What’s it about ?
Basically, this is a slice-of-life series about a girl obsessed with photography and her friends, in a rural village.
Fu, our main character, is a quiet clumsy airhead. She got her love for photography from her father, who died 5 years ago.
Kaoru, her best friend. Like nearly every character voiced by Kana Asumi, she’s cheerful and slightly snarky.
Norie, our setting’s Tomo. Energetic, annoying, and unhealthy fond of Fu’s younger brother.
Maon, who spends more time whistling than talking.
Plus various other supporting characters (Fu’s family, Kaoru’s embarrassing older sister, etc.)
It’s an OVA that revolves around scenery porn. Of course it looks good.
Dull. While I was half-joking about falling asleep while watching Starry Sky, here it was a real struggle to stay awake. Which really shouldn’t happen for 4 15-minute episodes.
Understand, I actually enjoy the slice of life genre. I liked K-On!, Lucky Star, Azumanga Daioh… I’m currently watching and enjoying Potemayo, for –‘s sake ! But there seems to be a subset of the genre that immediately puts me to sleep, and this is such an instance. (Other example : Hidamari Sketch.)
It’s not even that nothing happens : there’s a neat throughline around Fu’s obsession and how it allows her to connect with her late father. But… the pacing is glacial, the characters are barely developed at all, and the jokes aren’t that funny. When the series goes for emotion, it does feel genuine, but those moments are few and far between.
via [In which I review] New anime, Winter 2010-2011 – Page 3.