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Last Spring season, this anime was one of the ones I dropped after the 3rd episode. It was going downhill and I was getting annoyed by the characters. But after few weeks of ignoring it, I got curious about it. LOL.

So I watched it. Finished it. And here we are, me making a review about it. I didn’t expect this at all.

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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 4, 2018 to Jun 20, 2018
Premiered: Spring 2018
Studios: Hoods Entertainment
Source: Manga
Genres: Romance, School, Shoujo
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Synopsis: Tsutsui Hikari is an otaku, and he mostly avoids social life. Hikari has only one friend at school, who is also a social misfit, and he is mocked brutally by most of his classmates for being creepy and weird. One day, he ends up having to clean the school pool with Igarashi Iroha, who appears to be pretty much everything he hates in real-life girls. She skips school, has a blunt manner, doesn’t have female friends, and seems the sort to be promiscuous. However, she is friendly to Hikari, and even stands up to the people who make fun of him. Hikari’s bitterness and trust issues lead him to say pretty harsh things to Iroha, but she never dismisses him as creepy. After a while, it starts to look like Iroha may become his first real-life, 3D girlfriend! Will he be able to handle it? (MAL)

3D Kanojo Real Girl was originally a shoujo manga that is fairly famous in Japan, I think that’s the reason why it got adapted. I never got a chance to read it’s manga, but it is on my bookmarks. I still haven’t figured out the reason why I went back and watch this, but atleast I did get to enjoy the later half of the series.

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The plot was simple. An otaku guy, who’s really awkward to everyone and has only 1 friend, happens to meet a hot and beautiful girl and for some point they become a couple. That’s like every otaku’s dream romance, which made this series very generic as this plot is quite common but in a different setting. I think it was the progression of their story that made this series different from any other show I had seen. The problems the characters’ faced were quite realistic and relatable, which made this series really engaging and intriguing. I think that’s why the manga is quite liked by alot of people.

But the problem with this series is the inconsistent pacing and the abrupt ending of the series. There were times I feel the series was dragging the problem too much and other times, it was too fast. It was a hassle to watch cuz it made some parts of the series boring to watch. And yes, the last episode, WTF was that? It just…end. Also, introducing another character that seemed to be really important at the last episode made me have alot of questions in my mind.

I know that this series will have a sequel, but bruh, at least end the season properly.

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Now for the characters. I have a love-hate relationship with the lead characters. There are times I feel them and there were times I want to smack their heads and get their act together. Sigh. But the thing is, the stuff I hated about the lead characters were the stuff I liked about them. All of the characters here in this series were not just your typical 2D characters in a series, they have different sides of themselves, good and bad, that made them alot more human and relatable. Tsutsui Hikari is an awkward otaku, yes, but he is also really caring and kind to the people he cares about, and really really oblivious to his surroundings. With those traits of his, you would understand better the decisions and actions he made. Even with Igarashi Iroha, she’s a mysterious girl at the very beginning. But seeing her real and true self later in the series made me like her and understand her. I still do wanna smack their heads, but yeah, I can’t blame them.

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Now, compared to the lead characters, I felt that I need more time with the supporting characters. Because the story was so focus on the lead characters, the growth of the supporting characters were either abrupt or really slow. I do hope to see them grow more in the 2nd season.

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Let me say this first, I HATE THE ART AND ANIMATION. There, I said it.

I think I mentioned above that the original is a manga and I bookmarked it on my reader. The reason why I have it on my bookmarks was because of its art. I really like the artstyle of the mangaka. It wasn’t unique of anything, but it was interesting and refreshing to me. But the anime version was….BORING. I don’t like it at all. It didn’t followed the art from the manga, the animation is really bad. Everything is bad. It was really disappointing.

Okay, maybe I’m too harsh in judging the character design and all, but the animation. Uuuggghhhh,..it would have been nice if they put a bit of effort to it. It was too stiff and rigid. I think the only positive point i could give would be the sequence of the shots and scenes. That’s all.

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Overall, the series was okay. It was a good watch but it was nothing amazing. I do recommend this to people who wanna watch some otaku-related romance. I’m also looking forward to its next season and the live-action movie.
That’s all for now, thanks for reading!!

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