There's a particular type of anime apart from the usual hustle and bustle of RomComs that I like. And that's slice of life. A genre I got introduced to when I first started watching anime. While watching Tanaka-kun wa Itsume Kedaruge, those nostalgic feelings came back, and I enjoyed this anime in a way I hadn't before with any other animes. In one word, I'd call Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge 'sweet'.
Even while being a slice of life, the anime sweetly introduces it's plot in a very slow and easy going way, although it was done so to introduce our lazy MC, it also denoted how beautifully and sweetly the pace flows in slice of life anime. It opens slowly, flows slowly and ends gracefully. Such a calm demeanor of a plot could deserve a 10 easily, if only the plot was a bit more tightened. Otherwise, Tanaka kun had a wonderful and unique story that most slice of life watchers would get a sugar rush out of due to it's sweet nature.
The art was amazing. It fit perfectly with the slice of life genre and accentuated the comedy too. The character design was another thing to mush over. If I was asked to describe it in one word, I'd call it cute!
A slice of life should be soft, so the sound track too has to be soft. And frankly speaking, I've already run out of cute words to describe this anime. The adorable OP was very memorable and nostalgic at the same time, even though the ED wasn't memorable as much the OP more than made up for it. The VAs did a brilliant job of portraying the characters, they fit in perfectly, especially the three MCs, namely our title character, Ohta and Shiraishi.
Character development and slice of life are always at odds. And so if you wanted or expected character development from this or any slice of life anime, you won't be satisfied as that's not the purpose of this anime. Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge's purpose is to introduce the daily life of the characters so character development will be minor or won't even exist. I rated the characters out of their personalities instead of development as this is a slice of life.
Tanaka: Our MC, Tanaka is an extremely lazy person, so lazy that he can go to extreme lengths just to relax later on. Even though he's quite lazy, that doesn't stop the fact that he's considerate of his friends and can even beat himself up for one too. Unlike most other MCs who're dense brats, Tanaka isn't. What sets him apart is that he isn't interested in such relationships just because it wastes his energy. He has quite a funny and sweet way of going about daily issues too, which further boosts his appeal to the viewer.
Ohta: Tanaka's close friend and 'wife' (watch to understand why he's called that), Ohta is the opposite of Tanaka in the sense that he's dependable, arguably active and takes care of Tanaka's *every* need. But fortunately his character isn't sacrificed, he has his own opinions and thoughts as well and instead of supporting the comedy, leads it at times. A feature seen in few 2nd MCs (as in the second character). Ohta is a sweet person too who like sweets and always tries to help Ohta. So the female community might be appealed by his kind and generous personality.
Shiraishi: Arguably the only non MC who gets the most screentime, Shiraishi develops a little too, she learns to stay true to herself and her embarrassed and shy nature (to some extent) is also a refreshing aspect to slice of life (which nowadays are bombarded with Tsunderes, though I'm not complaining). She finds it difficult to cope with her feelings due to her double persona (watch to understand what I mean) and her struggle is notably seen in the last few episodes.
Needless to say, I loved Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge. It's sweet nature triggers the sweet side inside of us and teaches us to enjoy life as it is. That's a lesson I enjoyed learning. The comedy also delivered extraordinarily. If you've read my previous reviews you'd notice how few anime actually make me laugh and I'll confidently tell you I was laughing at almost every comedy scene. Which shows that this show is actually really good at comedy as it is fresh and original while also using the characters in a unique way.
I've already said the word sweet so many times so I'll try not to say it now. Overall, Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge was a sweet (dangit, I lost already) and cute anime that could be the slice of life of the year in my opinion. Anyone who wants something sweet (again...) can and will find satisfaction in watching this anime. Slice of Life lovers will most likely praise this as I did. One of the best slice of life anime out there!
P.S: Shiraishi is best girl <3