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Title (English) Sasameki Koto
Title (Japanese) Sasameki Koto

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Fantasy Novel

Notes From the yuri romance manga Sasamekikikoto by Takashi Ikeda. The English title (little used) of the anime is "Whispered Words".
Classification yuri
Synopsis Briefly, 15-year old Sumika Murasame is academically gifted, good at sports, and skilled at karate, making her something of an alpha girl, and she is 175cm (5'9") tall, which does nothing to diminish her reputation for being a bit scary, and she wears thick-rimmed glasses. Secretly, she is attracted to another girl, her best friend, the pretty and openly lesbian Ushio Kazama. However Ushio is only attracted to cute girlies, not strapping young Amazons like Sumika.

Sumika hopes she can find a way to declare her feelings, while Ushio repeatedly pre-empts this by constantly chasing other girls, and pointing out that Sumika isn't her type. This is (so far) a story about unrequited lesbian love - those who hope to see the other sort should look elsewhere. Other characters include a cross-dressing boy who finds himself signed up as a (female) magazine model, several other lesbians, and a yuri manga fan-girl. Inevitably, Ushio pursues the boy believing him to be a cute girl.

Review While this clearly isn't another Aoi Hana, being more in the familiar territory of exaggerated romantic comedy, it is quite observant. The first anime episode, a slow one, rather misfires, and looks fairly boring in contrast to the lively opening of the manga. However it picks up from the second episode, and thereafter follows the style and storyline of the manga fairly closely. In the opening scenes of episode 7, the cross-dressing boy Akemiya is bring photographed by his pushy little sister, and this scene is so sexy that it's really quite disturbing. Sumika is pressurised into going on a date with Akemiya, who turns up dressed as a girl. They have a snack in a cafe and then go clothes-shopping. It's all a bit much for poor Sumika, who finds him/her so cute she practically has a nosebleed. Crikey. Don't watch this episode, guys, if you're worried about being turned gay. This series shows the potential of yuri romantic anime for comedy; however there's as much drama as comedy. As a drama it has a problem in that the humour lies in Ushio never realising that Sumika fancies her, and so the same cycle of Sumika's hope and disappointment threatens to spin out indefinitely. If Ushio got the message, the story would either end or morph into something else. By the way, one is aware that successive generations of Japanese are getting taller, apparently because of improved diet, so Sumika's height may not that unusual. Still, at 5ft 9in she'd be a tall girl in any country!
Credits Dir: Eiji Suganuma
Chara design: Masami Inomata
Episodes 13
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Date 2009-Oct-07 to 2009-Dec-30
Broadcaster TV Tokyo, TV Aichi, TV Osaka, AT-X
Animation AIC
References & Help Look up the latest data on this title at:
Richard Llewellyn's Animated Divots, or
Anime News Network (see Encyclopedia section) ,
or in "The Anime Encyclopedia" (Clements & McCarthy, Stone Bridge Press, 2001).
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