College student Miyako Hoshino is quite shy around other people. She mostly spends her time in her room making cosplay outfits. When her fifth-grade sister Hinata brings her classmate Hana Shirosaki home, Miyako instantly becomes captivated with Hana's cuteness. Miyako tries to do various things, ranging from making Hana wear cosplay dresses to giving her sweets. This gives Hana a bad impression of her at first, but Miyako will do anything to grow closer to the angel who has descended before her. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Given the recent trend of age gap yuri pairings, it’s almost natural to expect Wataten to follow the same pattern. Even more so when one considers that the most recent version before this was just a season before and also was done by the same studio. But while many of the other age gap shows play up the creepiness of the actions either for horror or humor, Wataten is able to take a more nuanced take on what is happening.
First things first, I can understand why it can be somewhat uncomfortable for audiences to watch the main character so obviously have a crush on a girl who is much younger than her, as well as see the ways that she expresses that love, but I would also implore them to hear the show out and top watch the whole think before coming to a quick judgement. While some of the actions that Miyako takes are sketchy, I don’t think that is a fully accurate description of her character. While the maid in UzaMaid had her sole purpose defined by loving lolis, Miyako doesn’t. Not only is Hana her first love, which hit her like a truck hits a poor helpless soon to be isekai protagonist, but she also exhibits other passions mainly clothing and fashion design, along with more okatu like interests. Her interest in Hana is just one piece of the puzzle, and one part of her whole character.
She also is a sufferer of social anxiety and has troubles being in crowds, going outside, or interacting with those that are outside of her comfort zone. In a way her smittenness with Hana is able to override that fear and is able to get her to reach out for once, which is ultimately good for her growing as a character. The show does a good job of showing her condition and how much it ends up effecting her. The ability to just interact with others is a struggle for her and it’s clear just watching her through out the 12 episodes. With desires, flaws and all Miyako is a complete character, and is a quite developed one at that. She manages to grow throughout the season and is able to be more than just an age gap joke. And that’s what I think is so important. As unsavorable as it may be to some, often times love happens out of nowhere for reasons that are hard to understand. And it hits Miyako herself. But Miyako is more than that. She is a real person with real struggles and desires and all of that. She is able to provide the nuance that is needed by being a complete character. I also have to add that despite some of Hana’s more weird quirks Miyako is willing to accept them and enjoy Hana for who she is rather than protecting the image of an angel onto her. She isn’t there just for that image, but rather for Hana herself.
Furthemore while some of her actions are suspect, there are a lot of her actions that are wonderful. She is a great sister to Hinata, and even before Hana was in the picture she doted on her and gave her all the love that one can really hope from their big sister. Even with Hana and the other girls in the picture, she acts like a big sister to all of them. She bonds with them, she plays with them, and often she tries to help them with whatever they’re trying to do. And as the show goes on, the more things she does to try to help them out. She is a good sister to them and she is a good friend. And it may seem weird to some, friends don’t have to be age restricted. Despite the difference in age there is a true bond there which is very enjoyable to see.
I talked a lot about Miyako which makes sense given her focus in the show, however she is far from the only great character in the show. The main cast is a lot of joy to watch and each of them have their own interesting quirks. While Hana can be quite angelic in her appearance and demeanor, she has her own weird quirks and odd things she likes that makes her interesting and goes against that grain. Noa loves herself and attention but actually despite that she is a really good friend and is the most aware of what is going on out of the whole cast, even Miyako at times. And while she is not afraid to use what she knows to her advantage, she also uses what she knows to try to make the rest of the cast happier and get them to the conclusion that they wouldn’t be able to get to without pushing. Hinata is a genki-girl that loves her sister a whole lot, and to be fair she is the simplest of the cast. She basically tries to make everyone happy while also trying to be with her big sister as much as she can.
As one may expect from a Dogo Kobo show the art style is fantastic and really brings out the cuteness of the show. The animation is great and the music is also quite nice. While there can be a few corners cut here and there the general art style is so strong and cute that it is able to more than make up for it.
Overall these good production values along with the wonderful characters and the growth they have both as people as towards each other makes this a great enjoyable watch, and one that provides the nuance that I hoped to see in it. And while it is able to hit all of the things that one would hope for a CGDCT I’m glad that it was able to use it’s premise and unique traits well to separate it from the pack. It’s not my favorite CGDCT but is a welcome addition to the list of CGDCT that I really enjoyed and would heartily recommend.