When long time best friends Haruka and Yuri start junior high together, they realise that meeting new people and forging new friendships might change their own. In a bid to remain closer to each other than they are to any of their classmates, they share a kiss in a cherry blossom strewn empty classroom.
And so begins what might be the start of a beautiful love story. Interestingly, Haruka and Yuu don’t put a lot of worry and thought into the kisses they regularly share, and aren’t in a hurry to try and work out or define what is going on between them. This makes a refreshing change from love stories in which characters spend a great deal of time trying to dissect everything their love interest does and work out how best to act in order to get a boyfriend/girlfriend. Haruka and Yuu’s relationship feels more organic in its progression, with each character getting jealous, or experiencing feelings they don’t understand, in a manner that is for the most part nicely understated.
Although Haruka and Yuu maintain an innocence and childlike playfulness amid their light makeout sessions, the amount of boob and general body closeup shots keep this anime walking a fine line between fluffy and adult. This can be quite jarring when fluffy cutesy scenes in which the characters playfully tease and tussle are followed by right in your face anatomical shots.
For all the fanservice-y moments, this is still very much a sweet and fluffy kind of anime, with only the sexual burgeoning of our heroines and the shameless boob bouncing providing a mature touch (this isn’t an anime that lets you forget that the well endowed girls are well endowed).
On the whole Sakura Trick is a well rounded anime centring on Haruka and Yuu’s relationship which always comes across as a genuine connection, filled with bickering, vulnerability and budding romance that all feel real and relatable. Also, the opening credits tune is awesome.