Ah, KimiNozo. The show I walked away from without finishing the first episode. The show I went back to when I saw how spirited the discussion about it became. The show that, of all the short-season series to begin in Fall of ’03, was the most gripping and dramatic.
On the face of it, KimiNozo is exactly the sort of series I don’t like. High schoolers in love? Spare me! A love triangle made up of people too pathetic to make their own decisions? Oh, please! And you tell me it’s based on an h-game? That does it, game over!
And yet, for some bizarre reason, the show really does manage to be incredibly compelling.
Four small fairies. Four distinct personalities. A quarter hour for each of twelve months of the year. Lessons learned about what it really means to be human.
Well, okay, maybe not that last part.
Meet Kururu, Sarara, Chiriri and Hororo. They’re fairies who live in what look like little colored Mason jars on the desk of a young man we only know as Sensei-san. Bottle Fairy is the chronicle of their year in the human world, learning what they can through shared experiences and a great deal of imaginative role-playing.
The show is, in a nutshell, unrelentingly cute. Seriously. If twelve minutes of wall-to-wall cuteness isn’t your idea of fun, don’t watch this show.
I take that back. Watch the show anyway. At least get through the first three episodes. If you aren’t hooked by the end of the June Brides episode, there’s simply no hope for you.