This episode was a slightly awkward, if not incomprehensible, combination of different characters who seem to have no relation whatsoever. Given that it's a first episode where there are five main characters, you'd expect there to be an explicit introduction into each of the character's backgrounds. Instead, all we know is Konatsu likes listening to music on her headphones, Sawa rides horses and does archery, and Wakana, well...I'm not sure what she likes doing. It's funny, because although I just finished watching the first episode, I'm already confused which girl is which. The character designs of the girls, save for one, are much too similar. I find it very difficult to discern between them. This may become an issue in the near future, if it hasn't already.
Konatsu practicing her bubble blowing.
As for the guys, Wien is back in Japan after living in Austria for 12 years, and the Taichi is forever alone in the one-member badminton club. Does this sound like an exciting show to you? Yeah, I don't think so either.
But why, why do I still feel the need to continue watching? As cliche as it may seem, it feels like these individuals are all bound together by fate and meant to start something big. I'm pretty confident this won't turn out to be another Hanasaku Iroha, however. I'm expecting something more along the lines of a slice-of-life high school with some sort of remarkable chemistry between the main characters.
This episode was far from perfect, however it was a pleasant balance of a few positive aspects that, with further elaboration, can turn this show into something great. I personally feel there just needs to be some introductions very soon, or else it'll seem like the show is a random progression of the individual problems of each character, which would certainly doom this series.
It's safe to say that Konatsu is currently my favourite character. Barging into the washroom while her brother is bathing? And that perverted look on her face? Simply priceless.
Awesome hat tilt is awesome.