“Fashionable Yuzu imagined the first day at her new school she transferred to after her mother’s remarriage a bit differently; she didn’t know it’d be an ultra-strict and conservative girls’ school. So instead of a sweet high-school romance, she butts heads with the stern student council president Mei – who turns out to be her new stepsister. And she has to learn that hate and attraction are often not that far apart.” Citrus (manga)
I’m always down for a Yuri anime anytime and anywhere. Citrus got me hooked with its fresh new story and beautiful character designs.
Citrus starts off strong with its interesting take on the Yuri Genre, bring together the most unlikely couple Yuzu and Mei. While Yuzu and Mei’s relationship and character development were appealing it became a bore as the story went on. It became this vicious cycle of “we’re getting along” to “I hate you” and so on and so forth. While the first bite into the anime was fresh and exotic, the flavor lost its kick over time even when rivals of love would show up.
Artwork & Animation:
Character designs were one of the reasons that I stuck through the entire show with a smile. Though less detailed than the manga it still brings the aesthetic that the manga offers. The animation is choppy at best, it gets the job done but the animation could’ve been much smoother.
Side-characters are so important to building the world of an anime. What Citrus fails to do is give these side characters enough time to be memorable and make an impact in the story. Though I love the side characters, there is hardly anything for me to base my liking for these characters because they don’t do anything.
Sound (OST & Voice Acting):
nano.RIPE performing the opening theme was definitely a surprise for me, although somehow it works with the show. The soundtrack is actually nice with a variety of orchestral pieces. Great use of strings to define impactful moments throughout the show.
There were parts I enjoyed and there were parts where I’d watch in disbelief, as Yuzu and Mei would get into another fight just as they made up! Ups and downs like a little kiddy rollercoaster ride, got me feeling the wrong feelings.
Overall: Score 7
Although the artwork is wonderful and the soundtrack is enticing, they are the only thing that makes Citrus stand out. The seemingly fresh and exciting story gets progressively boring as proceeds forward relying on a “back and forth” relationship between Yuzu and Mei and hardly touching any of the side characters.
Best Girl: Harumi Taniguchi
With great “assets” as well as a good head on her shoulders, Harumin never fails to make me smile or laugh we she gets some screen time! The Low-key Gal will have your heart swooning as soon as she shows up on screen!