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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.