First Impressions: Tsuki ga Kirei | As the Moon, So Beautiful

First Impressions: Tsuki ga Kirei | As the Moon, So Beautiful

Our world has moved to the digital age where most people you want to form a relationship with can happen online without the need of talking to them physically.

Tsuki ga Kirei, gives us similarities or what is almost like a LINE advertisement for users to install to their phones. The story is quick and simple so far, both people get embarrassed by being in front of people or each other and end up talking over LINE. This is probably one of the more common ways people like to converse nowadays. I speak nowadays cause I too am guilty of talking to someone I like over text.

The story:

Story wise, there’s not much to it but, the simplicity of it is what makes me want to watch more. It seems to be a standard romance anime between two people who can’t really talk to one another unless its online. I mean they do still have their small chit chats but it’s awkward between the two.

Characters:

It seems to come around that you have one person good a something in anime these days. The character Kotarou Azumi is a novelist who writes books but is too embarrassed to show anyone of his friends. The character Akane Mizuno is one of the aces on the track team but becomes nervous when she doesn’t have her “potato”, sounds weird doesn’t it? All of this comes to together at some point in the two episodes I have watched.  They both have their own group of friends who tend to tease each other about what makes them embarrassed, but its really all joking between them. The two of them are in their third year of middle school but the atmosphere feels more like a high school environment. There’s a sense of maturity in this one. Both the characters are cute in their own way and it’s great to see that there isn’t a lot of exaggerated emotions and sound effects in this.

With that said,

Music/Sound:

The soundtrack sounds great, it’s calm and really fits into the series and settings that they have. The OP/ED are both sung by the same person Nao Touyama (who does a lot of extensive voice acting herself). The sounds are crisp, but at times they can be a little bit off-putting such as when someone is running, it would sound like they’re going a bit faster than what they are animated to. But that doesn’t really bug me that much though. As for the voice acting itself, it is wonderful, they didn’t really use voice actors with a lot of recognition and went for less known ones with fewer roles in the seiyuu industry. But to be fair, the voice acting that is done by almost every character is excellent and sounds natural.

Animation:

The animation is really nice and reminds of a Makoto Shinkai film in a sense, it is more of a lower budget animation job but they don’t skip out on the backgrounds and the drawings of the character’s themselves. Everything looks appealing to the eye, the food, the scenery, the character portraits. My brother told me that it does look like the same people who did Wolf Children. I completely agree with him that it does look like it but its Studio Feel who is doing the animation. Their most recent works are KonoBiju, Dagashi Kashi and even Da Capo II. I would say in those that the animation are pretty great and stay true to the source material. But Tsuki ga Kirei is an original title so it’s going to maybe be a good one. Once I’m done the series, I will post my final thoughts.

Overall, this series looks really promising and I know I’ll always be coming back for more to watch. Excited for the next episode!

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Eromanga-sensei First Impressions

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“Your illustrations are really erotic!” – Izumi Masamune

If you liked OreImo, then you’ll most likely enjoy EroMan (That’s what I’ll be coining the short version as). This is because EroMan was adapted from a light novel created by the same team that made the OreImo series; Tsukasa Fushima and Hiro Kanzaki.

Animation:

Like OreImo, A-1 Pictures does the animation for this series. The art stays true to Kanzaki-san’s designs for the characters and has a lot of emphasis on the characters as a whole. The fluidity of their actions are smooth and the way they interact with one another is great. There’s not really much to say about the animation other than the fact that it is reminiscent of OreImo.

Music / Sound:

ClariS, the same music duo that did the OP/ED of OreImo returns to doing the OP/ED of this anime. The ED is pretty catchy. As for the soundtrack in whole, it’s nice. There’s not one that really makes it memorable though. But hey, it’s only the first impression, I’m sure that will change as I continue watching this!

The voice actors are incredible, Akane Fujita isn’t one of those VAs who has a lot of experience on her hands but the way she voices Sagiri is neat! On the other hand the the VA for Izumi is pretty talented. He’s done a lot of animes out there like Re:Zero as Betelgeuse and No Game No Life as Sora. It has quite the good cast in my honest opinion.

Characters:

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I want to say this now, Kanna from Maid Dragon was loli of the winter anime season. Sagiri is the loli for the spring anime season. She is adorable. She draws ero-manga as a living but the only thing is that she uses her own body to get proportions right in her body, which I think most artists do in real life anyways. Though she does all of this, she is timid and gets embarrassed easily. She doesn’t want her identity to be leaked out as some erotic illustrator.

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Izumi is talented, for a guy to write so much at a such a fast rate, it’s incredible to be honest. Izumi is your typical caring, friendly older brother. He is a high school student but he also writes light novels. You can see how much it relates to the two creators of the light novel itself (lol). He seems to have a friend at his school that looks really cute as well. I’m seeing a lot of similarities to OreImo in this…

There were other characters that were introduced but not formally, which means that they were shown, but their names weren’t disclosed or mentioned. All in all, the character designs are cute. I like it. There wasn’t much character development in this episode but I’m hoping for the next ones they start to delve into that stuff.

All in all, EroMan is a wonderful anime that if you want to scratch your itch for an OreImo sequel of sorts or just want something that really piques your interest of… little sisters. This is just the right anime for you and you’ll have a lot of fun with this one.

My first impression is that I love this and I can’t wait to see what else they have in store for the anime viewers out there. If you haven’t watched the first episode, I suggest you do so!

I’m open to critique and hear what I can do to improve as a reviewer! Please do comment what you think about what I can do to get better or even talk about your own opinions about this anime down below!