Sakura Quest Episode 1: Thoughts and Impressions

Synopsis                                                                                                                                           Five young women have one thing in common—the careers they planned for themselves weren’t working out. Job dissatisfaction, trying to make ends meet, and personal insecurities lead each of them to start working at a local tourism bureau where their lives become intertwined. As the girls experience their first year on the job, they learn a lot about their town, their industry, and themselves.

Producer                                                                                                                                     Sakura Quest is produced by PA works which has created some incredibly moving works such as a ‘Lull In The Sea,’ ‘True Tears,’ ‘Angel Beats,’ and many more emotional works too vast to name, I cannot wait for the feels fest that will inevitability come in the next 10 episodes.

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 First Impressions                                                                                                                          The first episode revolves around the central protagonist Yoshino Koharu who is a young woman has recently graduated from university and can’t get a job. Then a modeling agency that she has previously done some work for calls up saying they have a job for her and after some hemming and haring for about a minute she albeit reluctantly accepts the job.

It is honestly refreshing to see anime like this coming out of the wood work as I’m tried of seeing anime using the same old setting of high school and there problems, now we get a gritty realism of entering the working world.

As someone who has recently graduated and is looking for a job I understand that constant exhaustion of repeatedly going for job interviews but never getting a job itself, it can be tough, really tough and we can feel the despair of the main character come through.

The Art                                                                                                                                                    I wouldn’t call the girls moe as there eyes just don’t shine enough and there faces are to narrow but I think that is rather good for the characters in this anime, I find them more down to earth and can latch on far more easily than if they had the standard moe design of shining moist deep colouring that just screams I’m special. The main colours of the background and the people are pastel with no extreme deep colours making the whole experience pleasant to watch without wanting to tear out your eyes.

The Ugly                                                                                                                                              My only complaint is that Yoshino is a bit of an idiot and a whiner, these two factors can really grate on your nerves and at times you just want to shake her and tell her to grow up and act like a damn adult because she’s acting like a 5 year old and her job pool is more like a thimble so she should take anything she can get.

Conclusion                                                                                                                                             I found this slice of life anime quite enjoyable and will be replacing Koyabshi Dragon Maid as my new weekly anime to watch. The first episode is rather promising and I hope it can keep up the momentum that it has generated from it, at this point it can either go up or go down but it is definitely worth a watch.


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