Talk about moving at a snails pace. Episodes eight through ten were pretty bland to be completely honest with you. I didn’t think they were captivating or interesting for that matter. Which in itself is a shame because I did have high expectations for Yamada-kun to Lv999 no Koi wo Suru.
What’s even worse about the three episodes I’ve watched, was they they were able to turn a ‘festival’ episode into something mediocre which was something I thought was not possible. I mean, come on now guys and girls, festival episodes of any sort is designed to push character development to the next level. That is what those episodes are known for, but somehow, some way, Yamada-kun to Lv999 no Koi wo Suru was able to diminish that.
I think all my disappointment can be summed up in one word, pacing. The overall pacing of an anime is very important, especially nowadays when anime are limited to either 11 to 13 episodes maximum. What you want to cover get compressed and condensed into twenty minute blocks. So there’s only so much you’re able to cover. However, when it comes to Yamada-kun to Lv999 no Koi wo Suru I do not think they’re covering enough source material.
I’m now ten episodes into this anime and it honestly has felt like barely little has happened since I last watch the anime (however many weeks ago was that). It was very uninteresting, as I’ve said already, barely anything happened. The three episodes I’ve watch had very little substance in them, each episode felt rather empty almost as though something was lacking.
Due to the overall pacing of the anime being outright terrible, this has affected the character development we see on screen. You can tell that their are starting to like each other, but the problem is we’re now at episode ten and nothing has really happened between them.
Which means, everything is going to be happening in the final three episodes and to me that’s extremely disappointing. Like, you’re going to have me wait until the final three episodes for them to even acknowledge their feelings for one another let alone have them do something about the feelings they feel for one another.
To me that comes down to poor pacing. In order to captivate the viewer, especially with a romance anime. You need a relationship worth getting behind, you need something that is able to pull you in. For me the prospect of a relationship between Yamada and Akane isn’t one I can rally behind. Having to wait for something to materialize hasn’t helped, let’s be honest here.
Not to mention the supporting cast up until this point has played little to no role in the story. I do not believe that they’ve complimented the main cast nor have they done anything to push along the Yamada x Akane ship.
** I’m writing this blog immediately after writing my review for Tonikaku Kawaii 2nd Season where I talked about how everything in the anime felt complimentary of one another. So I am a little hypercritical right now. **
Without a doubt, Yamada-kun to Lv999 no Koi wo Suru and everything it entails is down bad. I hope that the final three episodes manage to switch my perspective on things, but I doubt it.