Jul 10, 2012

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Chouyaku Hyakuninisshu: Uta Koi

Well, this was nice. I had a feeling that I would come to like this anime, but I may have overestimated it. I don’t like the whole poems nonsense. Still, the first episode was pretty entertaining.

The artwork is pretty interesting. Don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t look amazing. It does fit the story perfectly though. The art style fits these types of stories, which is a good thing. Still haven’t seen any memorable characters though. That’s such a shame.

Basically, the anime is about a lot of romantic poems from Japan’s Heian period. The Heian period was from the year 794 to 1185, so it’s safe to assume that we can expect a lot of old fashion romance. Actually, I’m amazed to have seen so much nudity in only the first episode. One would think that one’s naked body would be a bit more private during those times.

Do I recommend it? Well, only if you really like romances. This anime doesn’t actually offer anything else. I think a large group of people will also be fascinated by the history of the story, providing these stories are accurate.

Plot Summary: The “Hyakunin Isshu” are an anthology of one hundred poems found in a trational Japanese card game called Karuta. Presented by the person who selected the writings, Fujiwara no Teika, this is a glimpse into the origin of some of them. Since the majority of them are love compositions, the focus remains on romance in ancient Japan.

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