IRODUKU: The World in Colors – Anime Preview
Synopsis: In a world in the future where magic is still a part of everyday life, 17-year-old Hitomi Tsukishiro, a descendant of a family of mages, lost the ability to see colors when young and has grown up into a girl devoid of emotion. (Official Amazon Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: Iroduku seems poised as a story of self-discovery and young love. Hitomi, a girl who’s somehow managed to grow into a young woman disconnected from the world, visualized through her lack of color and emotion, is thrust into a light, dramatic adventure meant to open her closed heart right back up.While Iroduku is perhaps a bit heavy handed in its message, the usage of color and black white, to juxtapose the real world with Hitomi’s view of it works wonders and a soft hint at the end of the episode for where her trans-formative journey will lead is realized with incredibly vibrant colors that immediately make the scene pop in one’s mind well after viewing.
Linny: Iroduku starts abruptly, throwing us head first into the middle of our distant protagonist’s life, quickly establishing her loner personality but never explaining exactly why she distances herself so much from everyone she encounters.This makes her feel like yet another run of the mill emotionally drained/remote protagonist learning to rediscover themselves and the spark of life and so on and so forth. Even the way our protagonist is sent back to the past happens so suddenly, with her grandmother never giving her a chance to refuse or avoid it, forcing her into it with little to no information, makes for such a sudden and jarring development. All these abrupt elements early on make for a rocky start and might make it a struggle for some viewers to latch onto the story.
Tom: Iroduku really does rush its set up in some ways. Uninterested in lingering too long in the distant future, we speed past the most basic of information, condensing everything to the show’s detriment. For better or worse Iroduku then slows down to a crawl as Hitomi reaches the past and fumbles around in her efforts to find her teen grandmother and the reason for which she’s been sent to the past. While it becomes obvious quite quickly that Hitomi has actually been sent back to meet her love interest, the show takes up until the very end of the episode to introduce the two. This rushed start and then slow build make for an uneven pair. It’s not awful, but it does feel uneven. It’s only alleviated by fun side characters, a group of high schoolers who take an immediate interest in Hitomi. Their assumptions about her, and her possible relation to Aoi Yuito (Hitomi’s upcoming love interest), make for some fun dialogue.
Linny: As I stated earlier, based off this first episode, Irodoku seems to be a story of self discovery through time traveling and romance. Such tales tend to stick to a set of cliches and tropes. Thanks to decent animation and some interesting magical ethereal sequences, Irodoku manages to look engaging but only time and more episodes will tell if there’s something to enjoy deeper within.
Tom: I have a little more faith in Iroduku and ultimately think it has promise. While the idea of a closeted, emotionally drained heroine finding the spark of life again isn’t at all original, the characters, dialogue, and art direction have enough charm to carry the story anyway. If Iroduku can settle down into a more even pacing I think it has the makings of a strong, dramatic romance.
Iroduku: The World in Colors is available for streaming via Amazon Video.