Akira Tachibana is a soft-spoken high school student who used to be a part of the track and field club but, due to an injury, she is no longer able to run as fast as she once could. Working part-time at a family restaurant as a recourse, she finds herself inexplicably falling in love with her manager, a divorced 45-year-old man with a young son. Despite the age gap, Akira wholeheartedly embraces his mannerisms and kind nature, which is seen as spinelessness by the other employees, and little by little, the two begin to understand each other. Although unable to explain why exactly she is attracted to him, Akira believes that a concrete reason is not needed to truly love someone. On a rainy day, she decides to finally tell her manager about how she feels… but just how will he react?
When I first read the summary for this anime, I knew I was going to watch it when it airs. I’m interested with controversial (maybe even taboo?) ideas. I don’t think the controversial idea in this will be hanging over the entire thing, more like it will pop up every now and then.
Overall the first episode was a nice start. We learn and understand why Akira falls in love with her manager (named Masami Kondo), and honestly, it was kind of adorable. I mean, right now this is more of a crush she’s having than true love for him (but who knows what will happen in the future). Akira has this nice and reserved personality that she feels a bit relatable at a few scenes, and Masami is overall a great guy, being such a dork yet caring makes him a stand out character.
Animation is gorgeous as it is done by Wit Studio, who have also worked on Shingeki no Kyojin/Attack on Titan and Mahoutsukai no Yome/The Ancient Magus’ Bride. Music sounds nice but nothing really stands out, it’s just doing it’s job to fit the atmosphere.
But of course there’s the problem with the crush…the age gap. I understand how this can be a total turn off for some people that this reason alone will not make them watch this anime. But I really don’t care about this. I don’t care about the age gap, I just want to see a adorable crush becoming something more, even if it’s for someone way older. This could have easily gone to the weird/creepy route, but it didn’t, and I like that. There are other anime out there that tackles way more controversial ideas than this (the only one that is similar and even more controversial is Koi Kaze, and I genuinely like that anime). If they can handle the topic mature and only touched upon every once a while, then this anime will be a nice one for the Winter 2018 season.