Anime: Chouyaku Hyakuninisshu – Uta Koi – Episode 1 Summary + Review

“Romantic Old Japanese Poems”

Studio: TYO Animations

Genre: Surreal, Drama, Fantasy, Comedy, Age: 13+

Released: July 1 2012 – onwards

Okay, I was only interested in this interpretation of the The Hundred Poems because of Chihayafuru two seasons ago. In that series they played Karuta, with the poems written on cards. This is the story of those poems, with defined characters.

There’s a content warning for younger viewers for the episode. Nothing explicit, but not suitable all the same.

The basic premise is that some of the 43 love poems in the Hundred Poems are retold.

If I’m honest, it was so difficult to follow, because of their names, that I couldn’t remember anything!

(Guy falls in love with aristocratic girl)

(Guy tries to sneak into girl’s rooms..)

(Girls and Guy elope…. almost. They get caught)

The second half of the episode breaks away completely, and goes onto the Guy’s older half-brother.

(Older-brother tries to comfort the Guy.. okay no idea what’s happening..)

(Getting his hair combed and pondering over leaving his wife to work far away..)

Overall, I can’t help thinking if I was more familiar with the poems then the retelling would make more sense to me. It’s like being told about Cinderella when you have absolutely no idea what a Fairy-God-Mother is…

The episode itself has it’s fault too, and I don’t think it will change drastically in the episodes ahead. I don’t think I’ll be following this, but other people might enjoy it.

Rated – 1/5 Characters gushing at each other, slow movements and veeery slow story pace.

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