Murasame Sumika is popular in the high school for her excellence in the marks and sports. However, she has a secret: she is in love with her classmate Kazama Ushio. Ushio also has a liking to the love between girls, but she hasn't noticed Sumika's feeling and always been refused by other girls.
I think we all know how painful it can be to love someone who doesn't love you back. I certainly do, and I don't think I've ever seen an anime series that depicted the loneliness--and very rarely the joy--of one-sided love as well as the shojou ai romcom Sasameki Koto did.
I began watching Sasameki Koto at the very beginning of the year, around the same time I started Junjou Romantica. I could not have picked a better first shojou ai series. Although it is basicly about the love between two girls, it is way lighter and more fun then some of the more dramatic shojou ai series out there, making it a perfect introduction to the genre.
Sumika Murasame is an intelegent, tough as nails highschooler with a big problem: she has fallen in love with another female, her best friend, Ushio Kazama. The problem isn't that Ushio doesn't like girls--in fact, she's absoluely crazy about them--the problem is that Ushio only likes "cute" girls. Small, weak, shy girls that one would feel compelled to protect. Sumika, being unusually tall and a martial arts expert, does not at all meet this description.
Sasameki Koto presented a very simple story, and was able to do a lot with it. Something different happened every episode, and they managed to bring in very satisfying romantic scenes and wonderful comedy without being too unrealistic. The only problem was that some episodes had no real significance, and could have been skipped over in order to make room for a decent ending. Note before you watch Sasameki Koto that the ending is very abrupt, and will probably leave you unsatisfied and thinking 'That's it?'
The characters made this series what it was. Each character was unique and quirky, and you pretty much had to love every one of them. We start out with the two mains, Sumika and Ushio, and their friend, the happy-go-lucky Kiyori. Later, we are introduced to Akemiya, a dorky boy with a huge crush on Sumika, Tomoe and Miyako, a lesbian couple who hopelessly attempt to start a school club for lesbian girls, and Aoi, a passionate fan of a series of yuri novels. The characters are all very well developed, and it's very entertaining to watch them in their everyday lives.
The main reason I like Sasameki Koto is that you can feel the characters' emotions as if they are your own. There are several scenes in this series that will make one think "I've felt that way before." The series manages to perfectly execute the drama of one sided love without being melodramatic, and seeing as this is a Highschool story, this is a major accomplishment.read more
First of all i want to say that "Sasameki koto" was my first Shoujo-ai anime and because of that it kind of changed my view on Shoujo-ai series and all that girl+girl thing.
Story: "sasameki koto" tells us a story about love which seems strange to many of us and that love is between girls no that love which we call "friends" but real love , feelings and wanting to be with some one. The story revolves around few girls Kazama, Ushio and Murasame, Sumika also their many friends which they encounter. Murasame Sumika feel in love with her best Friend Kazama Ushio who falls in love with all the "cute" girls she see, for Murasame its the worst thing that can happen because she isn't the "cute" type if you think about it shes more like guy shes tall , strong and also knows karate ... well in other words the opposite of the type that Kazama likes because of that Murasama suffers alot. She also suffers because of seeing Kazama always getting hurt by other girls ... and getting her heart broken. Story goes into many misunderstandings and alot more sufferings but only to be relieved by some humor and joy of main characters "after bad things happens there are always something good awaiting". When going further into story we see some development of feelings from both sides still that was a mystery for me because it was my first Shoujo-ai anime ... with that i got into it and wanted to see more. Because of that i came across even more changes in their characteristics after some time i noticed Jealousy coming from Kazama who i thought had no interests in Murasame. With that i will end my review.
Art: Well art is beautiful all the characters are beautifully drawn and all the atmosphere is warm.
Characters: It was a wonderful character development and characteristics of each protagonist every moment of jealousy and such was shown nicely.
Enjoyment: well i enjoyed these series alot because it was my first shoujo-ai anime.
Overall: its a great love story which makes some difference from these plain every day anime romances which we see happening and after 4 eps you can already tell what will happen in the end ... I would suggest to watch this if you ain't against girls love!. read more
Ahh, my very first Shoujou ai Anime... What I would give to remove the show in my brain and watch it again to get that "first time" feeling.
Sumika Murasame, a high school girl is secretly in love with her best friend Ushio Kazama. Unfortunately, Ushio only likes girls that are cute and small. Sumi is not cute, tall and very athletic. The anime follows exactly the plot of the manga version of the same name (Except episode 12). If this was a stand-alone anime then story rating would have been lower due to the ending of the show (the ending of the show was the ending of manga version volume 1). Since they were following the manga version's plot, it's getting a high rating. I've read the manga version until the end and it was wonderful.
The show has a great animation with few minor flaws that are not distracting.
It's getting a low rating because they keep using it every episode. It eventually got annoying and this also tells me that they're not good at coming up with new soundtrack
The characters in the show(and manga) are well developed.. You have Sumika, a tall and athletic girl. She is the main protagonist of the show and she is Ushio's best friend since middle school. You have Ushio, a lesbian girl who likes "cute" girls. She and Sumika met in middle school and has been best friends ever since. You have other supporting characters but I'm not going to list them.
I really enjoyed the show. There are 2 things depicted in this show. What it feels like to be in love with your best friend and if society will accept you because you're lesbian/gay.
It's got a great story, great character development and a great animation. I recommend you watch the anime first so you don't have to read the first 12 chapters of the manga version. If you're not planning to read the manga at all then don't bother watching this show. The manga picks up where the show exactly left.
-Realistically depicts the lesbian relationship
-Took its time to explain things
Whispered Words (or Sasameki Koto, whatever floats your boat) is the rare kind of yuri anime that doesn’t pander to the fetish fanboys, yet has virtually no merit as a show for anyone looking for an honest yuri story. It’d be rather nice if some honest gay romance show proved itself to be something special, but this one is so surprisingly drab that it ranks right next to those shows that DO fetishize yuri.
The show begins with the journey that the two leads (both with questioning attraction for girls and each other) have together before a club is formed, and once that happens, the show shifts into daily life mischief with sprinkled commonplace episodic struggles. It’s a very simplistic anime, to the point where it’s over-simplicity is a big red flag. The focus on serious topics disintegrates as they drag the show out with very slow fillers and muddy pacing. The topics addressed are treated respectfully half the time, but partnered with cheap jokes and fanservice otherwise. As predictable stories come and go and petty attempts for drama pile up, the show finishes up on an extremely unsatisfying conclusion. Though more famous ones exist, like Berserk or Evangelion (both of which are wrongly accused anyway), Whispered Words is a contender for worst “finale” in some hypothetical contest of mine. While I liked sitting back and enjoying the first few easygoing episodes, the meat of the anime doesn’t turn out to be anything remarkable by the end of it.
The cast is too tame and forgettable for me to talk about beyond slight variations in their likability. Yuri character tropes and even specific scenes are pretty easy to spot, matching superficial personalities portrayed by certain Sailor Soldiers or Rose Bride Duelists. Weak development overall isn’t very impactful and there was never any significant chemistry between the romantic subjects for me to like the characters as couples either. While they aren’t a complete chore to watch, unlike other stereotypical anime casts, they’re still a fairly forgettable group of characters in a show without a story, turning out a near-complete snoozefest.
AIC did animation with help from a few smaller studios, though that didn’t help anything. There aren’t any moments of creativity in the swamp of immeasurably dull art, and a tiny sense of atmosphere at the start of the show doesn’t alleviate the rest of the bad qualities. On a good day I’d say the music was stale, with select tracks used to over-glorify situations that felt too overthetop to stomach well. So sadly, the production gets some pretty low marks too, combined with the vapid script to bring this harmless little lesbian show down much more than it ought to.
As a fun fact, being a damn short review, this was one of the very first anime shows I completed. Back when I was testing the waters to find out what anime as a medium could offer, this came and went in a day and I didn’t think much of it. Unsurprisingly, it fell lower and lower on the quality spectrum as I took in more and more, reaching this sad destination at the very bottom of the anime barrel. I guess it’s in a personal place as that one thing I saw and liked okay way back when, but now it is truthfully nil for me and you as a potential satisfactory show.
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