Romance Under the Red Moon
- Episodes : 12
- Genre : Historical, Romance, Fantasy, Shoujo
- Airing Date : January 2019 - March 2019
- Producers : TMS Entertainment
Introduction and Story (No Spoilers)
Meiji Tokyo Renka Introduction and Story
As a kid, Mei Ayazuki lost all of her friends after they learned she had the ability to communicate with spirits. Now in high school, Mei spends all of her time alone. One night while walking under a red moon, Mei comes encounters a mysterious magician named Charlie. After he asks for her assistance with a magic trick, Mei is sent back in time to the Meiji period. There she meets and befriends many people who she is able to help using her abilities to interact with spirits. Mei makes the most of her time while waiting for a full moon in order to return home, but is returning to her old life really what she wants?
1. The Characters
Meiji Tokyo Renka has no shortage of characters for you to enjoy. Mei is a fantastic main character and the male characters all perfectly fit into their roles in the story. Whether you want some deep characters with fun personalities like Mei or you just want to enjoy the good looking anime boys, Meiji Tokyo Renka has you covered.
2. The World
After Mei finds herself sent back in time, we get to experience a really unique world. Meiji Tokyo Renka has a unique twist on the Meiji era. The whole world is exciting to both look at and experience while also being unique from a story perspective. Along with the world, the soundtrack to the anime is stellar, and matches the world and tone perfectly.
3. The Ending
The ending of Meiji Tokyo Renka was somewhat controversial with many people liking and hating the route that was taken. Although the outcome may not be what everyone wanted, it still was incredibly effective in terms of wrapping up the story and giving us a sense of finality. It was the perfect way to wrap up Mei's story and making the most of the personal journey she went on throughout the anime.
1. Too Basic
Many of the Meiji Tokyo Renka's assets just feel plain and leave you underwhelmed. A lot of the time, the anime, both visually and story-wise, is in a place of mediocrity. This results in a lot of the saniome being forgettable, but it’s not bad enough to make you want to stop watching.
2. Story Structure
Perhaps the biggest weakness of the anime is that most of the series follows the same pattern of Mei meeting one of the main boys and helping them with their problems. Outside of the first and last couple episodes, this is what most of the series is comprised of. While it does set up some great character moments for Mei, it leaves a lot of the other characters feeling flat and underdeveloped.
Meiji Tokyo Renka is a strange anime that is definitely enjoyable but won't blow you away. If you are a fan of the anime based on otome games, this anime is totally worth checking out. What did you think of Meiji Tokyo Renka? Would you recommend watching it? Let us know in the comments