Since the end of the Fall season, I can guess that a lot of Sword Art Online reviews are coming out of the woodwork by now. Arkada over at Glass Reflection and Gigurk over at The Anime Zone have both reviewed it by now. But I’m not gonna fall in line with that and do a SAO review! NO WAY!! ............. Mostly cause I still need to get all the bad touch stuff out of my system....... Instead, we’re going with some romance!
Say I love you is a Drama/Romance series based on the ongoing manga from Kanae Hazuki and published by Kodansha. As of this review, the manga has not been licensed in the states. The anime from director Takuya Sato and studio ZEXCS aired in the fall of 2012. Sentai Filmworks currently holds anime license rights, but has not announced any release dates.
Quiet and unassuming Mei Tachibana is 16-years-old, but has spent her high school years without making friends or getting a boyfriend because of a childhood incident that left her believing that people will betray each other sooner or later. When she encounters popular boy Yamato Kurosawa, he becomes interested in her and it is through their tentative friendship and blossoming relationship that Mei ultimately begins to branch out and befriend others.
ZEXCS isn’t exactly well known on it’s own for anime series. They’ve done more work for other studios rather then for themselves. With title such as Speed Grapher and Mushi-shi, they had yet to branch out as a stand alone studio. The only notable series they did on their own (to my knowledge) was H2O: Footprints in the Sand. So, coming into Say I love you, I wasn’t expecting much. But I gotta say, I’m pleasantly surprised.
|It's so pretty!|
|Ladies and gentlemen, the token big chest girl!|
|And now for the token rival of the main female.|
After finally confessing my feelings, Say I love you is pretty average for a love story. It doesn’t really try to do anything new, but it also is completely honest with what it wants to do. It’s simple, cute, and even romantic. If you’re looking for something different then a bunch of action or fast paced shows and just want to sit back and relax, then give Say I love you a try. I really did enjoy myself with this series, and am glad I finally found a new romance to enjoy. Since, ya know, Natsuyuki Rendezvous nearly ruined my hopes and dreams.
Well, next time, we meet the key to the world... Until next time, otaku on my friends!