Question: Have you ever wanted to smoke an entire carton of cigarettes after experiencing a horrific event? Smoking isn’t your thing? Okay, how about drinking an entire bottle of Everclear with shots of 100 proof Vodka so you won’t ever recall those horrible flashbacks? Well, boys and girls, that’s my experience with Passione’s controversial anime Citrus. What is […]
Question: Have you ever wanted to smoke an entire carton of cigarettes after experiencing a horrific event? Smoking isn’t your thing? Okay, how about drinking an entire bottle of Everclear with shots of 100 proof Vodka so you won’t ever recall those horrible flashbacks? Well, boys and girls, that’s my experience with Passione’s controversial anime Citrus.
What is Citrus? Well, Citrus is a high school anime yuri drama starring Yuzu Aihara: A gyaru who’s about to transfer to a new school. She plans on getting a boyfriend at her new school whatever the fuck gyaru do when they go to a new school, I dunno. On the day of her transfer, Yuzu starts to prepare for her new adventure. She crafts up a plan to get herself a boyfriend and make new friends.
You know, always start the day with goals and an action plan.
She gets to the new school, right? The anime makes us play “Guess who’s the main character!” with the shot of her in the middle of her peers who are all wearing conservative clothing opposite to her liberal gyaru clothes. The student body is in shock at this bold, new girl. That nerve of that Yuzu girl being different and not conforming to their rules! Out of the crowd, some nerdy girl comes up to Yuzu and tells her she’s setting a terrible example for the student body. She demands her to remove her makeup and surrender her phone. Yuzu – not backing down – refuses and gets in nerd girl’s face. They start to argue for a bit until the reveal of the secondary main character: Mei – the student council president.
Mei, being the good student council president that she is, intervenes; stopping the fight from escalating worse. Such a magnificent role model Mei is…except for the part where she hugs Yuzu and starts to grope her ass and slide her fingers along her back; Just to take her phone away.
Alright. So our model class president is a low-key potential rapist. Great.
The story shifts to Yuzu in the bathroom washing her makeup off and wandering about what kinda of shampoo Mei uses. Despite the fact that Mei was on some creep shit with her, Yuzu is in love with her mango scented shampoo. We’re then introduced to Yuzu’s new homeroom teacher: Amamiya. Yuzu starts crushing on him on sight: plotting ways to create the next Japan teacher-student relationship scandal by getting in his pants.
Pretty sure Sting and The Police had a song about this.
After class, Yuzu thinks about getting Amaiya’s information so he can hook up with him (and use it for blackmail material when the relationship eventually fails). She rushes outside with ecstatic flare to hunt down her crush. Her hunt for her sensei is short. She finds Amamiya…making out with Mei – the same Mei who is the school president mind you. She watches for a few seconds until Mei breaks off the kiss and make eye contact with Yuzu. Yuzu runs off like she just stole from her weed plug while Amamiya smoothly walks away like he ain’t did anything wrong.
Yuzu decides that she had enough for one day and runs home. There, she receives some news about her new family. First, her new step-father up and left their family to see the world (and by see the world, he probably regrets his marriage and is going to fuck around with different women behind his new family back). That’s cool I guess. Second, her new father has a daughter before he met Yuzu’s mom. This means that Yuzu has a little sister. At last, Yuzu won’t be a lonely only child!
Oh and her new little step sister is Mei.
You can feel the tension between the two when Mei arrivals, especially around dinner time when Mei treats her sister with death glares. Her mom seems to like her new daughter so that’s great. Fast forward to later into the night. Yuzu attempts to connect with her new little sister, but to no anvil. She tries to bond with her, but Mei ignores her. Upset, Yuzu starts to play dirty for her attention. She brings up how she caught Mei making out with their teacher (and how much of a thrill it must had been for her).
Yuzu starts to taunt her sister about the kiss (just like any other caring big sister). She starts by Asking her if being caught in the act makes it hotter, was it her first kiss, and that she thought kisses were about feelings. Mei silently walks over to her sister…and forcibly kisses her full on the mouth while pinning her against her futon.
…I didn’t sign up this. I didn’t sign up for any of this. I thought this was just going to be a simple lovely-dovely warm-hearted yuri anime. Instead, I got incest, anime R. Kelly making out with teenagers, and more incest. Also Mei totally sexually assault Yuzu. I would be cool with the yuri if Yuzu was curious about the same sex and wanted to explore her feelings towards Mei if consent was involved (and if Mei wasn’t her step-sister). Especially given she never had any luck with guys and wanted to see if it because she is gay deep down or some shit.
From anime discussion groups I’m on, others seem to agree from watching he show’s second episode following the first. I haven’t’ caught the second episode, but I heard and read that Mei does worse things to her sister that warrants sexual assault charges. Not that I plan on seeing the rest of the series of anything. I completely lost any interest in it.
I tend to read some spoilers before watching a show so I won’t be shock or taken surprise when something happen, but I didn’t for this one (because I was being lazy). If I would had known that Mei and Yuzu were two step-sisters, I would had been cool not watching this show.
It’s a shame because the animation and art isn’t bad. It’s not God tier by any means, but it’s pleasant to watch. I love the soft, manga-style still art for the ED, the usage of 3D for some the shots inside of the school, and character design. I haven’t spot any off-model shots or animation errros, but I admit I wasn’t paying that much close detail.
To conclude, if incestuous sisters exploring their lesbian feelings is your thing and you like that drama, then you should check it out. For the rest of us (myself included), this is a skip.
Hope you find this summary and review useful! I’ll catch you in the next one.
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In retrospect, my favorite Fire Emblem game is Fire Emblem 4: Genealogy of the Holy (a Nintendo game filled with glorious incest) so incest in anime shouldn’t bother me. But meh.