“Which Way? This Way!”
Meirochou is the town in this world where young maidens go to learn the skills required to become Urara (or fortune tellers). Urara Meirochou follows the journey of four of them, Chiya, Koume, Kon and Nono as they strive to become qualified Urara as they learn more about the various forms of fortune telling while also having a little fun along the way.
Urara Meirochou at its heart falls under the Cute Girls doing Cute things category. With all of the different antics between the girls it brings a smile to your face knowing that there is really something sweet out there. Mixed in with many moments of happiness and fun Urara Meirochou also has an underlying darker story which revolves around Chiya. This mixture adds a lot of balance towards the whole story as it allows for it to take a bit of a brake from all the fluffiness, while also maintaining a bit of mystery in the story.
When it came down to other factors, Urara Meirochou’s art style was one that reflected the cute girls doing cute things genre. With seemingly pencil like backgrounds at times to the chibi joke like animations, mixed in with its overall art style it provided a lot of vibrant colors and cozy scenes. It was also nice to see the added touches in the case of the fortune telling within the series. With the story both exploring eastern and western ways of fortune telling it added that little bit of depth and education. This added to the characters journey’s as it was like learning whilst they were.
Nono Best Girl!
OP/ED: With the overall anime concept being “cute”, its OP and ED didn’t let up. Every episode began with a strong energetic start of its characters and a great song. It was a nice to see the use of the seiyuu’s for the main 4 characters singing the OP. The ED continued this trend focusing on the characters, and providing a bubbly atmosphere. One surprising thing to note were the lyrics of each song, which mainly pertained to the concept of looking for something, matching well with the fortune telling theme of the show.
Urara Meirochou Was it Good?
Was it Good? it was fantastic, seeing everything come together into a nice little package at the end of each episode and at the end of the series was a welcoming experience. With everything being light-hearted it made it easy to watch and get into, leaving a smile on my face every time I watched an episode. Cute girls doing cute things is surely a great genre, and with all the possible fluffy and “HHHNNNGGHH” moments, it was well worth it.
Recommendations: There are many different anime that fall into the cute girls doing cute things genre and this seems to be increasing every season, Urara Meirochou brought with it a bunch of comedy and nice visuals in which comparative anime usually do, thus I recommend the following:
- Kiniro Mosaic
- Gochuumon wa Usagi desu ka?
- Acchi Kocchi
- New Game