It’s been quite a while since I’ve done one of these Pop-Sup posts – Well what’s so surprising if all I’ve been doing is scheduling them? In any case, I’ll be bringing an interesting dish to the table! It’s still anime – But it’s a Korean anime. I’ve never heard or seen Korean anime, but when I chanced upon this one, I absolutely loved it!
If not for the intelligent recommendation algorithm by Facebook, I wouldn’t have been able to stock up on diabetes (which my current life doesn’t provide) as supplied by this sweet sweet series.
A day before us is a RomCom mini-series (More romance than comedy, but they both tie in well) with 2 seasons so far. Each season may last up to 15 episodes (correct as of date of this post – Season 1 had 10 episodes, and Season 2 15.) where the episode length may vary between 1 minute to 10 minutes long. The studio animating this series, LICO, releases an episode every Friday (~6pm GMT+9 timezone).
The language medium for the animation is in Korean, but it comes with english / japanese subtitles. The english subtitles given by default aren’t always grammatically correct, so you might have to count on translators providing their input in the enabled annotations to get a better experience. (Hey I don’t know Korean, so… … I’m blindly believing the subs are right)
As with any typical school RomCom, we have our protagonists coming together with a chance encounter (rhyme much?). We begin our story on a rainy day with Ha Eun and Yeon Woo as they wait for their bus for a trip home. You know how Murphy’s Law states that whatever will go wrong will go wrong? That’s just what happens to Ha Eun, but what goes wrong also sets in motion the relationship between the two in time to come. Yeo Reum and Wook are mutual friends with Ha Eun and Yeon Woo, and we get to see the adorable displays of adolescence (and drama) between the former.
The series adopt a light water-colour animation style, very reminiscent of Ao Haru Ride , One Week Friends and Usagi Drop. That just makes the show more fluffy and cute (let me stress on fluffy), and highlights the heartwarming feeling that it portrays in every episode.
I’m not one who listens to Korean songs (I mean, I am rather nit-picky with the genre for K-songs, so just the ballad ones work fine for me), but the soundtrack in A day before us is not only soothing but also brings the inner thoughts of the characters to life. The vocal inserts are also beautiful. Don’t think that this is just a mini-anime series released on youtube! The attention to the little things creates an unforgettable viewing experience in the show.
This mini on-going series (It’s currently entering season 3) is a really fun one to watch. Though it doesn’t remind me of my younger days (I’m not that old…), just binging the series just made me a smile to myself like an idiot as I watch the characters and their interactions. It doesn’t take up a lot of time, and it can help you forget your worries just a little while you become gradually involved with the characters as the series progresses.
Did I also mention that there are hot guys and girls too? I probably have been writing them off with the “cute” label.
Have you seen this Korean mini-anime series yet?
If you do, how did you feel about it?
That’s all for this sharing!