Unlike in Kokoro Connect, Youto doesn't even seem to be trying to hide his new found power. Azuki fell too easily to his persuasiveness even if she's forced to lie. It's not like she could say no after what seemed like such a powerful confession. I'm sure he doesn't want to be known as the perverted prince, but it's not like he's suffering from his inability to control himself. This series will work really well as a comedy.
Similar to Kokoro Connect, it seems like their desires are short term and they are unable to control themselves once activatted. Because their wishes turn out to be too perfect, they need to reverse it. It's only natural to want to be want to change when you can't express yourself how you want to, but you only realise you've taken something for granted when it disappears. Youto was unable to bring back his ability to lie because Azuki required it, but once she accepted herself, she was able to give it up.
Tsukiko wished to not be able to express her emotions, but I can't imagine who would need the ability to show what they feel. I'd expect even the most emotionless people would be able to smile because they are forcing themselves to show little emotion. So instead, someone could have wished for a smile.
In the first episode, the plot was kind of nonexistent. This episode introduces an interesting look at how Takao deals with the guilt of taking Saeki's gym clothes. With all the guilt, he lost his rational thinking and displays his fear really well. The best way out of this would be to either secretly put the clothes back or make up a simple lie like finding them in a realistic hiding place. He obviously doesn't want to give them back in person because of the fear of becoming an outcast, but giving them back is better than holding onto them and entering the contract with Sawa.
The only problem wiith the anime is the art, but I'm used to it now. I hope the plot and atmosphere will become even better by the end of the series. I might like this anime more because of the realistic style. I think it will be easier to relate to the characters because they seem a little more human than regular anime. Professionalism is great as the norm, but there has always been a part of me that knows it's fake and this anime will serve as something different.
I haven't read the manga so I didn't have any idea of what to expect. After this, I'll more than likely check out the manga for the art, but I don't plan to drop the anime just because of that one disappointment. I am interested to see how well the sales do, but I don't have high hopes for them.
The rotoscoping is clearly cheap and ugly, but I believe the mangaka wanted this. It's not like an anime studio just creates an adaption without consulting the original creator. Most people watching this anime will immediately think the art and voice acting are bad, but in this way it creates an interesting impression. Even if the main response is hate, I expect it to be talked about because it's unique and stands out as a more realistic interpretation instead of the normal anime style.
I assumed Dera was crying because Tamako had said she never loved him, but he just isn't as fit as he used to be. The constant cutting to Dera running was annoying, but it was fun to assume the worst. Dera turns out to be the first one to find out what Tamako really wants to do herself. He really does care for her despite his arrogant nature and misunderstanding sneezes. I no longer hate Dera. It's not that I like him now, I just don't hate him like I did in the first episode. Dera still makes Tamako smile though.
It might be better left to the respective fans to dream, but out of Midori and Mochizou, I'd have to choose Mochizou. In the end Midori didn't get to be anything other than one of her friends and when she was the centre of an episode, she wasn't portrayed as a good person. Mochizou is kind of average, but his heart is in the right place. He just needs to be more proactive like he was in this episode. He was able to give Tamako the best possible present and while it seems like it was the first time he managed to give her a birthday present, I wonder if it seems more like a return for the cake.
In the end the prince wasn't interested in Tamako and she was Choi's ideal wife. Everything just returns to how it used to be except for the bonds created during the anime. Choi recieved some parting gifts from everyone except Tamako. It was funny and for the best that she didn't accept the meddle.
It's annoying to see how fast everyone just went the idea of her being a princess even though it's clearly not what Tamako wants. The thought of being royalty or anything remotely similar gives off the feeling of isolation. Immediately accepting the change could just be their way of saying it's ok to become a princess, but it adds nothing to declining the offer. Even just one person saying she should stay or at least suggesting she can make her own decisions would be enough to show they really care.
No matter what dream someone has, there's always a high burst of sentimental value for finally achieving the goal. Tamako's medal might seem like a simple prize after all her hard work, but it's always nice to watch others express joy over even the smallest details in life. It's difficult to think what kind of life would await her if she left to become a princess, but losing her family and friends is certainly not going to make her happy. Doing what you love will always lead to the brightest smiles.