Tsuredure Children – Anime Preview
Synopsis: To those of you out there who never could say “I love you”— This story is about ordinary highschoolers and how love makes them fired up, shaken, laugh, cry, and hurt. Whether things go well or not, this story of adolescence and romance will show you how they spend their precious youth. Every character is the main character here, and you’re sure to find one you can sympathize with. Tsuredure Children’s TV anime begins airing Summer 2017! Let’s get our hearts racing together! (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Linny: Tsuredure’s first episode features four different couples and is a mix of awkward and nervous love stories with one straight up strange and odd interaction thrown in. Each is an attempt at a love confession, and while some will make you chuckle, or maybe connect with those struggling to get their feelings across, that one rather strange couple will have you questioning exactly what it is you’re watching.
Tom: Tsuredure Children takes an interesting approach. Rather than tell one story it’s aimed to tell four separate narratives, focusing each on one of four different couples. As Linny said above these range all over the place, from sweet and endearing, to comedic, to entirely messed up. Part of this feel is likely from its 4-koma origins, letting each couple get a 4-panel gag before alternating with the next. Whether it’s the translation to anime or not, Tsuredure’s humor isn’t a complete success. While generally amusing, the comedic timing feels off, leaving the humor to fall flat at times, or for the series to hinge much harder on its sweet and endearing components.
Linny: The episode tries to do some sort of transition leading out from one couple into the other, but other than taking place at the same school, all these stories seem pretty independent of one another. Also, on a somewhat amusing note, thanks to the preview for the next episodes, one of the couples in the show might even be moving on from each other.
Tom: I really have to hammer home how all over the place this anime is. The first couple we’re introduced Haruhiko, a cold boy and Saki, a shy girl, is sweet and offers mild comedy as Saki attempts to confess her feelings to Haruhiko but is too shy to do so. Jun, a timid young man and Yuki, a flirty girl, is a little more amusing as Yuki teases Jun with her feelings, making the poor boy squirm. But then the show gets absolutely weird as Akagi, a calculating student council member, attempts to blackmail Ryouko, a deliquent, into kissing him, with an odd string of the conversation focusing upon prostitution. The show then uses its last couple, Satsuki and Hideki to return things to a sweet and endearing conclusion. It’s all over the place and while the variety is good, it feels perhaps a tad too disconnected.
Linny: It doesn’t help that a lot of the cast could easily come off as cliche and one note. Thanks to how little time each couple gets to be onscreen, it might make them forgettable for anyone who isn’t that impressed by the characters or their story line.
Tom: Overall I’m still positive on Tsuredure Children. While not nearly as wildly comedic as Aho-Girl, its more low-key comedy, coupled with its endearing romance qualities, keep it a short but fun watch. If it can better balance and transition between its wildly different tones it could remain a sweet and enjoyable watch.
Linny: People on the lookout for a romance that’s aiming to be more comedic than romantic should know that Tsuredure Children could be a good pick. Its comedy isn’t exactly laugh out loud and doesn’t always land successfully but there’s definitely some chuckles to be had. While I personally wasn’t completely engaged, I will acknowledge that it has some potential as a laid back comedy for those who like their romance and comedy in bite sized servings.
Tsuredure Children is available for streaming via Crunchyroll