So I’ve finally gotten around to posting an anime review. Frankly, I think I’ve just been really lazy lately; sorry! Anyway, Here is a few impressions of Mashiro-Iro Symphony: Love is Pure White. I’m not completely caught up with this particular series, so I’m basing this review off of less information that most of my other reviews.
Mashiro-Iro Symphony: Love is Pure White (ましろ色シンフォニー -Love is pure white- Mashiroiro Shinfoni -Love is pure white-) is originally an adult visual novel by Palette, released in 2009. Three manga adaptations and four drama CDs soon followed, and the anime, produced by Manglobe, began airing in October 2011.
From my past experiences, I’ve noticed that anime adaptations of visual novels can be tricky. Since the animated series can only follow one path (most of the time), a lot of otherwise important details can be left out. While I haven’t played the Mashiro-Iro visual novel, I really want to now after watching the anime. Not so much over my opinion of the series so far, but I’m mostly interested in seeing how the original plays out.
I’ll start off with the technical aspects. First of all, the art and animation is superb. Everything looks very refined and, well, beautiful. Secondly, I’m really enjoying the voice acting. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but the characters in Mashiro-Iro have very fitting voices.
In the very first episode, the main character is searching for his sister who has happened to find herself lost in their neighborhood. This takes up nearly the entire episode. At the very end, we learn that the two will be attending a previously all-female school that has merged with another mixed-gender school. We meet a few more characters, and then the episode ends. This kind of first episode gives not only makes you want to see the next episode but it also sets the laid-back, relaxing-paced mood of the show.
I find the overall feel of the show to be a bit tense. When I say this, I mean that the character interaction seems overly formal. More often than not, the characters feel distant from each other. However, this isn’t a plainly obvious aspect to notice. I’m probably over-exaggerating a bit, but it’s more of an overall vibe that I get from the show, from how the characters act. But don’t get me wrong, each character has their fair share of standing out, and the “basic” character development is very nice.
Mashiro-Iro Symphony certainly has its shining moments. It’s brimming with a subtle, warm happiness, and there is a generous sprinkle of bittersweet moments that really pluck at the heartstrings. There are also many times when I couldn’t help but chuckle and smile. I like giant mecha battles and fanservice as much as the next guy, but we all need a solid, refined, no-nonsense romance story every now and then. Mashiro-Iro has been a feel-good show for me so far, and I will be perfectly content if it stays that way for the rest of the season.