The ending to Kure-nai gave me a lot to think about and thus I didn’t feel like writing anything till I figured out if I liked the ending or not. I think I’m ready so to warm up, I’m going to do a couple of other series review first. Both were older series I watched for the first time recently. The first up is Someday’s Dreamers season 1.
Final Series Score: 12/12 11.5/12 Near Perfect
Rewatchablity: low – med
Pros: J.C. Staff watercolor look fits the feel of the show perfectly, likeable characters that are believeable, setting and premise helped make show feel original
Yume is a magic user but she doesn’t live in some sort of fantasy world, instead, she lives in a world that looks like ours and the only difference appears to be that magic exists. She travels from the country to Tokyo to finish up her training and become a licensed magic user. Even though she has great raw talent in magic there is much she still needs to learn before she is ready to be a licensed mage and that’s what drives this show. I don’t want to ruin the plot for those that haven’t seen this show yet so I won’t say anything else about the plot.
On to the biggest negative I have with the show (though it’s not really that big). Almost all anime, as most anime fans know, fall into a certain episode length categories : ~13, ~26, ~39 (rare), and ~52. At 12 episodes long, Someday’s Dreamers fits into the first category but I can’t help but wish it had run another 4-6 episodes. It’s not because anything felt rushed (it’s slice-of-life afterall) but because just as we’re really getting into the show – it finishes.
As much as I liked this show I don’t think it’s for everyone. First, I believe the source material is a shoujo manga which make some non-shoujos dislike it right off the bat. (Wiki says it’s a shounen title but I don’t quite believe that) Second, some people just don’t like slice-of-life shows and if a person already doesn’t like say Aria or Sketchbook then this show probably won’t change their mind. If neither of these are you then I’d say give this show a shot and if you like it then season 2 is coming out this summer in Japan (as seen in my summer preview).
English Lesson 4TW
Magic can let you have picnics on the moon