I’ve always thought those hats they wore in whatever-time-period-this-is Japan looked awfully silly. It means the guys all resemble walking penises in dresses. This is doubly amusing when every girl seems to go gaga over the guys dressed in these silly hats. Maybe that’s what I’ve been doing wrong all along. Maybe I need to dye my hair white and spike it up in a fountain shape while also wearing a brown tutu.
Good luck getting that image out of your head.
On the off-chance that you’re reading this without having seen the episode (because they bloody explain this in the opening 30 seconds), the anime is based on the poems on the cards in karuta. 100 poems, written by some of the greatest writers in Japanese history. Well, ‘classic’ as considered by the high-class elite of the whatever-period-maybe-Meiji-period Japan. Judging by this episode, the height of literature back then was incredibly cheesy romances that a chick lit group would dismiss for being too silly. Admittedly the opening narration has them flat-out admit that they basically only chose the cheesy romance ones because fuck yeah cheesy romance.
‘Fuck yeah cheesy romances’ seems to be the general approach of Utakoi, and I have respect for it for embracing that. I guess EVOL has given me greater appreciation for cheese, particular cheese that’s self-aware, and Uta Koi certainly seems to be that. It’s almost as though it’s poking fun at these stories while adapting them. The art style ties into this quite well. The thick outlines and patterned layers give off the aura of a deadly serious period piece, but then a character does a dopey reaction face to one of the incredibly cheesy lines and it all comes back into being approachable and amusing again.
Yes, while I struggle to call it ‘good’ just yet, I enjoyed this quite a bit. I think must be a reincarnation of a 10th century Japanese teenage girl, because I giggled my entire way through the episode. The first half was considerably better than the second, because the story was essentially about a tsundere. Also the OP is incredibly catchy. Also also the ED made me laugh even harder than the carrot bread suicide in Humanity has Declined did, something I genuinely didn’t expect would ever happen. Also also aslo SEX!!! Even Go Nagai looks on and thinks “woah there Nelly, that’s a bit too raunchy don’t you think?”. Yes I know I’ve made all these jokes on twitter already, but the people who follow me on twitter don’t read my blog, they just make fun of me in private skype chats, the big bunch of bullies.