasn't fantastic, nor the art. It wasn't a great anime in my opinion, and I don't think you'll miss out if you pass this one. read more
12-sai.: Chicchana Mune no Tokimeki follows the life of a few young girls in their last year of elementary school as they explore what happens during and after puberty. This includes an overwhelming number of things such as learning about periods, bras, and more interestingly: romance and boys. If you are somebody who has probably passed the 7th grade, regardless of whether you have experience in the love department or not, you would realize two things while watching this anime:
1) 6th graders, regardless of how small, naive, and uneducated they seem, also deal with their own issues, as puberty tends to start around their age. And sometimes, they handle situations better than most teens and adults would, given their straightforward attitude, but they might also handle different situations worse, since they /are/ still only sixth graders who do not understand their real sense in the world.
2) 6th graders falling in love probably seems like a very naive thing, and I would applaud any couple who can spend 6-7 years dating during grade school, and dating more afterwards if not getting married, but there's something about a sixth grader's unique and naive love that absolutely screams "CUTE!!!" in our faces.
12-sai.: Chicchana Mune no Tokimeki is an anime that everybody could enjoy, some more than others, as it's relatable in many ways for preteens and teenagers who are still growing and discovering themselves, and it also gives a sense of nostalgia for older people, letting them reminisce about their old 6th grade days when they thought they were the king of the world.
The following section will just be me rating the anime. I tried to keep it relatively short since there's not much to say.
STORY : The story is simple and straightforward. It's a story about 6 graders coming of age; as they mature more and spend their last year in elementary, transitioning through puberty. It focuses on such themes that may appeal more to girls than guys, to a younger audience than older, though, the romance aspect of the show is more neutral than naught.
The story and plot may be weak, but my favorite part about the show is probably its execution. I'm not going to lie; 12-sai.: is very cheesy, almost to the point where its cliche. But it's with 6th graders, and it's cute and fluffy and gives you more than your typical high school romance anime would, so undoubtedly, this anime works in more than one way.
ART : The art is fine. It's your typical anime art style, except moe'd down a bit to fit the atmosphere. The 6th graders actually look like they are 12 years old, and the character designs are realistic as they get. The characters can be seen clearly and there are some scenes in where the lighting is absolutely gorgeous. The background effects in this anime are very shoujo-like, as it does cater to young girls.
SOUND: The sound is pretty good. The OP and ED are fine, but the OST/BGM is something worth noting. The character's voices matches their characters and they do sound like actual preteens. Occasionally, you do hear a character (generally a back ground character)'s voice cracking as if they were actually going through puberty.
CHARACTER: The characters in 12-sai.: Chicchana Mune no Tokimeki prove to be an interesting array of people, just like you would have in your normal, typical elementary classroom, ranging from that one really stupid and immature kid who pisses off the teacher, to that smart and mature child who sits quietly in one of the front rows. In my personal opinion, the characters are the best part of the show, and it's better to let people watch it themselves and explore the cast rather than sit and explain the characters and their interactions with each other.
Though, as an example and for reference, we have our main character, Ayase Hanabi who is your typical, cutesy girl who wears lots of pink, dreams of dating an idol and sticks by her friend. If not clear, she is a very realistic 6th grade girl. Then we have one of the main boys, Hiyama Kazuma, who is a giant tsundere. Typically, in anime, you rarely ever have boy tsunderes, and whenever they do appear, they're done wrong. Hiyama Kazuma is one of the rare examples of a boy tsundere who is both interesting and dedicated to his role.
ENJOYMENT: The anime only has a few episodes out so far, but I've been thoroughly enjoying it. There's really not much that this anime has to offer besides learning more about puberty through realistic situations, and also seeing romance through a 6th grader's mind. It's cute - it's vanilla, it's fluffy, it's everything you ever wanted in a romance anime (except minus the 6th grader part, probably).
OVERALL : 12-sai.:Chicchana Mune no Tokimeki is a story about 6th graders. It's cute, it's dumb, it'll make you jealous, and you wouldn't know how sugary sweet it is until you try it out.
The first impression of this anime? The beauty of youth!
Not much seen a lot of people, but this is not a bad anime. It is very entertaining (of course, in a different way), especially of the storyline, quite interesting.
If you see them, I believe, myself, and in fact almost all of us feel it. Its name is "Love Monkey", I described like this, because there are times when our young age, which is still in the developmental phase, immature, and being nice to fantasize! Anime depicts periods of little common, do not be surprised, but do not get me wrong, love is not always bad.
Love is beautiful, even impossible to live without "love", love is the most important part of the human. That takes a toll on human animate and more alive. But the "experience of love", "close to the opposite sex" or "heart pounding" as the will of nature that can not be avoided, we learn and feel the course in positive terms. But nonetheless, it is still within limits, parents should always monitor what their children do, not to fall into the negative.
The anime is funny, fresh, visual design reminds me of the old anime. This kind of rare, which is now much simpler and expression. The characters are cute, like Daa Daa! Daa! or Aishiteruze Baby. What is interesting is the character they played well. As expected, they are still children. You do not know what they would do.
Perhaps a glimpse of anime is like for children? Not really, anime is always no age limit. Especially those under 13 years old are not good to consume spectacle for adults. Vice versa.
For the song, the song is lovely and perfectly suited to the spirit of anime like this. Will find here is the cuteness, and the cause of "lost interest" for watching. Nuance romantic-comedy feels fresh, anime is enough detail in describing the atmosphere, even a small thing to me, concerning those we love. It was fun, though not all end up like what we wanted.
But it is very regrettable. Just like Shounen Maid that has a low rating, out of favor, and I guess I wanted to say to everyone "Don't judge from it's cover", leave aside the question of taste or other specific terms. This is light anime, do not expect a complex conflict. As you can see, from the stories and the art, not that they give from this anime.
It is important to assess an anime, so am I, not all random anime I watch. But I emphasize, "not bad". This anime still has a story even if it doesn't correspond to your expectations. Although the visual design is not fancy and does not make you amazed. Because this is their proportion. This is the proportion of them: character, visual design, coloring, seiyuu even a song, to be a combination that fits.
But ultimately this is dependent on each person, it's about how people enjoy even if it is not preferred.
A final assessment, enjoyment: 9/10read more
After watching the only translated OVA, 1st episode "Kiss, Hate, Love", which I loved, I was very much looking forward to seeing the full 12 episode anime. I waited for it to be subbed almost a month more than for other anime which finished mostly by the end of June.
First episode was basically the same as OVA. If you have watched the OVA before, you won't get surprised, only reminded what the plot was about.
Let's get directly to the good stuff.
The boys who are side characters are obnoxious to the point of being unbearable to watch.
Hanabi falls on the floor, gets hit by a soft mop or something, and everyone comes running towards her like she just survived a nuclear apocalypse. Girls are portrayed way too weak. She is also an annoying soccer mom, who has to shove down people's throats her ideas of righteousness. In fact, all the main girl characters are like that.
Kokoa is incredibly cringey to watch, her actions throughout the anime, are forced, irrational and dumb. Yuuto is hilariously cringey, shown as perfect prince in the eyes of the writer, and comes off heavily forced as well.
At last, here comes Ayumu, the only relatable character. He comes to school as a transfer student or whatever, I don't remember anymore nor do I care. Anyways, this guy is minding his own business when suddenly, everyone thinks he's into Hanabi for some stupid reason, while she keeps hanging around him all the time even though she's in a relationship . Soon enough, he magically falls in love with her through the power of forced writing.
Nao Maita (the writer) did a terrible job portraying there characters. She has shown she has very little knowledge on human psyche as all of her characters are very one dimensional. Kids are not as dumb as you think, lady.
Now, I will mention the important fact that the first three episodes are very good. It's always interesting to see how characters will end up together and you can't really make a mistake going with that direction. Honestly, the problems I mentioned above were completely irrelevant when the show was enjoyable, it had a good flow. However, once they got together the flow stopped, and the problems lingered.
I couldn't force myself to finish it and, also, I have a policy I don't watch anime once they fall to 4/10, subjectively.
I'm sorry, I really tried to like it, but I couldn't. It gives a shoujo a bad name. Honestly, the good thing this show has made me realize is appreciating how good shoujo genre actually is, and this bad apple can't ruin the genre for me and makes a show such as Special A, a God send, and don't even get me started on Maid sama.
Ultimately, I wouldn't recommend this show if you usually pay big attention to characters' interactions and whether they make sense or feel forced, which is how this show feels like.
I could only recommend this show to young teenage dreamy girls, warning them prior to watching the show to turn a blind eye on the characters.
This anime 'finishes' its plot way too quickly in the first few episodes, with remaining episodes only serving as melodramatic, generic plot twists, which are impossible to pass through without cringing. The events, as well as characters' interactions are way too obviously forced, it makes me want to gauge my eyes out. Would only recommend viewing first 3 episodes.read more