It’s Sweet Blue Flowers episode 1, and Fumi moves back to her childhood home so that she can attend high school, and ends up running into an old friend in the process.
Fumi Manjome returns to her childhood home in Kamakura so that she can attend high school at the all-girls Matsuoka Secondary School. However, while she’s waiting at the train station, another girl, Akira Okudaira, or A-chan for short, literally runs into her. Akira, meanwhile, is on her way to her first day at Fujigaya Girl’s Academy, but is annoyed by her dotting brother, who is apparently lazy and has a sister complex.
They both get on the same train, where Fumi gets felt up by a passenger, but Akira notices and stomps on the guy’s foot. Afterward, while they walk towards school – since they get off at the same station as well, Akira tells Fumi that that’s just how one has to deal with perverts on the train.
Fumi seems to get a few friends on her first day at school, including the girl who sits next to her, Yoko Hanatsugi and her two drama club-mates Miwa Motegi and Misako Yasuda. Yoko unsuccessfully attempts to recruit Fumi into the drama club, but the quartet does end up going out for tea at the end of the day. Meanwhile, Akira initially doesn’t appear to get any friends on her first day, until a high-class looking girl named Kyoko Ikumi approaches her and they end up walking together after class.
That evening, guests stop by Akira’s house. However, they end up being Fumi and her mother, as the two girl’s mothers clearly know each other from before, but Fumi and Akira are rather shocked. They soon realize that they were childhood friends when they went to 1st grade together, where Akira teased Fumi even then how she was “quick to cry.” However, Fumi had to move and the two girls lost contact with each other.
Meanwhile, Fumi’s cousin Chizu is living with them for the time being, but Fumi is depressed that Chizu is leaving soon. But that night, Fumi finds out that Chizu is getting married, which just makes her more depressed. The next day at the train station, Akira helps cheer Fumi up after seeing that she’s down.
After the first episode, I am so glad I’m picking this series up not only to watch but blog too. And since it’s being simulcast by Crunchyroll, the only thing keeping me from getting these reviews out fast will either raw availability (which never seems to be much of a problem) or my availability.
In any case, this seemed pretty obvious from the information I got about the show before, but this definitely looks like a show with nary a male in it. Thus far, the only guys I’ve seen are both girl’s fathers and Akira’s siscon brother.
Fumi seems forlorn over Chizu getting married, so it seems that she either has a really bad case of separation anxiety or she’s been holding a secret crush on her cousin. In any case, it seems pretty clear that Fumi is going to be her new object of her attention. This show is described as a yuri show, though that’s not necessarily any signal of how far their relationship may or may not go.
This show’s animation, at least the character animation, appears to be pretty sharp, though some of the backgrounds are washed out and water-color like, though I’m guessing that’s stylistic much like how it was in shows like Koi Kaze. I do seem to like the OP, however.
Anyway, I’m really looking forward to more of this show. By the way, Crunchyroll says that this show is only 11 episodes long.