Anime of Tomorrow
Mashiro-iro Symphony Ep. 1
Initial impression – a quiet little drama
Autumn 2011 (12 episodes) (title literal translation – Pure White Symphony) (more info)
Mashiro-iro Symphony is this season’s h-game turned anime and early indications are good. The art style mirrors Akane Iro ni Somaru Saka (the two anime have the same character designer) while the writing style goes with an Ai Yori Aoshi atmosphere that glows with a kind of innocent sincerity. The setting then takes inspiration from the premise for Kaichou wa Maid-sama except with a gender role reversal; having young men integrating into an all-girls school—rather than the other way around. It’s not a bad flavor and I’m interested in seeing how it develops. The plot doesn’t seem to be rushing anything, which is either a sign of future stagnation or good pacing—only time will tell how that turns out. Another point Mashiro has going in its favor is how it introduces the lead heroine without being too in-your-face about it. If Mashiro continues with this trend in future episodes, I see potential for a decent series.