Tsuki ga Kirei starts with the most gorgeous scenery and dreamy music. It’s definitely a Slice of Life show from the outset and it’s perfect. There’s no words, just the music and imagery allowing you to observe the amazing setting that this show will be taking place in. We cut to the first day of school and meet our cast as they find out which classes they’ll be in for their third year of middle school.
Akane is the first character we meet as she learns she’s not in any class with her friends. It’s a subtle piece of storytelling that lets you understand how she feels, reminds you of how it felt for you at that time, and allows the character to just experience her emotions before heading to the classroom. Along the way she sees Kotaro who is in her class and you can tell that both of them have feelings for each other with that first glance.
It switches cleanly and smoothly between Akane and Kotaro as we get to see how each of them live on a daily basis, Akane a track girl and Kotaro an aspiring author. My favourite scene of this episode was definitely the restaurant scene; the way both Akane and Kotaro were embarrassed by their families was perfect. A reminder that as we get older we forget how it feels to be 14 and experiencing these emotions for the first time (or in the case of Akane’s sister, just being deliberately annoying to a younger sibling).
I really enjoyed this episode, from the music to the visuals to the story, I can’t find anything to fault. It wasn’t afraid to just take away dialogue and let the scene tell it’s own story. Exactly what you’d expect from this genre and if you like this style of show I really do recommend you give this first episode a go.
It’s the third year of middle school. Kotaro, a bookish boy aspiring to become a novelist, and Akane, a track girl who loves to run, meet in the same class together for the first time. They’re put in charge of the equipment for the sports festival, and slowly grow closer via LINE. How does Kotaro deal with his growing feelings for her? Meanwhile, Takumi has been in love with Akane since first year, and Akane’s friend, Chinatsu, becomes interested in Kotaro. A refreshing story of young love set in Kawagoe
Kotaro and Akane bump into each other while at dinner with their families. Their parents make it as awkward as possible.