Tsurezure Children – First Impressions

Another show that I wasn’t planning on checking out is Tsurezure Children. I saw a couple of clips from it on Twitter and it looked really nice, so I figured I’d give it a go. I have some mixed feelings about this one, to be perfectly honest.

Tsurezure Children (TsurexDure Children) was originally a 4-panel manga written and illustrated by Toshiya Wakabayashi. Studio Gokumi is producing the anime for the Summer season, with direction from Hiraku Kaneko. Each episode runs about 12-minutes long. It follows six different characters–three boys and three girls–who are all marketed as the main protagonists of the show. It revolves around various romantic scenarios about how it’s really difficult to say those three magical words to the person who’s most closest to your itty, bitty, little heart.

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The characters are all likeable in one form or another. That is the most appealing part about this series. There’s a good variety to the personalities you are introduced to. Each one is cute and silly, or funny, in their own right, and you never feel like this person is an exact mould of that person. Also, certain romantic tropes were broken in the first episode. I wasn’t expecting that at all and it was a decent surprise.

The aesthetics are so lovely. The standard black lines used for outlining in anime is non-existent here. Instead we get a much more subtle shade that really helps to soften the colours and palettes of the scenery in each episode. The strokes are also relatively thinner and less conspicuous. It’s a wonderful compliment to the cute and fluffy vibe the anime has going on. I feel like this adds a layer of serious undertones to the essentially light-hearted manner of dealing with first loves and even first rejections.

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I didn’t feel a cohesive plot, however. You’ve got approximately three sets of couples, with one-sided romantic interests, and the first episode shows us their struggle as they confess. I’m not sure if we are going to watch each of these couples progress as an item, or something less, with each new weekly instalment. Or if the episodes will just be one confession attempt after another without really going anywhere. But, overall, I am really intrigued enough to find out, so I’ll stick with it for a while yet.

You can catch Tsurezure on CrunchyRoll at Tuesdays, 8:45am.