The girls in a high school literature club do a little icebreaker to get to know each other: answering the question, "What's one thing you want to do before you die?" One of the girls blurts out, "Sex." Little do they know, the whirlwind unleashed by that word pushes each of these girls, with different backgrounds and personalities, onto their own clumsy, funny, painful, and emotional paths toward adulthood.
While there were only 4 episodes out at the time of writing this, I wanted to make a review to get people to give this a try. With a lot of good anime coming out this season it's easy to skip this one, but that would be a big mistake in my opinion. So lets dive into it.
The basic story isn't that special if you really think about it, but the way it's executed makes it special. It's about five girls in a literature club who stumble upon an erotic book and start discussing it, but they all lack experience in that regard. It
helps a lot that one of the five girls doesn't mind being open about discussing it, and soon the girls find themselves talking about sex and love. From there on the story focuses on the emotional development of the girls as they start to explore their feelings and sexuality. This is done in a quite realistic manner. The emphasis is on the psychology of the characters and not on the mindless ecchi scenes which appear in most anime of the genre.
While the artstyle may appear a bit bland at first, I find it very fitting for the story. The animation is fluid and really knows how to draw out the emotions from the characters. It reminds me most of the animation in "Sora yori mo tooi basho / A place further than the universe" in a sense that it does very much using very little. Everything feels natural which makes it possible to immerse yourself in the story completely.
As is the case with animation, the sound doesn't really stand out on it's own with some incredible OST, but it fits the scenes perfectly.
While it's only 4 episodes in at the time of writing this, the characters already get some nice development. We start of with each of them having an overemphasized characteristic (unconfident one, way too serious one, impulsive one, open to everything, secretive one), and as the story progresses those traits remain, but other ones emerge as well and we get some depth of character. This makes sense since the age they are at is when the character forms the most in life and is most susceptible to change.
One more major plus is that there's no main character. Every character is handled with care and developed.
So far I'm loving this series. By the end I might even give it an overall 10/10. The thing that really gets me hooked is that the scenarios are relatable and the story could very well be a real life one. While some aspects may be a little bit over the top (not spoiling but you'll figure it out if you watch), they are unlikely but far from impossible ones.
To conclude, this has the potential to be a masterpiece similar to Sora yori mo tooi basho by the end, and you should give it a try.
Sex Ed the anime? I just saw the first few episodes and yet here I am, compelled to write this preliminary review of one of the best shows this season (I know it's way too early to call it, but that was honestly such a strong first episode that I think they could really pull it off).
This show is basically about these young, hormonal, curious teenage girls who are starting to get exposed to the reality of sex. And the way they depicted them reacting to being confronted with it, both extremely relatable and downright hilarious. At times, heartwarming even.
I don't think I've seen
a lot of shows that really acknowledge just how horny high school GIRLS can be, so watching this was really refreshing. And best of all - it's not at all fanservice-y and there's no uncomfortable sexualization of these young girls.
Not only is the premise and the direction really good though, the art and animation are pretty incredible! I was really pleasantly surprised at how much effort was put into this seemingly simple show. The character designs are also really well done - unique and filled with so much personality.
The writing and voice acting have a more realistic take to it and it resulted in some really effective scenes. (That scene near the end of the first episode made me choke on my drink - they really went there!) Really high quality stuff! (And did I mention that it's legitimately funny??)
If you want something new this season, I say give it a shot. You might just enjoy it. Or if you already enjoy more realistic slice-of-life/comedy anime then this might just be your cup of tea! (albeit a little more vulgar than usual lol)
Also, the first episode ends with what will likely be one of the best anime quotes of the year, "My crotch... It's so freaking itchy!" so like, what are you still doing here?
If Mari Okada had written a Spring Awakening of high school girls that look like they're fresh out of middle school. If that isn't cringey enough, one of girls tries to make a move on their teacher. The idea and premise sounds good for the high school genre as most of the stories out there seem too wholesome, but the dialogue and character interactions are too cringeworthy and borderline overly dramatic. Neither the dialogue nor the character interactions seem believable, like the two girls who have to constantly exclaim "Tomo!" meaning true friend multiple times in one episode. I went in thinking it would have
the sophistication and character believability Anohana or Anthem of the Heart had. I was mistaken. The character designs detract from the believability and tone of the series. I thought they were all in middle school, not high school. Anohana and Anthem of the Heart at least had the characters drawn their age.
Mari Okada has a fascination with having to pair off five leads. No love pentagon, but there must be some convulted love triangle involving at least two girls with one guy... There could have easily been four girls instead of five, as there is just one girl who's just there. There's your childhood friends who will be paired off, the tsundere with glasses who is against romance but is pretty once she dons contacts (so she'll be paired off), the mysterious girl, the girl who's there to fill the fifth spot, and the amaeture romantic novelist who has some inappropriate relationship with the teacher/club advisor... Aside from the said childhood friends turned possibly couple, the romance/pairings happens lightning fast. Like no development at all. Bam they suddenly like each other and pair up! If you are watching any Mari Okada original work, you must have characters shouting or exclaiming their emotions in public, which constitutes as emotional depth!
I bet by the end, aside from everyone paired off, at least one of the girls will have sex. The childhood friends will get together. It's that predictable.
For the most part, there is no deviation from the manga. Too bad you can't speed through the cringeworthy moments like you can with the manga. The lethargic pacing makes all the cringeworthy moments even more cringeworthy. Without the Super Peace Busters to edit out or even put a restraint on Mari Okada's ideas, this will leave you facepalming and asking why??? It actually started out really promising and fresh: I'm referring to the end of episode one btw, but then all the promise collapses. Believe me, once the love triangle suddenly emerges out of nowhere, you're wishing Mari Okada didn't have free reign.
First of all I want to say that this review score is based on the animes I have been watching this season. And I do not give 10 because 10 is for perfect and there is nothing perfect in the world. (We are in the world are trying to become a perfect but we can only be close-to-perfect, not perfect itself)
This anime is the best anime I watched this season. (The 2nd is Fire Force)
After watching this anime-episode 4, I understand something what I am looking for. What I am looking for until now is answered. Let me tell
you something before, I started to watch anime in 2012. It was Nisekoi and so I watch anime until now.
~Now, to the "REVIEW" part
This anime is worth to watch. I can feel the emotion in every episode. Every episode is a masterpiece. They wrap the story great in each episode fit to 24 minutes. And there is a development in every episode, both the development of the character and the story. The sound effect and the soundtrack is cool. They put it in the right time, so we can feel deeper the emotion and more carried away by the story. (To the music scripters "Good job, bro")
What I can say about the story is "This show is narrating about a young teenagers who are growing to mature. In the journey to mature they are looking for the meaning of their complex emotion and the natural fact they only have just know". I try to write about the summaries without spoiling.
This anime has the taste of Ao Haru Ride and Kuzu no Honkai.
After watching this episode 4, I understand that what I am looking for until now is an "ART". Anime is not just a "show for child". I write "ART" because I can not find better word because "literature" is not enough to express it. I am sorry because my mother language is Bahasa Indonesia not English and this what google translate shows "literature" when I translate Sastra to English. This art what I am talking about is called "Sastra" in Indonesian language. And I called this "Modern Sastra"(or may be modern art) because anime is an art of mixing Story(Novel/Writing Art), Visual Graphic(Visual Art), Music(Sound Art). Anime is an art which can affect someone views of life, someone ways to think.
and I am surprised found that this anime is from manga and there is an anime which is great in the story adapted from manga. Because usually I found anime with good story adapted from novel or light novel.
By the way I rate this character development by 8 not meaning I say this is bad but because I am still watching for the character development until the end of the show and I will raise it up to 9 if the development is outstanding/great to the final episode. I mean the character personality is developing to "ripe" and they accept what change to them.