HoriMiya is a Fun and Sweet RomCom

Emily Bush • Staff Writer


The two main characters, Izumi Miyamura (left) and Kyoko Hori (right), show the importance of revealing your true feelings throughout the anime. Image credit: CBR.com
The two main characters, Izumi Miyamura (left) and Kyoko Hori (right), show the importance of revealing your true feelings throughout the anime. Image courtesy of CBR.com

HoriMiya is a masterful romantic comedy anime that shows the beauty of young love from multiple perspectives.


It is set in a Japanese high school and mainly follows the adventures of high school seniors Kyoko Hori and Izumi Miyamura in their quest of falling in love with each other. Even their friends have their own side stories, so no character is left unwritten.


As a romantic comedy, HoriMiya was an entertaining pick for me unlike many other anime of the same caliber. I typically find those twelve episode “guy-likes-girl-but-doesn’t-act” anime to be a bit repetitive and nonsensical when it comes to dramatic logic and plot, but this one was different.


The plot was decently balanced with the common tropes of misunderstandings and perceived crushes while also maintaining just enough reason to level it out.


Also, all of the characters seem to be hiding a portion of themselves, whether it’s their edgier side with Miyamura hiding his piercings or hiding their true feelings like Yuki concealing her crush on her friend Tooru.


Speaking of characters, every character is lovable, even down to the girls and guys who seemingly get in every couple’s way to start some drama.


All of the characters in this show are diverse and gravitating with heart-warming stories. Image credit: Hulu
All of the characters in this show are diverse and gravitating with heart-warming stories. Image courtesy of Hulu

The creators of the show really want to show middle and high school innocence through character interactions, specifically dealing with Miyamura’s past of being a victim of bullying.


With this in mind, the show turns into more than a romcom, delving into Miyamura’s feelings and why he wants to hide away from everyone and stay in the background.


His story emphasizes a serious topic of being invisible to most people’s eyes until they want to hurt you, especially with his middle school bully.





I won’t spoil anything, but I will say that his wrap-up is inspiring, tear-jerking, and wonderfully-accurate to the out-of-body experience that is self-reflection and growth.


This slow-burn romance is the perfect thing to watch on the side. With only thirteen episodes, it’s easy to watch between finding a new show. Not only is it a good filler show, it’s memorable with a beautiful story, art style, and characters to love and care for throughout.


I would highly recommend it, even for those who are not a fan of anime, because of its great messages and nearly perfectly-executed love story. Stream it on Hulu, and experience stories of first-love, breakups, and self-restoration!


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