This is Meirochou (Labyrinth Town), the town of fortune-telling. In town, there is a fortune-telling shop called Urara, where girls aspiring to be fortune-tellers come from all over the country. Chiya, who was raised in the mountains, comes to the town with a purpose, but what is it exactly? There, she meets Kon who is always serious, Koume who loves all things western, and the shy Nono. Their fun days of living together as apprentice fortune-tellers are about to begin.
We have quite a few Slice of life anime aired this season and one of them is Urara Meirochou. A 12 episode series about a girl named Chiya arriving at the Labyrinth City in which her main objective is to find her mom who is living in the city.
The episode started off well with the introduction of the four main characters and their main purpose of why they are in Labyrinth City. With the first four episodes being aired, the girls has been adapting city quite well and are aiming to get to the first district through challenges they're facing throughout the series. As far as i could see, the series plot line is not too complex to understand as the story would continue where it left from the last episode. The addition of comedy scenes is a plus sign to encourage the viewers to see more.
The studio that handles Urara Meirochou is JC Staff, the studio famous for producing ToraDora and Little Busters series. It's been a while since they produced a series with 4 girls since 2011 which is Joshiraku. Nevertheless, still quite impressed with the animation and character design of Urara Meirochou, very cute indeed. Background designs aren't that too saturated and there aren't any animation loopholes.
P.S Koume kinda look like Nico from Love Live. +1
The OP Song is very catchy and cute at the same time, love to listen it again. The seiyuus that are voice acting the four main characters are decent and has professionalism feel in it though they are not really well known and maybe new to the seiyuu industry, however they still did their job well and could have potential in getting more roles in the future, not much of a horrible or awkward voices heard throughout the series. JC Staff is decent in choosing their seiyuus.
Will talk about the characters more once the series is over.
I've enjoyed watching this show though not many people are anticipating on it as I've would like to know how the four girls would achieve in getting the first district and of course Chiya's main objective of finding her mom. In addition with that is the slice of life and comedy genre that made me watch this show. read more
we are having quite a fair share of slice of life anime this season and this anime is also one of them.
Like any other slice of life, this anime focuses more on the character and their interactions rather than the story. The plot itself is quite simple, its about a girl chiya , who on turning 15 ,goes to meirochou (labyrinth town ) to learn the art of fortune telling. There she meets up with 3 other girls Koume , Kon and Nono . We follow their everyday lives as these girls try to achieve of their dreams of becoming fortune tellers.
The art and animation for this anime is really good. The character design and background are all done really well. As expected from the masterfull hand of J.C Staff (P.S they are one of my favorite studios)
the music ,though being nothing special, is still pretty good. the OP is relly catchy and the ED is also good.
Overall I really enjoyed this anime. If u are not a big fan slice of life ,unlike me, you might not enjoy this that much, but this anime is still worth watching. read more
Urara is a cute-girls-do-cute-things (henceforth CGDCT) anime thats main differentiation is that they are not school girls - they are fortune tellers in a fantasy land in the city, Meirocho, dedicated to fortune telling. Well, they are training to be fortune tellers under a ditsy medium-ranked fortune telling teahouse owner. While it's already sounding like it loses some originality, the setting allows for some very unique, yet still warm and cutesy procrastinations for our cute girls.
What's more, Urara doesn't keep us at a purely voyeuristic distance to see the cute girls as merely cute girls; it frequently takes it's magnifying glass a bit closer, and giving substantial development. We learn about their pasts, their motivations and what drives them to want to succeed as fortune tellers.
Our protagonist, Chiya, is a wildgirl that grew up in the wilderness alone. The only link she has ever had to her mother was to come to this town and become a fortune teller.
Kon wants to be the best and has studied hard her whole life.
Koume wants to change the global, negative perception of witches.
Nono wants to make her sister proud and strive to become independent.
While they are not necessarily revolutionary backstories, it adds a lot to the emotional palette in a genre that is typically dry. It get suddenly get very moving, quite sad and as ever, very, very adorable.
However, where the show could probably take a step back is in the fanservice department. Within minutes of the opening episode, we're given a glimpse of Chya's belly with a concerning amount of fetishistic... underboob. Supposedly, simply, a joke based on her history, the scenes happen several times throughout the show thus far and are concerningly sexualised - though they can also be quite funny. Expect quite a lot of scenes of the girls reduced to their underwear - sometimes with appropriate, comedic reasoning... often without. This CGDCT isn't all that innocent.
The closeness of the girls allows for some very romantic or sometimes flat-out homoerotic encounters, but do not be fooled too much. Feminists beware the odd joke or quip, objectifying women as men's playthings. Sometimes it feels like a trapping of the fantasy-historical setting, but often it leaves a sickening taste in the mouth in a situation that should otherwise be easygoing.
Perhaps the last two paragraphs were a bit harsh, but that's because if you manage to look beyond these relatively small and infrequent trappings, it's a very enticing, relaxing show. It's warm colour scheme and soft edges are easy on the eyes and, paired with the light music and soft voices, allows for a soothing, easy yet lucid and even amusing experience. It's a wonderful thing to look forward to in a stressful week.
If Urara Meirochou has any insight on the future, it's that this genre won't be changing all that much, but there is definitely room for more original cuts. Urara is one of them, but could still use some refining. We can only see what the future will hold.read more