When: Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. CDT
Genre: Romance, Slice of Life
Synopsis: A secret life is the one thing they have in common. At school, Hori is a prim and perfect social butterfly, but the truth is she’s a brash homebody. Meanwhile, under a gloomy facade, Miyamura hides a gentle heart, along with piercings and tattoos. In a chance meeting, they both reveal a side they’ve never shown. Could this blossom into something new? (Credit: Funimation)
Out of all of the new shows this season, this is the show that has me wanting more! I don’t believe Horimiya was on my radar, but I am sure glad I gave it a chance.
POTENTIAL SPOILERS. PROCEED WITH CAUTION.
Maybe it is the pandemic, but I have developed a soft spot for slice of life romances, and this one is super cute.
At school, Miyamura is quiet and reserved. In fact, you could say that he fits the trope of social invisibility. Hori, on the other hand, is the perfect, popular girl that everyone loves. Again, fits the bill for following the formula. The twist is when Miyamura and Hori meet randomly after school thanks to her little brother. Hori comes home from school and immediately transforms into a homebody and Miyamura is unrecognizable with his hair pulled back and piercing and tattoos. It doesn’t help that Miyamura is actually kind-hearted, sweet, and gorgeous.
The two develop a friendship with Miyamura coming over after school to help with her little brother and have dinner. It is absolutely wholesome how their relationship develops naturally outside of the school setting. Slowly, Hori drags Miyamura out of his shell at school and for the first time, in a long time, he has friends.
This show is actually quite funny and cute. It’s a good reminder of that first crush and how clueless two people could actually be. So far, I think this may easily be in my top three new shows of the season. If you like textbook slice of life, this is a good one to try out.