The Fall 2018 season is nearing its end, and now is the time to review our thoughts so far and get ready for the finale. I’ve been watching Iroduku: The World in Colors, and I thought the latest episode was so poignant and touching!
Iroduku is P.A. Works’ latest production. It is about a 17-year-old girl, Hitomi Tsukishiro, who’s got send back 60 years to the past by her grandmother. She comes from a family of magicians. Without proper instructions, she is told to go and meet her grandmother’s 17-year-old self. Hitomi arrives safely and was able to make friends and join the photography-arts-magic club. Despite the confusion and troubles, she was able to meet her grandma, a mage-in-training, Kohaku.
Hitomi is colourblind. She views the world around her in monotone. She is always looking dejected and glum. After a certain mishap, she meets Yuito Aoi and is shocked to see colours in his art. She becomes thrilled over that and they both form a special connection. Meanwhile, Kohaku studies to find ways to cure her colour blindness and send Hitomi back to the future. She also teaches her how to use magic.
This anime hails from a company who’ve produced popular drama/slice-of-life shows. This is an original series directed by Toshiya Shinohara. For your information, he had played the same role in Nagi no Asukara (2013). I was excited to see Shinohara again with a new production. It was through that promotion that I heard about Iroduku.
Time travel? Check. Magic? Check. Girl with an impaired deficiency? Check that again. Iroduku begins with a compelling story where the protagonist time travels to the year 2018. Can you imagine meeting your grandma during the time when she’s the same age as you? What would it be like? That would be very cool. Heck, if I’m allowed one wish to be granted, it would be to travel back in time.
The characters are relatable and likeable. Hitomi befriends five other people, including Kohaku and Aoi. The interaction between them is natural and not forced. This example can be seen between Hitomi and Aoi. I remember reading in a book where the president of P.A. Works had said he wanted their anime to be something he would watch. He means that they want to create something appreciated by a wide audience and not only to anime watchers. This is why these characters are all so charming.
The composer of this series, Yoshiaki Dewa, also makes a return from Nagi no Asukara. And you do not know how much I love the soundtrack of Nagi no Asu. I own the CD of it. I play the OST on the piano. Ahem, the music points in some parts in Iroduku are cued exceptionally well. I love it when the music starts playing in an emotional scene. Nagi Yanagi sings the ED of the series too
The greatest strength of this series is, without a doubt, its animation. P.A. Works amazes its audience again with its lovely eye candy of scenic backdrops and use of colours. Even the black and white scenes from Hitomi’s POV looks gorgeous. I’d say the company’s repertoire is looking even better than before. I know that you would have oohs and aahs moments throughout the series.
I can see many similarities between this series and Nagi no Asukara. A lot of key players are back doing the same roles. The vibe I get from both of them is also similar. Asagi with her one braid behind her ear immediately reminds me of Chisaki. While Nagi no Asukara was an emotional rollercoaster, Iroduku is another slice-of-life exhibit with a bit of fantasy. It’s a peaceful and easygoing show. Unlike its sister, it is to be aired in only 13 episodes instead of two full seasons.
I’ve been following Hitomi’s adventures this fall and it such a nice show to watch during a break from my studies. You can watch it on Amazon Video. If I have to admit its fault, it is, yes, slow. But the stunning animation and idyllic character interactions kept my attention. And I want to learn more about Hitomi. After she’s made so many friends and finally see colours, how will she face the fact about going back home? And that ending of the latest episode….
**Spoilers below, continue with caution**
…was so poignant and sad, man.
Get ready for the feels train.
Finally, let’s get this ball moving.