Morita-san wa Mukuchi’s first season ends as simple and straightforward as it began – a certainly worthwhile watch for those whose interests include cute girls, comedy, and upbeat entertainment.
The events of this episode are seemingly so direct – they become elaborate in the fact that each occurrence is one most would normally not notice, yet is an aspect indeed of reality and does well to contribute to the series.
On a summer weekend, Mayu and Miki await their friends as they prepare to head out all together. Chihiro arrives speaking with a guy, this causes both Miki and Mayu to blush as they contemplate the situation into quite a tangled misunderstanding. One can see Mayu’s reaction to be a bit more imaginative than Miki – one of the finer facets of the series as mentioned earlier, Mayu’s personality is notable in all of her actions and consistently unique.
Chihiro has no trouble sensing their thoughts twirling and passively informs them the person accompanying her was merely her brother – much to Miki’s dismay, Chihiro also goes on to destroy Miki’s hopes by stating he’s already got a girlfriend. Hana then arrives, only to be told of her air-headed tendencies for having become lost on the way, before the girls finally head out at exactly the half-way point within the episode.
Continuing along, the girls make their way through shops – staring down items of interest. Miki suggests they all purchase a matching item, of course intended as a sign of their friendship – they then carry on in search of this mythological object which they all hope to enjoy. Comedy ensues alongside a refreshingly easygoing atmosphere as the girls’ conquest to find four identical articles fails repeatedly – coming up either shorthanded or a bit overflowing with cuteness.
So serene it is to see they finally find something suitable for their purposes – inside a cafe all in agreement, Miki orders for them four strawberry parfaits, thus ending the first season of this adorably short series.
When it comes down to describing Morita-san, it truly is best summed up as “simply exquisite”. Following the daily life of an incredibly cute taciturn female named Mayu, it showcases her encounters with other and how she pulls through an average day whilst remaining silent merely out of preference. The strongest feature of Morita-san is how enveloped it is around Mayu’s thoughts – rarely does an episode go by without having portrayed Mayu deep in wonderment, pondering over the situation around her.
This in turn manages to make the series deliver emotions at an intimate level with the viewer rarely seen, if ever, in an anime – something even more so original when considering the premise of Morita-san, a silent girl.
Even the visuals are amongst top-class as no other fashionable appearance could have been more fitting – the girls all come off distinctively as individuals through recognizable accessories and physical traits, adding to the series’ simplistic charm. As a whole, the illustrations consist of refined thin lines, curved relaxing shapes, and soft yet sparkling pastel colors which form well the setting of the series.
Overall it is unmistakably a worthwhile watch which we certainly hope do one day makes it beyond mere short series status.