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First impressions: Uta Koi

So, let's countinue my first impressions of 2012 summer. Here we have Chouyaku Hyakuninisshu: Uta Koi or Uta Koi for short. This time we get thrown back in time to Japan's Heian period (794-1185).
The unique thing about this series is that it is actually poems from that era. Unexpectadly, Uta Koi not only had beautiful art but some funny scenes as well. The latter one was unexpected because we are dealing with adults here. And not just simple adults but aristocrats. Also, Uta Koi told two beautiful love stories. The first story focusses on Ariwara no Narihira and his love for Fujiwara no Takaiko. Narihira is already married (as we learn from second half) but still known as big womanizer. Takaiko is supposed to marry emperor and bear his child. Yet, despite their differences the two of them genuinely fall in love with each other. Too bad that their love has to end on bittersweet note. I almost shed a tear. :( By the way, Takaiko's clothes weight 10 kilos. How Takaiko manages to walk with them on, is a mystery to me.
Second half focusses on Narihira's older half-brother Arivara no Yukihara and his wife Hiroko. Again, I was surprised by how light-hearted it was. Although, things aren't looking very good for this couple, either. Yukihara got his long awaited promotion. But this means that he will have to leave his wife behind for a while. It's worth mentioning that Uta Koi doesn't shy away from more adult orientated scenes. Nothing is shown but you get the idea anyway. And before I end, I want to say that I like opening song a lot. It's very beautiful and definitely something you don't hear everyday. Ending is a different topic. It isn't horrible but doesn't suit such series one bit! In conclusion I would say to say that I enjoyed the first episode and will definitely be watching others. :)

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