Best bishoujo-game based anime series… EVER! That is just my opinion, but watch it and you’ll see how absolutely well-executed this anime is.
Ok, it’s a typical bishoujo story. One main guy, one main girl, many other girls. Classic bishoujo harem… NO WAY! Even with the cliched setup, it breaks all other bishoujo rules. Unlike all other animes of the same kind, To Heart focuses on the main girl, Akari, instead of the main guy Hiroyuki. By looking at it from a girl’s viewpoint, the anime becomes suddenly shoujo in style. Moreover, the anime has a slow-paced slice-of-life theme. Think Haibane Renmei and Kokoro Library. It’s not a disadvantage, it is the most unique setup for a bishoujo game based anime isn’t it? The art and animation is absolutely OVA-style, even though it’s an 13-episode anime series. It astounds me to look at how many frames of animation they did for this, the characters’ movement is very fluid, and is also absolutely beautiful (a definite for a bishoujo game based anime). Plus, the soundtrack/BGM is the best I have EVER heard.
Okay the main guy is quite dorky, just like the rest of the bunch like him, but this dork has a very kind attitude. He may appear boring but he has that ‘something’ that attracts girls to like him (not romantically, but as a friend). Many episodes of To Heart focus on one girl and how Hiroyuki managed to touch her heart by being her friend. Do not count Akari out though, she is very instrumental and influential to Hiroyuki. Sometimes she makes the move to talk to Hiroyuki and let him understand other girls’ feelings and dilemmas. Even the supporting characters Shiho and Masashi as well. This is an anime that is not so much of a romance or love. It’s all about ‘friendship’, and slice-of-life. This makes it so interesting to watch.
Enough talk, this anime has been licensed recently. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has a ‘heart’ for great anime like these.