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A short series that had more to offer - with an understated romance and fun side characters

/anime/982977/senryuu-shoujo
Review of Senryuu Shoujo
by Rivka
Posted on October 15th, 2019
Positive 8
Overall Rating
 
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IN BRIEF: Nanako has never been able to express herself verbally. Instead, she carries around little boards on which she writes senryu, variations on haiku poetry, to communicate with others. Her friends in the literature club don't push her to speak; rather, they are all trying to get better at coming up with senryu themselves. Eiji, a former delinquent, gets into senryu because he finds a certain strength in their economy of words; he and Nanako hit it off, but will it ever be more than friendship?

MY THOUGHTS: I was watching this alongside "Hitoribocchi", and immediately thought a crossover was needed. The two series are similar in mood and in charm, with oddball protagonists who are also really sweet girls. Nanako is a fun person whose lack of speech is easy to move past - even though objectively she would be considered weird in reality, here she's not even the oddest one in the school (there's another girl who communicates through drawings that she holds over her face). No one is shaming her about her quirkiness, or using her as the butt of a joke. It was refreshing to see total acceptance of her elective muteness. As a former delinquent who likes cute animals and poetry, Eiji stands out from the typical male lead as well. Eiji isn't great at keeping to poetic structure or themes, but his interest is unfeigned, and that was refreshing too. By the end, I very much wanted these two to get together... even though they weren't quite ready for that yet.

Rivka
My reviewing system for films and shows that are NOT anime:
1-5: I hated it. I also don't think it has redeeming qualities, so you shouldn't watch it either.
6: I didn't like it. It's not my thing, I didn't like the execution, I don't want to see it again. However, I don't think it is a BAD film or show - it has qualities that will recommend it to those who like that kind of thing.
7: It was fine. I didn't love it, and I don't need to see it again. I won't be sad if I never see it again.
8: I liked it. I didn't love it, and while I'd like to see it again, I wouldn't want to see it often.
9: I loved it. I would be sad if I never saw it again. I might want to see it every few years.
10: I loved it beyond description. I wouldn't mind re-watching it every year.

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Clarifying my Anime rating system:
My number key below is an attempt to parse the small differences between 5 and 6, 7 and 8, & 9 and 10. When I rate, I consider my own enjoyment, the characterization and the plot, the appearance of the animation, and occasionally the soundtrack - in roughly that order. An anime will lose at least 1 point for presence of deal-breaker tropes (for example, comedic pedophilia), and more if the trope(s) ruined my enjoyment. On the other hand, it will gain at least 1 point for artistry in animation or sound.

Never Recommend:
1-4, inclusive. Further clarification: I don't expect to rate anything 1-4, as I would probably never finish watching something in this range of rating. It's likely to have bad plotting, subpar animation, bland characterizations, silly and/or irritating tropes, etc.; I would consider it to be pure excrement.

Cautious Recommending:
5: In this case, it started out with a higher score and slipped over time... because I normally don't watch anything that I would score below 6, except for movies (small time commitment).
6: I may or may not have watched the whole show, but I recognize deal-breaker issues in it, and I'm unlikely to rewatch. It just wasn't enjoyable enough for me to forgive its flaws. There would be huge caveats to any recommendation.

Likely to Recommend:
7: Not my thing, but usually I at least respect it. Generally, I didn't like it enough to think I would rewatch it, but also didn't see huge problems in the plot, characterizations, etc. and thought it was worth finishing. I might suggest it to someone if I know they like the specific sub-genre or other work by the studio.
8: I had a good time watching it, but it didn't move me the way a 9 or a 10 does; it's possible that over time I would upgrade it if I liked it more on reflection. I would be willing to rewatch it. I'd recommend it with the occasional caveat.

Highly Recommend:
9: I enjoyed it very much. It may have had one or two issues, but not enough to diminish enjoyment. It's possible that over time I would downgrade it to an 8 (changing tastes) or upgrade to a 10 (realize it's never left my mind). I'm likely to rewatch, and likely to buy the DVDs. I'd recommend it to most audiences.
10: Virtually flawless. I'd definitely rewatch, and definitely want to buy DVDs. I would shill this to anyone.

EDIT: for 2021, I'm participating in the MAL Anime Challenge. Any anime in the Completed section with a * in the note was watched for the challenge.
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