Yukimura Shinya and Himuro Ayame are two scientists that want to find out if love can be solved by a scientific theory. These two scientists also have feelings for each other and want to be able to solve their feelings through similar theoretical facts. With this perfect opportunity, these scientists will attempt to solve the theory of the love they express for each other.
All 12 episodes were released on Amazon Prime Japan on January 11, 2020.
DISCLAIMER: My review will NOT contain major spoilers.
TL;DR This is basically Kaguya-sama with faster character development, a crap ton of science for you to laugh about (or be confused about), and a bit more drama to top it off. If you like science, you'd probably enjoy this; if you know your science, then you'll love this.
"I think I like you."
This series doesn't overstate its welcome. It kicks off its first episode with this one line. This one phrase sets the whole plot in motion, and it's realised in the scientific-comedy and romance part of the series.
I watched all 12 episodes of this series and
I can definitely say this is a very enjoyable and humorous romcom. What's interesting here is that the punchlines are even funnier if you knew your science well; the humour is obviously directed towards a small demographic, and the characters themselves are a lot more relatable if you'd been in their shoes. If you have zero interest in Science Maths Psychology etc, this series would be very confusing 50-75% of the time or boring. But this doesn't mean you won't get a few chuckles in each episode. It's just that it is outright hilarious to see how the series uses scientific concepts in the plot and character interactions.
The story seems pretty simple - the pair is trying to figure out a scientific theory to prove if they like one another or not. Right off the bat the series establishes its goal and just gets the plot moving from there. The plot is that much more intriguing if you are actually a Science student, concepts you'd learn previously are heavily utilised in the story. I'm not saying ordinary people wouldn't enjoy this, but seeing these concepts used in a half-jokingly manner makes the story feel very enjoyable and rewarding, only if you knew these concepts already. I'd compare this to how Science was used in Dr. Stone, that show didn't waste time of explaining too much, because everyone knows a bit of science these days. It's just that this show depends on your scientific knowledge a bit more.
Aside from the geeky stuff used, however, the plot line itself is too generic and predictable, which is why I didn't rate its story higher. Mixed with the maths, the science, etc, the plot becomes more of "Hm how would they answer this?" instead of "Hm what's going to happen next?", which I think is actually a good thing.
Not much to say about art style. I like it when they change the overall art style to fit certain characters. However, the animation is pretty generic for the rest of the runtime, but I didn't have a single problem with it.
Again, nothing much to comment on. The OP and ED are very catchy, and the OSTs are also not bad. The songs and ambient noises fit well with the story. But then again, it's not like you are watching this for amazing sound effects or art.
This is in my opinion why this series isn't gonna be as enjoyable for everyone. The whole series is basically based off of scientist humour, it executes it quite well but not everyone is going to understand it. The characters have extremely specific intentions and interests. Their actions are so "scientific" there is barely any way to relate to them if you hadn't learnt those concepts previously. The story tries to explain the concepts midway with the cute bear cutscenes, but I think it's a bit too vague for anyone to get a grasp of it quickly. Even the bear tells the audience that "this is too complicated" so "learn it by yourself". When the characters made breakthroughs, I myself felt like I was doing this investigation with them. I had the same eureka moments as them when they'd thought of something new.
Personality-wise, most of the characters take their generic anime personalities to the extreme in this story, especially the two main leads. The hyperbolic personalities of the characters makes the humour that much more worthwhile. But then again, the characters suffer from the same problem as the plot - you won't like them if you don't understand them. While this is true for most animes, this is that much more significant in this story because the plot development relies on these pre-existing knowledge that they expect the viewer to have. Funnily enough I really liked Kanade's character in the story, her reactions are just perfect and her struggles are much more grounded when compared to the others. I enjoyed every single second of the characters interactions, but it might not be true if you didn't even know what they were babbling about.
I like science, I like maths, I like psychology, and most importantly I like my romcom. This series is practically made for me, and I'm sure they'd be others like me out there who adore these interests the same way I do. I have nothing more to say really, the concepts of a Sciency romcom is enough for me to go nuts over. The amount of enjoyment you are gonna get is similar to how anime fans enjoy Your Name more than ordinary viewers - it rewards audiences for knowing their stuff.
As much as I subconsciously know that this series isn't as great as I say it is, in the end it was still very enjoyable and I only had a few nitpicks about it. The ending seemed fitting for a science-romcom anime and I just want more. A few of the characters are really underdeveloped, but they weren't hindering the plot so I was fine with it. Plus I'm sure they'd be further developed in the future or in the manga. As for if this show is comparable to Kaguya-sama, I liked both shows for different reasons. Kaguya-sama made the two characters look smart when they were actually just stubborn high school students; this show makes the two leads look super smart, so much so that they are just plain crazy. I'd say both shows resemble some similarities, but then again the context of both shows are so different, and the target audiences are also different.
All in all, a good watch for seasonal anime fans, and a great show for the geeky weebs out there.
So, the story starts off with the main girl Himuro Ayame confessing her feelings for Yukimura Shinya. Of course he doesn't understand why since he is very much into science and doesn't believe in feelings of love unless you can prove love exists. So Himuro and Yukimura starts to analyze the signs of love and either prove love exists or it doesn't. They do stuff that is commonly seen in romantic anime like wall slams. This show is very comedic in my opinion. The jokes and reaction are funny and the characters interesting. We even have a character who brags about getting many
girls but he is talking about dating sims. Sad really, but hey it is weebs future.
The opening is very cool visually and the music is pretty decent.
Are you into science? then watch this. Do you like romcoms? Watch this.
What to say? But why do it this way
Firstly, I can say this is one of the most generic anime’s I have watched. But obviously going though the perks and flaws of the anime itself. As I am an enthusiast of anime, I do mostly look into the manga to get a grasp on the idea of where the author is trying to present before diving into the anime.
With that in mind, I’ll go through the actual story:
The story is about two scientists, Shinya and Ayame, as they are finding out if love can be proven based on their scientific knowledge and through
that they use very humorous experiments. As they do both have feelings for each other, they can’t accept each other’s feelings without them solving this using theoretical facts.
It really doesn’t really appeal to a lot of people or have a lot of hype around it, including myself. This is in contrast to Haikyuu or the new Boku no hero series. But I want to tie down as to why I think there is no hype around it.
Well first…it’s very generic. We have a lot, I mean a lot of love, slice of life type anime around the world. And we can’t deny the fact that this is…kind of boring. I get it, the hype is around the unique way of someone expressing their love to each other and as well as the well-made art style, blah, blah. But as the story progresses, the character development isn’t really present as much as in anime’s like Clanned as an example. There is an escalation of learning about why they love them, how it got to there. But this is just straight to the point, which in a lot of viewers don’t want to see. They I believe prefer to take on the world they are in and grasp on to the love they have. I mean the plot is around the kind of tsundere like characters, are just plain boring. I mean I can defend it by saying that it’s more viewed as a comedic love type of anime and not as a love type anime and the feeling of each character is very relatable However, the anime somewhat made the characters hard to relate to in my opinion. We can see the feelings they have which creates this lack of intensity when it comes to confessing their love.
Second, the plot, it immediately doesn’t have a hook as the characters are obviously in love, the scientific theory and having very obscure experiments make the story drag on. I don’t know how far they are going to stretch in order for the audience to give up on the same thing over and over again, I mean look at the manga Takamina-san. But with all seriousness, I feel that’s how it’s going to be some anime/manga which is going to appeal to those who care about the love of the female protagonist or any waifu they choose to pick within the manga/anime. The plot hole comes from the creativity of the mangaka. What other experiments will there be. As I hopelessly continue to conclude my evaluation. I can say it’s alright…I don’t really have a full grudge against it. I like how they tried to be creative, but I feel like it’s the wrong way of approaching the synopsis.
I mean it is not really that bad but there are more flaws than perks to reading or watching this manga/anime. The questions now are do you think you should watch/read it. I mean in my opinion; I will say no. It’s not a bad anime/manga but if you like stories that drags on and have no distinct ending and purpose through out the anime/manga then I would kind of recommend it. I feel there is no purpose I feel when it ends. I think it’s going to be an anticlimactic ending with no capacity to develop. With 2020, I think there will be better animations/manga’s out there which I think will be better.
I'M GONNA SPOIL THE SHOW, BE WARNED! (if that's even possible lol)
"Pretentious people acting smart about love."
Sums up this show pretty well.
After the first episode the only reason you might find yourself watching this is the fact that the girls are quite pretty, well-drawn and cute, and you can lewd them.
Comedy is subjective, and the circlejerking part is definitely not for me.
If the whole series going to be about these love experiments, with the status quo of two blind idiots trying to prove that they are ACTUALLY in love, is staying, I'm quite unsure about continuing this show.
I can understand why many people would watch
something like this, but if you are looking for a love comedy about serious relationships and romance, this show is definitely not going to suit you.
Ok-ish, going to be a drawn out strudel dough.
If the story gets nowhere, this series will get dry sooner or later, and lose its flavor.
This might end up being the only reason I will watch the show lol, but don't expect a KyoAni level. It looks like there was time and effort put into it to make it look good.
Poppy, average comedy anime sounds
Don't expect too much, meh
I'm giving it a 7 and not a 6, because the voice actors do a good job delivering and estabilishing the characters, and creating the comedy.
I definitely hope the supporting cast is more interesting than the two mains.
They want to sell us that the two main characters are actually competent people, but at the same time they are trying to do the opposite.
After the "they think that everything could be explained trough numbers thing" I actually started to question their knowledge.
Another thing, at the hobby sheets, they show us that their (the two mains') hobby is to read science papers, but they don't really clarify what type of papers.
Moreover, I might have missed something, but after the first episode I can't remember what are they doing in the research office, and not just what do they research ("on paper"), but why are they ACTUALLY there.
Please drop a message if I really did miss it, and it was there all along.
Don't want to pinpoint to anything, *khmm* Dunning-Kruger khmm* but in reality they might be closer to middle of the specrem than to the high-end of it.
It did make me laugh, sometimes genuinely, sometimes in pity. However, the acting high parts made my blood boil.
Good, but I'm sure I'm not the audience for this. Going to check back later if something was off in my judgement.