First things first. Is it a yuri anime or will it just have some subtext? Maybe it won’t have any yuri at all?
Even though I haven’t read all of the available manga chapters, I think even the ones who are up-to-date with it can’t really answer that question.
After watching the first episode, I can only say the following: The yuri vibes are already quite strong.
Thanks to Naru’s constant blushing, it’s almost like I can and want to ship her with pretty much all characters that have already been introduced. Right now, I can even see a Naru harem forming, but this is, of course, only wishful thinking on my part. I don’t actually think that the story is heading that way, but it would certainly be a nice route, wouldn’t it?
Ah well, now I’ve only talked about the yuri aspect of the show, but that’s not all this anime has to offer. As already mentioned, I think I only read one chapter of the manga some time ago. I don’t remember much, so you could say I jumped into this one without really knowing what to expect, and that was a good decision. If I had known that this was an anime about a certain Japanese dance, I would have probably expected far less. Yuri aside, I don’t particularly like anime about singing or dancing, but what I saw in the first episode really pleased me.
I’m still not sure what to expect of this Yosakoi dance, and I also don’t know just how big of a deal this dance will be in the following episodes, but as long as they don’t start practicing for more than half of the episode, I think I’ll be fine with it.
Lastly, I’d also like to talk about the animation and the whole style of the show. In my opinion, they decided for a pretty unique animation style. And to be honest, these huge eyes and long and pointy eyelashes threw me off at first. Well, it’s supposed to be really cute, and of course it is, but it took me a moment to get used to it.
The best thing about the show so far, however, is definitely the atmosphere. It’s mysterious at times, but thanks to really colorful animation, it also feels really light and relaxing. All in all, I really like it so far, and I can’t wait for more~
I just updated my Yuri Anime 2014 list. If you want to check it out, click here.