Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shoumei shitemita. | Anime Review: Two nerds, one love.
Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shoumei shitemita. has been an anime I’ve been eyeing up for a long time. That being said, I’m a little late to the party because Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shoumei shitemita. now has a second season. But hey, I’d rather be late than never show up to all.
It is widely believed that science can provide rational explanations for the countless phenomena of our universe. However, there are many aspects of our existence that science has not yet found a solution to and cannot decipher with numbers. The most notorious of these is the concept of love. While it may seem impossible to apply scientific theory to such an intricate and complex emotion, a daring pair of quick-witted Saitama University scientists aim to take on the challenge.
One day the bold and beautiful Ayame Himuro outwardly declares that she is in love with Shinya Yukimura, her fellow logical and level-headed scientist. Acknowledging his own lack of experience with romance, Yukimura questions what factors constitute love in the first place and whether he is in love with Himuro or not. Both clueless in the dealings of love, the pair begin to conduct detailed experiments on one another to test the human characteristics that indicate love and discern whether they demonstrate these traits toward each other.
As Himuro and Yukimura begin their intimate analysis, can the two scientists successfully apply scientific theory, with the help of their friends, to quantify the feelings they express for one another?
For a change, Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shoumei shitemita. was a great anime and was one I really enjoyed. The premise was something I found myself really liking because we have two researchers, who seem to like each other but because they cannot explain their feelings they try to find a scientific answer to determine whether or not this feeling of affection they have for each other is considered “love”. Much of the anime follows our two lovebirds in Shinya Yukimura and Ayame Himuro, as they conduct various ‘scientific’ experiments that would help determine whether or not they ‘love’ each other. But we all know that these experiments are just an excuse to be close with one another.
Watching Yurkimura and Himuro go about performing all these different experiments was something I found oddly entertaining because they went about it the most scientific way possible. Which in itself is very weird and quirky. It’s an approach I don’t think I’ve ever seen before. On top of all that, they threw in a little bit of science related material which I will admit went right over my head because I was never someone who enjoyed the subject. So much of the real knowledge being dropped each episode or so went in through one ear and out the other. That being said, if you are a science-type I think you would find that to be pretty amusing.
That being said, I do not think the characters were as strong as they could be. There were definitely times when I thought that either Yurkimura or the supporting cast lacked something. I think they lacked flair to be honest. Like the supporting cast is only really supporting the growing relationship of Yurkimura and Himuro. Apart from that, they haven’t really added anything of value to the show. Sure they’re not robots, they have their own personalities, but I don’t think any of them really benefit the anime and that’s a negative.
Don’t get me wrong, there were times when I thought that Yurkimura was pretty cool. There were also times when he had what can be considered as ‘chad’ moments. I just think that if he was a more interesting character, like if he had a few weird quirks about him then I think Yurkimura as a character would have turned out a little better. Which is why I think Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shoumei shitemita. as a whole was carried on the shoulders of Himuro. You could definitely tell that she was driving force behind the anime. She was the one wanting to do all these ‘experiments’ with Yurkimura. If Himuro hasn’t constantly pushed/encouraged Yurkimura throughout their experiment, I do not think Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shoumei shitemita would have turned out the way it did.
The ulterior motives of Himuro (wanting to be closer to Yurkimura) is what made the anime fun for me because behind these experiments being conducted, you knew it was all because Himuro wanted to be close to the person she liked. Which was something Yurkimura hadn’t noticed because he’s too much of a science-type to realize that.
Overall, I’d say that Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shoumei shitemita was a pretty good anime, I thought it was very entertaining. I’ll definitely will be giving its second season a watching too.
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