The Spring 2023 Anime Preview Guide
TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You Season 2
How would you rate episode 1 of
TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You (TV 2) ?
Community score: 4.1
What is this?
Nasa meets a "generally cute" girl named Tsukasa on the day of his high school entrance exams, and immediately falls in love with her. Nasa confesses his feelings, but her response is that she will only go out with him if they get married. Years later, on Nasa's 18th birthday, she suddenly appears to get married. Thus begins Nasa's newlywed lifestyle.
TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You is based on a manga and streams on Crunchyroll at 12:05 PM ET on Fridays.
How was the first episode?
You can thank my boss for putting this series immediately on my radar by telling me that it was made by the same person who did Hayate the Combat Butler, which, to this day, is one of my favorite comedies of all time. I recently marathoned the first season of Tonikawa in time for season two. Though low-key compared to its predecessor, there's still a lot of enjoyment to be had here. A lot of romance anime usually focuses on the build-up to solidifying the romance itself, so it's refreshing to have a show that starts with two people solidifying an immediate marriage and have the rest of the show be about them building a life together. The show cheats a little bit by skewing the characters' ages to be as young as possible, and there are a lot of logical leaps you need to go through to justify this premise. However, I can forgive a lot of that purely based on the wholesome vibes that Tonikawa gives off.
The first episode of season two picks up right where season one left off, with our lovable couple carrying on with their typical married life. I liked that the premise of this episode is about how impractical it is to have a full-on marriage ceremony in this day and age. It's a very expensive endeavor that requires an incredible amount of planning. It makes sense that it wouldn't be for everybody. You could argue that this plotline is a little bit redundant, considering it echoes many of the similar beats from an episode in season one about the concept of wedding rings.
However, I think this episode is better because not only it includes perspectives from multiple characters outside of our two main leads, the ending was a lot sweeter because it was never really about the ceremony but rather the idea of it. This episode doesn't add anything new compared to what we had before, but the opening seems to foreshadow more intrigue regarding the mystery around Tsukasa and what she might be. I hope this season can go into that stuff while maintaining the wholesome lightheartedness that we had before.
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