Tokyo Marble Chocolate Review

Since it is the weekend and I have some free time on my hands, I have decided to review this anime ova. I had seen it some time ago but never actually got down to writting a review.

Summary

The anime revolves around the two characters dating and their different mindsets while dating. The first episode tells us the story from the girl’s, Chizuru, point of view while the second episode shows us Yuudai’s point of view of the events that happened over the 2 days that the anime takes place in. The plot is quite simple, Chizuru has a date with Yuudai and was thinking of whether she should break up with Yuudai. Yuudai had decided to by Chizuru a present which ended up being packed wrongly and Chizuru ends up with a mini-donkey instead. The mini-donkey causes some havoc and chaos ensues with broken mobile phones, lost presents, and destroyed handbags as well as leaving a very confused Yuudai to fend for himself. The rest of the plot simply follows the aftermath of the donkey’s destruction and the changing dynamics of the relationship between Yuudai and Chizuru.

Review

This is an anime ova by production I.G done in 2007, so it is not really recent by any means.

This is what I would call a cute anime. Don’t think of it as something sickly sweet or anything, it is just cute. The main characters don’t really leave much of an impression on your mind and the art might not be what people are used to. The mini-donkey in this show actually leaves a bigger impression on you than the characters would even though the donkey is what I call the walking definition of cute (aka ugly but adorable).

The characters have so many personality flaws that you might actually hate or be highly annoyed by their wish-washy attitude at times. But that is what makes it fun to watch as well, because honestly, how many of us really are filled with as much bravado and are as “perfectly normal” as most of the anime characters out there.

The character designs cannot be considered pretty but they are not hard on the eyes either, the art whilst not beautiful is pretty and has a quirky personality to it. The characters personality may irritate you at times, but by the end of it all, you will probably feel happy for them; two very flawed people who kind suit each other in a quirky way. Ultimately, it is a nice simple quirky anime. As the show goes on it gets better and by the end, the mood that has been built up is quite different from the start of the show.

Since there is only two parts to it, it won’t hurt you to give it a try, if the art puts you off, try to push through it for at least until the donkey appears and then decide if you are still turned off by the art style.

Rating: 7/10

Recommendation: This is just something short and sweet for you to watch. Do not expect anything as heavy or as refined as 5 centimeters per second. This is something decent for you to watch when you have some time on your hands, like on a Saturday afternoon.

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Posted on July 22, 2011, in Anime, Tokyo Marble Chocolate and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Scrooge McDuck

    It’s interesting to note that the episodes are not really numbered: you could watch it in any order you wish.

    I empathized more with the Shuudai problem, being a guy myself and watching his episode first. Only after watching the girl’s episode became less annoyed by her and understood Chizuru a little.

    Perhaps you, having watched it in opposite order than me, felt differently?

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    • Ahh, I did see it in the opposite manner to you, when I saw the show, the episodes were numbered so I had just watched it in that given order. It is true that one can watch it in whichever order.

      I saw Chizuru’s episode first and boy was I really annoyed by her attitude in the first part of the episode but I grew to like her a bit more as it went on. I really liked Shuudai’s episode though, it was really enlightening to see his side of the story and when you see both sides of the story, it gives a new perspective on things and how personal one-sided views can distort our outlook on a similar situation. =)

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