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EP. REVIEW: When Will Ayumu Make His Move?




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MFrontier



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2022 9:51 am Reply with quote
I feel like a better title would be "What Move Won't Ayumu Make?"

It's fun watching a male lead who is completely honest about his feelings aside from being unable to confess said feelings because of an arbitrary limit, and how Urushi is clearly also into him and the attention he gives her even if she won't admit it and gets so flustered.

It's a different dynamic than Takagi and Nishikata,

Takeru and Sakurako are cute as well.
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Minos_Kurumada



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2022 1:03 pm Reply with quote
Yeah, it's a very cute series and a lead so willing to admit what he feels about his non-girlfriend but without confessing it's kinda interesting.

But, it's not going to lit the charts, perfectly serviceable for what it is and strives to do but just that.
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Animegomaniac



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2022 4:45 pm Reply with quote
"When will the pawn make his move?" The title is a triple pun; Inside the game, outside the game and then there's what interests me: If the whole thing is part of the meta game then why does the move of the weakest piece lead the strategy of both sides?

It's a matter of formalities. Ayumu has set up the game and his win conditions and he will not deviate from that. Urushi could defuse his entire game declaring for the two of them first or when she learns of the Ayumu's strategy from his "wingman" Takeru, by letting Ayumu win.... taking out the symbolism and dictate the rules of their relationship. Simple enough.

So what can possibly go wrong? What happens to Ayumu when... oh, I'm sorry, "if"... "if" novice Takeru turns out to be a natural at shogi and beats Urushi without trying that much?

See, here's the problem with Love is War... though I'm not sure why we have to talk about that show: The self imposed rules dictated by the leads can't draw in the rest of the cast into their own dynamic. In this show? It's inevitable the moment the ghost member showed up to play. And why did he do that? Formalities.

Teasing Master Takagi San is even worse than Love is War: At least the side characters used in Love is War to make the series longer are interesting or interact with the leads.
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tywhoppity



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2022 11:34 am Reply with quote
I gave this show The Three and gave it up; the jokes quickly became repetitive and tiresome.
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MFrontier



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2022 11:54 am Reply with quote
Wow, this like a speedrunning romance anime. Christmas and New Years by the 4th episode!?

Not even that, Urushi is already calling Ayumu by his first name so naturally and Ayumu actually won! Sure, it was with Urushi using a handicap and he didn't seal the deal, but it shows some progress!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2022 12:33 pm Reply with quote
Am I the only one who actually looks forward to the scenes with Sakurako and Teruko then our main couple? I'd rather watch them for most of the 22 minutes.
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