Chouyaku Hyakunin Isshu: Uta Koi. Uta Koi for short. Hmmm…something really bugs me about this series. You see, I have zero knowledge about poetries. If anyone ask me to name someone famous in literature, I probably name William Shakespeare. His name is the only one I know! He’s famous for being famous. Besides, the only time I ever read poems and the likes was way back in high school. That’s only for school grade’s sake! Also, I take zero interest in Japan’s social history or anything related for that matter.
So…why the hell do I find Uta Koi such a fine series?
TsurugiArashix did a fantastic job in examining Uta Koi. It’s an insightful article about the mechanism behind poetries and such. Do read his post if you wanna know more. As for me, I just want to share my reason why I find Uta Koi so appealing. It’s a bit hard to pinpoint but I’ll do my best!
(Take a deep breath) Here are my reasons:-
- It is episodic. There’s hardly any relations between the episodes. Sure, the character names are mentioned every now and then but the stories always finish within an episode. Well, so far they do. I don’t have to make an effort to recall what happened last week! At all. Isn’t that wonderful? Or am I the only who had to try and recall what happened in the previous episode aired like 7 days ago?
- It’s about love story. I do think the anime title speaks for itself. If that isn’t clear enough, my post title should do >.<. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but yeah, I’m a sucker for love story. Especially the ones end with happy ending! C’mon, who doesn’t want happy ending to love stories. And Uta Koi has just that. Even if the couple in question doesn’t end up together, they have fond memories to look back to. It’s just so sweet. By the way, it’s not just love between couples, but among friends. Sometimes it’s fun to reminisce with friends. Now that’s bonus, isn’t it?
- Bright colorful patterns. Okay, I know many will never think of Uta Koi’s animation quality as top notch. I don’t think so either but one can’t deny that there’s a sense of uniqueness to it. It’s like an ancient anime but with fresh character designs or something along the line. Besides, there’s a nice mix of colors and variety of patterns – that make me happy.
- It’s easy to watch. It’s engaging and the direction flows very well. I’m not bothered at all by the poems inserted here and there. As the matter fact, I feel like I understand the poems a little better with some kind of animated story to support and explain it. There’s a connection. Because the series is light-hearted, it doesn’t really matter to me if the interpretations of the poems aren’t accurate. In Uta Koi, they make sense.
That’s roughly about it. Uta Koi may not necessarily top my anime list or anything but there’s this entertainment value I really appreciate in the midst of this slow summer season.