Feb 14, 2023
Months ago, I decided to watch an anime called Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita!, abandoning all the warnings about how degenerate Miyako has become. I, for once, did not like her character (despite having forgiven then disappointed time to time), but after seeing everything in this movie, she has gained a forgiving pass from me once again. This review explores the movie in a fundamental enough fashion, so I will try my best to keep it as simple and pleasing to the eyes as possible.
The movie, titled Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! Precious Friends, ventures into Hana and the details about her little flower-shaped hairpin.
Along with her group of friends, her unwilling-for-long-distance-travel Miyako and the parents, they have a field trip to the countryside where Hana's grandmother lives. Miyako's talents for excellent sweets baking and costume making concern the grandma, as she also finds ways to show the five adorable girls the ropes, despite not bearing any of Miyako's talents to begin with. Sweet-making helper of Hana's grandma, who is also a friend but way older, appears to have given her the similar hairpin in the past (a precious hairpin that symbolizes their friendship).
Later on, the friends pay a visit to a local festival, and all of a sudden Hana's hairpin is missing somewhere. Miyako tries her most to find the hairpin and eventually she and Hana successfully find it. In a similar fashion to the elders, Miyako ties the hairpin back on Hana's hair, as a sign of their friendship might be changing, bit by bit but positively.
Everything you love and laugh of from the main series is returning for a short-term reminiscence: five young girls walking and playing on their way to Hinata's house, the Mya-nee, Hinata having great sense of culture for calling Noa the cutest, among many other familiar banters that can put a smile on your face if you are in need of their presence. The movie did not have enough time (more likely, wasn't able to) for a more fulfilling, excellent experience, but it has accomplished enough given the plotless yet wholesome main story. I would give a greater appreciation to it if Hana were not as skeptical and enjoyed herself despite feeling uneasy around Miyako, or Hinata and Noa had more quality adventure. One positive plus from the movie was the way they changed [almost] completely my point of view to Miyako (from an insanely cosplay obsessed fanatic to an endearing friend of Hana that is willing to bring Hana back to a happier state at least).
Colorful animation and pleasant music tracks are nice treats for Slice of Life fans and Doga Kobo anime fans as well. Doga Kobo's animation has been inconsistent and shifting a lot between quality and derp but its coloring theme always generates a cheerful and positive feeling to the watchers. And of course, when it comes to music, Takuro Iga keeps up their usual quality with the signature masterly composed soundtracks.
Overall, Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! Precious Friends might not excel in any terms of a wonderful Slice of Life anime project, but it did many wonders for telling their audiences that a precious friendship comes from even the tiniest symbol/object. For me, the movie was a nice starting point for a busy working week to be experienced later on.
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