One day, fifth-grader Hinata Hoshino brings her friend Hana Shirosaki to her house, and Hinata's sister Miyako, a college student, falls in love with Hana at first sight. Miyako manages to get along with Hana somehow, but her clumsy behavior and shyness make Hana wary. Even so, Hana gradually opens up to Miyako, who wants to become closer to her.
I see a lot of the other reviews/posts and i am confused as to why everyone thinks miyao is a pedophile, which i really don't agree with.
When i started watching, honestly there wasn't much i expected because i thought it might be similar to uzamaid, which a lot of people thoughts as well and ended up completely misjudging the whole anime just becaus of the first episode. The story was filled with so many cute and funny moments, every episode miyako evolved more as a person through the hep of hana noa and her sister. The story started out with miyako being a shy Neet
who couldn't even hold a conversation properly because she was really shy but that all change after she met her little sisters (Hinata) friends, who along with miyako experience something new everyday and as we move on more characters are introduced such as matsumoto and her absolutely cute little sister. overall The story is good, calm and fun to watch. as i said earlier i didn't have any expectations going into this but i ended up loving it in the end.
The art is pretty good and the character designs are absolutely beautiful enough to make u fall in love with the characters. The sound is cheerful and the Opening and Ending go completely with the anime's cheerful and fun mood.
It was way better than i expected, everything was so simple yet interesting and i absolutely recommend watching because i enjoyed every singe minute.
When you see this show, 2 things come to mind: The feelings of Yuru Yuri once again (since this is mainly a Shoujo Ai series), and the one of the veteran studios of CGDCT-based anime adaptations, Doga Kobo, back at it again from the similar but decent UzaMaid last season. That doesn't mean that this has the same quality and presentation as UzaMaid, but it is definitely leaps better. And props to director Daisuke Hiramaki for his debut (overall) directing of Wataten.
You know it when it's a 4-koma adaptation, so don't expect any kind of streamlined story or plot, or rather, plot points *mmm*. The
lesbian "romance" starts off with the main lead, university/college student Miyako Hoshino. Being a shut-in for most of her life, she is the equivalent of a NEET, just taking into consideration for her growing-up years of chuunibyou-esque habits of cosplay, and avoid human contact as much as she can. Once the 5 elementary students drop at her sights one-by-one, her life gets better and better, with a bombarding effect. And no, before you ask, she's not a pedo, just a pure lolicon.
We start off with the loli. Hana Shirosaki, the "angel" to Miyako, introduced by her younger sister Hinata. You know the expression "Love at First Sight"? That's how fast Hana is sold towards Miyako's sight (or Mya-nee as Hinata nicknames), free to exploit for her insane pleasures of cosplay. Surprisingly, for an elementary school girl, Hana is rather smart and mature for her age, unlike the other girls (plus Hinata) that we'll see later. But like any other school girls her age, even she is not spared from sweet stuff, as Mya-nee also knows how to entice her with her cooking! So an exchange made for Mya-nee's cooking against Hana's (and occasionally with the other girls) tolerance for Miyako to do her "petting love" stuff. Tit for tat, perhaps! Hinata on the other hand, like any sibling would love their own, is always attached to Mya-nee, in the most of energetic ways. What a powerful young siscon.
Next, the trio of Noa Himesaka, and class reps Koyori Tanemura and Kanon Konomori! Noa reminds me much of Gabriel DropOut's Satania, in terms of incompetent "superiority" issues, other than her constant call for attention towards Miyako to see her "superior" beauty in comparison to Hana (but of course you know who wins, each and everytime). Moving into the residence beside both Hinata and Miyako's home, the first impressions always hit the hardest, and her self-cosplay immediately attracts her blackmailing call, oh wow. On the other hand, it is a regret that both Koyori and Kanon only get a small amount of mentions and screentime (due to their involvement in the OP) as the trio's (Hinata, Hana and Noa) classmates, and speaking of short appearances, the mothers of Hinata-Miyako, Noa and Koko.
Speaking of Koko (or Matsumoto as we know her better), she was once together with Miyako in the same class in high school, but for some reason, due to her NEET-like status, she doesn't remember her much. Despite all odds, she literally is constantly fixing her sights onto Miyako like a stalker since high school (the same way UzaMaid portrays Midori's obsessions towards Kamoi after their time in the JASDF). Scary much, but luckily it's all for comic relief.
Overall, a great use of character cast to flesh out their personalities and also dat sweet, sweet build of relationship bridges. The seiyuu cast for the 5 girls are great, with both veterans and newbies alike. Olivia from Asobi Asobase comes back to voice Mya-nee's younger sister, not to mention that the main girl Hana is voiced by a newbie (Maria Sashide) as her debut role! Absolutely impressive VA, and hope to hear more from her too.
Since it is Doga Kobo, it is no surprise that I don't feel the need to mention how good the art and animation looks like in here. Pastel-coloured-like art and simple buPlt excellent animation all around. The character design (I feel) is one of the best traits to remember this anime, as it is done by Hiromi Nakagawa, who was the chief animation director for the original Umaru-chan and Rewrite Season 2. This is his first attempt at character designing, and I dare say he pulled off an impressive job just taking the 4-koma manga as references and displaying in pure animation.
On the music side, I can't say it impresses as it is very minimal, even factoring in the OST. Sure the OP and ED sounds good and looks fine, but when compared to UzaMaid, it has the same degree of energy and generic feel. But good points given for trying to portray the OP with the eventual reveal of the entire character cast (except Matsumoto of course).
While this season isn't a haven for CGDCT based series (Endro~! and this series), I'd still agree that if you need a relaxing watch to satisfy your loli hunger, this is one series that I can wholeheartedly recommend, not just for the Yuri relations, but just for enjoyment alone. With that said, this anime had a lot of firsts for the production staff, so I'd say a job well done, and we're anticipating more.
Given the recent trend of age gap yuri pairings, it's almost natural to expect Wataten to follow the same pattern. Even more so when one considers that the most recent version before this was just a season before and also was done by the same studio. But while many of the other age gap shows play up the creepiness of the actions either for horror or humor, Wataten is able to take a more nuanced take on what is happening.
First things first, I can understand why it can be somewhat uncomfortable for audiences to watch the main character so obviously have a crush on
a girl who is much younger than her, as well as see the ways that she expresses that love, but I would also implore them to hear the show out and top watch the whole think before coming to a quick judgement. While some of the actions that Miyako takes are sketchy, I don't think that is a fully accurate description of her character. While the maid in UzaMaid had her sole purpose defined by loving lolis, Miyako doesn't. Not only is Hana her first love, which hit her like a truck hits a poor helpless soon to be isekai protagonist, but she also exhibits other passions mainly clothing and fashion design, along with more okatu like interests. Her interest in Hana is just one piece of the puzzle, and one part of her whole character.
She also is a sufferer of social anxiety and has troubles being in crowds, going outside, or interacting with those that are outside of her comfort zone. In a way her smittenness with Hana is able to override that fear and is able to get her to reach out for once, which is ultimately good for her growing as a character. The show does a good job of showing her condition and how much it ends up effecting her. The ability to just interact with others is a struggle for her and it's clear just watching her through out the 12 episodes. With desires, flaws and all Miyako is a complete character, and is a quite developed one at that. She manages to grow throughout the season and is able to be more than just an age gap joke. And that's what I think is so important. As unsavorable as it may be to some, often times love happens out of nowhere for reasons that are hard to understand. And it hits Miyako herself. But Miyako is more than that. She is a real person with real struggles and desires and all of that. She is able to provide the nuance that is needed by being a complete character. I also have to add that despite some of Hana's more weird quirks Miyako is willing to accept them and enjoy Hana for who she is rather than protecting the image of an angel onto her. She isn't there just for that image, but rather for Hana herself.
Furthemore while some of her actions are suspect, there are a lot of her actions that are wonderful. She is a great sister to Hinata, and even before Hana was in the picture she doted on her and gave her all the love that one can really hope from their big sister. Even with Hana and the other girls in the picture, she acts like a big sister to all of them. She bonds with them, she plays with them, and often she tries to help them with whatever they're trying to do. And as the show goes on, the more things she does to try to help them out. She is a good sister to them and she is a good friend. And it may seem weird to some, friends don't have to be age restricted. Despite the difference in age there is a true bond there which is very enjoyable to see.
I talked a lot about Miyako which makes sense given her focus in the show, however she is far from the only great character in the show. The main cast is a lot of joy to watch and each of them have their own interesting quirks. While Hana can be quite angelic in her appearance and demeanor, she has her own weird quirks and odd things she likes that makes her interesting and goes against that grain. Noa loves herself and attention but actually despite that she is a really good friend and is the most aware of what is going on out of the whole cast, even Miyako at times. And while she is not afraid to use what she knows to her advantage, she also uses what she knows to try to make the rest of the cast happier and get them to the conclusion that they wouldn't be able to get to without pushing. Hinata is a genki-girl that loves her sister a whole lot, and to be fair she is the simplest of the cast. She basically tries to make everyone happy while also trying to be with her big sister as much as she can.
As one may expect from a Dogo Kobo show the art style is fantastic and really brings out the cuteness of the show. The animation is great and the music is also quite nice. While there can be a few corners cut here and there the general art style is so strong and cute that it is able to more than make up for it.
Overall these good production values along with the wonderful characters and the growth they have both as people as towards each other makes this a great enjoyable watch, and one that provides the nuance that I hoped to see in it. And while it is able to hit all of the things that one would hope for a CGDCT I'm glad that it was able to use it's premise and unique traits well to separate it from the pack. It's not my favorite CGDCT but is a welcome addition to the list of CGDCT that I really enjoyed and would heartily recommend.
From the makers of Uchi no maid, Doga kobo presents another loli fest Wata ten.
But compared to Uchi no maid, this is much more softer in terms of lolicon parody and to be honest more enjoying in
a heartwarming delightful manner.
The story revolves around our main characters Miyako and Hana.
One day Miyakos sister Hinata (Best girl btw) brings her classmate Hina to her house, and introduces
her to Miyako and voila, Miyako is instant smitten by this lovely little "angel" looking girl.
Love at first sight, ok quite the cliche moving on.
Now we learn a bit about miyako, she is well quite the introvert university student who
is into fashion designing.
Not only she is a great cook, a good designer but also a responsible sister.Ideal waifu material? sure But here comes the fun part.
Her favorite hobby and pastime? of course making up cosplay clothes for little girls. Also after meeting hana and falling for
her little angelic beauty, hana has become the prime model for her cosplay fantasies.
Now Hana, inspite of her being young,quite the sensible and matured girl,but as always there will always be a weakness.
and the weakness is.... *Drum rolls*, she is a hard core glutton or lets just say foody. She literally is a food hooker.
and i meant it in a good way. She will do anything as long as she is fed good food.
So miyako being a good cook, with her fantasies of dressing up Hana in her cospaly clothes, what else could be the perfect god made setting?
In spite of Hana noticing Miyakos side of lolicon and dressin up fetishes and even kind of repulsing a bit at it, as long as the tasty food
is made by miyako, all is well.
Next of the main loli trio, we have Hinata. Absolutely 100% the best girl of the show.This fanged loli is the burst of her energy of smiles and happiness.
Her obsessive, cute love for her miyako, especially of her famous trademark name for Miyako "Mya nee!!", which she says so many times throughout the series,(in a non annoying way that too).
Her world literally revolves around miyako,praising her, wanting to be around and receving mental and physical affections from her just adorable. siscon over 9000.
She just uplifts and supports all characters in a really sweet way and manages to just make the show more enjoyable for viewers in every way with her smile and antics.
Finally we have Noa, who moved next to miyakos house and well one day caught Miyako cosplaying and quite smugly blackmailed her so that she could wear miyakos hand made dresses.
Noa is well another matured and sensible girl of her age, she has a high sense of fashion and likes to compete with hana on the cosplay dressing scenes,
to prove that she is cute and get attention from miyako in the process, but most of the times unfortunately Hana as she is the prized cute gem for miyako wins.
She is also a quite sweet addition to the trio, she helps miyako at times while dealing in situations with hana and hinata
Also she is quite fond of Hinata especially, and harbors a quite platonic love for her.
Other side characters are also quite interesting and enjoyable to watch,
The other two classmates of Hinata, Koyori and Kanon.
They both are the Class reps of the class, while Koyori tries to be the dominant,dependable class rep,
its actually kanon whom the class looks up to, as she actually is the most matured, sensible,responsible, calm and sweet matured as Koyori is clumsy
and usualy clutters and makes a mess of her work.
But both of them have a real good friendship and can be seen hanging out together often where kanon usually takes care of koyori. Really sweet and heartwarming.
Finally we have Matsumoto. The downgraded version of Midori of uchi no maid.
She was once in the same class as miyako, once saw her sewing in economics room with dedication
and instantly became smitten and attracted to her,
Whatever may come, she is obsessed with miyako, and stalks her since high school, with her weird fetishes like popping out of nowhere in front of miyako,making dresses for miyako where she knows her measurement
without ever measuring her, making miyako like dolls,a more of scary and weird dialogues relating to miyako which are all but for comic purposes.
She has a normal, sweet little sister who likes playing acting role with her dog, still oblivious to her big sisters weird habits.
With all these likable characters, their antics and personalities, it makes up of for a sweet, great comedy and a heartwarming series.
The best feature i find is apart from the all the normal fun stuff, after Mikoyan's introduction and daily interaction with these girls slowly makes her open up a bit more and express herself more,
and improve upon her introvert and NEET nature, which is really enjoyable and pleasant to watch.
Something rare to watch.
As for animation Doga Kobo did a great job once again with giving us nice light pastel colors and simple art design with really great animation, especially for a series like this.
Brings out the cute and adorable aspect of the show along with bit of comedy drama parts instilled in between scenes.
Sound wise,no complains there as well.The OST are relaxing and pleasant to listen to while watching the anime.
Also The Opening and ED are well made.I liked the ED especially, the Little girls singing "Happy Happy Friends" joyfully
at the top of their voices, gives a great delight to end the show on a happy high note. Love it.
Another nice slice of Life, Shoujo Ai. If you wanna layback relax and watch a bunch of cute girls do some sweet stuff with a nice glaze of fun comedy and Yuri,
then please go ahead and give it a watch. Really well made, Enjoyable and recommended.