Senryuu Shoujo Review Episode 5

Cute nonsense without substance.

Fortune telling girl could have been cool. Could have been…

Episode 5

The art girl is already old news and doesn’t actually appear in the episode at all. Instead, the senpai from their club directs Nanako and Eiji to a psychic who can apparently make accurate predictions.

I mean someone who wears their hair like this because a fortune teller told them to wear different hairstyles is clearly someone you should trust for advice.

What follows are a series of date-ish sequences for Nanako and Eiji that are pretty cute but there’s not a lot of substance here. I mean, billiards jokes about sticks and holes aside, there’s really nothing going on in this episode.

It would have been nice to have gotten more from the fortune telling girl herself who realises she got her first prediction for the pair wrong because she used the wrong kanji for Eiji’s name. As she follows them around it would have been nice to learn anything about her but the episode just doesn’t get into it.

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Ultimately this is just light fluff and while Eiji and Nanako remain one of the cuter not-quite-a-couple anime characters I’ve seen for awhile I’m not entirely sure that’s enough for an entire season and this episode really starts to show the lack of other content in this series.

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Senryuu Shoujo Review Episodes 3 + 4

It’s cute but fairly pointless.

Nanako and Eiji - Senryuu Shoujo
On the plus side, it is easy to get screen caps without subtitles in this show without even turning the subs off.

Episode 3

Honestly, if I was actually expecting anything from this anime, episode 3 of Senryu Girl would be the moment I’d decide to drop it from my watch list. Starting with a weird game of charades, having a middle that involves an amusement park mascot licking  Eiji’s shoes, and an end that blows a sentimental moment on a cheap joke and all and all there just isn’t enough that is working here.

I just found this title image really bizarre – like, what is with the rabbit?

Admittedly, the cute interactions between Nanako and Eiji continue to be cute, though his denseness became far more apartment this episode. What works less well is that the club president and the newly introduced big-sister character already seem reduced to side bar commentary on the non-progress of the main couple’s relationship doing the creepy stalker thing while the other two go on a date.

Nanako and Eiji at the amusement park.

I’d also like to throw a what is up with Nanako’s family into the mix given the few moments we saw the parents and sibling it mostly just made me wonder if everyone in this show actually suffers from some mental illness.

Nanako's father - Senryuu Shoujo

Anyway, I wasn’t really expecting much more than passing entertainment and while episode three might be a low point so far, overall this anime is doing enough for its twelve minutes a week so we’ll see what episode 4 brings.

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Episode 4

Introducing a new weird girl who doesn’t talk but communicates via drawing sounds like a really silly idea but the scene where Kino and Nanako introduce themselves to the other by drawing and poem writing is actually pretty adorable so I’ll have to give Senryu Girl a pass for this fine effort. While there isn’t a whole lot more to the episode, given the episode length of twelve minutes, one really well delivered scene is actually enough to leave you with quite a good feeling after watching.

Senryuu Shoujo Episode 4

The episode begins with Eiji feeling like he is being followed. In discussion with the literature club, they determine it might be a stalker or someone trying to confess. There’s a fairly cute moment where Nanako starts to write the question of how Eiji would respond if she were to confess, but mid-way through she realised what she’s doing and actually bends her board in half. Probably the one benefit of writing over talking. She did get the opportunity to not have those words actually come out. That said, she’d have been better off erasing it rather than bending the board given the club president still reads it after Eiji runs out after her.

Nanako - Senryuu Shoujo
Note to Nanako: This does not erase what is written on the board.

When they finally meet the stalker, she’s pretty much Nanako the second but her responses take even longer because she has to draw a whole picture. That said, it works well enough and again, the short episode length sells it.

No matter how you want to look at it, this scene in Senryuu Shoujo was adorable.

While this episode was a step up from episode 3, honestly, I think this is as good as this series is going to get and honestly that makes it watchable but that’s about it. With this new character, it is clear Senryuu Girl isn’t all that interested in actually looking at any of the issues these kids have but just wants to put them in cute scenarios together, and while that works to kill twelve minutes it doesn’t leave much of a memorable impression. Though Kino tilting her drawing was kind of adorable.

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Senryuu Shoujo Review Episodes 1 + 2

Poetry and cute shy characters

Episode 1

This is another short form anime (there seem to be a few this season) based on a 4-koma manga. With 12 minutes to get its set up complete, episode one surprisingly manages a decently sweet slice of life, school club style anime opening establishing the two lead characters, the club president and a general tone that is kind of cute and kind of makes you smile but isn’t exactly laugh out loud funny and doesn’t seem to be trying to be.

Admittedly, Nanako, the main character, may become a little tiresome given her gimmick is she literally doesn’t speak but simply writes her thoughts in poems, but the supporting cast made up for it and seem to tolerate her quirk while at the same time they are aware that she has an issue.

Busujima Eiji, as the misunderstood thug who has joined the literature club was fairly entertaining. He hasn’t exactly broken out of the mould at this point but there’s something pretty cute about his character and when paired with Nanako the dynamic worked well in this first episode.

Art and animation are average and the music is pretty forgettable, but all and all, there have been worse opening acts. Senryuu Shoujo has so far managed its poetry gimmick well enough bringing it into the narrative without it feeling too forced and the end result is pleasant and easy to watch. While not a particularly memorable first episode, this one might well be a relaxing watch for the season depending on how it develops from here.

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Episode 2

Relaxing is probably the best description of Senryuu Shoujo though it might be a little charitable when empty is a possibly better description. This episode starts with Eiji seeking to overcome his issue where people think he is a thug, has a turn mid-episode when he makes an off-hand comment to Nanako about her gaining weight, and ends with Nanako training with Eiji’s ‘big-sis’ in order to slim down. Aside from the oft repeated messaging that girls shouldn’t eat and should be slim, there’s little substance to the episode though that doesn’t actually stop it from being enjoyable.

The poetry continues this week and I was right about Nanako’s gimmick getting a little tiresome. While the odd poem thrown into general conversation is amusing, her inability to communicate without poems is actually a little stifling to watch and began to feel more forced in this second episode. Who knows if they can make this work through a whole season.

Again, it is the supporting cast and the introduction of Eiji’s so-called ‘big-sister’ that keeps things light and moving Also, the chemistry between Eiji and Nanako is pretty solid. That said, this is hardly a must watch and works as passing entertainment but is also easily skippable.

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