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Anime Chat- Horimiya

Anime: Horimiya

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life

Original Run: Jan 10, 2021-Apr 4, 2021

Where to watch: Netflix

After avoiding this anime, I finally decided to go ahead and watch it.

On the surface, the thought of Kyouko Hori and Izumi Miyamura getting along would be the last thing in people’s minds. After all, Hori has a perfect combination of beauty and brains, while Miyamura appears meek and distant to his fellow classmates. However, a fateful meeting between the two lays both of their hidden selves bare. Even though she is popular at school, Hori has little time to socialize with her friends due to housework. On the other hand, Miyamura lives under the noses of his peers, his body bearing secret tattoos and piercings that make him look like a gentle delinquent.

Having opposite personalities yet sharing odd similarities, the two quickly become friends and often spend time together in Hori’s home. As they both emerge from their shells, they share with each other a side of themselves concealed from the outside world.

The Story

Going in, I know nothing about this anime, at all. Yes, this is is one of those instances wherein I refused to read anything about it, just to avoid setting an expectation that usually destroys the entire experience. All I know is that this anime has some colorful characters (I’m talking about the hair and their personalities) and that Netflix kept on recommending this to me.

Moving on! To be honest, the romance is undeniable based on the very first episode. Despite the very obvious pairing, I liked that it took them a bit of time before they became an official couple. But if I am basing this review on what this entire anime is about based on that My Anime List synopsis, then this anime is a letdown.

There are 13 episodes and Hori and Miyamura became a couple around episode 3 or 4.

You: But you said it took them a while before they became a couple!

I was talking about their timeline, not the episodes, ok? Ok? Good.

You: But what else happened?

Well, this anime didn’t focus on just HoriMiya as a couple, they also showed the other characters. Not to mention how the anime showed us Miyamura slowly accepting his past self and embracing the present one, all thanks to his friends and of course, Hori. Character development? Wow!

There is more to this anime than just HoriMiya romance. There are a bunch of characters and of course, they have their own stories, which can’t be fitted into 13 episodes of anime.

Also, there is no drama. Zero. There are a lot of funny moments but drama? Who is she? We don’t know her.

Overall, I like the chill story. But if you are looking for something deep and dramatic, go watch Euphoria. (Oh you finished it? Go watch Gossip girl while we are waiting for more Euphoria)

The Characters

I like all of them. Have you seen that image above? Yes, I like all of them. Despite the cliche set of personalities, there are some of them that broke the mold a bit. Go watch it and see which ones did.

Sadly, despite me liking all of them, no one stood out.

The Art

I really like the art style and the animation for this one! Although I have to say, the male characters all have the same face. I bet that I wouldn’t be able to tell them apart if this is switched to black and white since I can distinguish them based on the hair color.

Also, love the chibi scenes. I am a sucker for chibi scenes.

Final Thoughts

Overall, this is a good, entertaining, and simple anime. Just a bunch of high school students dealing with school, love, crushes, and friends. If you are looking for something a bit funny with no drama, give this a watch.

I’m actually glad that I finally decided to watch this. I am now looking forward to watching this again with le fiance on our day off.

Thank you so much for reading. Sorry if there is not enough meat in this review. To be honest, I don’t really have any opinions in regards to this anime since I was not intending to review this in the first place. Still, I hope you like this.

I need to go back to work now. Enjoy the rest of the week and I’ll talk to you again this weekend for a book review!