Oh man, guys, where do I even start? I’m still way too happy and excited to even sort out all the things I want to say in my head.
Okay, so as you can probably tell, I LOVED this first episode of Citrus. After having watched the preview a few weeks back, I already knew that the animation was going to be decent, we knew about the awesome choices for the voice actresses, and it all simply looked very promising. Though, I think the PV didn’t even graze the awesomeness of what I found in the first episode, which is great, actually. It set the bar high enough, but left enough room for us to be blown away—and that is exactly what happened. It all exceeded my expectations. Seriously, what a rare thing to happen…
But first things first. The anime follows the happenings of the manga very closely, but unlike what we saw in the adaptation of Netsuzou TRap, it also adds in more, making it unique and far more interesting to follow. This one is not just the manga pages, colored, moving, and with sound. This one is the real deal, if you know what I mean.
The animation looks fluid, the voice acting is on point, and Yuzu’s ever-changing facial expressions entertained me to no end. This seems to be the yuri anime that I’ve been waiting for all this time, and I can’t even put into words how happy I am that it’s Citrus that’s been made into a yuri anime that, for once, simply doesn’t look like the budget was too low. In fact, this one looks like they put quite a lot of money and effort into making it. Definitely not a first, but rare when it comes to yuri anime adaptations.
Other than the look of the animation, what surprised me as well is the music. I guess we heard a bit of the music used for the opening and the ending songs in one of the PVs, but I was still surprised how catchy both are, after having listened to the whole thing now. Not only that, the opening featured so much of what to expect in the following episodes, and I’m just so surprised to actually see kisses happening, several even. Usually it’s all just hinted at. Characters get close, but we never see a kiss. In this opening, I can not only see one little kiss, it’s so much more than that, I was yet again just blown away.
The ending, on the other hand, surprised me in a different way, as it came with those beautiful pictures drawn by Saburouta. I really appreciated finding this at the end of the episode. It’s just such a nice touch~
However, the highlights of the show were definitely the kisses. Well, not the ones in the opening, but the two that followed during the episode. Yes, you heard right, I’m talking about two kisses, and one of them wasn’t even between Mei and Yuzu. The thing is, both kisses are not quite gentle or even nice to look at—not even the yuri one. Still, I feel like they carried a lot more emotions than how I remember the scenes from the manga. We can actually see Yuzu struggling to get out of Mei’s firm grip, but failing miserably. Seeing it like this, Mei’s words after carry so much more weight, which makes the kiss feel less like it’s only there to cover the needed yuri content, but rather as the desperate action that it is, which simply feels natural.
So yeah, I guess I made my point clear. I loved this first episode, and I can’t wait to see more. It’s been a while since I’ve been this excited for any kind of show, but seeing that Citrus was once my all-time favorite manga, I guess it makes sense. It just doesn’t happen every day that a yuri anime adaptation actually delivers the awesomeness of its source material. I just hope that it continues that way!