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.
The second series to a mostly ignored first season of a show which was once an OVA. Yes, this franchise has been around for a few years, but also neglected massively, and I can see why.
I have not watched the OVA, so I can only base this review on the first season's experience as well as this series.
Story - 6/10
Not anything great story wise, just a love story of 4 12 year olds falling in love for the first time, with the bad guidance of the females' friend Marin and to the hatred of Kokoa, who is in love with Takao, and would do anything for him as a rich smart ass. Not winning any awards story wise, but it's good enough.
Art - 7/10
Once again, nothing mind blowing, but in some places, such as in close ups, this show's animation is actually pretty decent for an extremely low budget production, and much better than I remember S1's art to be.
Sound - 5/10
Obviously the budget cuts have to be somewhere, and sound is what was chosen. The intro song is as annoyingly catchy as S1's and serves the purpose very very well, however in any sort of climax in the show, the same 30 odd second song is played. At first, the song is good. It has a nice harmony of voices which co incides with the scene well, but this is played every god damn episode. This isn't the only repeated song either, there's a selection of a few songs that are just played multiple times per episode EVERY episode and it's just annoying.
FUN FACT: the singer for the OP of 12-sai S2 (Machico) is also the singer for KonoSuba S1 and 2's OPs.
The VAs aren't amazing, but they're believable enough, and offer a distinct character and sound association to each character, so I guess they serve their purpose.
Character - 7/10
This is the main focus of the show - the characters. The main 4 characters (Ayase and Takao, Yui and Kazuma) have very standout personalities, and the show's writers do a good job of making sure that the viewer understands each character and how they feel towards their respective partners.
However, then there's the main side characters: Kokoa, Inaba, Marin and Ayumu. I'll go through these in order, you'll see why.
Kokoa is annoying ass bitch whose only goal in life is to destroy Ayase's relationship with Takao. Good idea, right? Spruce up the show? I would agree, if the bitch level weren't detestable level. There's a fine line between writing a bitch character and a character who you literally want to strangle. Think I'm exaggerating? I'm really not. At times, in both S1 and 2 of this show, she makes the show almost unwatchable.
Inaba is sort of the half intrusive and half non intrusive popular guy at Yui's prep school. He has a crush on Yui, even though he's popular. Even though he's a cock, he's still likeable. THis is a direct contrast to Kokoa, as this guy has a purpose in the show.
Marin is, to me, the friendly version of Kokoa. She's friends with Yui and Ayase, but she's just so god damn annoying. She bases all of her advice on her slut of a sister, and like Kokoa, she can make the show near unwatchable at times.
And Ayumu is a nice bloke, that's it really.
And then there's the other boys in the class who I forget the names of who are actually genuinely hilarious at times with their obsession with quoting the partners' best quotes. These guys are a fantastic addition to the show.
Enjoyment - 7.5 (8)/10
Amongst all of the ups and downs, this show is really enjoyable to me. I enjoyed both S1 and S2, even with all of their huge flaws. Would I recommend it? No. There's loads of better shows. But I still really enjoy this show, and for a low budget, throwaway show, it's pretty good.