Akira Tachibana is a soft-spoken high school student who used to be a part of the track and field club but, due to an injury, she is no longer able to run as fast as she once could. Working part-time at a family restaurant as a recourse, she finds herself inexplicably falling in love with her manager, a divorced 45-year-old man with a young son.
Despite the age gap, Akira wholeheartedly embraces his mannerisms and kind nature, which is seen as spinelessness by the other employees, and little by little, the two begin to understand each other. Although unable to explain why exactly she is attracted to him, Akira believes that a concrete reason is not needed to truly love someone. On a rainy day, she decides to finally tell her manager about how she feels... but just how will he react?
What I like about the anime!:
-I like how it's unique.
I haven't come across an anime with an age gap so huge and am interested in how it'll end up.
Honestly I really hope they'll end up together and get everyone's "blessing", because "age is just a number"
-I like the opening and ending.
It really suits the anime's theme. The anime is about love, and the opening and ending are bittersweet, perfectly capturing the mood.
-How the characters are portrayed really well
Their voices match their personality and behavior.
What I'm not really pleased with the anime!:
So far, there's nothing really that I'm dissatisfied with.
The art is a bit wacky sometimes,
but it's quirky and you get used to it pretty quickly.
Okay this anime is one of a kind.
I have never seen a more weird anime, expecting it to be a random rom-com but it ended up being a kawaii female student with super saiyan goku asking her for her number while she is in love in a guy that could be her father.
Really weird and one of a kind anime that would make us cringe and disgusted if it was real life.
Well overall i think it's pretty good, i like the kitchen guy alot.
The sound is nice, artwork also not bad, and the first episode made a good impression that makes you wanting for more.
give it a 7 based on the first episode, will update it once i finish the entire 12 episodes, which will take some time, hopefully it turns out really good.
After completing the first episode, I was completely hooked.
This is such a cute and unique anime. Personally, I really enjoyed how the story played out so far. (9/10)
The art is nothing special, but I like it just the way it is. Does not bother me at all. (8/10)
Not sure how to rate sound, but I found nothing bad. Enjoyed the sound effects and voice acting. (10/10)
From the characters I have seen so far, I really enjoyed them. Tachibana is a cute, and realistic high school girl. Mr. Kondo is funny and lovable. For the rest of the workers at the cafe, they are also enjoyable.
Yet to see some action from the chefs in later episodes. Also, you cannot forget Yoshizawa. He is really funny and always gets me chuckling. (9/10)
One thing I like to point out is that there are some scenes that made me genuinely smile and chuckle. (10/10)
As mentioned, I was instantly hooked after the first episode. I really liked the synopsis of this show and I guess the idea of a high school girl developing feelings for an older man is up my alley, so that is a plus for me. I cannot wait till the next episode!!!! (9/10)
Behold! An anime that understand the meaning of organic storytelling that allows the cast to shine in an otherwise extremely simple, done to death, "unlikely pairing" story.
"Koi wa Ame" tells the tale of a 17 years old high school girl falling in love for her 40 something divorced-with-kids restaurant manager. At first glance this seems like the delirious fantasy of some pervy old man (the author is actually female), but when watching the anime, you won't really feel uncomfortable or 'grossed out' by the situation. On the contrary, the story feels believable and natural, and so far fairly well paced.
This is mainly thanks to
Spoiler ahead for those who wished not to be spoiled.
The heroine, Tachibana, has all the signs of a cliche ice queen archetype who is used to hiding her feelings, interacting with others in a calm, albeit somewhat cold manner, whose stare is often mistaken for a glare. You'd be delighted to find out she is anything but. Tachibana is wilful, headstrong, but not blunt to a fault or a tactless, friendless loner. The fact that she tries to ask the manager for his messenger ID, laughed heartily at his goofiness and accidentally told the manager she loved him 2 episode into the series, was more than most heroines have ever done across a whole season worth of episodes. She feels believable. The reason why she loves the manager also feel believable.
What's more, she behaves like a real teenager. You never get the sense that she's too mature, too smart or has too much depth (if that can be a thing) to her that she feels unrelatable. It is the same with the male protagonist, manager Kondo, who is pretty much the apotheosis of a middle-aged man in an increasingly digital age. He's divorced, kind-to-a-fault and at times envies the youthfulness of his staff (a trait that every man past thirty can easily relate).
Now you might think all I've done so far is talk about the characters, but understand that this plot would be in shambles if not for its believable characters and the organic ways the story is told. Tachibana used to be on the track team. She can sprint really fast, but due to an injury, she suffered she can no longer sprint like she used to. She met Kondo in the restaurant he worked at on a rainy day, who offered her free coffee while she was feeling down and performed a magic trick for her. Fast forward to present time, she is working in the same restaurant and has developed a massive crush on Kondo.
The plot is extremely simplistic. It's not necessarily a love story between two people who have a massive age gap (and you know it's not going to be since the characters behave naturally, which means Kondo, at age 40 something, would understand perfectly how stupid it would be for him to date a teenager, but couldn't help but dream - once again easily relatable for the older generations). It's a story about healing, about moving past obstacles, and about believing in yourself enough to do what you loved.
The animation of this anime, while not mindblowing like the Land of Lustrous, or even breathtaking like Violet Evergarden, is executed well and skilfully make uses of theme and visual motifs to enhance the story. The art is good, but could be better because in certain scenes Tachibana's neck feels really long. Doesn't really take much away from the quality of the anime but still an issue they should address. (You do get used to it) The sound design of the anime blends so well into the scenes you almost never notice it. The voice actings are also superb - every character's voice feels so unbelievably fitting it's almost impossible to imagine them voice acted by different actors and actress.
Overall, this is currently one of the best anime of the season. It doesn't feel pretentious, tryhard like Violet Evergarden, all the characters are likable (even the old maitre D who constantly berates the manager is perfect for comical relief) and believable. The setting isn't convoluted. The story is simple to follow and never tries to be anything it isn't.
Not quite a masterpiece, but a truly great anime that is worth watching.