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Monday, July 8, 2019

Sonoko Inoue -- Kotonoha no Omoi(コトノハノオモイ)

Once again, the anime seasons are changing so as per usual, it was a fairly busy time yesterday at the anime buddy's house as we finished up on Spring 2019 and got introduced to the Summer 2019 lineup. Actually, it looks like there is a potential bumper crop of Summer 2019 shows. In fact, there were so many choices that we had to plow through the pilot episodes. One is a definite keeper while one, to me anyways, is definitely something to be jettisoned.

One that I enjoyed as being one of the most adorable slice-of-life shows that I've ever seen is "Senryu Shojo"(川柳少女...Short Poetry Girl)starring veteran Kana Hanazawa(花澤香菜)as Nanako Yukishiro, a high school student who can only communicated through senryu poetry on tanzaku cards, and Tasuku Hatanaka(畠中祐)as the superficially brusque-but-really-nice Eiji Busujima, Nanako's good friend (and probably even more). If you're feeling a bit down in the dumps, a couple of episodes of "Senryu Shojo" ought to make you right.

Appropriately for "Senryu Shojo", the opening theme "Kotonoha no Omoi" (Memories of Classic Japanese Poetry) by singer-songwriter Sonoko Inoue(井上苑子)is happy and light. Written and composed by Kobe-born Inoue and Akihiko Nakamura(中村瑛彦), "Kotonoha no Omoi" is not quite at earworm level, but whenever I hear it, the TV version does have that aromatherapy effect on me.

The full version of the song has a bit more oomph in the verses, I find...perhaps on the same level as an aiko song. "Kotonoha no Omoi" is a track on Inoue's 3rd album "Shiro to Iroiro"(白と色イロ...White & Variety)which was released in May 2019 and peaked at No. 19.

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