Key points for Our Dating Story Review:
- Considering my tolerance for potentially divisive elements in romance anime, acknowledging the discomfort with Luna’s past relationships adds a layer of understanding to her character, making it a make-or-break aspect for many people.
- Beyond the controversial elements, the anime offers me a typical yet enjoyable romantic comedy with wholesome moments, typical plotlines, and character depth for those open to Luna’s backstory.
- While the characters may resonate with me, the anime’s animation, soundtrack, and overall production quality fall within the realm of average.
Ok, I somehow have a certain tolerance for “weird” things in romance animes. And I know for a fact that not everyone has this kind of tolerance and there are certain things people don’t tend to like. I perfectly understand that and I understand where those people are coming from as well. That said, having that tolerance helps me quite a bit when it comes to divisive anime like Our Dating Story.
If you go and check the scores for this anime on MAL, it is sitting at a pretty low 6.6 rating right now. Before even starting the review, I want to make it very clear that this show will not work for everyone. But how good is Our Dating Story outside of all these divisive elements and “controversy”? Here are my thoughts on it at the very least.
The plot is pretty much what the title says. It is a typical romance story for the most part but the girl has been with many guys before, who all were pretty much after her “appearance” and weren’t serious at all about the relationship. While for our MC, Ryuto it is his first time dating a girl. Of course, as you may imagine, this is where the divisive elements come in. Depending on how much can you tolerate that kind of stuff, it will make or break Luna’s character for you.
Now, putting Luna’s past aside, it is a pretty standard rom-com. It has its share of nice and wholesome moments. Along with a lot of the typical rom-com plots. So if you can tolerate the things I mentioned earlier and you like rom-coms with a bit of drama, you will like this anime too.
Again, the characters in this anime will be made or broken depending on your perspective of Luna’s past. Personally, I don’t mind it that much so for me, it adds to her character depth as she is trying her best to leave all that behind and is pretty serious about her relationship with Ryuto. She did get a good chunk of character development throughout the season as well. As for Ryuto, I’d have liked to see more development on his end. He did get some but it wasn’t enough for me. The supporting cast of Nicole, Maria, Sekiya, etc. is pretty good as well.
Animations and Soundtracks
Not much to say here. The anime is fairly average in both of these aspects. I kind of like the opening theme, it grew on over the course of the season so at least the show has that going for it. Other than that, the art style, animations, and character designs are all fairly average.
Here are my final scores for Our Dating Story:
- Plot – 7/10
- Characters – 7/10
- Animations – 6/10
- Soundtracks – 6/10
- Enjoyment – 8/10 (Only because some scenes/episodes are really cute)
- Overall – 7/10
That is all for now. This anime is going to depend a lot on personal taste and those were my thoughts on it. With that said, I will take my leave here. See ya!!
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