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Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou 18 August 2014

2014, 12 episodes: AniDB; also known as The Kawai Complex Guide to Manners and Hostel Behavior.

Romantic comedy; high school boy lives in boarding-house with a variety of Characters, one of whom is a cute female bookworm.

So the plot's nothing original, but the characters manage to support the comedy; they're broadly drawn, but real enough that one still cares about what happens to them. The protagonist is fairly generic, the same sort of audience-substitution figure that one sees in many romantic comedies, but everyone else is both quirky and interesting.

It's more comedy than romance, and by all accounts comedy in one of the Japanese styles: not so much slapstick, embarrassment, or setting people up to look silly, which I generally detest, but quick-fire silly responses to slightly ambiguous situations. Development is slower than I'd really like, but there is progress in the overall plot. That said, it can feel slow-moving at times, and not a great deal actually happens; that's not what the show is about.

The artwork is excellent, a high-detail style with lots of gorgeous sunsets and high colour saturation. Character designs are mostly realistic by anime standards, though young children are a bit caricatured.

Probably the show I enjoyed most from the spring 2014 season.

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