I like it when a show is honest about what it is and I can’t remember last seeing something that was quite so honest about itself as Tsuki ga Kirei was in its first episode. This everyone, is a plain old school romance.
Kotarou and Akane have just started the third year at middle school and are in the same class for the first time. Despite not knowing each other they soon notice each spending most of the first episode awkwardly sharing quickly glances, even bumping into each other for family meals at a restaurant after school.
Kotarou is writing a novel and looks after the school library in his spare time, unsurprisingly then he seems to be quite reserved but does a good couple of friends – this is a shut in loner we’re dealing with. Akane on the other hand is on the track team and seems popular all around with those who know her – from what little we saw of her interactions with her club mates in this episode I suspect we’re going to have a love triangle of sorts on our hands.
The two are thrown together as they are both involved in the equipment group for the school festival. It would seem the USP of this particular school romance is the the messaging app, LINE, which the group use to communicate, which also happens to be the way in which Akane first approaches Kotarou at the end of the episode.
I really appreciate the way this episode was shot and framed. We got the perspective of both Kotarou and Akane without ever feeling like we were particularly looking through either’s eyes. It’s an approach that gave us all the information we needed while being detached enough to see events develop independently of both characters.
If I was going to criticise this episode at all it would be that it has a tendency to be a little plain, though this does seem to be the style they’re going for so I’m not sure if that’s fair. They will need to be careful however that this show does just blend into the abyss of anime obscurity. Although I enjoyed episode one, if there a truly standout moment, I can’t help but feel I’ll have forgotten about the show by the end of the summer.
An enjoyable, if understated first episode here and I’ll be looking forward to see where they decide to take it in coming episodes.
What were your thoughts on Tsuki ga Kirei? Did you manage to stay awake through a quiet opening episode or did it have you switching off half way through?