“Meirochou is a town where all-female diviners (uranaishi) live and where girls from all over the country yearn to become the top diviner — “Urara.” Today, a solitary girl named Chiya enters the town’s gates. However, she has another purpose coming here, besides becoming the Urara. Chiya’s days as an apprentice diviner begin as she meets three friends — the earnest Kon, Kōme who is a fan of Western culture, and the shy Nono.“ –Urara Meirochou (Manga)
Urara Meirochou isn’t your typical moe-filled anime. The cute looks in the show may deceive you but this show has a lot more going then it lets on.
Yes, a lot of the anime is moe-type fun but what makes Urara Meirochou stand out is that, compared to the other moe anime other there, it’s has a solid plot line. Chiya, Kon, Koume, and Nono are on a journey to become First Rank Uraras, each with their own reason for doing so. There’s also the mystery of China’s Mom, who told her to go to Meirochou and become an Urara. Starting as a Tenth rank Urara, the girls must pass each test to one day reach their goal. This gives a lot of opportunities for the story to continue as well as keep the audience interested with bits and pieces about Chiya’s Mom. It’s a nice blend of cute moe moments, with a serious story and character development that kept me wanting more and more.
Artwork & Animation:
Very lovely character designs, a very moe-style so to speak. The backgrounds are nice and colorful, very nice use of minimal backgrounds when showcasing new outfits or funny scenes.
Character development is evenly distributed, but of course, Chiya as the main character gets a little bit more than everyone else. But that said, it’s not that much more. The amount of character development is the right amount to understand the character a bit more creating a much richer and meaningful character. Take Koume for example: instead of the being “the girl who loves sweets” she’s “the girl who loves western divination because she wants to catch up to her idol”.
Sound (OST & Voice Acting):
Very cute and energetic Opening and ending themes, with the opening theme being preformed by the cast themselves. The soundtrack throughout the show has a wild and wacky sort of sound that makes the show fun to watch.
Loved every second of the show and I hope there’s another season! I need to know who and where Chiya’s mom is!!!!!!
Overall: Score 9
With a moe-style artwork with a deep and mysterious story-line, Urara Meirochou proves to be a dark horse in the “cute girls doing cute things” aka moe-type genre! Little amounts but very meaningful character development, make for very powerful characters, which in turn help the plot line as well. High recommendation from me, especially if you like the “cute girls doing cute things” type of show, then this will be your daily does of moe.