This is the first of 3 OVA episodes that are meant as a prequel to the Bungaku Shojo movie. The movie hasn’t been subbed yet but the first OVA has. Bungaku Shojo, translated to Literature Girl, is about a girl who eats books. Very simple premise really. The books taste depends on how the book is written. Hence, she’s extremely interested in literature and when she’s not devouring this books she’s reading them. However, a synopsis like that won’t really tell you whether you’ll like a show or not. You need to know the tone and style of the anime. Bungaku Shojo is another bloody show about a bunch of people being insufferably nice to each other, which means you’re all going to love it. The waves of praise haven’t started yet so I’m getting in my rant beforehand: Fuck you guys.
Little Miss Literature Girl here is yet another one of anime’s never ending bubbly female leads. She’s nice. She makes cute noises when she eats those books of hers. She’s a bit ditsy. She will be nice to every person she ever meets and the closest she’ll ever get to being annoyed will be when she goes ‘ah moh~!’ and puffs out her cheeks. When someone touches on a subject that may be sad, shadows go over her eyes and she paints on a lonely smile. You’ve seen this character before, probably as a shojo lead. They’re cute and admirable without ever actually being interesting characters to watch.
Bungaku Shojo is a world filled with sakura petals and over-exposed shots of people brushing back their hair as the wind blows through it while looking into the distance meaningfully. They’ll probably sprout a generic line about how nice something is that will probably be translated by the insufferably-nice-to-each-other fans as ‘bittersweet’. The main theme of the story is trust, which brings in plenty of opportunity for one person to make some sort of reference to being worried (probably by using that lonely smile of hers I mentioned earlier) only for the guy to say something banal but nice back to her. Hence people shall squee at how cute and lovely and nice this whole show is. Oh, and it references famous literature so therefore it must be good.
Nice, nice and more fucking nice. Toss in a dash of cuteness, being nice situations between characters who never do anything except sprout nice lines to each other and provide opportunities for other characters to spout nice lines back at them. I’m not even sure how many of the above things actually happened in the episode I watched. I just started describing what always happens in these types of shows. However I watched the first OVA episode of 3 and that’s plenty of time for them to cover all the bases. There’s certainly room there for the main character to cry a bit and for the bloke to hold her and be all nice to her. It will be cute and yet so sad.
I could be proved wrong here. Maybe anime fandom will prove me wrong. You all could look at this and go ‘wow, that was boring’. But I think I know anime fans by now and you’re going to lap this stuff up. I’d love for you guys to prove me wrong but those who have read the novels this is based on are already going gaga over it. Plus I read from that highly accurate source of information known as ‘some post I read in a forum’ that the episode was very loyal to the original. So yup, you’re all going to love this, because it has people being insufferably nice to each other. bleargh