Post by Old Man Dream on Mar 29, 2018 20:38:58 GMT
At a glance, Love is Like After the Rain seems like a romantic drama focused on a high school student named Akira who develops a crush on her boss, a middle-aged restaurant manager named Kondo, after he cheers her up from feeling depressed after having to leave her school's track team due to injury. The series devotes a good deal of focus on the chemistry between Akira and Kondo as the former's interest in Kondo develops and the relationship between them develops into something closer. To the anime's credit in this case, the series is rather sensible in approaching the relationship developments as they stay grounded and don't get too questionable or overly dramatic in their developments.
However as episodes progress, the series does gradually provide more fleshing out on Kondo's character and viewers will come to learn that he has a similar situation as Akira he faced in his youth over having an interest he finds himself feeling forced out of due to a personal issue. Rather than an age-gap relationship, After the Rain's main focus is actually on exploring Akira and Kondo dealing with personal interests they struggle with trying to get back into due to their personal dilemmas. While Kondo's experience with the situation has led him to reflect on it, the situation is a new one for Akira to cope with in her youth and as episodes progress, the series shows that the crush she has on her manager may not be one due to romantic implications. The series takes the time to explore the issues effecting both characters and how both are handling them throughout the course of After the Rain, with the relationship between the two due to both actually feeling kindred spirits with their situations. In the end, both characters come to terms with their situations in their own different ways and they become better people as a result.
In terms of presentation, the series is a beautiful one to see with gorgeous scenic shots and fluid movement from characters. Characters and scenery are given a lifelike feel with a good amount of visual detail and realistic features applied to the designs of characters. The soundtrack consists of a mix of light and dramatic insert tracks that fit the mundane feel of After the Rain and blend in nicely with the anime's various scenes. In particular with the music, "Ref: Rain" made for a fitting ED song for the series with its melancholic mood and lyrics being a perfect fit for After the Rain's drama.
Overall, After the Rain is easily among my personal favorite titles for 2018 thus far. Being seemingly focused on an age-gap relationship that it sensibly handles, the series instead focuses on the struggles that Akira and Kondo experience with their personal interests and the show explores how both handle these and the relationship they develop with one another. This is a definite recommendation if you are looking for something different for a romance anime.
Rating: 9.5 of 10
Someday I’ll be gone To somewhere that we belong And God has never played his role 'Cause I’m the one who saves my soul It’s a perfect world we’re longing for
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