Tsurezure Children (徒然チルドレン)
Created By Toshiya Wakabayashi
Studio: Studio Gokumi
Tsurezure Children was a great show for me to get back into the flow of watching anime. It was adorable and light-hearted, but at times, it was “embarrassing” as well (and I don’t mean that as a bad thing.)
The series focuses on several romantic love stories between high school students. They focus on unrequited love, first-time lovers, and confessions.
My favorite couple in this entire series was Ayaka Kamine and Takeru Gōda. These two are first time lovers and are very shy in expressing their feelings to one another. Ayaka is pretty bold for a girl that has a demure persona to her and Takeru is a dense and shy guy. I really enjoyed their interactions on the park bench as they were super shy but affectionate towards one another. You can definitely see the sparks fly.
You can see my reactions here.
However, the couple that I least like was Chiaki Uchimura and Kana Ījima. Although their comedy antics were fun, Chiaki is a bit immature and isn’t considerate of Kana’s feelings especially when he “joked” about their first kiss, and also when they got into a lover’s quarrel, they were too stubborn to make up. They are the complete opposite of Ayaka and Takeru.
On a side note, though, I couldn’t help but be reminded of myself when seeing some couples, such as Haruhiko Takase and Saki Kanda. These two have a tough time trying to convey their feelings for one another and so when that texting scene happened, I was reminded of the countless failed text messages I sent to my crushes.
Yet, overall, I really like the fact that not everyone got that “solid” happy ending. Some of these characters still have unrequited crushes and others are still at the baby steps before becoming official. I think that adds to the realistic nature in high school romances where not every person is in a happy relationship.
I kind of hope that they make another season of this or else I will have to read the four-panel web series. You can watch the entire series on Crunchyroll.