Genre: GL: Shōjo Ai, Shōjo, Romance, Coming-of-Age, School Life
Aired: Jun 9, 2018
This GL anime is one of those films you just breeze through―no thoughts needed. It’s just a soft romance with an even softer aesthetic.
What is Kase-san and Morning Glories About?
In Kase-san and Morning Glories aka Asagao to Kase-san we follow Yui, a high school girl who just got a girlfriend. While Yui is very shy and naïve, Tomoka, her girlfriend, is an out-there track team ace. In many ways they are opposites. Tomoka is a tomboy that’s popular while Yui only has the one friend and is more comfortable working on the school’s garden. As they approach graduation, they encounter issues in their relationship.
While there is conflict, this OVA is mostly chill and cute. The conflicts are often interpersonal or fully internal―keep that in mind as you watch this character-driven story. Some may complain about the lack of clear goals and conflicts, but I think that for an adaptation of 5 volumes that is only meant to give an overview, Satō Takuya did a fantastic job. Satō wore many hats in this production: Director, sound director, script, and storyboard artist. Honestly, I’m not surprised by the slow yet delicate plot; Satō also directed Steins Gate and Suki tte Iin na yo.
Kase-san and Morning Glories Is Beautiful
This anime has a very soft look that pairs well with the budding romance and the main character’s gentle and timid nature. But beyond that, the anime is lived-in which helps build the characters and gives us greater insights into the lives of these two girls. It very much gives Ore Monogatari and Suki tte Iin a yo vibes.
Should you watch Kase-san and Morning Glories?
Honestly, it depends. If you like chill stories with simple yet touching moments, then you’ll like this. It might even appeal to you if you like Bloom into You or the aesthetic of Suki tte Ii na yo. And if you like this OVA or want more drama, definitely check out the manga it was adapted from: Kase-san by Takashima Hiromi. It’s 5 volumes of cute romance.