Today I decided to cancel my Crunchyroll premium account, and wouldn’t you know I found something amazing to watch? The World is Still Beautiful was a great anime. The pacing was good, the character development was suberb and as a bonus the cast broke the mould in so many ways. The supporting characters were great, Nike & Livi were two of the most unique shoujo leads I’ve seen in years. Bonus points for the comedy situations.
There were some shoujo cliches but unlike the majority of shoujo anime I’ve seen, the scenes were handled well. I loved that the scenarios were not wasted and comedic though it was the characters suffered the consequences of their actions. Watching their love blossom was very interesting as well. You wouldn’t think that those two would be as relatable as they were.
As far as the age difference goes, its more common to see it the other way around i.e. a young girl with a much older man a la Sailor Moon. Though the series I watched after Sailor Moon didn’t have quite the same impact for me until now.
I also loved the soundtrack, Nike’s Tender Love tends to wear a bit thin if you binge watch but her grand mothers farewell song was something else. I won’t lie, I spent a lot the time I was watching this either crying or laughing my butt off.
I highly recommend this series for anyone who loves anime and/or shoujo. 5/5
This type of anime seems to be getting more popular as of late. I’m actually a little happy about it. This one captures the pain of first love and the burden of expectations. The feeling that you want to do what’s correct I can certainly empathize with. I can’t wait for Shizuku to realise that there is no right way to love someone.
She’s not a bad girl but she doesn’t reciprocate. She places expectations on others without bothering to meet theirs. It’s very childish, but she’s accustomed to being alone so it’s to be expected. Haru is also pretty messed up and although they touch briefly on the reasons why he just comes off like a spoiled brat. Shizuku changes him for the better and many of the other characters are better off for meeting them. I like things like these because even though it’s fictional it lets you see how important your existence might be to someone else.
They’re all desperately lonely and trying to find their respective places. It was interesting to see these characters grow as this series progressed since there were some parallels with my own life.
This series had an unfinished feel, I’ve read that it’s because the manga is still ongoing. I’m hoping that it proves popular enough to get picked up for another season but I don’t think that I’ll continue it if that happens. Since I don’t particularity care for this genre.
I think this series could have been great if half the episodes weren’t basically fillers. The OST wasn’t appealing especially when compared to the original series’ OST. It seemed better suited to a romance themed anime.
On the other hand the new characters were entertaining and you get to see more of the original characters so that was nice. I especially liked the episodes with back story for Patti & Liz.
This one gets a 5/10, it could have been better but alas the series was just not memorable.