One of the best anime series to come out this season is the Emotion series from the talented mangaka, Yuusuke Tozawa. Yuusuke turns every scene into a heart-warming moment as he portrays the different emotions of the main characters. In the first episode “Shikomi Retsuke wo Koi Zenjitsu” (BSW – Rated Medium) we see that Emotion’s beautiful, loving but yet angry wife Emi has been having trouble deciding what to get for Christmas. As usual, her thoughts are flooded with emotions ranging from embarrassment to anger as she decides on a present.
When she sees her neighbor’s old broken vases, Emi assumes they’re ugly and wants to buy them herself. Upon seeing the beauty of the vases though, she decides to buy one of them. However, when she opens the box, it turns out to be an elaborate scheme. The mysterious “Mr. X” behind the whole scene doesn’t want the vases to be damaged so he hides his identity with some fake identification papers.
The next day, Emi finds herself rushing to school. A pair of school girls, Chiaki and Mio, are in the shop selling some expensive vases. When she stops by, she finds a suspicious looking “Mr. X”. He seems to be working alone. Curious, she asks him about the mysterious Mr. X and soon enough finds out that he’s not who he seems.
Soon, they find out that the vases are actually stolen. The “Mr. X” was concealing his identity so he wouldn’t get caught and the girls had planned to smash them anyway. When they return to the shop, the girls discover that the vases are all destroyed. They rush out in search of the one who has done this but soon find themselves in a maze. The words from the diary start to enter their heads.
“EMOTE” is one of the most interesting anime series of the year. It tells the story of a high school girl named Emi who moves to Japan to live with her cousin after her mother is killed. She lives with her cousin and dog Paz. Her only wish is to find her long lost friend Riko. Riko is an emote who can read the minds of other people using emote markers. Because she is the only one who knows the secret of Riko, she reads the thoughts of everyone who comes into her room.
One day, Emi accidentally smashes one of the vases and accidentally creates chaos throughout her house. Neighbors Chihiro and Riko, who are suspicious of Emi’s ability to read minds, visit her house. Chihiro is quite apprehensive about talking to Emi, but when he finally does, he realizes that she was just practising reading her neighbour’s mind. Later on, he goes to the police with Riko and they both confess to Emi that they were the ones who destroyed the vases. Chihiro then realizes that he should ask emi to be his date, or at least a good friend, and ask her to help him with his studies.
One night, Emi goes on a date with Chihiro where they go to a park. There, Chihiro hides behind bushes so that he will not be easily seen by the other guests and uses his emote on Emi to ask for help in studying. When he asks her to translate the words on the stones, she does, and he reads them fluently. The next day, Chihiro apologizes to Emi for asking her to translate the words, and they end up working together. As the weeks go by, they start to date, with Emi using her emote on him to help them remember things. Eventually, they find out that the reason they were asked to be their date in the first place was because they share a deep love for certain Japanese words and phrases.
The emote book is very similar to the anime series. I bet you didn’t know that it also has a sequel? I would also suggest checking it out since the story is pretty interesting and unique. It’s just as cute and fun as the original Emo anime series.