Reaching You #01 — Artistic Demerits

October 6th, 2009


Ow, my eyes.

Season Premier Disclaimer:

I like to check almost every new show out. The value of a show is in its execution, not its premise. That said, my tastes are mine and mine alone. Some things bother me, some things don’t. I will attempt to be as cogent as possible as to my complaints or compliments for each show, but be aware that my views skew heavily towards the center. Nothing is perfect, nothing is irredeemable. That said, my tastes and my opinions are mine and mine alone and should not be construed as fact or, god help us, some kind of erudite critical analysis of the entire series based on the show’s first 20 minutes. Feel free to leave your own thoughts on the show if you’d like, but invective and similar will be mocked or deleted depending on which amuses me more at the time.


I feel like this show has stolen something from me. Something precious. After how beautiful Kobato was, getting 20 straight minutes of Noto monologuing combined with some of the ugliest character art I have ever seen, and the some remarkably hackneyed drama and I think my standards for the rest of the day are completely shot to hell. Okay, I’ll start with the good first. The backgrounds are very nicely drawn, athough they’re suspiciously brown (insert your own joke about next-gen gaming graphics here), and if you think that Noto is god’s gift to man instead of a one trick pony whose overly breathy voice has gotten her to be the most painfully typecast VA in the history of anime, then this will be manna from heaven for you. The musical was also decent enough.

Now on to everything else. The less said about the character art, the better. Animation was also… uh… let’s call it underwhelming. I’m not sure if this was moving at a breakneck pace or if the writing is supposed to be that volatile. I guess you could make an argument that it’s meant to be teenage hormones in overdrive, but that doesn’t make for a particularly sensical narrative. The cornball "Oh mah gawd, he knows my name PINK HEARTS AND FLOWERS EVERYWHERE" moment was bad enough, but then there were two or three more after that. Every single bout of angst, and this barely made it two or three minutes before building up some new issues, was solved about 15 seconds later by Kazehaya showing up and smiling at her. Hear that, girls? If you’re sad, that just means you’re missing a man in your life. Which, of course, also means that this will probably be strung along for at least another 12 episodes before one of them realizes that they might possibly like the other based on some misheard secondhand information.

Ooookay… I’m starting to get a little more vindictive than I need to be. Needless to say, I don’t think I could survive the melodrama, let alone Noto’s endless breathy whine.


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12 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Anonymous says:

    Am I watching the rip off version of Wallflower? O_O

  • Diva says:

    Actually the manga was really good. The story is basically like wallflower expect wallflower didn’t really fit my art style. And supposedly the manga is just going on without any development.
    It’s a show about a girl coming to terms with the fact she can make friends and do things for herself if she works hard enough.

  • Yue says:

    Kimi no Todoke… one of those shows i’m forced to watch because my friends like [slice of life/cheesy high school romance] anime.

  • Rawr says:

    As much as I hate shoujo, and I hate to say this, I did enjoy the first couple of chapters of the manga prior to the forced drama and romance. This was mostly due to Sadako’s character though. I thought I’d give this show a shot too. However, Sadako being voiced by Noto although likely fitting is far too boring for me to enjoy. So I’m passing on this.

  • cutemi2 says:

    SUNAKO, is that you

  • albert_2mb says:

    20++ minutes of Noto Mamiko monologue? I’m sold!

  • DK says:

    Aroduc obviously hasn’t heard Noto play against type into an “OHOHOHOHOHOHOHOHO~!!!”-ojousama. It’s like drinking honey and nectar while having an orgasm!

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  • Travis says:

    Wallflower => Reaching for You. Well, actually I like the character style in Reaching You more, but that’s about it. I’m gonna keep with it even though it’s probably every cheesy plot I’ve seen before but goddamnit I’ll have my slice of cake and eat it too.

  • MADAO says:

    But you can’t deny the gal is fucking damn cute in her chibi form, can you?

  • Misu says:

    Hey, Sawako wasn’t cheered up because Kazehaya was male, she was cheered up because he doesn’t avoid her and treats her like a normal person.
    As for hearts and flowers everywhere, I don’t see how you could watch shoujo and not see it a mile away. It’s sort of required fare, yo.

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