My Love Story!!
Takeo Gōda has no luck with women. Every woman he’s tried to confess to has either flat out rejected him and gone after his pretty-boy best friend, Suna, or just gone after his pretty-boy best friend, Suna. For some reason, though, he keeps rejecting them. However, one day, Takeo spots the gorgeous Rinko Yamato being harassed on the train and he decides to step in. Armed with bulging muscles, incredible height and a menacing glare, he saves her from those icky, wandering hands. It’s looking like Takeo’s very own love story might begin when she shows up to thank him with a homemade cake. Unfortunately, it seems that she might have also fallen for his best friend. Though dejected, Takeo becomes resolved to bring the two together, but is that really what they want?
This is not a comprehensive list of every individual use of strong content, merely a guide to show you how extreme it gets and how strong it tends to be. Also, the tags I’ve given each segment (e.g. Very Strong Language) is based on my own system and does not necessarily reflect the tags the BBFC (or other national equivalent) use. According to my system, the ‘Mild’, ‘Moderate’, ‘Strong’ and ‘Very Strong’ adjectives are based on strength, not on volume. Now, obviously, the strength of any type of content is subjective; what I consider strong might just be a relaxing weekend for you. Hence, I have added an explanation for my decision to allow you to make your own informed decision.
Please also note that the ‘colourful’ language I am referring to here is based on sentai FILMWORKS’ English Dub. The Japanese Dub may (and probably does) differ.
Moderate Sex References
At its most extreme, one character can be seen molesting another on the train by touching her buttocks. Of course, it’s more an act than a reference, but I don’t have a category for that.
One character refers to a tree as the ‘ass’ tree, which leads into a conversation where they determine whose it might be. Otherwise, a few references to ‘balls’ and a mildly perverted character who is a friend of the main character.
Though the language most definitely never surpasses the strength of these in the dub, due to the mild nature of the language, I do not have a note of the exact terms marked down. Further down the line (i.e. when I finally rewatch the series again) I will update this segment.
Possible infrequent uses of ‘crap’, ‘damn’, ‘ass’ and ‘bastard’.
Reasons to Watch
This is the difficult part. I don’t want you to see this entry as an oversized ‘DON’T WATCH THIS’ post. Equally, I don’t want to influence your opinion with a biased review – there’s a reason this website is called ‘Anime Insights’ and not ‘Anime Reviews’! In this section, I’m going to try to convey to you some of the reasons (in no particular order) that I’ve seen this show’s fans give for enjoying it!
I’ve seen this show be frequently referred to as the ‘ultimate romantic comedy’ – high praise, eh? Indeed, this show features nearly no conflict within and is probably at its most dramatic at the beginning and end as the main character deals with (what he believes to be) unrequited love and the like. Enjoy (possibly) tearing up as you enjoy the pure, innocent love this show has to offer!
If you’re searching for your first romcom anime after coming from western live-action romcoms, well, you’re about to get a crash-course in nice-guy (in the gender neutral sense) protagonists. Anime romcoms tend to boast nice-guy (in the gender neutral sense) protagonists who aren’t generally considered attractive by the cast, pairing with someone who falls in love with them anyway – ain’t that adorable? And this show probably has the most extreme example of this. Believe you me, no matter how cold your heart is, how shallow you are or what your sexuality is, you’ll want your very own Takeo (personal opinion, obviously)!
For anyone tired of seeing the usual trope of the pretty boy being horrible/competing with the protagonist for love, Suna is not like that. Suna is the ultimate wingman and best friend. Be like Suna.
Barrier of Entry
If you’re looking for some conflict in your romcoms, this show has you covered about as much as a slice of Emmental would in a storm (i.e. not at all)!
Some might find the show too lovey-dovey, seeing as most of the subplots are basically just giving the viewer a situation that every other show has exploited for drama, but instead making it perfectly pure and sweet. In other words, every episode essentially boils down to Takeo shouting “I LOVE HER!!” and Rinko uttering how dreamy he is in different ways.
Miraikei Answer by TRUSTRICK
Shiawase no Arika by LOCAL CONNECT
Miraikei Answer by TRUSTRICK (Ep. 24)
Animation Production: MADHOUSE
Director: Morio Asaka
ADR Director & ADR Script: Kyle Jones
Series Composition: Natsuko Takahashi
Original Creator: Kazune Kawahara
Original Character Design: Aruko
Animation Character Design & Chief Animation Director: Kunihiko Hamada
Art Director: Mio Isshiki
Lead Voice Actors
Takuya Eguchi as Takeo Gōda
Megumi Han as Rinko Yamato
Nobunaga Shimazaki as Makoto Sunakawa
Lead Voice Actors (sentai FILMWORKS)
Andrew Love as Takeo Gōda
Tia Ballard as Rinko Yamato
Austin Tindle as Makoto Sunakawa