Valentine’s Day is approaching and I suppose many people will be enjoying it. I, on the other hand, am not seeing anyone and I’ll probably spend my weekend watching anime (which is what I do every weekend anyway o_o). So I figure I should review some rom-com anime just to match with the occasion. And what’s better than a yuri rom-com anime?
Review: Sasameki Koto starts with a bang, not because it is loud or exciting but because it throws the yuriness right into the middle of my face with no warning or subtlety. It is a whole new world where girls dream of other cute girls and pretty boy goes cross dressing to impress girls. I felt like the anime is trying to say ‘This is a hundred percent yuri show, deal with it or leave!’
Sasameki Koto sets in the co-ed school environment. Two girls, the tall uncute Sumi and the pretty Kazama, love each other romantically. The problem lies in the fact that Kazama somehow never know about this love leaving Sumi in a tormenting one sided love trap. As the story further develops and more characters are introduced, the love complex becomes so complicated that one need to draw a mind mapping to fully understand it.
The anime spends the first few episodes in establishing the main character and the complex nature of their relationship. The rest of the show is spent on different minor subplots including exploration of handful of supporting characters like Aoi, Tomoe, Miyako or Akemiya
This fact leads to both Sasameko Koto’s most distinguished and weakest elements. I’ll start with the good. Sasameki Koto pays a lot of attention into details, characterization, small plot twists and very adorable sense of humor. The show is simply charming and very funny. It made me smile a lot. Aside from Sumi and Kazama, other girls (lesbian or not) are all very different and interesting; the mature Tomoe, the innocent looking (but actually quite devilish) Miyako, the shy Aoi and the beautiful Akemiya (this one is not a girl). I think the chemistry between these characters is the best indicator on how well the anime manages to introduce them to the viewers. I just loved seeing them together. It was like meeting with close friends and I knew that something fun would surely occur.
There’re so many little things going on in each episode and I suppose this is what they call ‘slice of life’. The small details lead to another charming quality of Sasameki Koto. The problem is there; the unrequited love, the unfulfilled desire. These things always weight the characters’ hearts but they never forget to enjoy the moment and all the little things in daily life. Life isn’t perfect but it is a good time nevertheless. This is what I especially like about this anime; it makes me feel like despite all the confusing and depressing problems, I still can enjoy every moment of my life.
On the other hand, focusing too closely on small details and minor plots muddles and dilutes the main events of the show. The main plot is a little underdeveloped, in my opinion. Sumi, Kazama and their relationship stays mostly the same throughout the show. I was somewhat disappointed about the ending of this series because it had spent so many episodes on something else and when Kazama started to realize her true feeling towards Sumi, the show ended.
About the animation quality, I’d say Sasameki Koto delivers an up to general standard job, nothing especially impressive or unique like Aoi Hana. Cartoonish versions of characters are used during comedic scenes creating surprisingly effective humor. The original score never really stand out though a few melodies are used so many times that I can’t help remembering. Conclusion: though Sasameki Koto could not fully deliver its main plot as effectively as I hoped, it was still a very charming and funny yuri show that’s worth every minute spent on it.
Title: Sasameki Koto
Genre: romance, comedy
Released date: October 7, 2009 – December 30, 2009
Director: Eiji Suganuma
Animated by: AIC