Konbini Kareshi continues to impress me with its simple, yet accurate portrayal of high school love and romance. With an added convenience store focus, no less!
The pacing of each episode is just right to me. You can actually feel progress that doesn’t just get pushed back to square one at the end of each episode. But it doesn’t move too fast, that way it can keep you wanting more. All too often shows make no progress until the last episode, in which case it just ends up fizzling off into an unsatisfying climax. Or the climax happens at episode 3, and you are just bored for the remaining episodes. But I’m getting the feeling that that won’t be the case with Konbini Kareshi, as each episode brings the characters closer than they were previously.
Though this is only the fourth episode, so it may be too early to draw conclusions on how impactful I think the climax will be. We’ll just have to see!
In regards to the actual content of the episode, we finally get to see the sports festival that everyone has been working hard on. Honda and Mami are entered in the three-legged race together, much to Mami’s dismay, Haruki continues to help the student council, and Miharu makes “good luck” charms for everyone.
Honda and Mami make a lot of progress with each other during this time. I think Mami has actually started to tolerate Honda! Judging by how she acted with him, it looks like she is even enjoying his company.
Haruki and Miharu make a little bit less progress this time around, but not without ending on a cute scene with them both being trapped in the rain. It seems as though Miharu had an umbrella she could have used to get out, but instead stayed under the shelter with Haruki, as to stay with him and talk a bit longer. If only my high school life had been filled with such cute and romantic clichés!
I’m very happy with how things are going so far. If I have any complaints, it would be that I don’t quite understand the purpose of the side characters that they feel the need to keep pushing. They are thrown in at random times where it seems like they may be important, but then you don’t see them again for episodes at a time. Though really not a big deal at this point in the season. So long as they have some role in the end goal of the show, I think it’ll be fine.
We dive a bit deeper into the two potential romances set up for us in the first episode, so it seems Konbini Kareshi isn’t wasting any time in trying to tell us what to expect. But I like that. Though fortunately for me it isn’t all drama, and has a lot of comedy sprinkled in throughout. My little heart can’t handle a lot of drama without comedy.
The episode opens with a greater look into Haruki’s past with his love interest Miharu. So we get a glimpse here at cute little middle school aged Haruki:
However, it seems this episode’s focal point is on Towa and Mami Mihashi. Mami seems to be fed up with Towa’s superficial shenanigans, and recruits the help of Miharu to stop him.
They then turn to Haruki since he is Towa’s best friend for help on the matter, with hopes that he can talk to him. I’m bringing attention to this, because it led to some of the silliest moments of the episode that made for some great screencaps.
As I mentioned last week, I really dig the OP and ED songs! Now that I have gotten a chance to listen to them again, I think I prefer the ED more, but they are both pretty good. I’ve actually looked up the band for the ED, ORANGE POST REASON, on YouTube and their other songs are pretty good too. They don’t seem to be very popular so check them out!
This episode also featured some pretty well animated scenes. This was pleasantly surprising, since I was actually thinking the animation of the first episode wasn’t anything special. The two scenes in particular were a running scene with Haruki, and a scene where Miharu walked past Haruki. While I’m no expert on animation or critiquing it, I felt that they were worth mentioning.
I’m very happy with Konbini Kareshi so far and I hope those of you watching are too. If you haven’t started watching it yet, and love convenience store romances as much as I do, start watching!
The second to last episode of http://www.Working!! definitely did not disappoint. The show has decided to resolve all of the side character’s problems that had been building up, and managed to do so all in one episode. I honestly wasn’t expecting this short, 13-episode show to do that, since the original Working!! series takes 3 seasons to do so.
Anyways, the points of focus in this episode were Adachi and Muranushi’s relationship, and Yuta and Shiho’s (eventual) relationship.
Plot: The “Food Research Club” (read excuse to eat snacks club) in on the verge of being shut down due to budget cut policies from the #1 Student Council Presidential candidate. So what better way to stop this policy, then by running for president and making your own policies? That is exactly what Oojima Yuuki does, with the help of his slacker friends in the Food Research Club.
With the American Presidential Election right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to review an election themed anime!
Based on a visual novel of the same name, Love Election and Chocolate is a romantic-comedy-drama of sorts. As rom-coms are my favorite genre, I was really looking forward to finally getting around to finishing this anime, but wound up being greatly disappointed by the end. Leading me to remember why I originally dropped it after one episode to begin with.