So far, I have watched this show twice. I watched it the first time right when I got into yuri, and I seriously don’t remember much of it, which is not only a huge shame, it’s actually a yuri crime!
How did I not fall in love with the yuri characters in this show?! And how the hell was I able to ignore the greatness of this show in general?! I seriously have no excuse for not noticing the brilliance of this show back then, but after watching it again, I now realize what I was too foolish to see a few years ago.
To all the yuri fans out there, I’m sorry it took me so long, here’s my review~
Story: 7/10 and Characters: 9/10
After her grandmother passed away, Nakamachi Kana is left alone without anyone she can call family. On her search for a new home, she comes across a newspaper station in which she then starts working as one of their carriers.
At first, she is under the impression that most of the girls working there must be quite weird, but as soon as she starts living there, she comes to realize that it’s actually thanks to these girls that she finally has something to call family again.
Kana’s story sounds quite sad and tragic, doesn’t it? But there are only a few moments in this anime that really make you feel this way. The rest is pure comedy with a lot of cute and wacky characters. We have Haruka for example. She’s the oldest one of the girls, but by far not the most mature one. Her two hobbies are drinking, and while being at it, harassing cute little girls, namely Kana and the little chief of their newspaper office, Saki.
Fortunately for all of us who enjoy wacky comedy mixed with some yuri, Haruka is drunk like 90% of the time, and this creates some hilarious scenes, mostly between her and the little chief. Other than those 3, we also have Hinata, a little tomboyish girl, and the loli tsundere, Mika, who works in a rivalry newspaper office in the same town. My two favorite characters, however, are without a doubt Yume and Yuuki. And while many of you probably already know why that is, I’ll still name the reason for that a bit later.
All in all, I can only say that I really enjoyed the cast of this show. Hinata was probably the only character that I feel like they could have replaced with someone a little more interesting, and Mika tended to be a little annoying at times. But both of them still contributed quite a bit to my final enjoyment, so it’s all good.
Sound: 6/10 and Animation: 6/10
I neither remember the opening, nor the ending, and it’s only been a few weeks since I finished watching it again. So I guess you could say that they both didn’t leave any kind of impression on me, which can be both, a good or a bad thing.
The background music as well is quite forgettable, and the animation is pretty average too. So yeah, nothing outstanding in these categories, so let’s quickly come to the next one.
On the one hand, we have creepy lolicon Haruka, who harasses poor little Kana and Saki pretty much all the time. But this kind of yuri is, by far, not as remarkable as the yuri greatness we get from Yume and Yuuki.
In the first episode alone, we already see them kiss once, and in pretty much each and every episode that follows, we find them flirting with each other, making out, or simply being the cutest girlfriends you can imagine.
I really didn’t expect that much yuri, but it makes me so happy, and if you’re still not convinced, just take a look at that~
Total Enjoyment: 8/10
I think Kanamemo is not a very well-known title in the yuri community. Also, I couldn’t even find any doujinshi about the characters, and it makes me wonder why. As mentioned above, Yume and Yuuki are one of the cutest yuri couples of all-time, and they deserve far more recognition than that.
But then again, when I watched this show for the first time, I didn’t much notice them as well…. Ah well, I for one really loved this show, even though it took me long enough to finally realize that.
If you’re a yuri fan and still haven’t watched this one, it’s time to change that. You won’t regret it. Trust me.