Haruto transfers into a Tokyo school and moves in with his older sister while trying to find the girl he fell in love with back home only to meet a couple more people who will have an impact on him in this first episode. Haruto finds himself attacked early in the episode by Akane, who mistakes him for a burglar when he was just cleaning his sister’s apartment. They spend the rest of the episode arguing about each others accents like children. He also meets Kyousuke, a fellow classmate who tries to help him fit in to his new surroundings even if he only knows how well he cooks. It’s all a sideshow to the big meeting with Yuzuki in next week’s episode after all.
The one thing I was quick to notice about this was actually production related. Haruto moves to Tokyo and comments on how there seem to be so many people in the city. Yet, it feels at times like they live in a part of the city that’s a ghost town most of the time. I think there were more people when Haruto was introducing himself to his new classmates than the rest of the episode combined.
The very fact that I note this is not an encouraging sign because it meant I really couldn’t care about the story or the characters. The primary focus of this episode is actually the beginning of Haruto’s relationship with Akane. It’s not actually about the fact that Haruto moved across the country to transfer to another school to try to get close to the girl who confessed to him when they lived together back home. Actually, you would have had to have read the manga to know that, but it would have been nice to have had some sort of grasp of why Haruto was actually there.
Speaking of the manga, I did actually read the manga for a while and it’s easy to see how much of the characterization actually carries over. I always interpreted the fact that this series has earned the nickname Kimi no Rage Machi on the fact that everything that happens in this story is geared toward ensuring maximum drama. Kyousuke, for example, is conveniently one of the first people Haruto meets in Tokyo for a reason that will become clear soon. Also, Haruto continues to set off love flags with almost any member of the opposite sex he talks to, unless he is actually interested in them then it turns to hatred. Those are the only two emotions in this universe, love and hate. There is no neutral.
Reasons to Continue Watching
- There is no shortage of drama
- As close to a soap opera as the medium gets
- There’s an entire fleet worth of shipping if you’re into that
Reasons to Drop
- Character relationships are consistently inconsistent
- Unrealistic portrayal of population density in Tokyo
- If you start caring at all, it will turn you into a being of pure rage for days after each episode
My Verdict: I remembered why I stopped following the manga while watching this. Hell, I don’t even think it’s Seo Kouji’s best work, but the drama means that it gets enough false emotional investment from the audience to keep running. I bet that carries over to this anime, but I won’t be watching.