Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai Review
Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai (Tada Never Falls in Love) Introduction
Mitsuyoshi Tada was out taking pictures of cherry blossoms when he ran into an interesting foreign girl named Teresa Wagner. After a few more chance meetings the same day, Tada brings Teresa back to his grandfather's coffee shop after he learns that Teresa was separated from her friend. There Teresa meets Tada's sister Yui and the upbeat and self-proclaimed ladies man Kaoru Ijuuin before her friend Alexandra Magritte picks her up. Tada is shocked to learn not only is she going to be living next door, but she will also be transferring to his school. The story follows as Teresa joins Tada in the photography club and with the rest of the club members go on fun adventures, where they get to enjoy a life of photography and bond together as friends and possibly something more.
What We Liked About Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai (Tada Never Falls in Love)
The most likable parts of Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai come from the characters and the comedy. Whenever characters like Ijuuin and Nyanko Big are on the screen you know you are in for a great time Character interactions make up the greatest moments in the show, whether it’s the comedic or the occasional romantic scenes, the characters are all great and watching them interact is simply amazing. The show also excels in its ability to tell its story in a unique despite the story being nothing special.
Why You Should Watch Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai (Tada Never Falls in Love)
1. Fun Characters
The cast of Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai is large, consisting of two main characters and six side characters. Despite the large number of characters, each one has a unique and fun personality that gets used and developed throughout the series. The characters all get their time to shine and none of the characters ever feel unimportant or underdeveloped. Even the cat character, Naynko Big is given a unique a comedic personality that helps with some of the anime's best scenes.
At its core, Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai is a romance story, but the comedy throughout the series is perfectly executed and is one of the anime's greatest strengths. The show has a wide variety of different comedic styles, using visual gags, one-off jokes, and reoccurring comedic situations like the interactions between Alec and Ijuuin. The combination of different styles ensures there will always be something for the viewer to laugh at.
The great visuals in Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai is fitting due to the camera motif that is seen throughout the series. The characters’ designs are fairly bland in comparison to the rest of the show, but the backgrounds and environments are all smooth and beautiful. While many of the scenes are nice visually, the anime really kicks it up a notch during the Rainbow Shogun scenes, giving them a different visual style from the rest of the anime.
Why You Should Skip Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai (Tada Never Falls in Love)
1. Lack of Romance
Despite being a romance anime, the romance scenes are few and far between. The Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai mostly focuses on the daily school lives of its characters and the comedic scenarios they find themselves in. The anime also delves deeper into why the camera is important and what it means to each character more than it builds up its romance. In the last few episodes, the romantic aspects start to pick up, but it's too little too late to make a serious go at being an amazing romance story.
2. Side Character Problems
If you're interested in serious and realistic characters, then this anime is not for you. While the side characters all have fun and unique personalities, many of them rarely feel authentic and often get used as comedic devices. Ijuuin is the best example, with his jovial nature and his lack of non-comedic scenes make him come off as a one-note character.
3. Cliche Story
The romantic aspects of Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai are cliche in both style and execution. Everything from the feelings the characters develop, to the secrets the characters keep from each other are obvious from when they are first introduced. The anime will never surprise you with the outcome of its major story moments, even if the events leading up to them are unique in their own way.
Being able to stand out in the slice-of-life and romance genres is no easy task. Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai does a good job at rising to the task with a great light-hearted story and interesting characters. While the show does do a good job at attempting to stand out, it also reverts back to being cliche far too often. Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai may not be one of the all-time best romantic comedy anime around, but it keeps its upbeat and enjoyable story all the way through making it a show that is definitely worth a look if you are a fan of the genre.