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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 12 (Finale)

    Everybody's doing their best.

    So it ends with Miharu deciding to go forward with the surgery, and she becomes a couple with Haruki just hours before she goes out of town for the surgery. That was quite a nice way for everybody to throw their support for Miharu, and she's going to need it as she's still traumatized by Misora's death. Pretty sweet of Haruki to give her that book, all while he came to the convenience store one last time. So with that, a new year begins, though it never reveals whether or not the surgery was successful. It was predictable that it would end this way, but still seeing the relationship develop was nice.

    Overall, this show is full of problems with the biggest ones being flat storytelling and the show unsure what it wanted to be at the beginning before settling on focusing on only the main two couples after teasing that it was supposed to tell the story about six different couples, while relegating the other four couples as just being extra stuff that really didn't do much in the story. But while the storytelling was a mess, it did a pretty good job with character development and relationship building as the main four characters are all better off than before. Not to mention, the characters themselves are pretty interesting people that had plenty of room for development, which is what this show did best. The show did get much better in the second half when it was more serious and focused, but the first half was where this show was lacking in direction. So in all, this show could have been better if it had settled in the direction early on, but the amount of hesitation just led to problems with storywriting.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 11

    She has a heart condition.

    As it turns out that Miharu has a weak heart, so that explains why she didn't participate in the sports festival as she realizes that intensive physical activity is bad for her heart. That collapse sure was scary, but at the very least it isn't from anything life-threatening. Nevertheless, until she has that surgery she's going to be hurting like crazy, and nobody can blame her for putting it off since her sister Misora died after surgery on her heart failed. Quite a sad situation she is in having lost her sister at an early age. She sure does have great friends there with Haruki, Towa, and Mami all coming for her. And as it turns out, it was actually Misora who gave Haruki that book. With that, there's one more episode left as it remains to be seen how the relationship proceeds now that Haruki knows all about her condition.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 10

    Some daydreams come true.

    So after everything is squared away between Towa and Mami realizing just how important their relationship is in spite of their family situations, the attention shifts towards Haruki and Miharu, and a different kind of problem emerges as Miharu has been absent from school. It's back to the convenience store where those two finally get together again, and shortly afterwards Haruki sees why she has been out as she collapses. That's quite a scare there at the end, and while it remains to be seen what the nature of her illness is, nevertheless there's a lot of drama going on here seeing that things haven't exactly gone smoothly between these couples, and with Haruki and Mikaru they are no exception. Hopefully Miharu is alright.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 9

    Don't lose sight of what's important.

    Christmas is here, and that means time with families to celebrate the holidays. Things are great between Haruki and Miharu, but the same can't be said for Towa and Mami as their family situations are quite complicated. Just when it looked like Towa and Mami wouldn't see each other, Towa finally speaks up while Mami asks to stay out just a bit past curfew realizing what is important to them. Towa wasn't exactly approving if the stepfather that his mother married, but he's becoming more accepting. That was full of melodrama, but nevertheless it was good to see that they are committed to each other just when it looked like it wasn't going to happen.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 8

    Too busy for love.

    And it's back to Towa and Mami as those two are now questioning their compatibility. Mami is just way too busy with her life and her parents are awfully strict about it, all while Towa realizes that he's too unreliable of a guy, and his stepfather is fed up with him. At least Towa is coming forward with it, but nevertheless this relationship has just run into problems. It will be interesting to see where things are headed seeing that the parents aren't exactly going to approve of this relationship.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 7

    She has big shoes to fill.

    So after spending the majority of the first half on the Towa-Mami and Haruki-Miharu couples, the attention shifts to the other four couples beginning with Mikado and Waka. Waka always saw Mikado as a big brother to her as those two are neighbors, but then she becomes devastated by the news that he's moving and Waka was never informed about it. He had been serving on the student council as vice president, and wanting to see his vision fulfilled that she resolves to be elected as VP. That was quite a big blow, but at least Waka has found the resolve to keep on living and everything.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 6

    It all started with the book.

    Now that Towa and Mami have sealed the deal, the attention shifts to Haruki and Miharu as everything Haruki has done originated from that fairy tale book that Miharu once gave him back in elementary school. He was inspired to take up swimming because of that book about the merman. Quite an interesting spin on things there, but nevertheless those two are meant for each other. While that's going on, it's that time of year when schools are putting on their culture festivals, and just like in other shows preparation goes into overtime, and that's when it all happens.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 5

    There's a lot to love about her.

    As if there was any doubt, it's official now between Towa and Mami. Things haven't been easy between the two, but Towa lets Mami know that she's the perfect girl for him. Mami is just way too busy with her studies as she's going to cram school and is thinking nothing but her schoolwork to the point where she can't even take a moment out of her schedule to watch the fireworks. But after Towa sees Mami running away and stumbling, that was the right time to make the move. Pretty good to see Towa telling Mami about all her great qualities rather than about how unattractive she thinks she is.

    So with that, I decided to keep this show mostly so that every day of the week will have at two shows this season. Pretty much, the problem I had with this show at the beginning was keeping track of the characters, but now that I'm getting to know them that this show has been much more enjoyable to say the least.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 4

    Let's run together.

    The athletic festival is coming up, and Towa is dead set on having Mami run with him in the three-legged race, but Mami isn't athletic. So with some special training, Mami at least has the rhythm down. While that's happening, Miharu is making charms for everybody as her way of cheering everybody on as strenuous activity is out for her. Those two ended up in fourth place, but at least they had a good time and gave it their all. Pretty nice to see those two getting along like that even if problems still linger between those two.

    So with that, the trial period has ended for this show, and I'll be making a decision as to whether or not it will stay. Seeing how Thursdays are lacking this season that I feel inclined to keep, but seeing that it barely passed my test that I'll wait and see how things fare with the other borderline shows.

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  • EmperorBrandon
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    Re: Episode 3

    I like that this has been as much about developing friendships as it is with romances. It's pretty nice what we get of Mishima and Asumi bonding as they do the volunteer work. I'm curious what we will get of the librarian girl for sure, but not a focus just yet.

    As Honda tries to look out for Mishima again, in thinking Mashiki might have a boyfriend, it's cute seeing how much Honda and Mihashi have subtly gotten to become a little more accepting of each other's personalities. Seems we will continue the focus on them next episode, and looking forward to seeing how things develop there.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 3

    Just wants to get wet.

    Haruki gets more focus as he's just like Haru in Free! where he swims just to be in the water and doesn't care about his time or anything. And two more couples are introduced as there's Asumi in love with the librarian, as well as Nasa and Nozomi who are in the cooking club. Asumi comes across as being a jerk boldly declaring that he doesn't run to make friends like that. Once again, Towa is acting pretty dense there going to great lengths for his "research" into Miharu finding out that she's just an acquaintance of Nasa. Haruki and Miharu sure are meant for each other there as once again, the convenience store is where the romance starts to take shape beginning Haruki borrowing money from Miharu for the umbrella.

    So with that, I'll give it one more episode. While my interest has held up well, I would like to see some serious developments sooner rather than later given the large cast.

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  • EmperorBrandon
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    Re: Episode 2

    Mishima doesn't really get across what the girls wanted to very diplomatically. Funny how those two getting into a scuffle comes out looking unquestionably gay when brother walks on them. But they really are such good such bros. Honda getting to be totally honest how he feels about Mihashi was such a tear-jerkingly sweet moment. And even with how Mishima was doubting how much of a good match they were earlier, he can't help but support him hearing that. Nice to see where they got to in the end with the four of them walking to school together. Still have much further to go on these two couples, and seems we may be still be getting some focus on them next episode. I'm curious to see what we get of the other couples too, though.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 2

    For now, just be friends.

    The focus here is on Haruki's friendship with Towa, and the swimmer is not exactly thrilled with the way Towa has been approaching things with Mami. Those two really went at each other, and that was pretty funny to see the little brother thinking that this is a gay relationship in the works. But in the end at least Towa is on somewhat friendly terms with Mami.

    So with that, I'll keep going for now and see how things turn out before deciding what to do with this show.

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  • GingaDaiuchuu
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    Re: Episode 1

    Man that was boring. And since the hot dude designs don't do it for me, there was nothing about it that I liked visually. Felt pretty cut-rate. Most interesting part was the subdued Kugimiya.

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  • EmperorBrandon
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    Re: Episode 1

    This kind of makes me think of Rainbow Days, cute boys doing cute things, hanging out together (well, at least the two buddy-buddies so far), and they all apparently have their own love interest girls. Except this feels slower-moving being a full-length series. I do like we got some very sweet girl-girl bonding too. Iinchou really tugs on my heart strings. I recognized her voice quickly, but it's takes me aback a little bit that it's actually Kugyu. She's unusually demure compared to many of her roles.
    Last edited by EmperorBrandon; 07-06-2017, 04:59 PM.

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