Posted by psgels on 31 December 2009 with categories: Anime Reviews



This was my biggest surprise of the past autumn season. It’s just one of those shows that from the outside looks like nothing special: we have this girl who is in love with another girl but that other girl is oblivious to this, hijinks ensue, blah blah blah. It’s been done many times before. But what a good attempt it turned out to be!

The biggest reason for this is the truly excellent cast of characters. Sumi is a wonderful character to watch; she’s fun, exciting, compassionate and her personal issues of always being seen as the strong dependable friend on their own are alone to make the entire series worthwile. She has her quirks, but she’s not over the top or one-sided.

Apart from that, this really is a great slice of life series. It always has fun situations to put its characters in, and even when it goes the predictable way of the beach episode, it still manages to make something creative out of it. This series is so down to earth and yet enjoyable. The drama knows that it shouldn’t drag on forever, and yet it’s built up well.

I really didn’t think it was possible, but Sasameki Koto managed to set itself apart in the lesbian genre with a genuine, fun and very enjoyable series that’s easy to digest, yet very charming. It’s one of those series in which hardly anything went wrong: the pacing, characters, story. It all seems to fit. Well, okay. If I had to mention a flaw, then it’s that at times it looks a bit too much like a harem. But the love triangles all serve their purpose, and do a great job to not get in the way of the other subplots.

Storytelling: 9/10 – Down to earth and charming.
Characters: 9/10 – Sumi rocks, and the rest of the cast is great too.
Production-Values: 8/10 – Pretty nice, though nothing special.
Setting: 8/10 – Decent, though not the main focus at all.

5 Responses

  1. NguyenSon says:

    While I mostly agree with your review, I was wondering what you meant by “lesbian genre” in the context of your review. As far as I’m aware, lesbian relationships are a central theme in only 5 other animes(Strawberry Panic, Aoi Hana, Simoun, Kashimashi?, Maria-Sama?) with Aoi Hana and Sasameki Koto making up 1/3 of this “genre”. Knowing that they both aired this year, I’m not sure Sasameki Koto has many shows that it can set itself apart from in the lesbian genre. I’m not very knowledgeable in the genre though, so maybe I’m wrong on something here.

    Looking back at the shows I just mentionned, I don’t think each has much in common with the others apart from having lesbian themes.

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Don’t forget that there also are Blue Drop, Candy Boy, Kanamemo, Ice, Kannadzuki no Miko, and I pretty much said that because Sasameki Koto looked to be the most average and generic of all of them.

    But now that you mention it… there are far less lesbian shows than I imagined, yeah. I agree with that.

  3. thomas says:

    Hmm might drop Kimi ni Todoke and try this out instead…

  4. hayase says:

    There really is not much anime with yuri in it.

    But I agree with psgels. While there’s not much to compare Sasameki Koto with, the show is enjoyable. That’s what’s truly important (at least to me).

  5. windy says:

    “Noir”,”Madlax”,”El Cazador”,”Oniisama ee”,”Versailles no bara” (to some extent),”Yami to boushi to hon no tabihito”, even “Mai Hime/Otome” is often considered as such, “Develman Lady”,”Ice”, “Venus Versus Virus”, “Kiddy Grade”,”Uta-Kata”,”Kannazuki no Miko” ( even if I haven’t seen it yet), “Utena” and many others, it will take a long while to list them all, but there are others, some of them don’t present it at the heart of the topic though, like “Ga-Rei Zero” and ” Loveless” ( or some episodes of Sailor Moon), but there’s a whole lot of shoujo-ai/yuri series, so yes it has become a genre setting itself apart from the others.

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  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 07:23 AM)
    @Bam I dunno, I feel like Samurai manga have definitely become a lot less popular in the past decade or so. Ten years ago, LWAC was like Akira or Nausicaa, in that almost everyone who counted themselves as a serious manga fan had read it. Nowadays, most manga fans haven’t even heard of LWAC let alone read it. I also agree that Vinland Saga has slowed down, in the same way that Vagabond has, but I think it's because both manga have been embroiled in long pacifist arcs for quite a while now. But I love that both manga advocate pacifism, or at least focus on it as an alternative to violence.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 07:23 AM)
    *Vinland Saga is
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 07:19 AM)
    @Vincent: Vagabond is also in my top three “can’t wait to update” list. It has lost some steam since the 2nd act tho, but that might be partially due to the slow release schedule (a la Berserk).
    I’ve been reading both since they premiered, but that’s beside the point. whether now or back then, there was never too much spotlight placed on Vagabond, outside of niche seinen circles that is.
  • k-off
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 07:16 AM)
    @Aidan Could you assign tags to the series you’re reviewing? It’s for the convenience of the readers and for my own meticulousness.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 07:10 AM)
    @Bam For my money though, Vinland Saga is the best running historical/seinen/action manga. Vagabond is the more impressive artistic feat, but I think Vinland Saga is just written better. Both mangas are absolutely essential reading for historical/seinen fans.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 07:07 AM)
    @Bam Not to be a hipster but I’ve been reading Vagabond since 2007 and from my perspective it seems like the manga has gotten less popular over time, not the other way around. Back then every seinen fan worth his salts had read Vagabond as well as all the classic Goseki Kojima Samurai manga. Both mangas have fallen out of popularity.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 06:58 AM)
    I just want to say that Vagabond by Takehiko Inoue is one of the most badass manga of all time. It’s crazy how many avid manga fans never even heard about this well-told and incredibly-drawn manga. I mean seriously … this is criminally under-appreciated.
  • Vincent
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 06:52 AM)
    Damn, none of my manga are updating. ;( Time to read a book I suppose. Or look at planes. I’ll look at planes.
  • Asuka111
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 05:23 AM)
    @Eeelo Erhm, what? We shouldn’t be sad that a fellow Canadian died on our own soil? Those conditions you listed, that’s exactly why we’re sad. This isn’t a combat zone.
  • Eeelo
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 05:21 AM)
    Well, that isn’t my fault for wanting people to think. Getting mad at the politicians don’t do anything

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