Words bubble up like soda pop is a really chill summer type and awkward teen romance anime that will captivate you with its really bright visuals. It is almost like a pop soda bursting on a canvas on your screens. The animation styling I can say is cartoonish and has very minimum shading. It is almost like a graphic comic, but they did it intelligently that it is soothing rather than over the top. This is my Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop Review… yes, quite the mouthful, but rolls off nicely.
Who made words bubble up like soda pop?
Sublimation and Signal.MD produced the anime and directed by Kyōhei Ishiguro. It premiered at the 2020 Shanghai International Film Festival and it is available on Netflix. But before we get into this beautiful anime, do check out my Ninjai Review, probably the best webseries imo. Or perhaps my One Punch Man Review if you like more comedic anime.
What is the plot of words bubble up like soda pop?
The story revolves around two awkward characters, each with their own insecurities. But that is what makes it so relatable and realistic. Teen romance has never been a smooth transition in life and can be very awkward for most individuals. Especially living in a society that magnifies people’s insecurities rather than building confidence. I can say through observation many moons ago, that many have suffered multiple awkward interactions and collisions with their love interests. Of course, having friends like me who take pleasure in seeing people’s brains getting fried also didn’t help.
But yes, this animation showed to us the audience very relatable characters. First, Cherry, the stereotypical quiet thinking type who writes or scribbles poetry all day long. But being more accurate with the anime, the Haiku writing teen and who likes to keep to himself. Possibly never even thought of even finding a girl he likes.
And very possibly is someone on the Autism Spectrum and, on the other end, is Smile. A young social media influencer who we see on screen to portray confidence, high self-esteem and outgoing personality with a sense of self-worth. But in reality has the same insecurity that any teen her age would. Especially with her looks and the opinion of others. Which is why she hides behind her face-mask her buck teeth and braces.
What kind of anime is words bubble up like soda pop?
These two characters are simply very lovable and relatable to the audience. Even their meeting of chance seems appropriate and not forced. Not the typical romantic chase one would see in other teen romance-based anime. The creators did a good job keeping it as natural as it should be in real life, with weird encounters and unnatural events around the a-wooing couple.
After they met, there are lots of awkward and uncomfortable conversations and actions which honestly are quite real. And it usually happens in a lot of new people meeting each other and getting to know each other. Their Walks home from the mall and their nothing-out-of-the-ordinary conversation are the perfect examples of a “nothing happens, but it means the world” type situation of a new couple or two people attracted to each other but is unsure of what to say.
There are also countless real-life relatable situations in the anime which the creators inserted beautifully throughout the show. Like the time when Smile first saw Cherry in the mall and followed him with her sisters to see him reciting Haiku for the senior citizens of the daycare center he works in. And then Him finding out she was nearby because someone pointed out her presence. Or when Smile takes on a job at the daycare center just because… or their obsession with helping people, when in reality, they just need an excuse to spend time together. These and many others are where I thought the brilliance of the anime is. It is in the simple yet complex situation.
You can’t survive the world with just one head
Coming back to the characters themselves, Cherry and Smile are simply awkward teens with their own set of insecurities. But the closer they become with each other, the freer and more relaxed they become. They learn to let go of their defenses that they have built against the world. This is therapy. Having a support system that you can unwind with or you can be vulnerable with is incredibly important. We cannot expect one to isolate themselves from society’s judgemental eyes and opinions alone forever.
Love is never supposed to be flashy nor over the top. Real Love is when the quiet happens. But it is also about just being together and making efforts towards it. This anime had expressed that wonderfully and the only way to appreciate it is to watch it.
If, however, you are looking at a high pace love story, then this is not for you. It is a slow story with mundane things and normal human interactions. And it’ll only get slower, but the transition of the entire story was captivating for me. Their journey is well enjoyed and experienced as a viewer.
Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop is all about that human connection that each of us craves and it has a beautiful ending in my humble Counsellor In Shillong opinion.
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