I love Yuri more than Yaoi, if you haven’t noticed, but I do enjoy both. My favorite yuri series is probably Sasameki Koto “Whisper Words” and my favorite yaoi is The World’s Greatest First Love.
It is somewhat hard to choose a favorite yuri series because most of the actual yuri series have sad endings and other anime series just hint at yuri moments. Also, I already wrote a review on Kannazuki no Miko, so I had to choose another series.
Anime: Sasameki Koto (Whispered Words)
Episode Count: 13 Episodes
Year: Oct 8 to Dec 31 2009
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Shoujo-ai, School, Yuri
You can watch it at: Anime1.com (Only Subbed)
Sumika Murasame is a diligent hardworking high school student who is the class rep for her class and the top choice as heir to her family’s dojo. These traits have gained her popularity in school and give her a ‘cool’ vibe. Unfortunately for Sumika, she feels traits hinder her trying to pursue her secret crush and best friend, Ushio Kazama. Ushio and Sumika have been friends for years, and Ushio has always been open about her love for cute girls to Sumika. Over the years, Sumika has had to witness her best friend swooning over a variety of cute girl and watch as her friend got burned by each one. Sumika tries desperately to become cute enough to make it onto Ushio’s cute-dar, and with the help from a lesbian couple, Sumika might finally get the chance she deserves.
I would suggest this to anyone who wants to try yuri, more like shoujo-ai, for the first time, to any shoujo-ai lover, and anyone who enjoys a sweet romance story. The story is cute and sweet as Sumika tries to capture the attention of her best friend. If you are looking for a clean romantic ending, I would suggest reading the manga instead. This anime gets cut short in my opinion. It might not have been popular enough to get continued, and I believe the manga was still coming out while the anime was made. Although the ending isn’t ideal, the anime was cute and funny, and it was worth watching from start to end.
SPOILERS AFTER THIS POINT
The character designs were really close to the manga which I liked. The animation style was soft with helped with the comedy and essence of the anime. There was also a lot of care put into the animation because all the movements of the character were clean. Even if the characters were in chibi form or normal, the movements of the characters always seemed smooth.
This anime has a great mix of characters between lesbians and cross-dressing boys. Because they are all in high school, all the characters are still figuring out more about themselves in the anime. This is through experiences and listening to others. I loved every character in this series because they all had a some strange quirk.
Sumika Murasame has become popular in school because of her diligence in school and her above-average athletic ability. These traits cause other students in the school to call her “not cute”, but she has all the traits of a cool girl. Unfortunately, that’s the only thing Sumkia wishes to be. Sumkia largest secret is she has a crush on her best friend Ushio, but Ushio only likes cute girls (thus causing Sumika tremendous problems).
Ushio Kazama is a beautiful blonde that has only had a love for girls. Her love for girls is so strong, she tried to apply to an all girl’s school, and her reasoning was because ‘girls are cute’. Because of her love, many other people avoided her. She was befriended Sumika soon after being isolated from everyone else. She enjoys being with Sumika because she can be herself.
Ushio gets excited easily when it comes to cute girls. She gets tunnel vision and only focuses on that one girl. Sumika comments that Ushio has had many crushes in the past, and every time has been rejected. It takes her a while to realize that she has feelings for Sumika. Unlike the other girls she has crushed on, Ushio takes her time trying to confess her love to Sumika.
The main plot of the anime is Sumika trying to get Ushio to notice her feelings. Most of the anime is meeting new characters and the character’s interactions. The ending of the anime is decent. It has an open ending that is good for the views, but still leaves the viewers hanging. [Definitely read the manga if you want more]
The opening and ending songs were decent. They aren’t to memorable, and I wouldn’t really want to listen to them in my free time.
How well the anime fits the main genre(s) (Romcom/Shoujo-ai): 10/10
This is a great mix of romance, comedy, and shoujo-ai. The romance isn’t a prominent part though because the two girl’s aren’t together. The comedy is a focus on Sumika’s failed love attempts and characters teasing each other. The shoujo-ai in this anime is always present. It isn’t hidden in subtext, but there is only one true lesbian couple.
Overall Opinion: 43/50
This is an anime that I could watch countless time, but only a certain episodes. I loved the comedy between Sumika trying to fit Ushio’s love preferences, but Ushio just doesn’t realize that Sumika loves her. I read the manga after watching the anime because I wanted to see more than what the anime gave, and I did like how closely the anime followed the manga.