Jul 16, 2020
Mixed Feelings
I have very mixed feelings about this.
Never read the original story before, so I can’t say if this is a decent adaptation of the source material or not.
The first episode was really intriguing and I loved the art style. The Meiji-era is also especially interesting I think, although you won’t notice it much in terms of politics etc., you’ll notice it in the way they speak and obviously what they wear and so on. But personally, I love this period where Japanese and „western“ style first came together like this.
The story itself wasn’t really interesting to me, halfway through the show I didn’t even pay much attention to what was happening - until episode 8 or 9. The score is also just what I like, and even though the anime is mediocre, I’m starting to feel low-key obsessed with it. I don’t know, it’s romantic somehow. The way this anime looks, poets sitting in cafés, wearing suits and Kimono, the change of the seasons, talking about friendship, accompanied by soft piano and dramatic strings. I just like that.
This whole mystery-solving thing is just something that also happens. It’s not a good detective show. I think a lot of people will like this on an emotional level, but I can’t really say it’s good. The story (or stories) as a whole seem not very well thought out (at least in this adaptation) and might as well not happen. This is how I felt, at least.

Thank you for your time.
Reviewer’s Rating: 6
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