In order to pursue her dream of bringing positive changes to Japan, Mitsumi Iwakura leaves her countryside town to attend a prestigious high school in the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. As she has already mapped a clear life plan, she has absolute confidence that there will be zero mishaps from then onwards.
Despite her ambitious promise, the country girl ends up running late on the first day when she gets lost on her way to school. Fortunately, she meets a fellow first-year student, Sousuke Shima, who is in the same situation and offers to go with her. They eventually make it to school, but the misfortunes do not end there, as Mitsumi leaves an unfavorable first impression in front of her classmates.
Nevertheless, the class soon takes notice of her friendship with Sousuke despite their opposing personalities. Only time will tell whether Mitsumi will be able to forge fruitful relationships with her classmates, and she will certainly not be alone.
Anime Review: Skip to Loafer
High schooler Souta, an introverted youth, takes a leap of faith and moves from his quiet town in Hokkaido to the bustling city of Tokyo in a bid to academically challenge himself. However, he soon realizes this isn’t going to be an easy task, not entirely due to his academics. Struggling to understand the complexity of city life and the intricacies of surviving independently, he stumbles upon a light in his life, the cheerful and kind-hearted Megumu.
Megumu, a high-spirited girl, runs a small patisserie that is renowned for its sweet treats and homely atmosphere. Together with Souta, they begin a journey of self-discovery and the joys & hardships of city life interlaced with delectable servings of cream and custard. The narrative explores their budding relationship, personal growth, and the appreciation of the small things in life that often go unnoticed.
The Sweet Slice of Life
If you are a fan of ‘slice of life’ genres and have a sweet tooth for pastries, then this anime offers a wholesome blend. Skip to Loafer reminds us that the simplest narratives can often be the most heartwarming. The protagonists Souta and Megumu grow on you organically without relying on flashy plot devices.
The artwork is undoubtedly a highlight of Skip to Loafer. The patisserie scenes are so vividly and mouth-wateringly rendered that they might as well serve the pastries right out of the screen! The colorful backdrops of Tokyo city create a striking contrast with the serene countryside from where Souta hails, rendering the feel of an intricate watercolor painting.
Both our protagonists, Souta and Megumu, are carefully drawn out with enough layers and dimensions that keep you engrossed. Their personalities are an honest portrayal of their circumstances, and their development throughout the series is a joy to witness. Side characters add to the rich tapestry of city life, each with their unique quirks and charm.
With its beautiful artwork, compelling characters, and soothing narrative, Skip to Loafer serves as a comforting retreat from reality. Whether you’re a seasoned anime enthusiast or a newbie, this delightful series is worth a shot.
If you’re wondering whether to rent, buy or stream it – I would confidently endorse this for a purchase. It’s the kind of series that deserves a spot in your coveted anime collection. You’d find yourself revisiting it much like one would a comfort food cafe.
So why wait? Put on your loafers and jump aboard the Skip to Loafer journey for a refreshingly sweet ride!
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