Now this anime aired last January. And I did a first impression on it. Which you can read the post here if you like. So to do a review on it a year later – well better late than never I suppose xDD. There will a slight different approach I’ll be taking upon this mini review post.
But this one has a tough lid, so it keeps everyone out of it
— Hotaru Shidare
I’m not going to regurgitate the majority of what I wrote from the first impression post. Rather I encourage you, the readers to (re)read the first impression post as it gives out the essential information on this particular anime. As not much of the shows first impression has changed. However if you can’t be bothered then here is the quick run down on the show.
Kokonotsu “coconuts” Shikada is an aspiring mangaka. His family runs a small candy store in a small rural village. Unbeknownst to him, his father is a well-known candy maker. Hotaru Shidare is not your ordinary girl. She has a massive sweet tooth and is a sweet enthusiast who just happens to be the daughter of a famous sweet company owner. She has come to the shop to recruit coconuts dad. However to convince coconuts dad to leave the shop, she has to convince coconuts to take over the shop in his stead.
- The OP / ED
- Characters are consistent – the main focus is on only on 4 characters
- Hotaru’ quirky / eccentric personality
- Sweets – that can be found in Japan
- Hotaru isn’t aware of her appeal
- Episodic nature
- Quirky nature of the show makes it unique
- Light hearted
- Hotaru uses of sweet allegory to make her points
- Hotaru’ love of sweets and knowledge on them is almost unrivaled – only coconuts gives her a run for her money
- The bad luck that Hotaru has in comparison to Saya who always has the best of luck
- Characters don’t develop at all – well maybe Coconuts (to a little extent)
- The quirky humour might not be for everyone
- The art style
- Product placement – namely sweets that actually exist in Japan
- It can be nonsensical
- How coconuts dad is a top candy maker is never explained
- Use of sweets for metaphors, allegory can be confusing or just utter nonsense