Given the fact that it’s from the same creator of Your Lie in April, we’ve got mixed feelings for Sayonara Watashi no Cramer (Farewell, My Dear Cramer). On one hand, Your Lie in April is renowned for all the right reasons, and we are amped to see another series from the same creator get its chance in the spotlight. On the other hand, both series’ genres are just too different, and we can’t say for certain that Your Lie in April’s excellence in the romance and drama genres will translate to a sports series like Farewell, My Dear Cramer. The question is “What do we think about it now?”
Good For Laid-back Watching
True enough, Farewell, My Dear Cramer carries that signature calm atmosphere Your Lie in April is known for. Despite being a sports series, Farewell, My Dear Cramer rarely has any infuriating or pumped scenes. Even the characters' antics are more appropriate for the slice of life genre than the sports genre. Nevertheless, watching a bunch of high school girls horse around and live their high school days chasing their dreams has its own allure. It’s interestingly relaxing, so much so that we recommend watching an episode or two to calm your mind before sleeping.
It Doesn’t Hold Its Ground as a Sports Series
Even though Farewell, My Dear Cramer follows the usual sports anime formula, which basically is an underdog team waddling through a sea of powerhouses as they chase the championship of their dreams, the series just isn’t like the other series in the genre. The Warabis may be as competitive as they can be and the leads may be pulling out incredible moves every now and then, but the series doesn’t highlight these instances. Instead, it showcases what actually drives the characters.
For instance, the show highlighted more why Onda does what she does instead of what she’s done in order to achieve where she currently is. Alright, the series did show us a glimpse of her constant practice in the rain and whatnot, but that’s nowhere near other sports series, which even have arcs dedicated just for training camps.
It Falls Short…
The series has potential, but the producer fails to bring out that potential. Even though we’re digging the series’ premise and OST, the other aspects are quite mediocre. From the comedic effects to the supposedly goosebump-inducing highlights, a lot of things turn out to be lackluster. Initially, we liked the roster of characters. We have the happy-go-lucky Onda, the smart and quirky Midori, poker-faced Suo, and the probably comic relief Aya. As the story progressed, however, their characters didn’t pan out, maybe except Midori.
Throughout the series, Onda remained quite useless and was even deadweight at times, except for a couple of sudden bursts in performance. Suo’s character isn’t much highlighted or expanded and remains in the air. For Aya, well, she turns out to be more of an annoyance rather than a comic relief. During the final episodes, however, Midori’s character is explored and it’s actually quite decent. She faces off with her senpai, Chika, in her bid to prove herself and her team. Hey, that’s quite admirable. However, this is ruined by the fact that the series literally skipped the latter half of their game. The next thing we knew is that they’ve already lost. That could’ve been and should’ve been the climax, but again, it just falls short.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. Farewell, My Dear Cramer is a below-average slice of life series that can be quite enjoyable for those who want to watch it for what it is. As a sports anime, however, it’s nowhere near good enough. There’s just not enough blood-pumping, adrenaline-inducing action to it, which sports anime fans crave. Even though we did enjoy watching it for what it is, we’d love to hear what you think about the series. Do give us a piece of your mind in the comment section below.