Every day, a young girl wearing a mask stands by the beach and sings a nostalgic melody. After experiencing two sudden heart-wrenching partings when she was only a child, Nino Arisugawa has been singing her songs to the ocean, bound by a promise made with her two childhood friends—her first love, Momo Sakaki, and a boy who composed music, Kanade "Yuzu" Yuzuriha. Having never met each other, the boys both individually promised that if Nino was ever separated from them, her voice would be the beacon to reunite them once again.
After six long years, destiny has finally placed Nino, Momo, and Yuzu in the same high school. However, the passage of time has changed many things in their lives—while Nino relentlessly attempts to fulfill her childhood promise with the boys, Yuzu's feelings for her from the past resurface, and Momo goes to great lengths to prevent a reunion with Nino. Through music, will they be able to mend their friendship and overcome all the feelings involved in this complicated love triangle?
Melodrama has been the talk of the anime community for quite a while now. Most of the time that I see it being mentioned, it's in a negative light, as an example "teenage melodrama" has become one of the most commonly used terms when discussing shows like Anohana, Angel Beats, Your Lie In April and many others that set their sights at making the viewer cry by the end of it. The characters are often overblown and stereotyped for the sake of achieving that goal, as you can see in the previously mentioned examples. That's pretty much the gist of it: create simple, recognizable characters
that the viewer can quickly empathize with just so you can use that to play with their emotions.
I've often been an advocate for melodrama. I've always thought that it created a specific kind of feeling that I grew rather fond of. Most of the time it's almost as if the characters inside such stories live in a world that's created for the purpose of melodrama alone, it tends to feel almost like a theatrical play. It's charming, almost hypnotizing, and if the show can build off of it properly it can achieve some stupendous results.
Enter Anonymous Noise (Fukumenkei Noise), created by studio Brain's Base who's been in sort of a commercial slump over the past few years despite having some of the most beloved franchises under their belt. Was this an attempt at making their way back into the market?
Fukumenkei Noise almost feels like a fan project and at times it even looks like one! There's so much wrong with it that it almost feels like it was created by an amateur, but it wasn't! People who made this have a few projects under their belts, maybe not enough to be called "experienced", but they surely had to have some knowledge about the industry. So how did it came to this? How did someone look at all of it and thought "yes, this will sell". Add some pretty weird restrictions on the countries that it was allowed to air in (UK, Ireland, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland only on Crunchyroll, rest is only available on Amazon Anime Strike) and you got yourself a huge, incredibly obvious flop, and let me tell you, I certainly won't be advocating for this one.
*Slight spoilers included*
The show features a love triangle between the three main characters. Nino, also known as Alice, is a girl who got into singing at a young age thanks to singing "Twinkle Twinkle Littler Star" with Momo, her male neighbor who later had to leave for certain reasons. During that time she also met Yuzu, a boy who liked to write music that she would meet on the beach. After Momo leaves, he helps her get out of a slump by leaving her a song that she can sing. With the intention of reaching Momo with her voice, Alice keeps singing, and when she enrolls into a new school it turns out that Yuzu is in her class, what's more is that Momo attends it too, though in another building. And so the tale of music and love begins.
Gosh, it was so hard to make this show sound remotely interesting.
Anonymous Noise has problems since the very beginning, as it decides to start off with the older characters, but then immediately jump back to a flashback for the entirety of the second episode to showcase their backstories. Wouldn't the first episode be more effective if we knew those characters since childhood? Seeing them reunite has no meaning, no impact if we don't know who they are. Those characters mean nothing to us. The only thing it does is raise confusion. To be honest it would be fine if the second episode didn't exist, because the show does a good enough job at telling their backstory through their actions and dialogue, but it has no meaning when we already know it all and just serves as a constant reminder instead of pushing the plot in any direction. It's as if the writer didn't trust his viewers to follow their story both in childhood and in the present at the same time so he just put that episode post-production to make it less confusing as it goes on. That's not a good thing to assume. But that's only the beginning of the downward spiral.
I think that describes this show perfectly. "Downward' because this show keeps on getting lower and lower the more it goes on, and "Spiral' because while doing so, it only spins around in place without even realizing that it's heading to its demise.
Alice is obsessed with Momo. I'm not talking "oh, they're just in love", I'm talking actually obsessed. For six years she kept on thinking about him, not letting go of her dream to meet him and be together once more. The entire time we follow the group, everything she does, she does for Momo, for a chance of seeing Momo, for even a bit of news about Momo. She joins a band in order to reach Momo with her voice, as she promised him six years ago, she learns how to play guitar because the guitar came from Momo, she started writing a song because it was going to be about Momo. This is a trait that could certainly be intriguing, if only the show could step back from it when Alice is on the screen. At one point, she pretty much becomes a psychopath, she can't function without him, when she gets on stage all she can think about is something related to her precious Momo, she turns berserk while singing exactly because of that. It gets really boring after a while, seeing how much did Nino go through to, in the end, remain with the exact same feeling and with the exact same mindset, because trust me, there are so many events that should influence her that it's crazy. If that wasn't enough she repeated the name of her beloved so much that it even made me realize how silly it is. Who in the world would name their son "Momo" (No offense to all the Momo's out there, but it is silly)? Doesn't "Momo" sound like a name for a pet monkey?
Actually, he pretty much is the pet monkey that belongs to this show. What he really is, is a Deus Ex Machina that tries to hide it by having resemblance of some sort of a personality. He exists solely to have an impact on others, to push them forward alongside the plot. His own motivations are unclear and tangled like some sort of a pasta dish, but one that's from cheap, crappy restaurant that doesn't even have a proper sign on the street. He wants to stay with Alice, but he "can't" because he clearly wouldn't be able to do compose music anymore. Why even try right? You know, when you have another character that can clearly think and recognize stuff, especially when he spends so much time with a character that's this much in the clouds, having all other characters act so much out of the ordinary that he sets can be obnoxious. That character is Yuzu.
Yuzu has a proper development cycle and actually evolves throughout the show accordingly to the things that are happening to him. He has different approaches to Alice as she becomes more and more psychopathic and relentless, he wants to help her, but he keeps getting blocked out. The worst part, is that the guy who is his rival turned out to be his friend. What a coincidence! Even he ends up getting completely screwed by Momo. It's like Momo only exists to screw over other characters! It's like everything would go correct for them if it wasn't for Momo appearing at random moments!
Does this add something to the actual value of the show? Does anything add to the actual value of the show? No. This show is so lifeless and forced that it almost chokes and drowns in its own vomit.
This show fails to use anything it has at its disposal, and that's funny because, you know, it could've chosen what it had at its disposal in the first place.
A) Melodrama? The scenes where it's utilized the most are inefficient because of the lazy camera work and animation, pretty much every single one of them has this one, long still shot that's just plain boring, no matter how impactful it should be. Not to mention that the melodrama is overused to all living hell and repetitive at that. For example, in one of the earlier episodes, three different characters end a conversation by slamming the door. All of them are different people, two of which didn't seem to overblow their emotions as much as they did at that moment. At that point, not only do you ruin you characters with inconsistencies, but the usually strong, effective scenes become less impressive when you have four or five grand, overblown moments before it already.
B) Music? The MC never shows her actual passion for music, the only thing that seems to push her into it is Momo, for Yuzu it's the fact that he writes for Alice, though it is said that his mother forced him not to pursue anything related to music and he finds peace and transcribed his feelings through it, so he's good in my book, and last, for Momo it's that he needs money and also because of Nino. So if two out of three of them seem to have no passion, how about the secondary cast? Well, they seem to enjoy it, but just like anybody else, nobody ever talks about how they like music, why they like music and why do they do music. They just created a band because they were on a concert..... cool. Even the manager, as he talks about the songs they create, he talks about this being good and this being bad, but what makes him decide that? I sure as hell don't hear any difference. Oh wait, I forgot that once he said that Nino lacks "something". Thanks for the info buddy. Very useful.
C) Love? There is no real reason for Alice to keep on loving Momo for such a long time, nor is there one for Momo to never forget her, maybe it was a turning point in his life or something, but from what we know, there were other instances that could ignite this, multiple ones in fact. Yuzu has the only reasonable explanation out of the three, it's that even though he always remembered her as the first person who was so passionate about his songs and someone that he helped, plus the fact that she's the reason why he lost his voice drove him somewhat insane over her, his love was only rekindled after he met her six years after. Once again, I don't know whose idea was it to pair one character that has pretty reasonable explanations for his actions and development that corresponds with the events with the show, and leave all others as some brainless teens who seem to live on another planet, but by doing so it made it pretty much impossible to push the suspension of disbelief more than to a certain point. The only justification is that they're stupid.
And you know what? Despite that, I think I could've liked this show. I mean, last winter, Kuzu No Honkai came out and everyone was an idiot in there too. What that show had, is some clever directing that kept me coming back to it, it made me want to think about what it had to offer, and it also had some good character designs and solid music. Well, that show also had more themes and more exploration, but that's not my point. But you know what? For a show that's supposed to showcase going completely crazy through singing, for a show that has so many "important" moments, this show is absolutely atrocious in all technical aspects.
You know how to notice a quality of a music anime straight away? With the music! Surprising, I know.
When your entire series, your premise, your core and your heart is based around the meaning and portraying yourself through music, having the characters not care for it is one thing, but having zero FUCKING passion for your soundtrack is a disgrace. I am so mad at this series with how it treats its music. Let's even go past the fact the directing for the music has no meaning, the tracks themselves are lazy. There's about four different variations of the same song, don't worry though, it's not like they're associated to any type of scene other than "sad" or "happy". Not only that, but that song, that one constantly repeated track, is the OP. Yup. That's how little effort was put into it. Just take the opening, add some different mixer to it and throw it out there. I'm sure nobody will notice. Do you know how exasperating it is to hear the same song over and over again? There were points where I was relieved to hear a song that isn't a remixed opening. I was relieved to hear an form of freshness in the soundtrack of a music show. Let that sink in for a while.
The other tracks are somewhat okay, but they're not anything good either, they aren't pleasing to listen to for me, they don't feel like they're conveying anything, and since the show doesn't give a damn about how to use them, I feel even less inclined to even give them a chance.
The visuals are just as dull, perhaps even more, but they aren't infuriating, because this isn't a show about visuals, they're just disappointing. The character designs say nothing about them, so instead they try to fit some jokes around how long Yuzu's eyelashes are or how small he is, other characters though, not so much. Nice try by putting yet another thing into JUST ONE CHARACTER YOU IDIOTS. The visuals themselves, aren't half bad, the backgrounds look solid and there were some nice scenes throughout the show, especially the beach which was a highlight of the show for me every time there was a sunset. Let's get back to negatives though, this show has absolutely no idea what is it doing with it's setting. It just throws in places, you have no idea how do they connect, it lacks a proper sense of direction in every place. They just jump around between places like it's nothing. Nino enters a building to go to a studio, next scene she's next to the place she's supposed to be in and you have no clue whether she had to walk up, down, was it a long distance or whatever, nothing. There are even scenes in other parts of that building, but I have no idea where could those ones be placed either. They spend a lot of time in the studio, just like in some other locations like the beach and the school, but if I were to move around any of those locations based on the show alone, I would get lost in a matter of seconds. Oh, and let's not forget that absolutely "teen-like" sense of fashion. The casual cloths are so "rock" and "punk", and the costumes that the band plays in are so "dark", that's what makes them cool, I mean we all know darkness is what teens are into. I honestly don't know how do teens in Japan think or what is the current popular style, but I hope it has nothing to do with this. Same goes for the hairstyles. They're weird, unlike anything I've ever seen before, especially Nino with the two balls on each top side of her head. She almost looks like an alien when she has those.
And then there's the directing. Oh dear lord. I'll just go out and say it, but you better prepare yourself for the next sentence. Almost all important scenes are either done in CGI or with a still shot.
I can't take it no more! Writing this one sentence filled me with so much despair that you can't even imagine, it's so painful even thinking about how much could they ruin each and every scene with awful, despicable directing hurts me internally. I feel genuinely angry.
Sure, there's animation after the still shot goes away, but it all looks the same: There's a dramatic scene incoming, sudden transition into a still shot and a sparkly or serious sound plays. Yuzu kisses Nino = still shot. Yuzu sees Nino smile when she is learning to play the guitar = still shot. Momo says goodbye to Nino = still shot.
The CGI is used for the concerts, where Alice goes berserk and people witness the power of her voice. That's not bad on it's own. What's bad, is that all it does is puts the character models on repeat. They have a cycle of movement. Also, Alice's hair when she has the wig on jump around as if they were two springs. Fuck this. I'm sorry, but I'm genuinely mad when there's so little effort put into a project that some author worked on for hours upon hour. Even if I dislike the way he wrote it, it still doesn't deserve this. This is a disgrace to him, I'm sure that when he wrote those concert scenes, he wanted them to embody what his story can do, but here comes a studio that took everything he did, and through the things that were completely out of his control, wrecked those scenes, as if the repetitive music wasn't enough. The people who made this are actual scumbags and I feel no remorse calling them that.
Whooo, okay, let me calm down a bit. This is going to be a section where I ramble about some other details that I left out, AKA the Super Spoiler Section.
You know how else was the love theme butchered? There were two other relationships that I didn't mention, one between the that blonde kid Haruno and Suguri, and the other one between her and Yuzu. But where do those go? Absolutely nowhere, not even a bit, not even a tiniest little inch. There are about two or three scenes that indicate the love interested between them, and they never are brought up again. It's like the writer felt as if there wasn't enough romance sub-plots, as there are in other shows, and had to put it in for the sake of it. There's nothing to them, the characters that they try to do something with end up being nothing anyway.
Yeah, I didn't even mention the side characters before because they are nothing, and yet the author tried to make two of them into something with such little effort and care. They don't have any resemblance of a personality outside one quirk, like the drummer who is always straightforward, or the two lovebirds that I mentioned, but they try to make Nino interact with them and have some sort of meaning to her. Like, the girl vocalist who later leaves to join Momo's band becomes her friend, but her relationship means nothing to either of them in the end. It's like they just needed another female character for Nino to talk about certain topics with. She has nothing to offer. And same goes for the blonde guy, who says things, but he is never established to any degree. And the drummer boy? He's practically nonexistent, the only time he has something to say is when he goes for the same joke of "I"m really straightforward", so if you see him doing anything, that means it's incoming sooner or later. There's also the manager who likes to not give any details on his work and do nothing while trying to feel important. That's not his character description, that's just how I see him upon finishing the show.
Speaking of finishing this show, it certainly was rushed. The whole sub-plot about Yuzu's and Momo's mother? Yeah, there were maybe three scenes for each, both ended as abruptly and added drama that only served as, well, more drama. The characters work perfectly fine without it, it only adds more scenes that, you know, could be used to add some stuff to the already riddled with holes and jumps with logic plot. Oh, and let's not forget to add a single line of dialogue at the last scene concerning Yuzu's mother that indicates another sub-plot inside a sub-plot, as it turns out music somehow killed his father. Yeah sure, the 11th episode seems like the right place to do it, right before the climax of the main plot with Nino and Momo. Those people really have no idea how to do this, don't they? This is just trying to appeal to so many people that it ends up appealing to nobody, every little detail that someone could relate to lasts so short that there's no way to develop it. "Jack of all trades. Master of none". Fits perfectly. I mean, it's fine if people feel like it relates to them on a personal level, but it doesn't represent a single thing well enough to call it a proper representative in my mind.
By the way, does Nino even know anything about Momo? Because she seems to love him for so long, but what does she even know about him once they see each other again? He clearly isn't the same after all this time, so how can she still love him, how can she keep telling herself that she loves him? All it brings to her and others is pain, but what she seems to love isn't Momo, as in a person, but Momo, as in an image that she had when they were younger. That's what really makes me question this series, it pushes the suspension of disbelief too far. You would think that after all she suffers and after all the suffering it caused her, she would drop it, the explanation for that is that she loves Momo, but when you think about it, she actually doesn't, as I explained. It's a big faceplant right from the get-go really.
And now let me tell you about the one thing that I like, it's a singular scene, with a singular idea. Yuzu can't sing, he lost his voice and can't recover it. When Nino finds out it's because he wanted to make her stop crying when they were little, he runs off to the roof, and she follows. They confront each other and he finds peace when Alice starts singing. What Yuzu does, is lip-sync to her singing, and calls her "his voice". Like, this is a great, well though out, impactful scene (even though it consists of characters standing and moving their enormous mouths a bit, so pretty much a still shot). Too bad all this wasn't set up properly, it was a rushed sub-plot introduced in the same episode. They sort of blew their load early, because no scene came even close to this level of thought.
Oh, and I like the ED. It's nice, peaceful. The OP is fine too, but when you hear it so much it became annoying.
This anime is like a leech. Upon finishing it I was almost drained out of all of my creativity and passion for anything. After finishing writing this review, all I wanted to do is sleep, because I believed that my dream could create a far better story than this show, this piece of fiction that was actually released as a 12 episode series, possible with quality checking and some sort of vision behind it. Turns out, I was right. My random, stupid dream about me riding a watermelon and crashing into my dad riding on a banana, and then us reuniting because we're close to each other after all, was more interesting and more expressive than this. So I want to warn you, that if you have any plans to write something soon, maybe even searching for inspiration on a similar topic, don't go searching here. Hell, if you just want to pick a random show, don't. You know what, don't even pick it up if you're looking for a bad show, if there's a risk that it could suck you dry as it did with me, why risk it? Turn back wanderer, you have traveled too far into the anime depth. Don't go any further, or I can't guarantee you'll come back in one piece. Your imagination might be left behind.
As always, this is purely my opinion, but I can't recommend you to develop your own.
Does a shoujo anime require a flawless main female character with two charming guys by her side to be considered good? This anime has received quite the critism since the first episode just because it leaves a bitter taste to what we're used to expect from a normal shoujo anime.
There's no denying that when it comes to the story, there is nothing surprisingly exciting or any cliff hangers that could leave you asking for more, it's not like there's much to ask from a shoujo anime anyway. But despite the frequent scenes where characters indulge in the recollection of their past childhood memories, the story
actually progresses swiftly through each episode. Although, what is noticeable is that besides the characters' interactions, there is nothing else worth mentioning. There are no twists or jaw dropping revelations that could leave the watcher on the edge of his seat or make us wonder what could happen next. For argument's sake, let's say that the plot isn't what makes this anime a decent anime.
Fukumenkei noise is extremely funny and enjoyable to watch. When the characters aren't too busy dramatizing every single event, their humorous interactions bring out their personalities and allow us to reach out and relate to them on a personal level. Throughout the anime, we get to learn more things about the main characters, and as we know, no past can ever be full on bright. Although, what's annoying is the random scenes from the past popping out of nowhere. Yes, it's important to know what kind of traumatic events our characters went through but hey, do we need to be reminded of that each episode? It's safe to say that it got slightly better through the last few episodes though.
Despite the few flaws i mentined above, there's one part in this anime that outshined everything else. That is the soundtrack. To be frank, i looked down on the anime when i've first seen it. The art was pretty decent but i still didn't expect much from the soundtrack..Man i was wrong.
The songs in this anime aren't there just to fulfill the purpose of being musically pleasant. But they exceed to a whole different level, which is connecting the characters' feelings and mending their broken relationships. This anime has outdone itself by creating such outstanding, beautifully composed and written music that achieves the purpose of reaching out to the listener, leaving him with an exciting rush of goosebumps.
What i also admire about this anime is how it puts light on the characters' efforts and their will to improve their musical career. Thus, the music gets better each episode.
Nothing comes around without hard work and this anime proves just that.
What I understood:
~Nino and Momo are childhood friends, when they were younger, they used to sing ''Twinkle Little Star'' all the time and hold hands to go to school. But one day, Momo had to move and without Nino knowing, he disappeared, leaving her alone with her pain. That's where she met Yuzu, a young song writer that will eventually write songs just for Nino to sing.~
What I felt:
~It was WAY too overdramatic. You know, that feeling when you find a serie that could be good but then is so overdramatic that it turns cringy? Yeah...that's what
it felt like. Every episode was a battle of feeling ''trying to reach this or that person''. Which was pretty annoying to a certain point.
~The art was pretty decent but the CGI, 3D animation of the concerts really threw me off. Those moments were really ugly and sadly, was bothering me more than anything. The problem is, when something bothers my eyes, I can't focus on the main plot, music and dialogues. Also, most of the CGI scenes were re-used few times in a same sequence. Other than that, the characters designs were pretty diverse and enjoyable. ~
~The music was probably the only thing that made so I didn't drop the serie. (Even tho those ''la la la la'' were pretty annoying after few episodes) I was glad to finally hear real lyrics and the main character's voice.
Now, I'm a huge fan of Hayami Saori (Nino's seiyuu), she dubbed many characters that I love and I always enjoyed her singing. BUT, why the hell did she have to sing in such a weird way as Nino? She sounded better in the last episodes but at the beginning, I couldn't understand how people (in the anime) would enjoy listening to her or even want her to be part of the group. Her bersek moments were terrible. And to be honest, I liked Miou's voice better...it was more controlled and prettier.~
There are 3 noticable characters in this serie:
Nino: The main girl who is obsessed with her childhood friend even tho he hurt her many times. Every episode, she would say ''Momo'' about 10 to 20 times (if not more), making me hate the cute and beautiful word that is 'momo'.
Momo: The useless, selfish childhood friend of Nino. That messes with Nino's feelings and would hurt her all the time.
Yuzu: Probably the best character in the entire anime. He is kind and think about other people's feelings.
The love triangle goes like this:
But sincerely, Momo only shows..wait..no...Momo only SAYS he likes her in the last 2 episodes. Which came out of no where, he just treated Nino like sh*t the entire anime. Yes, it really pisses me off. Yuzu obviously cares more about Nino but honestly, if he doesn't end up with Nino, I won't be mad, he sincerely deserves better than an idiot with the name Momo stuck in her empty head shell.
Most of the episodes were frustrating but I do think there was potential for better character developement. I feel like there are lots of plot holes (Momo's parents, Yuzu's mom, Miou, In NO hurry, etc.) making me question most of the characters personality and backstory.
I did wait every week to watch the new episodes, so I can't say I disliked the anime. To be fair, there were good and bad moments, counter balancing themselves, making this anime nor a masterpiece, not a pile of crap. So my rate is 5 (average) + 1 more point (for Yuzu, my man) so that gives Fukumenkei Noise a fair 6 out of 10. Meaning this anime is FINE.
I feel like there will be a next season. I might (or might not) watch it, depending on my mood.
It doesn't matter if you don’t like alternative music. It doesn't even matter if you don’t like romance. Something really good can captivate the attention of people who aren’t even fans of the genre, and i’ll tell you, this is no groundbreaking show. I’ve seen it maybe 5 times in different variations, just mixed and matched here and there.
Fukumenkei is the exact epitome of it’s genre. It takes on a few cliches we’ve seen not once, but a trillion times:
1.) The childhood friend love interest
2.) A love triangle
3.) The dense/oblivious to everything main character
Now I must say though, just because an anime has these things
doesn't automatically make it bad, but it is something to note. It's all about how the show uses/portrays these things.
I’d have to say the biggest fail of this anime is the romance portion. These characters are incredibly melodramatic, unrealistic, and annoying. It is especially hard to take their “love” for one another seriously. A good backstory is imperative for this type of series; Nino, Yuzu, and Momo’s stories aren’t something that seem to be anything more than a simple childhood crush that went on for way too long. They were children, it was not a practical enough love for them to still have feelings after six years. Even if it were, the show does a terrible job of portraying it that way, it's very hard to take seriously. None of it really makes much sense, now does it? and on top of that, after six years Nino expects everything/one to be the same. It really just irked me when things easily could have been resolved or talked though. I guess some of the charters have a case of feels too strong to have any sense of logic.
One thing Fukumenkei does well is showing it’s characters devotion/drive to music, each (main) character has their own reasons for striding to success. Gradually through the series Nino grows closer to In No Hurry and their music until they come together. Now, Nino’s voice is a questionable one, it isn’t one you’d expect to be praised the way it is in the show. However, Nino’s voice served to portray her emotions and personality, and it did just that. She isn’t supposed to sound as tamed and Miou, the point was to make her sound out of control. Even her band members see this and point it out. So it isn’t really that people are praising how well she sings, it’s how crazy she gets on stage, how raw her emotions are.
The few twists regarding the band are also rather cliche and predictable, however, the band itself is by no means bad. I enjoyed their music, even wished I could have gotten more of it.
The characters of Fukumenkei aren’t anything special, we’ve seen them all before. Although they do fit well for this type of story. Nino is a strong willed, free spirited girl, she gave her all in whatever task she had in front of her (unless Momo came rollin’ in). Yuzu had a similar quality to him, although he's a bit more stubborn but caring in his own way. Momo. Momo's got issues the majority of the anime, honestly I found him annoying- his emotions and actions contradict and his view of Nino is very confusing. His character isn’t as developed as Nino’s or Yuzu’s. Side characters like Ayumi and Yoshito barely had any real showtime or character development. Miou was the only character besides the mains that we really have some sort of understanding personality wise.
I am no fan of this stows art style but it for sure works well for the story/feel overall.
Definitely thought there were moments where the characters looked pretty odd though.
That’s really what this should should be given, an eh. Because that’s all it really is. Despite everything, I don’t hate this anime, no. Although I was very disappointed by it. Music/romance anime is one of my all time favorite genres.
Fukumenkei falls short on so much, it attempts to be something good while having the same regurgitated themes we commonly see in this type of anime, without even trying to use them in an interesting way. Fukumenkei is a shit storm of illogic melodrama. The show is cliche to the point where things become predictable; we see Nino distraught over Momo, pushing herself to sing while Yuzu admires her in silence SEVERAL times. I felt like something was missing to make me feel more empathy towards the characters. This may just be because I found Nino's backstories with Yuzu and Momo childish, but the characters overall are pretty childish.
In No Hurry’s journey as a band/ their music was the highlight of this show for me. Everything else definitely feel way too short.
If you’re a fan of these genres, i’d say check it out. Mind you, this is all just one opinion.
It’s cliche, it’s painfully average, it’s lackluster.
In other words it’s most shoujo.