Genre Tags: Drama, Shoujo Ai
Synopsis: Yuma and Hotaru have been friends since childhood, so it’s only natural that when Yuma is nervous about her new boyfriend, she asks Hotaru for advice. But when Hotaru starts coming onto Yuma for what feels like more than just ‘practice,’ what does it mean…? With boyfriends in the foreground but a secret, passionate tryst in the background, will Yuma and Hotaru try to forget what happened between them or have they fallen into a trap of true love and betrayal?
Plot Rating: 7/10
Character Development Rating: 7/10
Progression Rating: 8/10
Animation Rating: 8/10
Conclusion Rating: 8/10
Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 7.6/10
*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with
Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 7.6/10
*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.
Should You Watch: If you don’t mind slight NTR and like yuri drama, go for it.
General Comments: This show was probably the most harshly received anime I’ve ever seen in the YuriNation. To say they hated it would be an understatement. It’s not surprising to see non-yuri fans bash it, but the greatest hate came from the nation itself, which was honestly disappointing and made me ashamed of my fellow citizens. I’ll admit, that when I first began the manga, I thought it was kind of trashy, but as it developed, I started to get what the author was going for and the anime was partly responsible for that realization. Now that I have a deeper understanding of the plot and why it is as it is, I’ve come to respect the work that much more. Watching the anime was like watching a crazy, juicy, soap opera. It was so bad, but you couldn’t look away.
The bottom line is, yes, it was messy. Yes, it was rushed. Yes, they may have changed some things from the manga, but considering it only had 12 episodes at about 9 minutes each, it was a decent adaptation. They worked with what they had and I honestly don’t think they could’ve made a better adaptation under their limited conditions and resources. NTR is certainly not for everyone, but it deserves to be respected as a canon yuri work that will serve the nation as a pioneer to getting even more yuri adaptions.
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