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CELESTIAL METHOD’s title evokes a sort of appreciation for the grandeur and vastness of the universe. Big, lofty ideas about the universe and our place in it. What it delivers instead is the a slice of life show about Nonoka, a girl who moves back to her hometown after seven years and has to try to fit in again. Talk about undermining your expectations, eh?
Not that there isn’t some weirdness happening. Coinciding with Nonoka’s departure was the appearance of an enormous crystalline saucer over the town’s lake, which everyone agrees must be extraterrestrial in origin. But is anybody excited? Are there people investigating this thing? Is their idyllic mountain town being swarmed with scientists or even looky-loos?
Well, the local shopkeeper says business has ticked up a bit. But that’s about it.
And that’s my issue with CELESTIAL METHOD: it loses me at the buy-in. I can’t suspend my disbelief that this giant, unexplained phenomenon is so banal that everyone in the world is supposedly used to after only seven years. And this is compounded by the fact that Nonoka is being visited by Noel, a decidedly alien blue-haired girl (I say decidedly alien because no one else has the “anime color” hair types) and yet continually chooses to ignore her in favor of her humdrum middle school life.
I’m usually more of a sucker for these types of coming of age shows, but this one really tried my patience. Not just because the premise is unbelievable, but because the characters are way too saccharine and precious. But worse still, it makes interesting, world-changing events boring in favor of even boring-er middle school melodrama.
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