First impressions on kimikiss ~ pure rouge
I have not seen many series this year. I guess the reason is primarily because of my studies, which have plagued me all throughout the year. Since I have not viewed anime as much as my blogging peers have, I decided to dawdle in #animeblogger for a while, asking them what series they would recommend to watch this season. Although I have written a post regarding that, I felt that the replies were somewhat lacking (although I am grateful to those who have replied) and thus I ventured to ask them online.
Girls I would want to hang out with …
I was not able to glean much about the best among the newer series, but I was able to ponder about the nature of debate, positing that semantics is the equalizer in any debate, and I was also able to gain insight about tastes and preferences, of which I have failingly tried to explore before.
The reason why I wanted to ask about new series was that I started watching kimikiss ~ pure rouge yesterday. As I expected, I found it catering to my tastes. Kasai Kenichi and JC Staff helmed the production of Honey and Clover, which remains to be my most favorite anime series even until now. Kasai Kenichi also directed Nodame Cantabile, and JC Staff also produced the series, and that series is arguably among the year’s best, as AniDB attests with its high ratings.
I loved the first four episodes. Although it was much lighter in mood than Honey and Clover, I still personally felt the fomenting angst within the cast, especially with Futami Eriko’s story. I will not say that I want angst merely because I want violence, but I do believe that in character studies (of which Honey and Clover was a popular example), conflict propels the characters to develop themselves, and angst is often a catalyst.
Expectations aside, however, I found the blooming love stories of adolescent people to be highly exciting. If the series keeps the same quality that it had in its first four episodes throughout its whole run, I will have another series I shall treasure by its end.