Tada Doesn’t Fall in Love is an original romantic comedy anime from studio Doga Kobo, with direction from Mitsue Yamazaki, that I placed on my watchlist due to how beautiful the visuals looked. To be honest, that was the only motivator behind my interest in the series, as I do not tend to gravitate towards romance-specific shows. But after watching the pilot episode, I can happily say that this has turned into my second-favourite pick of the season; the first being Megalo Box.
Tada Doesn’t Fall in Love begins with a high school kid, Mitsuyoshi Tada, walking around town snapping lovely photos of the scenery when he encounters a foreigner named Teresa Wagner. After bumping in to her a couple of times, he discovers that she has been separated from her companion and does not know how to find her as it is her first day in Japan! In an effort to help the young woman, he takes her back to his family’s café where she contacts her friend, Alec.
There is not a single thing that I can think of that I did not enjoy about this first episode. Everything was so beautifully pleasant to me!
My most-loved aspect is the animation. Holy kitty-cats, does this anime have breath-taking visuals! Just look at the screen-caps below. The backgrounds are stunningly hand-drawn with soft lines and vibrant, yet muted spring-time colours. The detail work is akin to painting aesthetic, closely resembling the watercolour and sketchbook styles. Every scene oozes with the ambience of the Spring season and youthful carefreeness. Watching it made me instantly feel warm and happy inside. The animation can be construed as feel-good all on its own.
The music is phenomenal as well, woven together with a combination of piano and stringed instruments, in a Jazz-inspired composition, to create cheery, upbeat rhythms that perfectly completed the art-style as well as the storytelling. The music style is not limited to the score, but also shines in the opening, which sets a joyful and light-hearted mood for the series.
The show is funny. I laughed-out-loud quite a few times at the theatrics of the dorky characters and the kitty shenanigans. One of the characters is a complete and total narcissist, but he is not obnoxious or offensive. He is silly, spirited, and the epitome of a dork. He reminded me so much of my cousin, and his relationship with the protagonist reminded me of us whenever we get together. There is a realness to the interactions that the people have with one another, and just their personality quirks overall. There are also some minor exaggerated actions, but nothing is too exaggerated to the point of being awkward and unbelievable.
Also, I mentioned cats. Specifically, Nyanko Big. He is so damn cute, and he is not the only feline we meet in the first episode. I have a feeling that there shall be many more cats to come, which I am super psyched for! Bring it, buddy. My heart is ready.
All in all, Tada Doesn’t Fall in Love is an excellent addition to the season’s line-up and a series that I am looking forward to keeping up with. If you enjoy breath-taking feel-good serials and do not mind a spot of romance, then I highly recommend you check this out.
You can watch Tada Doesn’t Fall in Love on HIDIVE on Thursdays.