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.
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.
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: 9/10
If I had to choose a word to describe this anime, it would be "cute". This anime was so adorable and cute that it really touched my heart. I judge anime based on enjoyment and whether or not it executes it's stated genres to perfection. For example, This anime was romance and it gave us a lot of romantic scenes. I fell in love with all the romance scene. The characters where also adorable and I imagined myself as the heroine, Ayase.
This anime explores topics like first love, growing up and friendships and relationships at a young age. I know a lot of people
are going to pass out on this anime because it is about children but I wouldn't recommend you doing that because it is a really good romance anime and focuses a lot on the two relationships in the anime. I can dare say that this "children" anime has a lot more romance in it then some of the other romance shoujo anime I've seen.
This anime is definitely for a younger demographic- specifically 12 year old females- and with that being said I think the anime was great.
Story 7: It had a very basic plot with not too much drama, the main drama was the classmates being jerks sometimes. Relationships were established pretty early on and the plot was mostly about them, young 12 year olds, learning about it.
Art: The art was decent. The only problem is the eyes are large, wide-set, and basic and the eyebrows are just lines so when the animation on the eyes isn't perfect it is very noticeable. But eyes are often wonky
in anime and this anime liked to do a lot of still frame, dramatic shots.
Sound: Loved the voice acting. A++. The sound effects were meh and repetitive though.
Character: I think the characters all worked well together but there wasn't anything extravagant. They definitely each played one type of basic character and didn't have much to them aside from their one character role.
Overall 7: I consider 7 to be a good rating- I would definitely recommend picking this up if you like a cute, mushy, innocent romance.
Keep in mind that this is a romance where the main characters are 12 year olds. Think back to when you were that age, and how you behaved (especially concerning love) back then. If that sounds annoying, embarassing or cringy to you, then this show probably won't be a good choice for you.
There's really not much more to say about it than that. There is no depth or tragic backstory to the characters, or some fancy drama build around them. It's plain and simple, 2 couples of kids falling in love, and experiencing what it means to have a boyfriend/girlfriend and being in love in
general. Insecurity, blushing, cute and awkward moments, classmates getting in the way, love rivalry, some changes the female body goes through at that time, and so on.
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.
12 years old???, then why do they act more mature than that????.
Ok look, LA knows this anime isn't for LA's demographic but LA is kinda a sucker for romance anime and LA watched the ONA for this years ago and wanted to see how this would get the full anime treatment that Houkago no Pleiades did.
12-sai follows the relationships of 12 year olds of Hanabi Ayase voiced by Ai Kakuma and Yuuto Takao voiced by Soma Saito as well as Hanabi's friend of Yui Aoi voiced by Juri Kimura and Kazuma Hiyama voiced by Shun Horie and follows their experiences and obstacles in first
love and follows some typical cliches of the romance genre.
If LA could analyze the two relationships, Hanabi and Yuuto's one is the more generic one out of the two, with Yuuto pretty much solving EVERYTHING that comes into his and Hanabi's relationship with his smooth-talking to coincidental incidents, if anything LA is reminded of Usui from Kaichou Maid-sama as the main character who "can do no wrong and EASILY fixes any obstacles in his and Hanabi's relationship", Yuuto and Hanabi's relationship right from the start is TOO stable and leaves little room for growth as LA's biggest annoyance to this relationship is Yuuto solving everything by himself and for a relationship with no flaws and hardly moves up (sure their 12 years old, but still!!, we get invested into a relationship for them to grow, not do the same things over and over and over again), is a hard relationship to get invested in. Yui and Kazuma's relationship however gives us something more than that, that of a twice shy relationship but with a role reversal we usually see in a romantic genre, the role reversal in this relationship is that the male is the tsundere while Yui is the headstrong *ahem* "give no shit what you think" character of the relationship and because Yui and Kazuma goes through their own obstacles by tandem from Hanabi and Yuuto's but they however not only resolve their obstacle but they give us character development, growth and depth (most noticeably Yui as a character development angle and Kazuma in a relational development angle) and for that, Yui became LA's favourite character of this series.
Onto the other characters, Coco is your typical "rival-ojou love interest villain" girl for Hanabi and she is HIGHLY predictable in failure due to Yuuto resolving everything, Coco...you just can't win...just give up and on speaking of giving up, the three idiots are WALKING ANNOYING COMEDIC RELIEF and their running gags of "wanting to emulate Yuuto's manly quotes" to just plain out causing some of the cliche obstacles thrown at the two core relationships, the three idiots really are double edged swords, they move the plot forward predictably but are also annoying useless comedic trio. Huh...LA didn't think that Maid-sama would have more relevance in this anime review but whatever. Marin at the very least have a purpose to be a thoughtful best friend to Aoi and Hanabi and when they are in doubt, they go to her for advice, IRONIC as most of her advice although thoughtful as being the friend of the both of the core female characters, her advice is unneeded for the most part. Finally rounding up the cast, LA will point out the "other" love rival to Yuuto and Hanabi's relationship by the name of Ayumu Tsutsumi voiced by Tetsuya Kakihara, well the biggest problem with him is that his screentime is soo low he just becomes a one-off "love rival" against Yuuto...he's by the by for a love rival, very forgettable in the long run.
In terms of voice acting, there tends to be LOTS of squeak that can get really annoying (LA is looking at you Ai Kakuma and the three idiots), however once again Yui's voice actor Juri Kimura was LA's favourite voice actor, she actually tries to sound like a 12 year old and actually ACTS like on to without the squeak aside from Juri Kimura, LA actually liked Sayuri Hara who voices Cocoa as a "playing against the type" role for Sayuri as she usually voices genki-type characters...this role as Cocoa for Sayuri is a complete 180.
In terms of animation by OLM, Inc who helms this anime from SynergySP from the OVA, they're character designs have similarities to the OVA's but more "sparkly" typical considering this is a typical shoujo anime, however with it's comedic moments, the animation goes full chibi with blank circle eyes animation and LA can see that it IS a comedic moment thus can be playful but in animation sense, LA can just see this as being "kinda lazy" and not take the comedic moments in a stronger sense. Overall, animation is janky between it's shoujo-romance and comedy moments.
With all these faults and promising elements to 12-sai has, overall, LA can easily say that IT IS a cliche storm of romance tropes just heavily toned down due to the demographic they are trying to show this anime too and to be completely honest as cliche as it is, it's still hits the mark at pleasing it's demographic, it's cutezy puppy love with no high-tension drama, but still having the typical romance anime tropes we see, it even makes sense from it's animation quality standpoint as it's chibi and comedic for the most part shows us the tone of the anime throughout.
12-sai is getting a 2nd season so if the 2nd season can do something MORE especially with Yuuto and Ayase's relationship instead of being the ever-stable relationship that never changes, then LA will honestly say that the 2nd season will be pointless. 2nd season hopes aside, 12-sai's first season at best is an "ok" romance shoujo anime in the cliched view of a 12 year old and that's not such a bad thing.
12-sai.: Chicchana Mune no Tokimeki tells the story of two 12 years old girls, Yui and Hanabi, it's a story how they found their first love and how they live that love.
Storie: 6 out of 10
There are many better romance story but what i liked about 12-sai is that they tell the story of two girls that fell in love for the first time, and each girl have different problems. It is a story show the innocence of a 12 years old girl (or at least what it should be).
The development is really slow, 1 little problem per episode and the end is always the
Art: 7 out of 10
The art is nice and cute, it fits the anime style.
Sound: 5 out of 10
Imagine the most generic background music to set the mood, that's it.
Character: 6 out of 10
The character development is slow and is always like:
1º: Girl is afraid or insecure
2º: Girl do many stupid actions
3º: Boy smiles
4º: Happy ever after or at least until the next episode
This is nice in a real relationship once a month, not in a 20 min anime every week.
Enjoyment: 7 out of 10
I enjoy it not because it has good or because the story is good but because it was a nice change of pace from the other animes.
Overall: 6 out of 10
If you like innocent romance give this one a chance.
This anime was super cute and brought me back to when I was twelve years old, getting my first boyfriend, making and losing friends, it was around the time everything changed. I do find myself relating to the second couple more than the first because they are the shy ones and don't really know what to say to each other. That's how I was when I was with my first boyfriend. This show is super cute, and has some pretty good fluff episodes, as well as humorous ones thrown in the mix. I give this anime an 8/10, here's why.
This story follows two sets
of couples, all the characters being 12 years old, getting into their first relationships. This anime shows the awkwardness of first love, friendships strengthening, and how to cope with jealousy. I really enjoyed this story, even though it's target audience is a younger crowd. There were some points I did not like about this anime, but I don't want to spoil anything.
The art really wasn't as great as it could have been. There were times when the characters were a good distance from the screen, and they just looked kind of off to me. There were also some times where the animation was off too. I'll give it this, the character designs really matched the attitude that they gave off, and I did like that quite a bit.
The opening to this song was really good. I honestly didn't skip it at all. I typically skip an opening if I don't like to listen to it, so the fact that I didn't skip it is a good sign. The ending is decent, I did skip it for episodes 2-11 though.
The characters were really well portrayed and I loved (Almost) all of them! There were a couple characters that just got annoying, but the rest were awesome. There was one character who has a thing for one of the main character's boyfriends and she was just a big bully. I did not like that character at all, honestly I could say that I hated her. The character development was very small, but it was there. I am rating this so highly because of the way the characters interacted with one another. It was really cute.
I really did enjoy this anime, even though I'm not in the target audience. It has been a while since I've seen a good romance anime, and this one definitely had it's cute romance scenes. There were times I was watching that I had a big doofy grin on my face because of some of the things that were said, it was just really adorable.
I really look forward to watching season two, I need to see more of the cutesy romance this anime supplies.
Story : 4/10
The story was too cliche, literally and it basically shows how 12 years olds go date and have relationships but I like the fact how they make everything innocent, like the fact that they say Yui just gets much more mature and not say she's getting menstruation for that.. and I ship Tsutsumi with Ayase (o3o).
Art : 8/10
I swear! The eyes becomes smaller and bigger for some reason. I promise my eyes aren't lying.
Sound : 5/10
The like the opening music but not the ending :(
Character : 8/10
Character Designs were cute. (because I'm a shota/loli-con) Personalities were fine, except for those other girl characters.
(WTF, They're already being bitchy)
Enjoyment : 5/10
I mean.. It was funny (sometimes, mostly because I see them suffering [yes, i am a sadist, I laugh at pain of other people]) The one with ponytails, chose over the black haired boy but I ship ponytail girl with blondie.
Overall : 6/10
I don't like harems nor love triangles because I feel bad for the person who wasn't chosen choosen by the girl/boy. and too much youth.
This anime is romance between 12 year olds, it follows two couples Hanabi x Yuuto and Yui x Kazuma. Aside of the romance it's also has their school life but also I think friendship is also a major part in this series. I would describe this anime as quite cheesy, cliche, cute, charming, immature and silly.
As a romance fan, I enjoyed this show. The greatest thing was, although these characters are much younger then most animes, they had more progress and development with there relationship than current shoujo anime out there. We have the couples get together from the first episodes, it's quite sudden
and spontaneous, but love is like that. It was nice not to have to wait 12-24 episodes for just a confession but just get straight to it. There love is very innocent and shy, and more often than not, they're blushing over everything!! it's adorable but maybe on the excessive side. They're shy to tell how they feel, but slowly start to open up more as it goes on and you'll probably get more openness than most anime.
Ohhh so many cheesy lines and sparkly moments, but hey I guess it comes out that way when you say your true feelings. I'm just glad this side was even present in this anime, because usually characters are in denial of their feelings or hide them.
So being 12 year olds, other then just romance, the anime also deals with getting there period, buying their first bra, etc.
I love the art, it remind me of the old school art style but touched up for this day. It has this realistic look when it comes to the style and overall appearance for example their hairstyles. The main characters, especially Hanabi, wear different outfits each day and some quite cute ones actually. I like how they put detail into changing their clothes everyday, even down to different hair ties.
The characters are quite cliche, and the supports are quite annoying. For example Kokoa, a girl interested in Yuuto always gets in the way and stirring trouble. But she reminds me of the team rocket in the sense she always has to turn up in every episode just to be shut down in the end, probably only to bring the couple closer together. Same with the boys in their class, always nosing into the couples business and getting in the way. But they're kids afterall.
There;s also the character Marin, best friend of Yui and Hanabi. Although she's left out of the group with no boyfriend she's always playing her part by giving wise love advise and being enthusiastic support to her friends.
Also I did like the chemistry between to the two couples, there love is just so charming and innocent.
Of course this wouldn't be a romance without a love rival (who isn;t actually much of a rival) but it;s just totally necessary to keep up the cliche story so we have to chuck him in somewhere ;)
I love the OP! it fits in the anime so well, it's upbeat and fun with good romance lyrics to fit in the story. The background sound was good, aswell the music, it;s quite happy tune that reminds me of christmas lol
Overall, I would recommend this to girls who want their romance dose, specially if you go for the old school style over the romance anime's nowadays! but the older audience may have a hard time watching with it's immaturity of kids and cliche characters $ plot.
What's the first thing you thought of when you saw this anime?
- "Wow, this basically sums up my elementary school life."
 STORY: Yes, it has an original idea of showing 12 year-olds instead of highschool students, but that doesn't change the fact that it's pretty stale and cheesy. The plot itself is weak and there's not much to talk about it.
It's relatable enough to the point where you have some déjà vu to back when you were in 6th grade. If you couldn't relate to anything in this entire anime, it doesn't have to be "My first love was in 6th
grade" it can be your fellow peers experiencing there first love or you remembering boys in your class and how obnoxious they were or maybe even if you were one of the annoying boys, then I want to know where you went to middle school/ elementary school and happened there.
 ART: It's cute and well-drawn. It's not some masterpiece drawing and animation, but it's good and fitting since they're children. The eyes design bothers me a bit though, it's not the fact that the eyes are HUGE, it just bothers me.
 SOUND: The opening and ending aren't too good, but the voice acting makes up for it. The voices fit so well with each character, they're same I imagined the character's voice would be when they made their first appearance.
 CHARACTER: Let me start off by saying that they're really annoying, mainly the boys, but the girls too. Yeah, yeah, I know that they're only 12 years-old, but that doesn't mean they can't be considered annoying.
I'm not going to rant about how and how much they tick me off, so I'll just end it saying this: Meh.
 ENJOYMENT: Not sure what to say besides that I enjoyed this cheesy and cute anime.
 OVERALL: How I rate and review anime are different. I rate them based on much I enjoyed it, and I review them based on everything else, although this time they matched each other.
The anime itself is a slice of life about young girls having their firrst love so can't blame it for the plain storyline. At first the anime gives in a 'cute' vibe but then it's just painful to watch because of the overdone romantic scene. In fact it is just too unreal for a mere 12-years old. For adultS, who watch it for amusement and for nostalgic, 12-sai is a good material. It can help you survive the fear of getting older and remember the taste of first love: bitter-sweet. But for those who don't even share the same feelings, they definitely want to smack
the table or crush computers due to unreal love and the characters keep spouting out adult-like lines (yet still innocent on some levels).
The art is very typical, not too bright but also not too dark. But sometimes the sparkling effect is not very necessary. And I don't enjoy the slow motion, feel like watching Indian films.
The soundtrack is up at the right time. For example, the romantic scenes.
Also, the characteristics of the characters are too boring. In fact, I have too say they don't have anything special at all.