Time Enforcer Anubis here with a fresh review!
This is an anime about school students falling in love. While I realize that you can probably think of roughly thirty-seven different anime that can be described in the same way, this one has a unique charm to it.
Hatsukoi Limited is a 2009 romance anime produced by J.C.Staff. It tells the story of several middle and high school students as they seek and find love, often in unlikely places. The show has a very slice-of-life structure to it that straddles the line between serial and episodic, in which an episode may relate tangentially to the next episode, but does not necessarily flow into the next episode. This way, every episode is satisfying on its own, but still has some value in the overarching storyline as conflicts, issues, and circumstances from previous episodes fall out of focus, but don’t simply disappear.
Hatsukoi Limited’s art style has a very soft, grounded quality to it that greatly contributes to the overall feel of the show. Everything is subtle and realistic, giving the characters a much more natural appeal, compared to series with exaggerated proportions, huge eyes, or wild hair colors. It really owns its subdued style and manages to make its characters appealing and unique without resorting to ridiculousness.
The tone of Hatsukoi Limited is very lighthearted, easygoing, and down-to-earth, and everything about the show plays into that, from the episode structure and the art style to the way elements like fanservice are presented. Pantyshots are a treat, a peek, rarely focused in on. The show’s fanservice actually gives a lot of attention to less blatantly sexual parts: Legs, midriff, ankles, and the back of the knee to name a few. Like the rest of the show, the fanservice is very subtle and grounded, but nonetheless very tastefully-done and appealing.
If you’re looking for heart-wrenching drama or gut-busting comedy, Hatsukoi Limited isn’t the place to look. The show is very good at what it does, but what it does is mostly on the lighter side and doesn’t make a goal of eliciting heavier emotions of any kind. It’s a feel-good show, and makes no efforts to be anything else.
Hatsukoi Limited is a perfect anime to relax with. It’s cute, light, fluffy, down-to-earth, and very tasteful in its presentation. If you’re into pure love anime, Hatsukoi Limited should definitely be on your list.
‘Till next time!