Based on a 4-koma web manga, Tsuredure (Tsurezure) Children follows several different high school couples as they navigate relationships. Each episode is only 15 minutes long, with episode one spending several minutes each on a couple. Wikipedia explains that the series is ultimately about “how hard it is to say ‘I love you.'”
I think a lot of viewers have a habit of dismissing short form series; I know I do. But sometimes the form is used well, especially when a series can’t really support a full season of episodes (see Niijiro Days). Tsuredure Children might fall right into that category. I can see it becoming wearisome if there’s no substantial progression, but episode one shows that there might be enough there among the couples’ stories to keep one entertained throughout the season (four couples with 3 minutes each x 12 episodes = 36 minutes a couple = very manageable). The first “can’t quite get a confession out” couple is really fun and the second with the tsundere boy and the aggressive girl is alright, too. Couple three is a little disturbing, which makes them interesting. And couple four is my favorite – those they only get one episode together (you’ll see why). I’ll likely tune in next week, and at about half-a-typical-episode length, I can see Tsuredure Children hooking me for the season.
Tsuredure Children is available for streaming on Crunchyroll.
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