(This series has since been dropped. There will be no entry for it for the foreseeable future.)
Three episodes in, Urara Meirochou is a sugary treat for all those looking to develop diabetes.
There is nothing about Urara Meirochou that will challenge you. The anime is incredibly simple in every capacity, never failing to depress every scene’s weight and make light of situations that could conceivably be seen as suggestive. Its feel-good manner is one that will hardly be of use to anyone within a sharp mental capacity. Urara Meirochou prides itself on being a spectacle of moe, and while there isn’t necessarily anything wrong with that, it somewhat impedes the potential of what the anime could be by remaining safe and within a certain demographic.
Seeing as this is the case, character development will be minimal and the story may as well be a placeholder for goofy antics. I’ll give credit to the series for not completely abandoning the premise outright, though the attention put forth to it is questionable. There are a few things that come about that the series can focus on that could enlighten some genuine development and intrigue. Whether or not these things ever become resolved (or without showering the viewer with clichés) is yet to be seen.
I don’t entirely hate the series, as I find myself charmed by some of the pleasantly-designed women and their diverse attires. J.C. Staff is more than capable of making a show be as blatantly moe as possible, and for those who want that kind of situation, Urara Meirochou is a great choice. The all-female cast and their cutesy voices and one-dimensional characteristics are heightened by the creamy color palette. The emphasis on animal characteristics and chibi overreactions and occasional oblivious sexual fan service makes the show an enjoyably dumb concoction. It’s not afraid of relying on clichés, however, as those may be the one thing that makes me regret picking it up.
Though not quite as lighthearted as other slice-of-life titles, there isn’t a whole lot to really look forward to going into an episode other than cute girls being subjected to situations within their environment. Sometimes they’re serious, usually they’re not. However, as noted before, there are things that could reap some emotional response from the audience. Whether or not Urara Meirochou decides to capitalize on this is a different story, but for the time being, the anime, at its worst, is a forgettable blob of moe disguised as something slightly different. Notice how I never once talked directly about the aspect of fortune telling? Because the characters have barely done anything with it, other than some foreshadowing about the potential of the wild girl with the long white hair. Should you want something to immerse yourself in that will make you think, avoid Urara Meirochou. I’m sure many could guess from the cover alone, but for those with some obliviousness, it’s pretty dumb. Emphasis on both pretty and dumb.
4 thoughts on “Early Impressions: Urara Meirochou [Dropped]”
It is sort of a shame that Urara Meirochou isn’t the kind of show that would really dive into its premise. While practically every aspect of it points to it being ‘another one of those Winter shows’ the idea of aspiring fortune tellers, their wardrobes, and from what little I’ve seen of the city design have some potential to them. In the same way that most any idea has some potential I suppose…
I don’t need any more sugar-sweet moe in my life right now and if I did, it wouldn’t be this show. So I won’t be picking it up as you advise. Will you be sticking it out for the full run?
Should the show continue as it is, yeah. If anything, I can just half-watch it like I did Girlfriend (Kari). Doesn’t make me angry or frustrated. Just kinda blank with occasional spurts of “Pretty colors…”
I don’t know why, but I’m being drawn to that pink mini-penguin-looking bird in the first image. So… cute…