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.
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. The characters are bland and hallow at best.
Mari Okada has a fascination with having to pair off five leads. 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 suddenly they pair up out of nowhere! 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! Characterization is very shallow for the most part.
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. I didn't believe it would get worse, but my god it just got worse.
I wouldn't even try that with a guy. I don't know what point Mari Okada is trying to make on this not so progressive modern take on the sexuality of women/girls. It's not okay for a guy to do it, so why would it be okay if the girl does it, when the guy clearly has a girlfriend!? Girls/women have to face this problem on a daily basis. No girl with a functioning brain desire or behave in any of the ways Mari Okada is wildly fantasizing about. I get that the manga is in a shounen magazine, so all these scenarios are for guys to pick their favorite girl to fantasize about. But that completely detracts from the believability of the narrative! Again I'm all for the childhood friends getting together. But my god, I have to drop this now. I don't care what the outcome is anymore of this utter mess. Mari Okada's fascination for drama is becoming more ridiculous.
Another love triangle has emerged out of nowhere! When did any of this happen??? It sort of adds up to become a love pentagon/square.
Reading into Mari Okada's background, before she was working in anime, one of her screen writing gigs was writing for pornography. Hence the basis for one of the girls in the gang. It honestly had a lot of potential in the beginning that has long been squandered.
Other alternatives for this season: Given, Fruits Basket, Nagi no Oitoma (Drama adaptation of a Manga Taisho and Kodansha Manga Nominee) or really anything other than this convoluted mess.
I can't believe I'm sticking around, well skipping a lot of ad nauseum scenes, just because I want some sort of happy ending for Kazusa. Man I feel bad for her. Sorry, I feel nothing for Izumi.
I thought Mari Okada could write coherently. I was gravely mistaken. I will only stick to her works with the Super Peace Busters.
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?
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.
If a few months ago someone had told me that my favorite new series of the Summer season was going to be a slice of life series about five girls(and at least one boy) learning about sex, I would’ve raised a very puzzled eyebrow. I’ve enjoyed some very “sex educational” slice-of-life series before like Scum’s Wish or the more recent Domestic Girlfriend, but those kinds of shows had a much darker tinge that gave the innocence of their characters some engaging bit of edge. And yet, despite how innocent it is, Maidens of the Savage Season is shaping itself up to be a very mature
and entertaining exploration of the subject matter.
The main reason I say this is because we’re only 4 episodes in, and already the characters either have a very sizable amount of depth or, at least, a very interesting hook that’s got me dying to know more about them. So, here’s a quick, little break down of the five girls that make up the school’s infamous Literature Club:
1) Kazusa Onodera.
Kazusa is very much the plainest girl you could imagine. Her face, body, hair, demeanor, and style of dress all scream normal. This is in stark contrast to her childhood best friend Izumi who has, over the years, become one of the most popular boys in school. As such, with her we see a sort of self-deprecating attitude towards her feelings for him. Seeing all of the popular girls that are constantly trying to cozy up to him, Kazusa can’t help but feel inadequate. And, the way she copes with her inability to be with him, is by holding on to that memory of their youth and rationalizing that they are just too young to think about things like sex (even though they’re already in high school). This, hilariously, backfires on her by the end of the 1st episode and she is sent into a spiral of emotions that forces her to finally confront her true feelings for Izumi. As what seems to be the main plot of the series, the relationship between these two characters is nothing short of fascinating.
2) Rika Sonozaki.
Rika is the incredibly high-strung leader of the Literature Club. Though she enjoys the club’s main activity of reading out-loud erotic literature, the deep-seated shame of her enjoyment forces her to hide it very aggressively. The topic makes her, quite often, fly into bombastic heats of rage where she screams about the immorality of sex and insults all of the girls of her class that she considers to be “sex crazed beasts.” But, it’s clear that she does want a taste of that kind of life when, in a later scene, we see her buying a fashion magazine at a local store, but still awkwardly asking for a paper bag to hide it in. The scenes that follow where she is slowly forced to come out of her shell by a boy who has long had crush on her are very cute.
3) Hitoha Hongou
As the aspiring writer of the group, Hitoha’s interest in sex seems to be the most technical. She wants to be able to write great erotic literature like the authors that she loves, but struggles because she is simply too inexperienced to do so. She wants to be able to convey these scenes in a way that her readers would enjoy, but all of the manuscripts she’s submitted to publications thus far have resulted in her pretty much getting laughed out of the publication. Her strange, but proactive, way of fixing this is by joining an online sex chat. Without spoiling anything, this goes into some interesting directions when she finds out that the person on the other side of the chat is closer to her than she thinks.
4) Momoko Sudou
Momo, like Kazusa, is the member of the club who is most visibly embarrassed by the topic of sex. She is also one of the ones we know the least about so far. What we do know, is that she is a very kind and supportive friend who cares deeply for others. Also, even though we see the story bring a boy into her life, many scenes indicate that Momo might be our look into a girl’s coming-of-age story from a much less heterosexual perspective.
5) Niina Sugawara
Finally there’s Niina, the blond-haired beauty that is the object of affection for many boys in the school. Known as the “Jewel in the dung heap” for her involvement with the Literature Club, Niina does feel like the mysterious outsider of the club. This mystery deepens when she announces to the club that she wants to experience sex before she dies, because she might die soon. Like Momo, we know very little about Niina. But, the combination of her shocking declaration and her overall ephemeral demeanor, makes her a mystery that I am dying to learn more about.
As you can no doubt see, this is very much a character piece. There isn’t so much an overarching plot as there are five stories that are constantly intertwining. But, so far this is perfectly fine because each of the characters has a fresh and interesting perspective from which to explore this classic coming-of-age story. This, combined with the pastel art style that gives the whole show a cute layer of innocence, makes for a very intriguing, engaging, hilarious, and heartwarming debut for this slice-of-life series. I wholeheartedly recommend giving this series a try to anyone who was able to get through their high school Health Education class without being a massive tool about it.
I used to watch anime and no matter how bad they were I would finish them.
I know feel my time is too precious to be spending on stuff I wont enjoy.
So I might as well drop them this show is one of them.
Story is about 5 girls who are in a literature club which they read books mostly involving adult situations. Until 1 of them says they are interested in sex.
These 5 girls [except for 1] which you know nothing about all of a sudden have someone they are interested in because hey fuck it we need to force
relationships.The show get soo boring cliche the only character that is actually interesting because a relationship was not forced on her will most likely get screen time late in the show. I am 7 episodes in and dropping the show.
the fact that AnoHana and Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana wo Kazarou
came from this women is a shame
I will update this review later in writing it
Mari Okada, famous for being one of the most vapid anime writers (aside from her ‘adaptations’), decided to make a coming of age manga starring post pubescent high school girls.
Lay-duce decided to adapt said manga, and hire her to adapt her own manga.
The first half of the series has its issues, to be sure. Some of the soliloquy’s and spoken monologues are over the top, and the music is often overused and too cliche to make a meaningful impact. The shot composition is pretty flat, lighting is nonexistent, and color theory is thrown out the window in
favor of adding a filter to the visuals. And it doesn’t work.
But most of these issues weren’t necessarily in the writing, melodrama and all, it wasn’t all that bad. Some of the character dynamics and one-liners were genuinely really captivating. But a certain scene at the very end of episode 7 gave every single person who spent their time watching the show up until that point a massive middle finger. Do not waste your time with this: it’s a melodrama perverted of the innocence it had relishing in the initial perversion, a trashy edgy fest drowned in female voice actors and rounded character designs. The aftertaste of the script ran bitter, my reflections of the words portrayed them unbearable.
There's nothing else to say, really. It starts out as a comedy-drama and then becomes your typical overly dramatic drama, where every dramatic situation is a result of completely forced and illogical stupidity.
Most dramas have this problem, where drama is created for the sake of creating drama, not because it makes sense. The characters make decisions that completely contradicts their earlier built-up personalities, regardless of whether you consider them thinking with their brains, or their genitals. E.g. (without spoiling much) like a high school boy suddenly wavering in his loyalty to the girl he confessed his love to, just because a
slut tricked him into touching her butt and he got a boner from it, EVEN THOUGH in an earlier episode he was jacking off like there's no tomorrow to a random pron DVD. C'mooooon, a high-scool boy knows how to handle a boner...
There's many more weird shit like this that just makes no sense and forces drama. You won't miss out on anything if you don't watch this.
"Not quite a rom com, yet not quite a romance either."
In an industry that has been trying to tackle the phenomenon of coming of age for many years to come, this show does what no other show can seem to do in the genre.
What you have as a whole is a piece that can be uncomfortable and awkward at times to watch, but comes together as a whole to set the tone for a topic that is difficult to approach in general, Sexuality.
While many shows seem to tackle the issue from the male perspective, the show brings a refreshing perspective
to what appears to be a one sided issue in a gender neutral manner. With that comes a lot of enjoyment behind the very real and relatable moments in the show. Everything from fustration to estacy is depicted in a light and warm, yet direct manner.
This is not some work of fantasy, but rather something that focuses on empathy and real connections as an overarching theme, behind the light-hearted layer that is relationships during the coming of age period.
A true hidden gem of the season overshadowed by many top tier, more popular shows this season, but definitely a show that is worth your time. Honeyworks does a great job again with the animations and the color, rounding it off with an excellent OP as they always do. As a big fan of hidden messages, the OP does bring out what the experience the show wants to give, and the lack thereof of the experience the show wants to give.
The birds and the bees, the cold hard truth in an easily digestible show that can be painful to watch at times, but in a good way.
This was real different for me, and it may be for you. But that is what shines the most about it. That and it's realistic settings, as you can really relate to the characters, or their feelings shown thus far. It's not done over the top either. It's a well down to earth slice of life story, that really delivers in the best way possible in all honesty.
The characters are all relatable as I've said. Which will add to your enjoyment, as being able to connect with a character is important, and they do this well here.
Should you give it a watch? Yes!
If you're into this kind of anime, then you'll enjoy it. If you're not, still give it a shot! It may be something different that you're looking for!
11 of 12 Episodes seen. Content of the 12th episode seen in manga but will also watch the anime episode when it comes out.
Objectively good story. Technically a very good anime. People who are not so experienced with different types of people and relationships can probably enjoy this series. But for me the story was unbearable. It felt like watching NTR (I dislike NTR). I am too radical to just sit calmly and watch this series. The frustration made me roll on the floor. It almost gave me brain damage.
Art and sound were very good.
Characters were ok. The main characters were quite good imo. They
acted in a expected/realistic way.
Some were likeable and some were hateable.
I couldn't bear the interaction between my preferred characters and the bitch-characters. Though the connections between the characters were built up quite well during the whole story. The development of the characters was above average. The relations between the characters where evolving in every episode. The shit thing for me was, that the bitch-actions had more "extreme-shining-moments" than the other ones. And there was a lack of radical characters who could solve the unbearing status quo.
The anime had too much weird japanese stuff in here, I suppose at least:
- Dull boy character with black hair and lack of experience. Typical passive guy. He couldn't even fap properly when alone at home. (Objectively he was ok. But too pussy for me.)
- Old school directors who force stupid rules on their students. "Status and appearance over humanity". (At least they were portrayed in a comedic way.)
- In this point I am not sure if it is typical for japanese. Albino girl got sent to fancy pedo albino teacher by parents. Parents might have wanted their albino child to be fancy too. But albino child just got brain damage. They just let their child alone with a man who probably has a high level of "status and appearance" without checking if hes pedo.
I personally liked Momoko she develops into S-Tier. I kinda wish that she has some special spanking fantasies with albino girl.
This anime is just a mess, the story, the character, the art is a feeling mess! the color theory on this anime is throw out of the windows ( i thought it was my notebook but no) the story is so cringed the way the characters are set you have no real background story, there is no way a normal human girl would act like that I felt like was a 30 year old woman who never go a high school and maybe she never did for the one we see today. The love triangle and how one of the characters betray their friends, the
Izumi guy he is just a succubus a freaking worthless piece that adds nothing to the storyline.
overall this anime is just useless, no sense, force drama, in the perspective of a female watcher no one would I know would ever act this way is just a sex fantasy of an old lady.
I don't recommend watching you have a lot of good animes this season: given, fruit no basket, the end of Carole and tuesday please stay if this outcome.
^ sorry i'm not really good in english but i wanted to write a review^
- story 
- art 
- sound 
- character 
- enjoyment 
honestly this is rare to me to see an anime with an interesting story that is about teenagers curiosity about sex and love these days, the plot is pretty exciting also the development between the characters' relationship makes it even better.
i liked the difference on each character personality and how they met their "crushes" especially hongou and her teacher.
generally my point is this show is really good and must be watched even if you dont like the "slice of life"
animes i'm sure this one will change your mind!
The show isn't that much of an easy watch. To me, there are many moments that can be cringe-inducing, and uncomfortable. But...that is exactly how it's like to grow up. You start feeling the changes taking place in your body; your hormones start acting up; you may start picking up on things that you hadn't before, etc. For all intents and purposes, that is where the show shines. Growing up sucks. Let's all be honest with that statement.
How each girl copes with it is also different. The protagonist of the series, Kazusa Onodera, is absolutely terrified by the concept of sex, but it becomes
even more complicated when she realizes that she was in love with her childhood friend Izumi Norimoto. However, I feel that because of her mind being too preoccupied with the latter, that often comes into conflict with her progress in forming a relationship with Izumi. This is one of my main gripes about the series because while it's apparent that the Izumi x Kazusa relationship will take up a majority of the plot, especially how we now have a third wheel coming into play, but because I find nothing to latch onto, I can't bring myself to care for whether they become a couple or not.
Niina Sugawara is considered the crane of her class because of her fair appearance. There's some interesting things to her such as her having taken an acting class or how she can read into people's deep desires, but there is also something...disconcerting about her. Later episodes give more insight into this, but she is still a pretty weird girl. Unlike with Kazusa, though, Niina is more open to her wants and desires which often led her into receiving attention from creeps.
Momoko Sudo is Kazusa's childhood friend who also shares her fear of sexuality. At first, I felt that there wasn't much to her character, but one of the later episodes implicates that Sudo may be shifting towards having feelings for unconventional people, judging by her interactions with Niina. This might prove to be interesting.
Rika Sonezaki so far is my favorite character. The president of the literature club, Rika at first comes across as a prickly young lady who judges other girls as being harlots. Yes, while she started off being unlikable, it is actually her interactions with another student Shun, and she started to develop. I'm serious, the ending of episode 5 is one of the most beautiful moments I have seen in a long time.
Lastly, there s Hitoha Hongo who is an inexperienced author who also writes more...lewdish works. Because of her inexperience in regards to sex, her writing can at best be taken as the writing of a middle-aged man. I am so far loving her interactions with her teacher. Of course, nothing comes out from that, but it is nevertheless sweet. There are other characters such as Izumi who has a deep, deep love for buses and transportation (to the point that the first episode ended with the memorable WTF moment); Yamagishi who became the advisor of the literature club reluctantly; Shun, a young man who treats Rika with dignity; and others.
The opening and ending themes are also fairly good. Voice work's good. The animation is also decent. There are some moments where it feels that the animation and lighting are delicately crafted. Overall, the show is not necessarily one of those must watch of the season, but the growing up aspect of it really resonates.
Adolescence is no uncommon stomping ground in the anime world.
The pairing of high school and romance isn't exactly particularly new and exciting either but fear not, Mari Okada has arrived to crank the drama into levels never before seen.
On a more serious note however, the themes presented in the earlier episodes of the show actually were engaging and interesting. Sex is a touchy subject, especially in the heat of your youth. Having a positive outlook toward sex encourages a more thorough understanding of it. Araburu handled this quiet appropriately when the girls were beginning to express they had thought about physical contact and
intimacy. At this point of the show, I was honestly impressed it didn't fall into the pitfalls that most drama pieces usually do.
But what's that over the horizon? It's needless and unwarranted drama.
As is the case with most things Okada writes, she tends to take a subject and then take another five or six and roll them up, hoping they stick together. More often than not it doesn't work and you end up with unsatisfying teen melodrama and baffling character logic as is the case sadly with Araburu. The slow and steady pace that the series had begun with started to mutate into lightning fast nonsense. Characters had begun to fall out with each other, a detestable teacher-student relationship to pander to fetishes and of course, a dull love triangle in the final stretch to name a few of the "interesting" events that begin happening.
The show completely loses it's focus and swerves into the lane of cliché. You find yourself rolling your eyes at every new development Okada attempts to stir the pot with. The characters you were rooting for begin to change into completely predictable shadows of what made them interesting in the first place and the illusion crumbles as you come to realise the show has set itself up to constantly dramatize each and every line of dialogue it has left. Each shallow attempt to cause controversy becomes as aggravating as the last.
Araburu is basically a 1 to 1 adaptation of the manga which is a huge let-down seeing as the show had the potential it did to be something great towards the start. Creative liberty could have done wonders in the case, but as Okada is penning both the manga and the anime that was never going to be the case. She didn't choose to challenge herself by improving material or subverting the expectations of already invested manga readers, she chose to sing the same tune she's always sung.
A true shame, this could've have been something special.
If there's any take away from this review, it's to watch White Album 2, it's a superior drama story with a love triangle that's handled exceptionally.
So, Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo.... Was absolutely nothing that I had expected when I was catching up on the first 4 episodes. It honestly blew my mind how good of an anime it turned out to be and it's up there with being one my favourites this whole year. With Mari Okada on the script work the dialogue used by the characters feels relateable as a teenager myself and Araburu explores the thoughts that normal teenagers would have when going through puberty. The show subtly shows that it wants to explore puberty and I like that since some other shows that explore puberty make
it too explicit that they are trying to do so. Araburu does a great job in balancing the comedy and serious aspects of it's story, it knows when to and not to do certain things which is always a must in anime when you want the story to naturally flow and not be chartered.
The characters in Araburu vary from many different personalities that you can find out by watching the anime yourself. The character development of each character so intricately progresses with each episode and within each episodes there are scenes dedicated to the one character developing. I find this to be really enjoyable since there aren't many animes out there right now that follow this type of character development showcase. You find yourself trying to root for characters, be happy for characters, sympathise with the characters and laugh with the characters which draws a great attachment towards each one of them.
The opening song is a great choice for an anime like Araburu, it paints the picture of innocence and beauty of youth in a song and really does showcase what Araburu is going to be about. The VA's for each characters are well performed and really do show their personalities with their voice as well as their actions. The art isn't something you'd always see, it looks like water colour painting but for some reason it doesn't matter when you're watching the anime and I had thought it would be something that would put me off of it but every week I find myself aching to want to watch another episode.
I seriously reccomend watching Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo, although it may seem like a run down crappy anime trust me your expectations will make a huge 180 degrees turn. Araburu is genuinely a really good anime and delves into thoughts that we've all had.
Wow, episode 11 blew the lid off this anime! (No spoilers here.)
At first I thought this would be a relatively tame and utterly cliched high-school-girls-in-love story, and it was endearing and cute for sure, but the sudden twist in episodes 10 and 11 really kicked this anime up to another level.
It's almost like a shonen anime and not a shoujo anime now. I feel like cheering "Plus Ultra!!!" after watching it.
This gets my highest score for this season (most of the other anime I didn't bother typing in a score for--they're good, just not good enough to get me to lift a finger).
This anime caught me by surprise. I thought this anime will be our usual Romantic Comedy but man this anime is actually wild.
Our story starts with this group of girls in the literature club reading some erotic books, then as time goes by, they become curious of sex. Just by that, we have this roller coaster of drama. We have a pairing that the two of them is too shy to confess their love. A girl which hate romantic relationship. Or even a love triangle. The storytelling of this anime is its strong point.
As a 2019 anime, the quality of artwork is exquisite.
Background is lively drawn; the attention to details in their classroom is awesome. The character designs are original too. The eye shapes, the hairstyle, all are beautifully drawn.
Voice acting is important to a slice of life/drama anime. The voice actor/actress did great in their job during those scenes. You can feel the emotion everytime you hear it.
This anime surprises me to have a lot of characters. For starters, we have 5 main characters with unique personality from one another. In the future episodes, more character are introduce that will further enhance their role in the story.
There are some scenes that are quietly disturbing for me, to the point that I can actually feel my heart ache. I know that this should be a point since this is a drama, but that’s not the case for me. You see this anime has a pedophile dude lurking a girl, a teacher and student going ballistic one another, I mean those are dude can be imprison ffs lol. I bet if this anime only focuses Kazusa's romantic story, my enjoyment could be 9/10. But all the characters have their story. Some of these are dark, very dark mind you. It can be enjoyable to others, but not to me.
Highly recommendable. Go watch it for the roller coaster ride of emotion.
The anime series hasn't end yet but I have to say it's been awhile since us anime fans have been given a gem like this. I'm writing this review because I am fascinated by such series! Slice of life, drama, romance, great character development, conflict. I can go on and on about it.
Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo or the english title 'O Maidens in Your Savage Season' hits all the key points of a good shoujo drama series. Like the list I had mentioned above it hit all those key points of how anime drama should be like,
It's definitely not perfect or a masterpiece but it's got my high ratings.
When you start watching this series don't mind the S E X being thrown around like nothing. This series does a wonderful job of showing how the Japanese society actually don't really talk nor educate kids about sex often. There are classes but of course sexual intercourse, and having the "talk" what westerner would say, is considered embarrassing to do so. One really has to understand a certain part of different society before judging this series.
This series as a whole is relatable in character by those similar of age and those who've gone pass that of age. Not only does the story being told give insights on a womens' point of view only, they are also able to capture the mens' point of view. The topic being spoken about, love, jealousy, sex, finding ones true identity, it's pretty hard to capture that. Especially in this day and age. I see other fans bashing it, as implementing sexual desires in youth, but it's not.
The relationships in this series from High school boy to high school girl, teacher to student, high school girl to high school girl. It covers a lot of things that high school students go through. Although this series is highly on the fantasy side since it is anime. It's telling a good story on high school life, since thats when most student hit puberty and start maturing and thinking more about stuff like sex, and finding ones sexual identity.
The characters in here can be related on all sides. Whether your deeply in love, lost in love, lost in ones true self. Self inflicted. The story too, it follows each main girl and connects them quite well. The issue they face are very transparent. The pace of the story is well, since it is a 12-episode series.
Mari Okada does a wonder job in doing that. This stories revolves around each other quite well. This doesn't really sound like a review but these are my thoughts. It a great series and it deserves more attention.
Look. Going into this anime, I thought it was going to be a harem, but was pleasantly surprised finding it was about 5 different girls, each going through a different situation, with a different boy (of course excluding the love triangle)
The first episode had me hooked, and I was excited to see where this anime would go. Man, do I have some regrets. This anime started going really, really downhill after episode 8. I could stop at episode 8, and feel totally okay. After episode 8 there is so much drama and I am not here for it. I came for wholesome content, I quickly
found out that this ain't it.
The art is nice, sound as well, the voice actors do a great job. The characters are okay, I find myself growing annoyed with most of them as I continue watching, though.
I enjoyed this anime only to an extent, and once I stopped, I found myself skipping over most of the anime because I couldn't watch it.
If you want to watch a feel good anime, watch the first few episodes, and please stop yourself once you start feeling overwhelmed. Man do I wish I did.