At a certain trading company, saleswoman Futaba Igarashi has managed to hold her respectable job for almost two years thanks to the guidance of her senior coworker—Harumi Takeda. However, due to Igarashi’s short stature, Takeda often teases her and treats her like a kid, leaving Igarashi constantly annoyed by his antics.
Despite this, Igarashi notices Takeda’s reliability as he is always ready to help whenever something at their workplace goes awry. As Igarashi and Takeda spend more time together, their relationship soon develops further than simply being coworkers at the office.
Fall 2021 has given us a ton of anime that are worth watching, Senpai ga Uzai Kouhai no Hanashi is one of them. On a general level, Senpai ga Uzai Kouhai no Hanashi has been a very warm and inviting anime. I definitely think it’s up there when we’re talking about Slice of Life anime.
What really made this anime enjoyable for me was that each episode to me felt very wholesome, like it’s really hard to explain what I mean. Each episode always had something happening and from a pure entertainment standpoint, episodes that have always had something happening also minimized the downtime between each segment. Which again, was something I really appreciated because I don’t remember a time throughout the anime where I felt bored. Granted, it’s been a few days since I’ve last watched the anime so I could have forgotten parts where I didn’t particularly, so that could play a role too but hey. #yolo.
All that being said, I think the largest contributing factor to Senpai ga Uzai Kouhai no Hanashi was its characters. I thought the mix of personalities and overall usage of its characters throughout each episode was extremely well done. While technically, the stars of the anime were Igarashi and Takeda, it didn’t feel that way. As a matter of fact, the supporting cast of Sakurai, Kazama, Yuuto, Natsumi felt like main characters as well. I genuinely think that Senpai ga Uzai Kouhai no Hanashi had the right blend of characters and used each one of them to their strengths.
There were episodes made specifically for Kazama and Sakurai, episodes made for Takeda and Igarashi, and episodes made for every character to be involved. What I loved about those episodes, in particular, was that each character complemented one another. There was never a time when our characters’ personalities clashed, which is always a risk with these types of anime. Furthermore, since all the characters were in good standing, it made the episodes a lot more enjoyable. I personally loved how obvious Sakurai and Kazama made it known to each other that they had feelings for one another. They were just too shy to publically announce that and as someone who loves that sort of thing, it made my heart go crazy for that ship.
In short, Senpai ga Uzai Kouhai no Hanashi is actually a very straightforward anime. It isn’t complicated. Everything about it is as simple as it gets, from its characters, their relationships, the humour and lighthearted moments, all the way down to its art design. Simple anime are almost always the best anime, well for me anyway. Senpai ga Uzai Kouhai no Hanashi was definitely one of my highlights this Fall 2021 season.
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