Koi Wa Ameagari no You ni is one of those anime that just looks awful from the premise. The whole series seems to be about a High School student developing romantic feelings for her middle aged boss. But let’s keep an open mind. Maybe the series isn’t as bad as the premise would lead us to believe. Maybe Wit Studio does an amazing job like they did with Vinland Saga or Shingeki no Kyojin.
Tachibana Akira is a former track and field star who was forced to leave the team due to a nasty leg injury. She started working a part time job at a restaurant and developed a crush on the manager. She gets him to agree to one date but, not being a massive creep, he quickly puts her into the friend zone. Which may be just what she needs to reignite her passion for athletics and just what he needs to rekindle his love of writing.
So, let’s start with the pressing question. Is the anime as bad as the premise makes it seem? The answer is no. It focuses more on them developing a friendship and ends with them not in a romantic relationship even though it leaves open the possibility that it could happen in future. The series is more focused on overcoming difficult times and forging ahead. So, that brings us to the next obvious question, is the anime good? And here’s where the fans stop celebrating because I’m going to say no to that one as well.
There are two massive problems with this one. The first is the pacing. This anime should be about four episodes long given what the actual story is. Unfortunately, they drag every single goddamn scene out to two or three times as long as they need to be and throw in a lot of filler. That isn’t charming, fun, clever or entertaining in any way. It literally just acts as padding. The second issue is that a lot of the scenes are unbearably cringey. Part of it is just the general slow pacing leading to super awkward, long pauses and another big factor is simply that the dialogue is frequently horrendously bad. Tachibana will talk like she’s in a really bad melodrama and the manager, Kondou, frequently talks like a teacher in one of those stupid teen films that’s supposed to be inspirational but it’s just cheesy.
The big issue with the characters is just that they’re under-developed and boring. For a series that drags everything out to an agonising extent, it certainly doesn’t use all that extra time to make the characters interesting or compelling in any regard. It’s also very much one of those works where the resolution gets dragged out because the main dude is a weak-willed Fuck who won’t just come out and say what he means. There are around three extra episodes solely because he can’t bring himself to just reject Tachibana right away.
The artwork looks fine. There are some nice details for the backgrounds, the restaurant food and such. The animation is overly slow but it’s fine. The only real issue is that the character designs are a little boring. There’s just nothing that really stands out about them.
The acting is fine. This is one of those anime where it suffers from the lack of character depth. There’s also an issue of the cringey dialogue being a bit stilted and awkward which you especially hear from Watabe Sayumi. The music isn’t memorable or interesting which does match the series proper.
It seems a little bit like Kondou’s writer friend, Chihiro, has a thing for him. But just a little.
Areas of Improvement:
- Stop dragging every little sequence out far longer than it needs to be. Things should never be dragged out because your main guy can’t find his bollocks.
- Instead of wasting so much time with filler and long pauses, actually give your characters some complexity.
- Stop being so cringe.
While this series isn’t as unbearable as the premise would lead you to believe, it’s still pretty shit. Far too slow, cringey as a Melissa McCarthy performance, and completely lacking in any real redeeming qualities. It’s by far the worst Studio Wit anime I’ve seen. I’m giving it a 3/10.