Nijiiro Days – Episode 1 [First Impressions]

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Nikolita’s Thoughts

Rainbow Days, because their hair colours are like a rainbow, ne?

Nijiiro Days is, in a word, cute. This show is about four highschool guys who have a giant bromance with each other. One of them has a crush on a girl, and the other guys tease him and try to interfere in a well-intentioned manner.

I should also mention that I’m going into this show blind, ie I’ve never read the manga, and know nothing about the characters or any of the events which the manga covers. So Charibo and I have two differently perspectives on this first episode, and I think that’s really interesting. As you read this post, you’ll notice where we agree on things and where our opinions differ a little.

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There are articles floating around which say hair colour in anime is indicative of a character’s personality. For example, using our characters from Nijiiro Days, blond hair can mean the character is “someone special,” or that their personality is confident or charming. Hashiba seems to be the main character, and he strikes me as the “handsome Prince Charming” variety. Kind of like Tamaki from Ouran High School Host Club: adorable, but a little naive and silly. Blue hair often represents wisdom, maturity, intuition, and these characters are often ones who teach or guide the other characters. Redheads seem to often be loud and stubborn, enthusiastic and opinionated. Lastly brunette characters are the “average joes” of the bunch. They are the “normal” characters, and can sometimes come off as boring or safe.

I mention this because all four of our guys in Nijiiro Days seem to fit into their corresponding hair colour category pretty accurately. I hope there will be some surprises along the way, because if there is no character growth then this show will be a little dull. Personally I have my eye on Keiichi – seriously, who drools when talking about someone being hurt or humiliated? o_O  Something’s up with him.  I’m also curious as to what Kobayakawa’s deal is, like why she’s lying down resting in the teacher’s office so much. Maybe it has something to do with why she’s always so expressionless?

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The boys have what I would call a typical group dynamic, in that everyone has a role to play. Hatsuba is the naive puppy, Naoe is the mature one, Matsunoga is the loud ladies man, and Katakura gives off “best buddy vibes.”  I hope other love interests will be introduced later in the series, so Hatsuba is not the only one who has to suffer being teased.

I’m not as in love with this show as I thought I’d be, but I enjoyed the first episode enough that I will give it the three episode rule. I am a romantic at heart and a sucker for anything focusing on love and relationships, so I’m looking forward to seeing what this show has in store. (◕‿◕✿)

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Charibo’s Thoughts:

Well, that was a strange start

I read the manga so I could tell that something was missing at the beginning. They chose to start directly with the Nacchan and Anna meeting ? Well, I’m not sure how I feel about this. Because it began directly with Anna’s and Nacchan’s encounter on Christmas there is some unexplained stuff about the other characters’s personalities, especially Keichii. That’s a shame, I wonder how they’re going to explain everything later on. Furthermore, the part that they decided to get rid off was really funny and interesting. So, they skipped a lot of things and that’s too bad…

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I was very, very skeptical at the beginning. I really love Nijiiro Day and my mood while watching this was more ” U better not fuck this anime!”. Hopefully, it got better around the Karaoke scene. The characters made me laugh, that was cute, that was funny.  That’s a relief, the gold  comedy is still there.

I have nothing to reproach to the characters by the way, because eh, I love them all. Nacchan is freaking adorable with his “Otome mode”, Tsuyopon is a cool as ever, Matsun is Matsun and Keichii is … Yeah, I can’t really spoil, if you haven’t read the manga.  But Keichii is my favorite ʕ≧ᴥ≦ʔ

And yes, I’m already waving the BEST GUY flag. Don’t hate me for that, but I’m in Keichii’s team for this one, right after him comes Nacchan.

Still, I have to…

I have to say it…

WHAT KIND OF OPENING IS THAT ?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME ?

ʕノ•ᴥ•ʔノ ︵ ┻━┻

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There must be a misunderstanding somewhere. They must have switched the ending and the opening. I see no other explanations.  And even so, the ending is cute but… Everything is a bit static for my taste. Yeah, that must be my main reproach to this anime: everything feels kind of static. The animation isn’t as great as I would have wanted it to be ʕ´•ᴥ•`ʔ

The character faces are nice enough, but nnngggggnnn I don’t know… I’m disappointed. They could have done a lot, a lot better ʕ; •`ᴥ•´ʔ

So will I cover Nijiiro Day ? Of course, I mean, that was the show I was the most excited about. Because Nijiiro Days is just so fun and refreshing there’s no way I would miss that. My disappointment is not going to stop me from watching this ʅʕ•ᴥ•ʔʃ

Nijiiro Days, here I come ʕ•̀ω•́ʔ✧

Possibility of watching: Guaranteed
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2 thoughts on “Nijiiro Days – Episode 1 [First Impressions]

  1. I also felt the art was lacking. Like you both said, I feel like something is lacking overall. I’m guessing this anime got a really low budget from Production Reed. While the characters still made me laugh, I already feel like they’re not getting enough justice. There were some great funny scenes from chapter 1 that were just skipped altogether. (WHERE IS KEI-CHAN’S WHIP? No wonder you’re confused, Nikolita!!)

    Nikolita, if you end up liking the characters but still feeling like the anime is meh, I’d recommend the manga. The manga is really charming and is a lot more pleasing to read and look at. Mizuno-sensei puts a lot of love into her manga, and I feel like Production Reed just isn’t doing the same for the anime.

    1. Awesome, thanks for the recommendation PA! 😀 And I’m glad there’s a good reason for me to be confused re: Kei-chan’s whip and sadistic comments. ^^;;

      I wonder why, if they had a manga to work from, Production Reed decided to go with 13 minute episodes? By the time you factor in the opening and ending themes, each episode is really only about 10 minutes long.

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