Before we begin let us get the obvious out of the way. Yes, each episode is only three minutes long (not counting the ED). Yes, that is too short for a show like this. Yes, the short length does make the anime feel like it cut out some important scenes or some pivotal moments are rushed. Now that we have the biggest gripe against the show out of the way how does it fare as an anime in spite of this? Let us find out as we take a look at Tachibanakan Triangle.
- Tachibanakan to Lie Angle
- Love to Lie Angle (English)
Genres: Comedy, Ecchi, Romance, Yuri
Theme: Love Triangle
Number of episodes: 12 (3 minutes each, not counting the ED)
G-Rating: 7/10 (Favoritism) 6/10 (Overall)
Plot Summary: Natsuno Hanabi gets a little more than she bargained for when she moves back to her hometown to start high school. Stuck between her childhood friend and a mysterious beauty, is this love triangle going to define her new life!?
One thing that cannot be taken away from the show is that it delivers in the ecchi. Each episode finds ways of showing our leading love triangle participants gracing us with their sexy bodies. And for viewers yearning mature bodies the older tenants of the Tachibanakan dorms have that area covered. Unfortunately this is a PG-13 rated show meaning that the accursed “censor rays” ruin many parties throughout the show though some of the censoring is more part of the show as it progresses such as buttons flying when clothes are accidentally ripped off. speaking of sexy bodies the animation is solid. The girls as I already said are visually appealing and it feels smooth. I had no issue while watching the show. The soundtrack though gets lost in the background.
The characters are all straightforward. Hanabi is the kindhearted lead who spends most of her time trying to figure out the situation and getting pounced on or accidentally doing the pouncing. Konomi is the tsundere childhood friend with a pitched voice. Iori is the mysterious airhead beauty who has no trouble saying how she feels or what she wants though she can get distracted easily.
On the other end we have the older ladies. Yuu is a chill babe who similarly to Iori has no problem telling people how she feels or what she wants and is, shall we say, more experienced. Sonoa is the adult tsundere of the group though when drunk she is more honest about her true feelings. Lastly we have Konomi’s older sister who is Hanabi’s older kindhearted counterpart but much more relaxed. As far as character development for each character who gets some goes it too is straightforward. Nothing complicated. The yuri ranges from sweet to PG-13 raunchy, meaning the standard stuff found in ecchi shows such as accidental groping, doors inexplicably left unlocked, a few kisses here and there etc. Both Iori and Konomi get an opportunity to grow closer to Hanabi so there is that. However, as mentioned at the beginning the shot length does affect the show by having the more plot-centered moments feel rushed and some important content cut. In the middle this is not as much of a problem because the episode could be crunched into three minutes and not feel like much was missed but there more plot important episodes are affected by the shortness.
Overall Tachibanakan Triangle is harmless provided the viewer does not have a problem with ecchi content. Otherwise do not bother. What we get to see from the characters is fine, they all have nice bodies, the animation is solid and the yuri is fine. The shortness does affect plot progressing chapters so it can feel rushed and like it is missing some important scenes. Despite this I say it is a show worth checking out at least once as it can be finished in less than an hour. The wait for a show centered around an Ecchi Yuri Harem continues. Yes there are shows centered around or featuring a yuri harem character but an honest to goodness anime about an ECCHI Yuri harem does not yet exist.