How can it be that a great show like this be everything I would hope it to be and then some? In the beginning I truly thought that this was going to be utterly stupid for the one fact that it had a gimmick in drool. Drool! How can drool connect everyone in a romantic comedy without it getting all weird? Well, I am happy to say it did and did it very well.
Now I know that there are some of you out there that didn’t see this show because of the concept. Let me try and run it down as much as I can that this is one of the best romantic comedies that I have seen in a long time.
Starting off with the story, which is just odd to begin with, we find a young single man in high school. A normal high school with nothing out of the ordinary from the school itself to the students that go there. This all changes when a transfer student name Urabe enrolls. Everyone is stunned by her looks, which is to say is very off putting, matches her demeanor well. The kind of girl that is an outcast or weird girl. She doesn’t talk to anyone nor does she have any friends. She also has a habit of sleeping a lot which is where the story really starts to pick up. Mainly because when she sleeps, she drools. Well, one day late after class, Tsubaki goes back to his classroom to pick up his lunchbox that he has forgotten. He finds Urabe still sleeping in class. Waking her to go home, he spots the drool that is left on the desk. As any curious young man, he tastes her drool. So begins a love story for the ages.
The drool mainly stands for the connection between Urabe and Tsubaki, but it can also be classified as their emotions for one another. As they taste each other’s drool throughout the series, it’s a kind of bridge of their secret emotions for each other that they cannot express in words. It’s actually kind of sweet how they find out what the other is thinking or feeling. It was so moving; I felt my heart just warm up watching it happen. You kept rooting for this two to take their feelings just a bit farther, but they kept it at a good pace throughout the length of the show.
Style wise, the show felt like a throwback from the 90s. The character designs felt that way, the animation, and even the coloring seemed to just scream old school. For this old otaku, it was a welcome change of pace. The show felt very nostalgic in this way like I was watching something I had missed back in the good old days. What was even more refreshing was the voice actress that played Urabe, Ayako Youshitani. Who also sang the opening and ending theme songs by the way. The actress’s voice was way out of the norm for most shows. With her lower register it didn’t really seem to fit for the first five seconds and then you find it was pretty much spot on for the role. Everyone else played their parts well, but I am going to have to give it to Ayako who I believe made the series.
The show did surprise me in many ways. From its characters, to its heart, to the small bits of weirdness like the drool and feeling transfer because of it. Every week I was excited to see the newest episode so that I can watch how much closer these two would become or the next trials that they had to endure. If you haven’t seen it, make sure you make room for it. Unless romantic comedies are not your thing, I would still implore you to give it a try and it might grow on you. I know for me, it made me wet...
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