First Impression: Let’s Make a Mug Too

When her father’s company goes bankrupt, Himeno Toyokawa moves with him from Tokyo to Tajimi City in Gifu, where they open a cafe that specializes in using artistically-crafted mugs, made by Himeno’s late mother. When a classmate who is a pottery enthusiast recognizes her mother’s work, Himeno ends up going to the school’s Pottery Club, where she gets a chance to try making pottery herself. While she is concerned about helping with her father’s cafe, and her father has his own reservations about his daughter following his deceased wife’s footsteps, eventually Himeno decides, with her father’s blessing, to join the Pottery Club.

There’s the super-cheerful protagonist, and then there’s “super-cheerful about financial disaster” protagonist.

In the quest to make a cute-girls-doing-cute-things show about everything, pottery and mug-making might seem hard to do anything too special with. Sure, you can get in plenty of educational info about pottery, but beyond that, this show on the outset might have seemed like it would just be a harmless but largely forgettable cute-girls-doing-cute-things show. So what does this show have to be a bit more interesting and worth watching? Answer: a surprising amount of sentimentality. Tying pottery into Himeno’s mother, who died when she was young so she never really got to know her, adds that extra bit of meaning to her interest in pottery, and her father’s needing some extra time to accept that was a nice moment, too. There’s also a supporting cast that seems nice enough, though we don’t get to see too much of them yet. The episodes are also a bit on the shorter side at about 14 minutes each (there’s also a 9-minute live action side segment where the girls’ voice actors visit the town featured in the anime). Overall this ended up being a surprisingly nice opener with a small side of feels, and one that I definitely would like to continue on with.

Let’s Make a Mug Too is streaming on Crunchyroll.

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