Being a great fan of the typical Romeo X Juliet school-twisted manga at hindsight, I was wishing for an anime adaptation of this rom-com for sometime, and when it premiered in Fall 2018, I was SO happy and ready for the anime adaptation by Liden Films, and it delivered flawlessly (well, small faults but big wins). (Yay, Happy Xmas wish granted!)
The story...let's just say that if you know a even a little bit about the Romeo X Juliet Shakespeary context, it's the exact same premise here, just in terms of different factions, mainly the White Cats and Black Dogs, led by both leaders Romio Inuzuka
and Juliet Persia. So with that, Dahlia Academy Boarding School (Juliet), was made as per the neutral ground for both factions to have and nurture education for everyone regardless of which faction they belong to. However, as both Inuzuka and Persia encounter each other *starts rolling Romeo X Juliet the play*, the amount of controversy that both have that's weighted on their shoulders become the main problem for concerning people.
And that's where the side characters come in. From the assistants, Inuzuka's ever-helpful assistant-cum-crush Hasuki and Percia's strangle-hold Princess Chartreux (just call her Char) are always there to help shape up each counterpart's emotions and feelings about each other, and confront each other as to deal with countless situations with the slightest damage possible. The most frightening are always the top brass, or model counsellors such as Inuzuka's own older brother Airu (which he despises greatly), twin sisters Kochou and Teria from the Black Dogs and Persia's relentless leaders Cait Sith, Anne Sieber and Rex from the White Cats to name a few. And of course, the White Cats rebel faction of Aby Ssinia, along with his supporter-cum-crush Somali and few others. Their depiction in the anime is just as frightening as in the manga, so great pointers for showing their cruelness. Overall, all characters were done as well as how they were in the manga.
From here on, really no problems at all. Liden Film's art and animation, bright, clean, fluid and showcasing some of the most simple but bad-ass animations when it comes to the serious stuff (e.g. scenes of action). That, I can go along with it. Same goes with the music too. I was concerned about FripSide's songs as the quality of songs they were pumping out in the modern times were average or didn't sound very good (as per the case of Dances With The Dragons). But, once that OP played, I was rest assured, this OP was fantastic and great, along with Riho Ilda's ED (which I should listen to her songs more) which was icing on the cake.
If there is the minimum fault I could lament with, was that the storytelling was quite slow, but once I compared that to the flow of the manga, it allayed most of the fears I had about pushing quantity for quality, and am glad that the slow storytelling compensated for most of the enjoyment I had for this anime. Heck, I'd even say this anime adaptation surpasses the manga in every way. It's a great one I tell you. If you're a fan of the Romeo X Juliet archetype, this anime is a must recommended watch. It puts a smile on my face, and so should inflict on you as well.
Romeo and Juliet the name is no stranger to us, right? yes they are a pair of young brides who love each other but his love does not go smoothly and is opposed by his family. Romeo Juliet himself has a variety of storylines ranging from sadness and end to happiness.
Kishuku Gakkou no Juliet tells of two young couples namely Persia Juliet and Inuzuka Romio who have secretly established love relationships. Series adapted from "Manga" written by Kaneda Yousuke is very interesting because it takes the legendary romantic story of Romeo and Juliet not surprised many spectators were deeply moved, and wrapped in comedy elements
that made the audience laugh out loud making this RonCom series became popular among teenagers.
Nowadays, technology has begun to evolve rapidly as time goes by, anime began to develop in terms of depiction and graphic design. This series takes the story of antiquity where ancient buildings have their own charm. Color selection in this case also has a very significant effect. the action that makes this series even better the process of drawing an action-themed series is difficult because it requires more frames to come out and this series is already good in its drawings, but what makes this more interesting is the depiction of ancient times which makes it more realistic and has a characteristic distinctive.
incomplete if the storyline and depiction techniques are good if not supported by good voice actors and music background. Studio LIDENFILMS brought Kayano Ai as the voice of "Persia Juliet" while the duo Oono Yuuki played the role of "Inuzuka Romio". Love With You sung by "FripSide" became the opening theme while the closing part was Itsuka Sekai no Kawaru made which was sung by "Riho Lida".
In this series has the first three character play "Persia Juliet". Persia herself is a girl who wants to change the world for the better but the one who is the barrier is her little cook and the one she loves, "Inuzuka Romio". the nature of being angry, caring for others, and most importantly being honest. In the midst of their romance a girl who honestly likes Romio Inuzuka she is "Komai Hasuko" she is a cheerful and passionate girl who cares for her friends.
the story of Romeo and Juliet is a romantic story that was legendary years ago until now with the Kishuku Gakkou no Juliet series that has a storyline that is a bit similar to the legendary story to honestly make some people carried away but unfortunately in this series it has no drama which is good but for some people it is good enough than the series that is full of drama and makes some people touched and full of emotion.
If you take a classic story like Romeo and Juliet and convert it into a modern romantic comedy, you’d get Kishuku Gakkou no Juliet. While neither series are alike to each other, they do borrow a few familiar themes with the most prominent being a forbidden romance. But there’s more to that, no?
Romance is practical in a show like this but it made me question first what the were really aiming for. I’m not familiar Yousuke Kaneda’s works but when it comes to a rom-com, they made the point crystal clear. Romio Inuzuka and Juliet Persia are in love. It’s the type of love that
ties these two lovebirds like fate. However, it’s a forbidden love as Romio and Persia belong in opposite sides of society. In their school (Dahlia Academy Boarding School), there are two rivaling countries. They are known as the “Black Dogs” and the “White Cats”. As the respective leaders of their dorms, you can expect a whole load of drama coming their way.
At first, this show felt like an experimental story of trial and error. The first few episodes depicts Romio and Persia in a relationship although they must keep it a secret to avoid consequences. They face numerous obstacles with their secret often being risked in public. This creates consequences which misunderstandings arise. Throughout the series, people assume Romio has been harassing Persia. There’s countless times in the show where Romio has to defend his own pride while maintaining his poker face persona. On the other hand, Persia has trouble hiding her own secret but can’t help but stay in love with Romio. You get the big picture here? The show sets up this sort of dilemma that seems to signal for a tragic or doomed relationship. And that’s a good thing. It makes the show feel less predictable as viewers will anticipate how their relationship will ultimately end. Will their relationship be an everlasting love or is it fated to be a tragedy?
While all this drama exists from behind the scenes, another main selling point is the rivalries in the show. The Black Dogs and White Cats are often going head to head in competition. Their personalities and attire also contrasts with each other greatly. The anime depicts the Black Dogs as rowdy individuals that almost seems to allude their behaviors as animals fighting for their territory. On the other hand, the White Cats are dressed more cleanly and maintain an aristocratical attitude to maintain their presence. Like cats, they are also cunning and are not afraid to take risks. The series takes opportunities to showcase both sides’ strengths and weaknesses. Through competition, the Black Dogs and White Cats strives to win no matter what in their adamant rivalry.
While Romio and Persia is the main focus, I suppose the audience wonders why the key visual contains other female characters. Make no mistake. This isn’t a harem despite the deceptive image of several girls surrounding our main male protagonist. Characters like Char, Hasuki, and the Wang sisters adds doses of drama in their own ways. For instance, Char often teases characters in playful ways like a curoius cat. Romio becomes one of her key targets although most of this is played for laughs. Hasuki is more outgoing and friendlier with others and that’s thanks to Romio’s influence. As one of the very few characters who knows the truth of his relationship with Persia, she’s definitely a character that he can trust. Unfortunately, not every character in this show is too welcoming. The Wang sisters are an example of this as their role has little impact on the overall story. Their debut in the show is nothing more than showing their status at school as prefects and there’s minimal character development for either girl. Still, you may wonder if this show has emotional drama. In the second half of the series, Romio and Persia’s relationship is really tested as they encounter more complex problems such as Romio’s brother.
Watching a romantic comedy like this probably gets predictable if you’ve seen similar shows before. The repetitive formula of misunderstandings, emotional segments, and character chemistry is usually drawn through dealing with social issues. Now I’m not going to deny this show is a cliché teenage soap drama. However, the show seems to shine best when we see the importance of Romio and Persia’s character relationship. Between the humor and drama, it maintains a balanced story without jumping over itself. However, I do wish the show extended its plot more from the manga. The series is ongoing and with just 12 episodes, there are other characters that are omitted. The plot seems to be structured in a way that gives the overall story its flow but not truly adapted to my expectations.
As a show produced by Liden Films, it’s satisfying to see the faithfulness of the character designs. The contrasting attires of the Black Dogs and White Cats shows their status at school with their personalities. Romio and Persia are the two to keep an eye on the most for their character expressions. This is because they behave in both honest and deceptive ways depending on circumstances. Thanks to characters like Char, we also get tons of humorous moments thanks to her manipulative antics. The feminine voice of Persia is also expressed adequately to showcase her elegant personality. Even when she cross-dresses a boy, Persia still maintains an overall cool image in public; a contrast to her more fragile self when alone with Romio. There’s also some fan service in the show so do be prepared for some cliché pitfalls like accidental perverted moments with loose clothes. Yes, this romantic comedy has it all.
Kishuku Gakkou no Juliet is far from being a classic Shakespearean tale but manages to capture the magic of a romantic comedy. I’ve seen many rom-coms in the past and most falls for the same tropes over and over. This anime is vulnerable to some of those tropes but is also able to tell an convincing story with memorable moments. Don’t expect this to be a big hitter of the year but do be prepared for a gleeful rom-com amplified by the charms of a star-crossed couple.
We have all seen the Romeo and Juliet tale before or at least know of it. It’s one of the most common plays taught in many high schools around the world. It is deeply ingrained into the public conscience, even to those who have never read or seen the play. Its famous for being arguably the easiest of Shakespeare’s plays to understand. It's a romantic tragedy, and that certainly adds to the appeal. Teenagers definitely like to use it to point out what happens when parents, families or affiliations don't support their little love affairs. What’s interesting about it is that, despite being one of
the oldest and world-renowned stories of all time, it still manages to draw people in with interest.
Based on Yousuke Kaneda’s manga of the same name, Kishuku Gakkou no Juliet (Boarding School Juliet) is another rendition of the classic Romeo and Juliet love affair with a more modern take. I was surprised to find that this turned out to be a good romantic, school comedy-shounen than what I initially thought. I don’t think this would have worked as well as it has if it leaned more towards shoujo. When you look at the premise and setting, it has all the markings of a generic show, but how does it make this all work here? Well, there are two key facets to making a Romeo and Juliet story work. First, the two main characters need to be likeable, relatable, and interesting. Second, the hatred between the two groups needs to be both arbitrary and equal between the two sides. Some stories make the mistake of nailing the drama aspects but fail to make the characters interesting. Others tend to make one faction more detestable while making the other seem to be in the right. Boarding School Juliet was able to execute both facets successfully while leaning more to the comedy side of things.
The prestigious Dahlia Academy which educates only the elite students from the Nation of Touwa to the East and the Principality of the West. Meet Romio Inuzuka, the first-year leader of the Black Dog Dorm that represents Touwa whose members are frequently clashing with the members of the White Cats’ House led by Juliet Persia, who is also a first year, that represents the West. What’s the catch? Inuzuka has fallen in love with his rival and sworn enemy, Persia. The story depicts his struggle to keep up the pretence of hating her—along with the rest of her House—when every time he sees her. He usually goes into panic mode at the mere sight of her that it makes his heart race. He is constantly worrying if anyone else shows up he has to pretend to fight her. The show is also good at comically portraying the excruciating range of emotions the smitten hero experiences as he tries to conceal his all-consuming love for Persia with predictably disastrous results. When the two finally get the opportunity to meet alone—and without fighting each other—Persia admits that she too likes Inuzuka. No silly games of “Ifs or maybes,” but rather, more of a “How on earth can they?” Especially given all the obstacles and challenges placed before them.
Our main protagonist goal is that one day, at the right time, that their love for each could bridge peace between the two factions, although, there is a lot of groundwork to do before that could be achieved. The shows antics is mainly based around Inuzuka and Persia trying to have alone time in secrecy for the touching moments to bond. Unfortunately for them, they are constantly interrupted in one way or another by the rivalry and ongoing war between the two Houses. The supporting cast tend to be the culprits of interrupting the sweet moments between the couple, they also serve to show their dynamics with both main characters respectively. Hasuki Komai is a childhood friend of Inuzuka who has a crush on him, a loyal friend and always looking for a fight with the White Cats’. Scott Fold is a hopeless suitor of Persia who is always trying to impress her while trying to one-up on the Black Dogs. Lastly, a snobby princess and a close friend of Persia in Chartreux Westia. She’s a royal pain in the ass to Inuzuka, she acts as a bit of an antagonist for him but later becomes a supporter of sorts since she can see that he makes Persia happy.
These characters help provide many of the laughs and a lot of physical and visual gags. The show is equally at its best when they are all interacting as well as the alone time with our main couple. Everything just clicks, and it goes to show that the characters are enjoyable and that makes for a more interesting comedy. Admittedly, not all the jokes land but this is definitely one of the better romantic comedies. Studio LIDENFILMS did a fine job with the backgrounds as it depicts a more old-school, fairy-tale, quasi-European look with its architecture and designs. It seems very much like a hodgepodge of styles, to the likes of Nisekoi, in its character designs and layouts. The fanservice does feel out of place, it feels more like a quota to have it in there. OP and ED are serviceable. The soundtrack is complementary to many of the well animated visual gags as well as the light-hearted atmosphere.
Boarding School Juliet is a very simple romantic comedy that has good execution, in saying that, there are areas where its lacking, for example, the backstory to the characters could have been expanded upon more, and there are moments where it feels like certain arcs are dragging. But it makes up for it by having Inuzuka and Persia being very interesting and their behaviour is both very human and very heart-warming. On top of that, the minor characters are also nuanced and incredibly critical to the story and are evenly divided between both sides of the conflict, so there's a good balance of both personal vendettas and character development. The message of the show is that love triumphs over hate.
The disclaimer seen in the beginning has to be one of the longest anime has to offer and it is no wonder. The title of this series could as well be changed to "Fuck You, William Shakespeare" and that wouldn't even affect the level of subtle we have at hand. Make no mistake, however, this isn't a parody, this is just a disgrace.
We have school settings here and the school is divided in two because people apparently really hate each others. In this other divided half -- called House White Cat, lives our Juliet, and in the another -- called House Black Dog, lives Romio.
The daily school life of our students consists of people slapping each others in the face and acting like the opposing party members are total buttholes. While this is pretty much how different opinions work in irl and especially in politics, with Juliet's case there just is no reason to give a damn.
Juliet herself is pretty much like every background anime girl ever except this time she got the role of a main. She hardly has any personality, and in generally, it is hard to even see why the main male lead would fall for her as she is just totally empty character. The main dude presents himself as some sort of cheap "girls like guys like these, right?" stereotype. He is practically one of those shojo love interests that solely exist in romance series until the girl realizes there is more to guys than their outlook... except this time he is the real main character. The only mildly interesting character and the only one who seems to have some sort of personality is Harusi from Black Dogs and she is used basically as an element in the series to a) create comedy and b) create some type of cheesy and completely improbable love interest alternative.
If this series had more comedy or at least some comedy (it is supposed to be a comedy), maybe it would be at least entertaining in some way. Thus far, the pinnacle of the comedy was a scene where our main dude disappeared in the middle of an ongoing monologue aimed at him. Which is a thing that has occurred in approximately 3 gigazaillion other anime series already, most of which presented it better and had some characters with personalities so that the comedic moments came with at least some level of depth.
Art is another thing that could easily make this series seem better and give some sort of glory and meaning to its events, but damn if ain't generic and cheap. I am mainly reminded of those low budget action anime series from the beginning of this decade where the coolest animation tricks were practically different colored light effects. This thing looks boring, sounds boring and is boring, and on top of that, has been going for worse since the beginning.
Boarding School Juliet has gone rather unnoticed this season due to the popularity of Goblin Slayer, Sword Art Online, and so on. As a romantic comedy, it’s hard to keep up with the top shounen shows releasing every season. However, this show is surprisingly interesting and although can’t exactly be compare to the quality of the top shows airing right now, is still quite entertaining to watch.
Story: Boarding School Juliet is a spin-off of the original “Romeo and Juliet”(which is quite obvious when you read the title), as it retains many of the same elements. This time, the two rival groups, the White Cats
and the Black Dogs continuously fight amongst each other with their leaders,Juliet Persia and Romeo Inuzuka, as the two star crossed lovers. These two groups are a part of the same school, but each compete to rise to the top and best the other. It’s your basic, simple storyline that has been overused, but still is enjoyable as we watch the two characters get into problematic, comedic, and romantic situations together.
Characters: When it comes to characters, romantic comedies tend to fall very short, and Boarding School Juliet isn’t exactly any better. Inuzuka Romeo, although isn’t as dense as most harem show main characters, still retains the cliche dense archetype many in the audience despise and are tired of constantly seeing. There’s not much depth or uniqueness in his character, he still retains a predictable and overused personality. Juliet is not very different either, she also has a very shallow character with a predictable personality. In fact, how she even fell for Romeo seems very rushed with no development, how someone who was her life-long enemy suddenly became the love of her life in a mere instant.
Art and Music: If you have read my past reviews, then you would know I don’t put too much stress on the art and music of a show. What matters most is the plot and the characters, great art and music alone can not get you anywhere. Moving on, Boarding School Juliet’s art is quite good, and I have nothing really to complain about it. The colors are bright and it fits nicely with the comedy of the show. Music is also great, as the opening is probably one of my favorite ones this season. Overall, solid animation and music production that fits nicely with the theme and mood of the show.
Final Verdict: For many of us, romantic comedies are guilty pleasures, and I am not an exceptions. They’re fun to watch and many times the cuteness of the characters puts a smile on our faces. But the main problem with these type of shows and including Boarding School Juliet is the lack of strong characters and plot. It’s almost always the same predictable character archetype with a weak story to follow up on it. Boarding School Juliet is fun to watch, but it lacks two of the most important elements to truly entertain the audience. There is a lack of a strong theme or message or any powerful statement; this show like many others is simply there to make a select group of people have fun and that’s about it. Boarding School Juliet can bring many people excitement for a short period of time, but it’s a show that stays largely forgettable once it finishes airing. But if you are looking for a show for some quick enjoyment, then I recommend this show to you.
Story:6 Characters:6 Art:8 Music:8 Enjoyment:7 Overall:7
“There’s no sexual harassment in a match” — Four-eyed sex offender
Oh…in that case.
“Grab them by the pussy.” — Donald Trump
I haven’t seen Romeo and Juliet butchered this horribly since Baz Luhrmann decided to cast Leonardo DiCaprio in a modernized version of the Bard’s classic with its original dialogue intact. At Dahlia Academy Boarding School, the “White Cats” and the “Black Dogs” operate on the assumption that the only way to resolve their differences, is through a school yard battle royal where anything goes. Faces get punched. Hair gets pulled. Even more faces get punched. Girls clothes get stripped off (you
know, standard middle school happenings). But amidst all the chaos and lifelong brain damage, our main character, Romio Inuzuka, reveals his affection towards his Juliet and thus begins an awkward series of events where the two must conceal their relationship from the prying eyes of their compatriots.
Romio is your typical too-cool-for-school badass, which makes sense because he’s almost never shown in the classroom, as he’s too busy courting Juliet or pounding her head in (he should have been pounding something else). He’s not particularly smart, but his fiery passion and general oaf-ness make him somewhat entertaining. I genuinely spat my coffee out when he lunged himself into that mirror. But slapstick comedy only works for a limited time, as it becomes redundant rather quickly. Nine out of ten jokes fell flat on their face, rendering much of the show as a tedious waste of time.
Juliet, Romio’s love interest, is a trite Tsundere with little-to-no value in the comedic department. Her main hook includes getting infuriated with Romio’s inane comments, followed by screaming at him and/or clobbering him (it gets old fast). While staying focused on her goals of changing the world, she also exhibits moments of foolishness when she leaves a spoon in the microwave (not funny bro, that shit kills people). In addition, due to her petite stature, Juliet looks three-to-four years younger than Romio, making their tender encounters seem a bit awkward.
Boarding School Juliet, lamentably, is a show without a clear direction, nor is it consistent enough to entertain the viewer with its abundance of unavailing situational comedy. Romantic situations between Romio and Juliet are surface level fluff, routinely devolving into lewd, hackneyed circumstances with little comedic value. On the other hand, the “love square” — Romio loves Juliet; Hasuki loves Romio; Weslia loves Juliet — creates an interesting dynamic between the characters, particularly because the love that is accessible is not the one Romio or Juliet desire. Boarding School Juliet does flesh out the relationship between Weslia and Juliet as children, but it leaves much to be desired. Also, the dynamics of such a relationship are bromidic, especially when little-to-no nuance is added to differentiate itself from its — numerous — predecessor’s.
The colorful artwork is so diversified that it hypnotizes the viewer into thinking they are looking into a kaleidoscope; unfortunately, this pristine look is impeccable beyond belief. There is a thing as being too “perfect.” Sometimes a sprinkling of “imperfection” can go a long way in creating an “authentic” environment.
Why the producers of the show decided to emulate the story of Romeo and Juliet, when the characters and thematic elements are antithetical to the Bard’s classic is beyond any reasonable person’s rationalization. So instead of concocting a convoluted reason as to why this happened (**cough**a lure to draw in more viewers**cough**), I decided to write a humorous poem to encapsulate my thoughts on the series.
“Thou must have reckoned himself quite capable of tackling the Bard’s masterwork,
But it was a far cry from a tear jerk; verily, it was an incomplete patchwork;
Methinks’ the comedy soured the mind, combined with the unkind bitch who
Considered herself refined; Although she rode Romio similar to an equestrian,
It was obvious she wanted to ride someone else, due to her being a lesbian;
Love interests come and love interest go, but instead of Juliet I would have chosen
The ho; If you dare question which ho I presuppose, any which one will do as long
As she takes off her clothes; Watching this show became a terrible chore, and the
Vibrant colors elicited a pronounced eyesore; I mustn’t allow myself to become
Remarkably incredulous, lest I wish to hasten my exodus via leaping from a large
Edifice; let it be known that this anime is no gem, as it was quite fortunate to
So i gave this an overall 10. Despite the ending well not being the end (so this isnt a spoiler but the material its based on is still ongoing as far as i know). However as a standalone 12 episode show it was amazing. i pray we get a second season with an actual ending BUT in all honesty i honestly think this show would need at least (and that's at LEAST) two more seasons to even make that possible. I suppose a lazy conclusion would be for the countries to intermarry nobility or something to improve relations but i do not really see that
Now as the name of the anime suggests, its based LOOSELY on the original Romeo and Juliet. However fear not this anime has nothing to do with the original apart from the use of their names, and their relationship being forbidden as they are on opposing sides by birth.
As someone who attended school in England, i was forced to study shakespeare's plays including Romeo and Juliet; had to play a part in one of them, and watched at least one film based on it and grew an irrational hatred towards it. As far as i'm concerned his works were decent stories for their time and showed humanity at its worst (well reality). For me anime is an escape from such, and i avoid watching anything that breaks that.
Luckily this show has nothing to do with the original in terms of story, theme or pretty much anything. I was worried when i gave the first episode a try (after seeing clips of it on youtube) but i had nothing to be worried about.
For those of you who wants a funny comedic anime about romance and school life etc, this is a great show. If you wanted an anime adaptation of the original works, this is NOT it. and personally i would never want one.
So, Romio and Juliet I could have sworn I these names a familiar. I think it was a theatrical play? Anyway this anime is a love comedy and did it do romcoms justice? Well it did decent enough.
This anime is bursting with really well known voice actors and actresses from Kayano ai who voiced Darkness from Konosuba and Gintoki himself and many more well known voice actors and actresses. But the BGM doesn't shy away it is also top notch. But that isn't the best part about this anime the best part is the romcom itself. But that's about it. The story in this anime
is a tale as old as harem animes, it has a generic story that we have seen in many romcom animes.
The story dodges cliches and makes a really good twist in the end of the 1st episode. But what really drawn me into this anime was because I was either laughing at the jokes or grinning on how cute the MCs are together. But it does not excuse on how generic their story is. There are a few good plot points in the story right now but those interesting plot points have been used in other animes as well and kinda make them a bit uninteresting.
But there was one thing that surprised me the most in this anime they were able to make a really good emotional moment between the MC and a side character and balance both comedy and the emotional weight of the scene.
I don't what's gonna happen in the next episodes but I if this anime keeps on surprising on really good moments like that and improves on the overall story then this might become an evne greater romcom then it already is.
A Romeo and Juliet love story re-interpretation that is actually good. No seriously.
Kishuku Gakkou no Juliet takes a Romeo and Juliet story, add in a harem that makes "some sense" for the main couple and combine all that with the basis of Romeo and Juliet's family dispute to a school setting, as much as these statements makes it out like cliche, but it's in the details.
Our titular Romeo and Juliet are taking place in Dahlia Academy Boarding School where there are two rivaling countries known as the White Cats where our Juliet Persia voiced by Ai Kayano is factioned where as the Black Doggies is
where Romio Inzuka voiced by Yuuki Ono is factioned. Romio and Persia both drives the plot forward, with Romio having a crush on Persia since childhood and wanting to help Persia to change society but their relationship is taboo in the eyes of the school to say the least. Persia trying to keep their relationship a secret and seeing both sides of society so she can change society and in a ways grow their relationship through it as well.
Now the anime has a harem aspect, mainly with the harem element focusing on Romio and most of the time they are either allies or rivals turn support characters, like Hasuki Komai voiced by Ayane Sakura, Romio's childhood friend, Weslia Chartreux voiced by Yuu Shimamura being Persia's childhood friend and finally Teria and Kochou Wang voiced by Yui Ogura and Rina Hidaka as Black Doggy Prefects. Now Hasuki and Weslia probably gets the most development for the harem element as they aren't stereotypical childhood friends THOUGH they go through the same dilemma especially for Hasuki however Weslia gives us something unique especially towards her relationship with Persia making her actions rather unpredictable throughout the anime making things interesting, Hasuki is undyingly loyal to Romio unfortunately she goes through the typical childhood friend dilemma just under differing circumstances. Kochou and Teria however arrived a bit too late and get one focused episode in which they become an obstacle for Romio trying to get a date with Persia go awry. Nonetheless the harem aspect might be tacked in, nonetheless Kishuku Gakkou no Juliet does make good use of it.
Kishuku Gakkou no Juliet is best when it looks into Romio and Juliet's growth as a couple and heck even using the harem aspect to show differing aspects of Romio and Persia through their strengths and weakness about themselves, like Romio sacrificing his desire for the happiness of others, Persia's desire of changing the school through their relationship as a linchpin to see both sides of the White Cats and Black Doggies, but for both wanting them to grow their relationship to further both their goals to change the world as a result and because of that, strengthening the main couple further. Because of this, LA sees Persia as LA's favorite character in the series, with Hasuki being a close second and Weslia third.
In terms of animation done by LIDENFILMS, the animation quality from the backgrounding was pretty decent, the character designs are polished and detailed throughout the anime and the few battles are decent as well due to the decent sword choreography but tends to do moving still speedlines at times. To say the least LA feels like the character designs are the best part of the animation, as most of the characters look exotic and distinct even in uniform!. LIDENFILMS did decently overall.
In terms of voice acting, LA will say that voice work was very well done, from Ai Kayano to Yuu Shimamura to Ayane Sakura. The majority if not all the voice cast was pretty well handled. LA LOVED Ai Kayano as Persia but Ayane Sakura as Hasuki was just meant to be, while Yuu Shimamura just owned as Weslia with her intentionally smarmy trickster ojou cadence. It's also been a while since LA saw an anime where Rina Hidaka and Yui Ogura were in the same anime AND both being twins at that. Yuuki Ono also did pretty well as Romio and Hiroshi Kamiya as Scott Fold. LA loved this voice cast to say the least.
Kishuku Gakkou no Juliet does have the notion if the names of the characters are anything to go by and that is of the "White Cats" , "Black Doggy", Romio and Juliet, Persia, Scott Fold, Hasuki...yes the rivalry countries have their own social hierarchy because of it. The White Cats are aristocrats and work off that notion, they also represent the West, right down to their Western regal attire and mannerisms, while the Black Doggy represent the East, many characters having Japanese names at that and also wearing Japanese school attire. It goes deeper when we see the White Cats and Black Doggy's hierarchy and how they function...LA doesn't know LA really liked that dynamic and how Persia herself wants that to change as a result.
However Kishuku Gakkou no Juliet has some flaws through all this however which LA DOES need to mention. LA brought up Hasuki having the childhood friend dilemma as well as the many cliches that has the harem elements, BUT as much as Kishuku Gakkou no Juliet does follow many cliches of the harem genre, Kishuku Gakkou no Juliet still does it's cliche WELL and better yet uses it's cliches to better the main characters and the harem themselves making the majority of the characters likable and memorable. Kishuku Gakkou no Juliet's cliche though they use it well it is nonetheless using cliche and that might annoy some people, not to mention the fanservice of Kishuku Gakkou no Juliet gets extremely risky though that is only happens once, but LA will defend the fanservice as they use it sparingly. Kishuku Gakkou no Juliet's flaws does have it's flaws but alot of defense to outweigh it all.
Kishuku Gakkou no Juliet's finale does have similarities to the classic Romeo and Juliet though through the typical famous event and if your wondering, the finale does the "read the light novel" type ending but not in a unsatisfied way as the finale does make Romio and Persia go through hurdles and hurdles in order for them to keep their lie hidden harder and harder and almost exposed and to progress to their ultimate goal of changing the world and with all the tension to this finale and really with how this finale resulted in, well LA was satisfied by it even with this "read the light novel" type ending, a resolution from both main focused characters and a somewhat good climax.
Kishuku Gakkou no Juliet for LA was a pretty well done retelling of the classic Romeo and Juliet story but taken to anime standards. Sure Kishuku Gakkou no Juliet has lots of typical flaws that the harem genre it entails but nonetheless Kishuku Gakkou no Juliet's strengths definitely outweigh all this, from the likable relationship of Romio and Juliet and it not being the relationship being the sole focus as both Romio and Persia grow individually with the harem elements added in and through the harem, they too grow with them be it if they know of Romio and Persia's relationship or not especially with Hasuki and Weslia, thus incorporating it's harem elements well. Kishuku Gakkou no Juliet may be a typical harem anime just with the Romeo and Juliet setting, but man was it done well and one of the more surprisingly good harem anime of Fall 2018 but also good romance anime as well.
My first review so i am gonna keep it short :) A bit of spoilers*
This Anime series takes the elements of Classical Shakespeare Story of Romeo and Juliet from a manga by Kaneda Yousuke , with the story of the two main characters Persia Juliet and Inuzuka Romio belonging to opposite factions "The White Cats" and "The Black Dog", who fall for each other and have to overcome difficulties on a daily basis to keep their relationship a secret from their factions and maintaining it while achieving their common goal which is achieving peace between the two factions and change the world while developing and
working on their relationship.
The story is a mix of your generic Highschool romance and Comedy, also throwing in some serious moments at times and adapting elements of ancient time traditions and culture as its derived from the classical romeo and Juliet.
Inuzuka Romio : A strong minded Mc with an angry,stubborn mindset at times, can be dense and clumsy. but caring for others and also most importantly honest and strong headed, also possess qualities shown time to time which is refreshing to see.
Persia Juliet : A smart, skilled and a maiden figure, who leads by example, has a shy and loving, caring nature and wants to change the world starting by peace between the rival factions.
Hasuki : Inuzuka's Childhood friend who is cheerful, smart, and really caring for the faction members and especially inuzuka and possesses many qualities to be one of the best girls.
Char: Persia's friend who shows a dominating and sadistic side on the outside mostly but is really caring for Persia and in a way obsessed over her.
There are more side characters too but have not stand out that much till now.
Art: Studio LINDELFIELDS have done a really great job in terms of animation, keeping it Bright and colourful , great work in the detailing of the drawings, especially as many of the scenes contain old school type of buildings, romantic scenes and views.The depiction and presentation of an old school scenario where the series is taking place can actually be felt and it goes well with elements of the story.
Music and soundtrack : Not much to discuss there but the background tracks are pretty well done, considering it blends well with the scenes in the anime. The Intro and outro songs are sung by well known artists Fripside and riho lida which are pretty good.
Finally i would just like to say this is again a rom com series with a adaption of romeo and juliet a classic. if you like something to sit back relax and enjoy, with a bit of drama and emotional touching scenes with the main element of romance and comedy, then this anime is really worth the watch.
Now I know what you're thinking, another dumb rip off with dead story and characters, only watched by weebs for the occasional ecchi. But that's where your mostly wrong.
Despite a recycled and pretty cringe story line, the characters give the same refreshing feel they would in an 8+ rated anime. A poor story line which you know you've seen before but packed with genuine comedy, something you don"t get too often with the comedy genre these days.
Despite the fact this anime is on a technical level bad, its enjoyable and entertaining, which is what i feel most people would watch a show for.
Ah... I finally get to review this anime. This anime is definitely one of my favorites for sure. And in this review, I'm gonna try explain why:
(May contain very minor spoilers.)
The story is short but sweet. Throughout this anime we fellow Romio Inuzuka, as he builds his relationship with Juliet Persia. But this won't be easy for our MC. In this school, there are 2 houses. Inuzuka is part of the "Black Doggies", and Persia is part of the "White Cats". Basically this means that these 2 houses are rivals. There are rules in between these 2 houses, so they can
co-exist, without any conflict. Inuzuka has had a crush on Persia ever since they were kids, but because Persia misunderstood Inuzuka's feelings, Persia is led to believe that Inuzuka hates her. So, every year they battling, because of a simple misunderstanding. But this all changes as he finally confesses his love for Persia. Inuzuka asks her out, and she accepts. If they wanna maintain this relationship, they can't be found out, or they will be expelled from the school. Along the way, they are met with various encounters, suspicious of there relationship.
The art isn't my favorite thing about this anime. Most of the character designs are unique, but some of them I didn't really like. For example, I didn't really like Persia's eyes, they looked a little weird to me, but this is all personal preference.
I really liked the Opening song "Love With You by Fripside" for this anime. Its very catchy, and the lyrics portray the anime perfectly. The ending song "Itsuka Sekai ga Kawaru by Riho Iida" , I liked it, but it wasn't something I'd download. But it was a good ending song, none of the less. But again, that's just personal preference.
I really liked these characters. Every single one of them were interesting, and entertaining to watch. I also really liked how real the bond felt with Inuzuka, and Persia. Throughout the anime it grows, and you end up rooting for them. The love that Inuzuka feels for Persia is very loyal. Inuzuka will do anything for her, even put himself in danger, just to see her, no matter the consequences.
Every week I was exited for the new episode to come out, because of how entertaining the show was. The mellow drama was also done pretty well too, and made it even more entertaining to watch.
I highly recommend this anime, especially if you're a fan of the romance genre, like myself. This is definitely one of the more under looked anime this season, and definitely worth watching too. But anyways, thanks for reading my review.
Easily 10/10. Animation was fantastic, and I am very happy this didn't turn out to be just another harem anime. I think their relationship progressed a bit too slow and that Romeo was a bit childish not even being able to be close to her without blushing but nothing which degrades the score of the masterpiece this is. I honestly jumped out of happiness and excitement during the last episode and that is a strong 10 for me.
Also this is not a spoiler of any storyline but the anime ended on manga-chapter 18, out of current 85. Material-wise this has every posibility for a season
Totally spoiler-free short review with almost no mentions of plot. A review on objective points of an anime:
One of the most important things about an anime is the art! Boarding School Juliet's art is good enough to be graded as "A" or "B+". Its art is not superb; its drawers draw them pretty averagely, like how some normal studios draw. Another important part of the art is its consistency - is the art always good enough to be average throughout all the episodes released so far? Unfortunately- no, but it's still ignorable. In episode 5, the quality drops a bit, making it obvious something
The OP sounds like it was sung by Yoshino Nanjo; her songs are always nice to hear. The ED is also very melodical and worth listening to.
The VAs don't sound awkward at all! I think one factor that makes the non-awkwardness of the VAs possible is actually the director's decision on how to animate things (for example - for how many seconds does the director want this and that scene to last). Fortunately, it seems that the VAs were given enough time to speak fluently and naturally, with nothing rushed.
The director did a good job, in my opinion, on not rushing things. It seems that many anime has their quality dropped because of rushing. Fortunately this is not one of them. It has a nice pace.
The story itself is entertaining! Some might say that it is cliche, but it only is in the first episode. You stay on the ride for this anime because of the comedy (I did). It's a new rom-com that I haven't watched in a long time.
You have to keep the 3-episode rule for this anime. My opinion of this anime improved after I watched the third episode. I think it's because the first episode gives a boring introduction of the characters, and the second episode mildly starts trying to make the viewer interested. In the third episode, some more characters are introduced and things get more dynamic - with the dynamicity, entertainment also started for me.
Characters can only go so deep in a 12 episode series. It is especially so if it is a rom-com. Too much character depth isn't neccessary in a rom-com (I guess). One thing I can remember to commend about this anime's characters is that they don't irritate you.
I enjoy rom-com a lot, and I just felt very entertained when I watched this so I want to give it a 9. However, maybe a more objective and critical opinion would give it an 8.
Edit: after having watched more recent episodes, I have to take back my opinion on consistent art and not rushing. I guess it's inevitable that a 12 episode series has to pack in a lot of content in a short amount of time leading it to make things look less smooth, but it's still true that this anime still delivers at least average art and animation throughout the episodes so far.
If there's anything from ninth grade I remember most, it's the unit where I was forced to read the Shakespearian tale of 'Romeo and Juliet', the classic romantic tragedy of two lovers of opposing families who were never meant to be, ultimately dying together as a sign of their love. (Spoiler if you've never read the book, watched the play, or watched any of the hundreds of story variants.) So really, what's the next step for such an old and classic tale? Rewrite and reproduce it as an anime of course.
Boarding School Juliet takes place on Dahlia Island, the sole island in the middle
of two rivaling countries: 'Touwa' and 'The West'. On Dahlia Island is the boarding school where there're two dormitories based on the rivaling countries: The White Cats for 'The West', and the Black Dogs for Touwa. In the midst of this rivalry, our protagonist Inuzuka Romio of the Black Dogs confesses to the leader of the White Cats, Persia Juliet, and the two begin a forbidden relationship where getting caught would most definitely cause a war between the rivaling sides.
First off, I want to ask. 'The West'? Seriously? You couldn't come up with a better name for the Capulet/Britain side of this equation? I'm kinda disappointed if only for how lazy it sounds when you put it next to 'Touwa'.
There's really no better way to explain this show other than 'Anime Version of Romeo and Juliet'. Seriously; even the protagonists are named that. But I think that simplification is giving the show not enough credit. While the setting is certainly reminiscent to the Shakespearian work, in actuality, the show is more about the relationship between the protagonists and how both each other and some of their closest peers react to what's being fostered between the two. There's a real attempt at further developing the 'tragic romance' of the original story, and that ultimately turns the story into one where the two halves of the couple develop into better characters all the way towards the end.
Because of this, I found myself weirdly engrossed in the story, really rooting for the mildly dumb couple as more and more wrenches are thrown into their plans of things like going on a date or just speaking to each other on school grounds. Not only that, but typical anime tropes like sports festivals and birthdays get 'Romeo and Juliet'ified so had that it actually feels fresh, if not a little dumb when you don't keep in mind that this is an anime rendition. The ending caps everything in this manner too, giving a satisfying enough ending to elude to a "read the manga" ending, but still being paced and written well enough ti serve as its own standalone ending.
All in all, what can be said about 'Boarding School Juliet' is it being a show that despite being basically an anime parody of Romeo and Juliet, is actually a decent romance story based off of the concept that is way more fun to watch than any actual faithful telling of Shakespeare's work I've ever seen or read. You actually get to see the relationship grow through the episodes, and just adding that layer made it way better than I ever thought it to be.
+ Actual growing Relationship
+ Everything is 'Romeo and Juliet'/Montague v. Capulet to a hilarious degree
- 'The West' Seriously, why name the Capulets that?
Romio and Juliet (better known as their last names of Inuzuka and Persia) are certainly quite the pair in this rendition. Inuzuka is an outwardly scary but ultimately a determined and loyal person with a heart of gold. Like a dog. Persia is a proud and independent girl who has her moments of being cute and taking out her claws within a few scenes. Like a cat. (Huh, starting to see the duality here.) Together, they make the show's dumb/main couple that I honestly can't do anything but root for. They are ultimately each other's motivation for their actions, and you see a lot of that culminate in the final act of each episode before starting the process over with a similar or different obstacle in the way. You see them grow from each other, care for each other, really making everything feel like a genuine relationship where trust and acceptance for each other's strengths and flaws are at the core of their love despite the ridiculous and vaguely comical setting they're in.
Recurring characters like Hasuki, Princess Char (and Scott), and a few others primarily serve as blockades or obstacles to the main couple's relationship, often times having an episode where they are the main contributor to the conflict before mildly intervening or supporting at various points in the series. They grow along nicely thanks to the harsh reality that they just have to deal with the fact that their friend is 'dating the enemy', which isn't as annoying as it could've been, so that on its own is a major boon for the series cause it makes these potential roadblocks better characters in the end.
This factor also extends to the setting since the show really goes to a hilarious amount of lengths to show how much the two sides hate each other, often times having either faceless background characters or background characters with faces shouting obscenities at each other which is somehow more gratifying than it should be when the main couple does some 'traitorous actions' cause they just want to either be left alone or spend time with their significant other.
+ Active and prominent protagonists
+ Side cast adds to the story instead of subtracts
+ Side cast helps to embolden the rivalry
Produced by Lidenfilms, the art for Boarding School Juliet varies depending on what exactly you're seeing on the screen. For the most part, the show appears as a pretty standard show without much to make it unique. Colors are bright all the way through, and the only clever use of color I can say is the fact that the opposing sides have different uniforms (colored white and black, surprise surprise) so just at a glance you can tell who goes where.
But from the design side of things, I feel like Lidenfilms kind of dropped the ball here in terms of quality. More distanced shots clearly have a reduction of quality to them as the animation (though smaller) looks a lot rougher than the standard shots for the show, and for fanservice reasons, chest sizes for the girls in the show seem to vary depending on what's being shown. So for that reason, the anatomy for its characters appear inconsistent. (Especially considering Persia is supposed to be 149 cm or 4.8 ft, and compared to Inuzuka, he either looks like a giant or only a number of inches taller than her.)
+ Relatively standard art
- Some animation and consistency issues
Fripside's "Love with You" both gives me both surprise and much annoyance. For some reason I don't associate Fripside with a show like this, but it sounds good, and...remarkably similar to what I expect from the band. But given who made it, I can't really be upset cause the song is good, and as always, remarkably difficult to find the full song without edits. "Itsuka Sekai ga Kawaru made" by Riho Iida by comparison doesn't feel as interesting and I actually found it to be more forgettable than anything cause nothing about it really stands out aside from the fact that it's a really annoying mood breaker considering what some of these episodes end on.
Weirdly enough, this was one of my favorite shows of the season. Initially I started it as a bit of a joke cause I'm a sucker for dumb romantic comedies, and an anime version of Romeo and Juliet sounded right up my alley for a good time. What I was not expecting was a competent plot followed by characters and a couple that I actually cared for and genuinely thought as being a better rendition to what Shakespeare first wrote just for the fact that the relationship felt like it was actually worth something rather than a metaphor for love v. lust that was not fun to discuss back in ninth grade, and still isn't fun now.
Some highlights separate to scenes involving the main couple being cute idiots when they're alone together involve both Hasuki and Scott, as for me, seeing both Sakura Ayane and Kamiya Hiroshi portray equally hilarious characters in context to the characters of Mercutio and Tybalt just made everything more enjoyable than they should've been. My whole time watching this really just amounts to: This is all so hilariously trivial, but it's amazing in a way only anime of all things could do it.
Pretty much for that reason aside from some genuine care put into making a proper anime (and more enjoyable) rendition of Romeo and Juliet makes me give this show a stamp of approval for something if you're looking for pure enjoyment factor. At the very least, the show's a fun watch, and definitely deserves a chance even if you hated the original Shakespeare's play that you were forced to do reading and a report on.
If you are expecting an anime version of Romeo and Juliet, look elsewhere.
Although the plot seems to follow along Shakespeare's original play, it is more like if someone took a spin-off of the play... and added comedy and anime tropes to it.
However, the lack of Romeo and Juliet themes doesn't detract from the overall viewing experience. The atmosphere is surprisingly lighthearted, in spite of several more serious events taking place.
I personally find that the characters are the best part of this anime. Most characters are unbelievable (there is no way that a perfect girl like Persia exists in reality), but that is just part
of their charm. The characters do have relatable motives for their actions, although those actions are performed in the standard over-the-top manner.
In summary, watch this anime if you want a lighthearted comedy with some unique characters.
There's a saying, screw you for your perspective. This one applied quite well.
One sentence, it’s pretty much your generic anime series without any much originality. Honestly the comedy gag is not even funny, the characters are straightforwardly boring, spice it up with laughable plot just because to make it ‘plot’ for no apparent reason. The fight between cat and dog is barely passable as konoha vs uchiha cloning in a cute way and the characters is annoying beyond help. Its like “hey let us throw a whole lots of personalities, its gonna be fun for sure!” Aaaand it turned out as vast as rubbish
in the sea.
The setting itself could be much more developed and exciting to see but they launch it to neptune instead. Its probably better if it stays as one shot (original) rather than giving a fake hope to the watchers. Its bland, and not even interesting to keep me going as i found myself struggle just to even finish it. The traditions of fighting between cat and dog, its just there for the ‘plot’. No other reason or any deep meaning. Simple as that. The exciting premise from oneshot before this one turned into a series of manga and anime already has been long lost.
These characters on other hand feel like throwing salt to our face. You know when you gets annoyed so much that you just can’t help but to throw salt to other person because its so bad. Might as well call it satanism cleansing. Inuzuka is the perfect example of generic mc. He doesnt even have any unique or special traits in him. If you toss him into a vast sea of shounen mc, you will lose him for sure. Next comes our juliet that’s supposed to make it better.. but no she comes with a freaking holy water instead to splash our face like a freaking satan. Thats just how worse it is. She not even worth mentioning, no guts or tiniest bit of bravery, just a stupid shy princess with no redeeming qualities at all besides the cutie face. The others? Nah they arent even worth to be mentioned. Unless you want to see me to rant about how our eyes got burned alive seeing lovely-dovey of stupidity moments.
To wrap it up, its not even interesting to me. Its feel like i will forgot this series as fast as sunrise in tomorrow morning. I do had some moments to be enjoy but it is too little to withstand the bad points. Worse, the ending doesnt even left any impression or impact at all. It’s unfortunate as this series truly had a potentials in the beginning but now its just a selfish wish of mine. It seems great, but in the end it's just meh.
Let's get straight to the point: Kishuku Gakkou no Juliet is an okay show; there are a lot of uninteresting moments, but there are some enjoyable ones too.
The first thing most people would expect the show to be is an anime rendition of "Romeo and Juliet". It borrows a couple of things such as the names Romeo (or in this case, "Romio") and Juliet, as well as the idea of 2 rival factions where the secret lovers are from, but that's about it for similarities.
The show wastes no time in pairing the two together. Being secret lovers, they need to do all sorts of
antics to make sure their relationship stays hidden. The story isn't the most interesting and it's pretty generic, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing; it all depends on the execution.
My main gripe with the show is the chemistry between the main leads. Their relationship just doesn't feel very interesting, and to a degree, almost one dimensional. They have a couple of cute and funny moments together, but I often find myself wanting to "get it over with" during scenes where they're alone. Romio is a little dense and his interactions with Juliet get a little too predictable. Likewise, Juliet is your typical "goody two-shoes" female lead and this just generally results in uninteresting dialogue and scenes. This wouldn't be too much of a problem, but the idea of the show is centered between these two characters and so far it just hasn't been doing it for me (hopefully this gets better in the later episodes).
Thus it amuses me to say that interactions with every other character show seems so much more interesting; some of the best and funniest scenes are from the supporting characters. The relationships between the leads and side characters (e.g. Romio and Hasuki, Juliet and Char, Romio and his classmates) is so much more enjoyable to watch than the main relationship. But naturally, the show wants to push the whole Romio and Juliet thing, so we always end up circling back to it.
The animation does look pretty good at times, especially during the action scenes; the accompanying music during said scenes is also pretty solid.
I really do hope the show steps it up for the remaining episodes. If episode 4 is any indication (first episode with any emotional weight), then the rest of the show could be pretty decent. But then again, that episode wasn't centered around Romio and Juliet but rather Romio and (good girl) Hasuki, so who knows if things between the leads will become more interesting, especially if there'll be more focus later on. There's room for improvement so I'm cautiously optimistic.
Is it worth watching? If you don't mind the leads being a little bland, then sure. There's some good to be found in the show, but at this point it's really dependent on how much you can tolerate/ don't mind.
So...contradictory to public belief, I actually have no idea that Rodeo and Juliet refers to an old folk tale of some sort that portrays forbidden love (not to be confused with the more common "incestuous love" seen on anime these days)
So jumping to the anime without expecting it to be about "forbidden love", I would say this is a rather interesting take on a romcom (abbreviation of "romantic comedy").
Art-wise, it's pretty much the exact definition of "average". Something like what A-1 Pictures would make, not really out of the ordinary, and not really bland, just positioned right at the line. Guess you don't really see
eye-catching designs outside shaft's works.
As for the story, I'm not really sure if trying to adhere to the rodeo and midget kind of a plot was the reason behind its staleness or if that's how the author is trying to direct the story, but to be frank, it was pretty gosh darn predictable. That is excluding the sometimes overly-forced comedy, those are less predictable, except you can't really view those as plot elements.
Also, good voice actors in this one, you can pretty much recognize their very distinct voices. Kamiya Hiroshi that's pretty much everywhere, cuz he's famous :3, Cocoa's (from GochiUsa) voice actor and Ogura Yui (who doesn't love some Ogura Yui-styled loli voices). That's pretty much it, not really outstanding, but that's quite a lot of big names in one small anime, although mostly acting out the side dishes (characters).
Background audio wise, (I am usually very harsh on this aspect) is pretty much average, at least it's not shed, but repetitively using the same old melody and not really fitting the atmosphere most of the times does leave me uneasy. Yes I speak like it's crap, but I would say it's above-average since pretty much all animes are like these, so I wasn't expecting much as well.
Chracters are quite distinct actually, despite being distinct they blend together quite well. After watching the entire show I can confidently recall each character's personality, and heck even the side characters were leaving strong impressions sometimes. They are not really distinct to the point that it feels "forced", they just blend in so well that you feel like "that's what their personality should be". I would call this an absolute success in character construction.
Overall, you should be expecting pretty much an average anime in all aspects. A romcom with semi-predictable development (if you follow the Ronny And Julie scale) and absolutely average (like A1 pictures, for example) art quality. PLUS quite a number of big name voice actors acting out side dishes (characters). The anime didn't really left a deep impression in me, but I wouldn't say it's bad either, just average, very average.