Nanatsuiro Drops – Anime Review

The Essentials

Nanatsuiro DropsName: Nanatsuiro Drops
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy, Romance
Episodes: 12
Released: July 2, 2007 – September 17, 2007
Based On: Nanatsuiro Drops dating sim by UNiSONSHIFT
Director: Takashi Yamamoto
Produced By: Studio Barcelona, Geneon Entertainment
US Distribution By: N/A

Major Japanese Cast

Sumomo Akihime: Michiru Yuimoto
Masaharu Tsuwabuki: Hirofumi Nojima
Yuki-chan: Mai Goto
Nadeshiko Yaeno: Kaori Shimizu
Nona Yuuki: Yuki Matsuoka
Natsume Kisaragi: Kishô Taniyama
Matsuda: Hiroki Takahashi

Major English Cast

N/A

Scores

Animation: 7/10 (x 4 = 28 pts)
Story: 7/10 (x 4 = 28 pts)
Music: 7/10 (x 4 = 28 pts)
Coherence/Story Arc: 8/10 (x 2 = 16 pts)
English Dubs: N/A
Gut Score: 6/10 (x 5 = 30 pts)

Total: 132/190 (69.5%)

Review

Nanatsuiro Drops is about a boy, Tsuwabuki, who accidentally drinks a magical potion that causes him to turn into a stuffed animal lamb at night, and Sumomo, a girl who has a crush on Tsuwabuki, and who is tapped as a magical girl that must collect seven star drops in order to return Tsuwabuki, who is called Yuki-chan in his stuffed animal form, back to normal.

There is one catch, however: Tsuwabuki can’t let anyone know that he is also Yuki-chan, or else not only will he not be able to turn back into a human, but his consciousness will be locked away inside the stuffed animal as well. Also, things get increasingly complicated as both the stardrops become increasingly difficult to capture and a rival from a magical school in the parallel world of Figurare shows up to capture the stardrops herself.

On top of this, Tsuwabuki and Sumomo start getting into a deeper relationship at school, but of course they can’t date at night due to Tsuwabuki turning into Yuki-chan once the sun sets.

I kind of view Nanatsuiro Drops as the poor-man’s Cardcaptor Sakura. You have an out-of-the-blue magical girl with a stuffed animal sidekick, trying to collect magical items, riding around on a staff, with a rival who appears who ultimately ends up becoming friends with the main protagonist. As a result, the originality of the series is pretty low. Also, the story that does exist was relatively uninspiring to me, overall.

Part of the reason is that, while they do get a bit more challenging to capture after a while, the stardrops are initially very easy to capture, they don’t seem to do very much harm on their own, and they appear to be in enough abundance that both Sumomo and her rival can catch the same type of stardrops.  Also, this show just overall seems confused about whether it wants to be a romantic drama or a magical girl show, and it fails to be very good at either anyway.

The animation is probably about average and the music, while maybe a bit “cute” for my tastes, probably does fit the series.

Overall, if you’re just crazy about magical girl series, you may like Nanatsuiro Drops. Otherwise it just seems like an uninspired repetition of everything we’ve already seen before.

First Watched: July – October 2007
Do I Own: No
Do I Recommend: No

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