Tsuredure Children (or Tsurezure Children, or Tsuredzure Children, because nobody can agree on how to romanize a friggin voiced tsu apparently) (徒然チルドレン) is a 2017 shortform romance anime based on a 4-panel webcomic by Toshiya Wakabayashi, directed by Hiraku Kaneko.
Tsuredure Children follows several plotlines revolving around love and relationships in a high school. The show focuses on the important scenes in various high schoolers’ relationships, from attempted confessions, to miscommunications to first kisses.
Tsuredure Children’s strength lies in its tight runtime. Unlike a lot of its contemporaries in the romance genre, Tsuredure doesn’t chew fat. It has conflicts and resolutions, arguments and kisses, but there is rarely anything one could call “filler”. Even the non-dramatic moments are chock-full of jokes and sweetness. The variety of stories adds to this, switching between a handsome heart-breaker saving a girl, a young couple overthinking everything and an established relationship blooming further.
Despite being an anime that thrives on fluffy feelings and adorable comedy, there are more serious moments as well. Not every romance is all happy all the time. Feelings are hurt, and mistakes are made, and Tsuredure manages to have surprising impact for such a light show.
Tsuredure Children doesn’t have a lot of flaws, but it is a bit short. If high school romance isn’t your jam, I doubt it will change your mind on that.
Weeb level: 5/10. You don’t need a working knowledge of anime gags or romance tropes, but it certainly adds to the enjoyment. The drama and gags work completely fine on their own, but are bolstered by previous romance anime experience.
Fanservice: 3/10. Not a whole lot to be had here. No lingering shots or lewd angles. The characters are reasonably proportioned. It’s got the cuteness down on lock, though. 10/10 for cuteness.
Quality: 9/10. I wholeheartedly recommend this show if you’re interested in romance anime, are curious about the genre, or want something nice that you can finish reasonably quickly.
Where to watch: Tsuredure Children is available on Crunchyroll and the Funimation website.