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What Else Should You?: Citrus

These Season’s Citrus has attracted a lot of attention, both positive and negative, for its focus on the fairly abusive relationship between Mei and Yuzu, but that does not mean that it does not have any good qualities. Aside from that though, there are a few other anime you should watch if you are enjoying Citrus. Welcome, again, to What else should you watch, where I give you recommendations based on a show each week.

Black Butler

Black Butler

A bit more fantastical and a bit less abusive, Black Butler serves as a great gateway into what anime is. That is not necessarily saying that Black Butler is super good, but it is to say that there is a lot to appreciate about it, especially if you are going to Citrus specifically for the female relationship.

Sure, Ciel and Sebastion might not be in a romantic relationship, but the show has no problem playing into more gay undertones. Even one of the show’s other recurring, Grell, appears to be more feminine when it comes to Sebastion.

Not exactly one of the best anime ever made, but if you want something a little less dark in the way Citrus is then definitely worth a watch if you haven’t already.

Sakura Trick

Sakura Trick

Something much more light-hearted than Citrus will probably ever be, Sakura Trick is a slice of life Yuri romance about best friends Haruka and Yuu, who have been with each other since middle school. Haruka begins to feel some distance between the two of them when high school begins. One thing leads to another, and the two find their relationship has changed forever.

Bubbly would be one word that describes this show well. There is not a lot of emotional stakes in the “challenges” their relationship faces, and often times the characters do not seem that interesting, but man is it still charming.

Haruka and Yuu definitely feel like people, with the two of them paying special attention to each other’s details, and it really feels like a relationship by the end. Something fun to watch in spare time, for sure.

What else would you add to this list of recommendations? Let me know in the comments below. Also, if you like what your reading, consider supporting my Patreon, and helping out the blog.

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Citrus Episode One Reaction: In the Mystery of Mei

As my introduction to the Winter 2018 anime season, I can say that Citrus is definitely giving me confidence so far, especially since Violet Evergarden is stuck behind Netflix. Even with just one episode, the show has already displayed some serious promise with regards to being a good romance.

Yuzu is a girl that, after her mom remarried, has moved to a new town, and with it a new school. She is a gyaru who has not actually kissed anybody but certainly loves to dress the part. She discovers quickly that her new all-girls school is nothing like she’s been to before, with strict rules governing the student body. A bunch of crazy stuff happens, and as it turns out her new sister Mei is the student council president of her new school, but Mei is not any ordinary girl. After Yuzu finds out on her first day that Mei has been making out with the homeroom teacher, Mei decides to show her what a kiss is like.

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Citrus is….not at all what I expected. Much of my previous experience with Yuri has been shallow storytelling in favor of highlighting the characters…features. It never really came across as the creators wanting to tell their characters stories but rather as a cheap ploy to get attention. Citrus, however, does not feel like that at all.

Already, the two main leads have a lot of personalities and it is easy to discern that life has not been too kind to them. Both of them have fathers that have been gone or not caring enough to be present in their lives. Yuzu clearly masks her insecurities about not having been in love before behind her clothes and make-up, while Mei clearly has not been able to express who she is at all. Both of these characters are currently in a position where they are uncomfortable with themselves.

It also gives me a lot of faith in the show knowing that Takeo Takahashi, the director behind the incredibly well-written Spice and Wolf, is behind the wheel on this one. I have a good feeling about this.

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How are you guys feeling about Citrus? Good stuff? Seasonal trash? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and bye for now, Friendos!