Koi to Producer: EVOL×LOVE Episode 1 – The Beginning Bonds
Upon my grand “blind anime streaming” adventure, I encountered Mr. Love: Queen’s Choice, an adaptation by MAPPA from the popular romance social simulation game of the same name. The story revolves around a confident albeit naive producer who’s inherited a small-time tv station, Miracle Entertainment from her late father. Proceeding with the initial assumption that the anime would be heavily saturated with romance, I was pleasantly surprised…
Art and Animation
Though not my usual cup of tea, I must give credit where credit is due. It is somewhat refreshing to watch an anime where each and every individual appears to be hand crafted by the holy god himself. It excels at character design. With that in mind, majority of the scenes hold an abundance of close-up shots focusing on the characters expressions and emotions, which synergizes well with dialogs that flow realistically and naturally. Though the art may appear quite generic, combination of vibrant colours and imagery offers a more stylised and unique feel.
On a very minor note, animation can feel clunky at times and not sync with the environment for example during running sequences. Fortunately, most scenes are still shots with a focus on dialog. MAPPA has a sufficient track-record to assume the quality of the animation remains consistent throughout. Other titles by MAPPA include,
- The God of High School
- Sakamichi no Apollon
- Hajime no Ippo
As stated before, the character designs give an impression of superficiality. One would assume the direction of the story would flow towards romance and drama, however, surprisingly the story takes a route of mystery and suspense. Already, there’s hints of plot development and supernatural uncertainty keeping the story engaging and entertaining throughout. The dialog between characters flow smoothly and the predicaments they’re situated in feel very real.
This is most definitely intended for a female demographic, however, it has something to offer for everyone. Whether I keep watching will be completely dependant on the genre it wants to focus more closely. Will it be romance or mystery? Or maybe both… Assuming the mystery aspect is kept prevalent, I’ll certainly be keeping it close. We’ll just have to wait and see.