Genre(s): Shojo, Romance, Harem, School, Comedy
Age-Appropriateness: 8+ (a scene of violence)
Episodes: 24 Five-minute episodes
TheAwersome Rating: 5.5 / 10 (Not much here)
Premise: With dreams of becoming a pâtissier, Sayuri Haruno has worked hard for her scholarship to Fleurir Confectionery Academy, an elite school designed to train world class pastry chefs. The staff consists of unrivalled pâtissiers, who work with absolute precision—the prince-like Mitsuki Aoi, famous for his work with chocolate; the friendly and extroverted Gilbert Hanafusa, an expert in confectionery hailing from France; and the stoic Yoshinosuke Suzumi, who has perfected the art of Japanese sweets.
Upon admission to the school, Sayuri is thrust into a world of advanced baking, surrounded by both supportive and charming staff and fascinating classmates. Sayuri’s attention is captured by the dedicated Ryou Kouzuki, who seems to share the same determination to achieve his dream.
TheAwersome’s Thoughts: I was not at all surprised to find out that this was based off a dating sim game for phones, because that’s exactly what it felt like. If you watched our “I Love You Colonel Sanders” playthrough and asked, “what on earth kind of game is this even making fun of?” It’s this kind. The funny thing is, the game never even launched or finished, but the promotional anime did. Sayuri is a good hard-working, well-meaning girl that has won the attention of three teachers and a fellow classmate, all of whom are amazingly stellar and kind in their own way. There’s also the rich girl who wants to see Sayuri fall because RIVAL!
And like a good harem anime, no concrete progress gets made with any relationship with any character.
TLDR: A short, shallow, anime adaptation of a dating sim that never got released.
Just watch that intro and tell me if you don’t get the KFC Dating sim vibes.