Tsuki ga Kirei, The moon is beautiful, I love you

‘The moon is beautiful’

When attempting to define romance, a few notions come to mind: a feeling of excitement, a remoteness from the mundaneness of everyday life, or perhaps a quality of mystery; subtle changes in body language during an involving conversation, a change in the pitch of a voice after an unexpected text, or the absence of any background music so that any impertinent buffer is removed at a crucial developmental moment. These things are what make the romance of this so great to watch.

The animation, however, is the most damaging to the series. Despite the fact that many frames are drawn to highlight an accurate representation of a character’s actions, the flow of these frames is commonly ruined by sloppy editing, leading to an almost jerky aesthetic. Furthermore, the use of CGI in the background for crowds of people makes casual movement robotic. the color of the characters’ skins are too white and gives off a weird shiny effect.

The characters, I don’t have much to say (As it also contains spoilers if I do say something about them and the others) but characters that will make you want to like, laugh at, or maybe be going, “What? No! Don’t you dare do that!” It’s a typical range of emotions and stereotypes that you find in Middle/High School.

The main couple has a serious lack of chemistry, their names are Akane and Kotaru. They are just typical teenagers, and their relation starts from the immaturity and the usual shyness, the fear and the anxiety that can be found in the real world every day. This was what plagues the show from front to back. Their reservations and quaint interactions are cutely refreshing and much more in line with the actuality of young love than your typical anime portrayal. After seeing the show, I feel I can relate to some of the rollercoastering of emotions and worries when falling in love. ‘ Having love someone, and they returning your feeling is truly a miracle.’

The soundtrack itself was comprised of some wonderful vocal insert songs and a pleasant array of classical instruments. These were used at the right moments to set the motion for the show, and so no particular soundtrack ever felt forced or boring which is quite rare for a show especially when you have marathon-ed it, like I did.

Overall, I loved Tsuki Ga Kirei. As I stated, it’s one of those original work gems that is both good and refreshing to watch.


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