Ten years ago, Jiang Xiaobai lost all his memories due to a traumatic event he no longer remembers. Now working as a trainee in Editorial Office No.2 of Wen Zheng Magazine, a literary periodical based in Chongqing, he is excited to begin a new chapter of his life: in two days, he finishes his probationary period and officially starts his job as an editor. He gives no thought to his recurring dream of a girl whose face can never clearly see.
That evening, one of Jiang Xiaobai's seniors passes him the task of rushing to the airport to escort the idiosyncratic rising author Tong Li, who has returned from America to launch her first serialized novel in Chinese. As punishment for this senior reneging on his own duties, Jiang Xiaobai replaces him as Tong Li's new editor. Though they get off to a rough start, Tong Li soon recognizes Jiang Xiaobai as someone precious from her high school days. Before they know it, the wheels of fate are set in motion, as Jiang Xiaobai slowly uncovers clues about a long-forgotten girl from his past.
我是江小白 is a refreshing (seinen) romance show. While the amnesic element might be cliche for some of you, 我是江小白 handled this excellently by using 小白 (Xiao Bai)'s amnesia as a plot device to nurture the relationship between 小白 (Xiao Bai) and the mysterious writer 佟离 (Tongli). Every episode you find out more and more of Tongli's identity, Xiao Bai's missing memory and their connection. The drama in their relationship gets more and more interesting everytime Xiao Bai recalls one of his lost memory. Each time he does, you'd find yourself shipping him with a different girl.
Let's talk about the characters. Xiao Bai is
a flat character. He doesn't remember anything and most of his "important" screentime is him having headaches and trying to remember his past, so there isn't much to say about him. The female lead Tongli on the other hand is a more complex and rounder character in comparison. In fact, I go as far as to say she pretty much carries this show with her motives and emotions. I feel this show is more plot driven than character development as there isn't any plot element that demands change from the main characters. If anything, I found the characters in their flashback to be more fleshed out than the present day characters. I could honestly see that as a separate anime. I also especially loved the chemistry between Xiao Bai and 夕雨 (Xiyu) in their flashback.
The music is great, one of the few occasions I'd work up the effort and listen to the OP/ED. The band's unique song "FLY" is a very catchy song. After listening to it I found myself looking for it afterwards. I also commend the use of music in this show as it really helped heighten the emotional moments in this show.
The animation is a bit tricky, a lot of people seem to not like CGI. I don't have a problem with the CGi myself, but that may be due to me being an active follower of RWBY. It isn't as unwatchable as the Berserk CGI and it isn't as good as the Ghost in the Shell CGI. It is middle-ground, but this is a romance drama show, not some action sci-fi show that needs impeccable animation. I also just love 佟离 (Tongli)'s character design, but it is probably because I am a sucker for red-hair.
I guess the last thing to say is let's wait for the epilogue in May to finally conclude this show as the ending didn't provide much closure for me.
This anime is not as bad as it sounds (I was surprised, I thought it was going to be really bad, but it's pretty decent in its history)
The story has a lot of cliche breaking of generally Japanese animes, it gives you the certainty of what is going to happen but goes by a different way thus making the story to be unpredictable and interesting.
The art of the anime is extremely pathetic in all respects, character design is pretty bad, ambiance is very bad, the "cg" is much worse than some "full cg" anime in 2014 considering that the "cg" improves considerably each
The "ost" is quite decent but when they put the opening (which happens a lot) made the scenes quite cool and with a much bigger impact, but the ost has nothing much in them.
The characters are very organic, the dialogues are very cool and realistic as the relationship of the characters is well written.
It was very fun to follow this anime but could have been better ..
An anime with an interesting story, very cool characters and very precarious technical parts but I still recommend it is a really cool story.
As a non-Japanese show, I was expecting something pretty cliché and boring story. It turned out to be a hidden gem- a near masterpiece. The pacing was perfect and managed to cramp all the necessary detail into a 12 episode long series. Both the innocent scenes and serious ones balances each other out filling each episode with rich and filler-free story.
Art was... disappointing. After watching other Chinese shows like Quanzhi Gaoshou or even Quanzhi Fashi I was fairly disappointed to see the use of bad CGI
on the characters, although I must admit the still scenes remind me of Your Name and A Silent Voice level of animation, but that's really the only reason I give the art a 4/10. At least it's not as bad as Bersek?
Again, I wasn't really expecting anything out of the ordinary when it comes to sound quality and music. Voice actors and sound effects were pretty average, but the music is what gives more impact on the scenes. While I still think Japanese sound lovely, I wasn't expecting Chinese, with their "Xi"s and "Feng"s, to have a very soft tone with no hard pronunciations.
Nothing really to be noted on the characters that would make them stand out. Fairly cliché personalities but amplified by the story.
Overall this is definitely an anime I recommend if you're into the genres. A lot of people might have dropped it due to the CGI and framerate, but that's also a lot of people who have missed out on anything but the animation. If it wasn't for the art this would be the 3rd anime I'd objectively give a solid 10/10.