First Impressions: Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara

Hello and welcome to a new season of anime! The fall anime this season is plentiful and I’ve got a whole bunch of them I’m just ready to watch and review. While I thought I’d start off with reviewing SAO’s newest season, I decided to completely change my mind and start off with a newcomer anime that I’d never heard of. Today I’ll be letting you know about my first thoughts of Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara (also known as So Many Colors in the Future What a Wonderful World)!

Now first off, I’m not going to lie to you all. I definitely decided to watch this for the sole reason that it looked pretty. I know I shouldn’t have—after all most anime I watch for aesthetic purposes end up having the worst and most cringe worthy plots (I’m looking at you HandShakers). But Irozuku Sekai (yes I’m just going to shorten the title like that), actually had a fairly interesting premise as well. It’s about a young witch, Hitomi, who is color blind and gets transported back in time by her grandmother to when her grandmother was in high school. It’s…kind of odd actually typing that out.

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In the first episode there’s not a lot of why the grandmother sends her back in time, why Hitomi seems to dislike magic as is hinted at, or really why we should care about any of this at this point. The first episode is, kind of underwhelming to be entirely honest. It’s not that it’s boring per say, it just feels very much like the hump of a first episode that is trying to get the mundane out of the way in order to get to the good parts. Which, at least we get to some good parts in the first episode. After Hitomi spends time on this weird magical, time traveling bus, she ends up smack dab in the middle of some strangers room (See? Good stuff). She then has to leave this person’s room, through the window, and is in turn, seen by who will no doubtly be her future friends and classmates.

The rest of the episode acts mainly as a way for us to be introduced to these side characters, as Hitomi tries to find the address of her grandmother’s magic shop and home. Which,  by the way, you’d think her grandmother would try to use a magic that landed her DIRECTLY in the shop instead of some rando’s room. But who knows? Maybe the magic doesn’t work like that—it’s just too bad that the show doesn’t really tell us how magic works. But you know what? I’m going to say that’s okay for now, because not knowing didn’t ruin it or anything, and more importantly there will be plenty of time for this to be worked into the plot later.

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I’d say that this show kept my attention just barely for most of the first episode’s run time. It had some fun moments, some beautiful moments, and some just plain old boring ones. But near the end of the episode is when I was totally sold. The animation suddenly went black and white—and it was in that moment that we were seeing through Hitomi’s eyes. She saw a boy (fun fact—same boy whose room she ended up in) sitting on a bench, drawing, and when she saw the drawing it burst into color all around her. This moment was so fucking beautiful that I can’t even begin to describe how giddy I felt. This boy’s drawing gave her world color—and in that moment I felt I saw more emotion from Hitomi than I had the whole episode. It was this moment that hooked me into wanting to watch the rest of this season. I suddenly wanted to know how long she couldn’t see color Why she didn’t like magic. Why this guy’s drawings brought so much color to her world. What would happen to their dynamic? This guy, Yuito, opened up a whole new world not only for Hitomi but also for me as I got very interested in where the plot would take this.

So at the end of the episode would I recommend it someone else? Yes. I’d say that while Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara won’t be anyone’s favorite anime of the season, while it won’t be the best or anything, I’d say it’s really wonderful to watch. It’s a cup of tea anime—some people will like it and some people will hate it, but it’s worth a try. Even if the plot doesn’t draw you in, the animation is beautiful to behold. I truly look forward to the rest of it, but for now, these have just been my first impressions!

Til next time, Luna signing off!

First Impressions Rating – 5/10 of these side characters will end up her friends

P.S. If this end up a romnce, it’s going to be so fucking sad


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