A Sign of Affection Review – Simply Beautiful

Key points for A Sign of Affection Review:

  • I really appreciate the depth and growth of the characters, especially the supporting cast like Oushi and Shin. The article underscores the genuine portrayal of relationship complexities and praises the maturity in handling these dynamics.
  • I find the main couple’s relationship uniquely portrayed, with a focus on Yuki’s hearing impairment and Itsu’s proficiency in multiple languages. The respectful treatment of Yuki’s disability and the lingering sense of awkwardness in their evolving connection are particularly noteworthy.
  • I’m impressed with the animation quality and art style by Ajia-do. The article also acknowledges the fitting soundtrack and opening theme, even if they’re not groundbreaking. The overall enjoyment factor is emphasized, contributing to my final score of 8.5/10.

I just watched episode 10 of A Sign of Affection and figured that this is the best time to review the series. It was one of the best episodes of the series and it really made me feel things. This episode also reminded me of why this anime stands out so much among a huge crowd of good romance anime. I consider a lot of romance animes to be good but only a few of them will stay with me like A Sign of Affection will and I am glad to have another memorable romance anime alongside this right in this season.

So welcome back to yet another review, today we are talking about A Sign of Affection. There will be quite a few reviews next week too as the Winter 2024 season wraps up and we gear up for the Summer 2024 season. With that said though, let’s just start right away.

Plot

Not much to say here. Romance/Slice of Life anime are not known for their plot and it is the same here. The only difference is that the circumstances of the main couple are pretty interesting with Yuki being hearing impaired and Itsu being someone proficient in multiple languages. Their contrast adds a lot to the relationship dynamic. The anime is also about adults/college students and to that extent, the plot shows a certain level of maturity and I like that. The one of the plot should befit the age of characters in question and this anime pulls that off flawlessly. So yes, there are a lot of relationship complications but the way they are treated feels genuine.

Characters

This is where I have a lot more to say. I like how there are short flashbacks throughout the show that show the school days of certain characters. This was done for Shin, Emma, and Itsu and in the recent episode for Yuki and Oushi. Speaking of Oushi, his character has grown on me with the recent episode. I like how he dealt with having someone he liked “stolen” by another person. His and Itsu’s “friendship” could result in some fun interactions in the future as well.

Aside from Oushi, Shin is also a great side character. I liked his arc as well and I’d like to see it conclude in this season as well. Emma, Rin, and Kyouya are proper supporting cast, yes, they have their own thing going on but it is nowhere as deep as Shin or Oushi. Still, though, they are all likable characters. Rin in particular has some really fun moments with others.

I didn’t talk much about Yuki and Itsu because, of course, they are the highlight of the show. I have talked about them a lot in other articles already. But I do think their relationship is well handled. I like how there is a certain degree of awkwardness to it still. And I love how respectfully others treat Yuki considering her disability. Both of their character arcs are well done and I respect Itsu a lot more after the recent episode.

Animations and Soundtracks

Ajia-do a pretty good job with this show. I like the opening theme and the BGMs fit the scenes perfectly. Not out of the world good but they’re more than serviceable. The animations and art style are pretty as well and that’s about it. Nothing too complicated.

Summing Up

Here are my final review scores for A Sign of Affection:

  • Plot – 8/10
  • Characters – 10/10
  • Animation – 8/10
  • Soundtracks – 7/10
  • Enjoyment – 9/10
  • Overall – 8.5/10

That is all for now! Let me know what you guys think in the comments. I will take my leave here. See ya!

Also, check out my thoughts on what makes a good anime adaptation here!

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