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Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou: Quiet Country Café

a.k.a. Yokohama Shopping Log: Quiet Country Café

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Genre: Drama
Company: Sony
Format: 2 OVA
Dates: 12/18/2002 to 3/5/2003

Although her owner has not come back, Alpha continues to take care of the café. One day, Ojiisan asks her to spend the night in his gas station to avoid being harmed by a coming typhoon. By the next day, the typhoon has passed, but the café is a wreck. After cleaning up what she can, Alpha decides to go traveling so she can raise money to rebuild it.

summary by Eek

 

Reviewed: 12/17/2003 by
Grade: 85% av-Eek

Highs: Beautiful orientation and visuals

Lows: Music forces the mood at times

Almost five years after the original Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou, Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou: Quiet Country Café followed suit. Once again peeking into the lives of Alpha and the people closest to her, we are given a refreshing look at the world… and the people who inhabit it.

Much like the previous OVAs, Quiet Country Café is gentle and easygoing in nature. Part of what makes it so fascinating is the laid-back attitude that every character innately possesses; whether they are sleeping in or watching a sunset, they are far from lazy but know how to enjoy life as a whole. Even after Alpha leaves to earn money, that task is not her sole purpose; along the way, she journeys to many different people and places far and away, thus expanding her own world. What makes everything that much better are the superb artwork and character designs. Backgrounds and scenery are given a lot of detail, but like the flow that the anime takes, it is never overwhelming. Likewise, character designs are touched up ever so slightly from what they looked like in Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou. The result is an immersion into a world that feels like watching a moving picture and catching the tragedies and joys that these peoples’ lives contain.

The soundtrack for Quiet Country Café is just as beautiful as its art, but there were points throughout where it becomes overwhelming, to forcing the mood. The disposition of the anime is very casual, peaceful and tender, but I felt that there were times that the music was being used to drive you to feel one specific way when that is not how the series works. With such a laissez-faire anime, the music should be a complement, but it felt occasionally contradictory.

Like its predecessor, Quiet Country Café is easygoing and refreshingly real. It is a wonderful change of pace for those who have seen too much gore or panty shots, and even if you need something to suck up some time, this is a great option for killing an hour.

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