The only people who will likely say Citrus is “really good” are those who are already into pseudo-incestual lesbian/yuri stuff. That said, it ends up being better than you’d think it might.
For some reason, seemingly every studio insists on hitting the viewer hard with the overtly perverted vibes early on. Director Takeo Takahashi and studio Passione are no exception; this will probably be off-putting to anyone new to anime or to this type of genre. The story of Citrus focuses primarily on the relationship dynamic between step-sisters Yuzu and Mei Aihara. As one might expect, many of the plot points revolve around uncomfortable sexual encounters of one kind or another. Subsequently, many of them feel forced and unnecessary. Underneath all of that, though, is something of a story about struggling to convey emotions, dealing with expectations, and ultimately learning to embrace the future rather than dwell on the past.
The artwork itself is acceptable. There’s occasionally some uncharacteristically ugly animation, but that can be said for most series, so we’ll call it par for the course. The score, however, is undoubtedly the best component of the series. This isn’t that shocking, as the music production was assigned to Lantis Company. As of Spring 2018, Lantis merged with former parent company Bandai Namco Holdings. Its resume consists of hundreds of anime dating as far back as the early 2000’s, and includes several notable series such as One Punch Man, Genshiken, and The Devil Is A Part-Timer. The Citrus opening theme, “Azalea” is catchy, and the overall score compliments the series rather well.
This pilot season was concluded in a way that provided some closure, while still leaving the story open for a continuation.
Overall, Citrus can be fairly pretty and enjoyable if you’re into dramas and okay with super-sexualized scenes. If not, it’s probably better to pass this one up.
Music/Sound Design: 7.5
Given the buzz Citrus has generated, and the popularity of the source manga, I wouldn’t be tooooo surprised if we get a second season sometime late next year.
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