Rory’s Reviews: Bermuda Triangle ~ Colorful Pastorale

Bermuda Triangle ~ Colorful PastoraleBermuda Triangle ~ Colorful Pastorale is a twelve episode original anime series, produced by Bushiroad. The director of the anime is Junji Nishimura, and scripts are written by Michiko Yokote. The anime was created by the studio Seven Arcs Pictures.
Bermuda Triangle ~ Colorful Pastorale aired during the winter 2019 season of anime, and is available to watch on HIDIVE.
bermuda triangle ~ colorful pastraleBermuda Triangle ~ Colorful Pastorale is simply about the everyday lives of five mermaids who live in the undersea village of Parrel. The anime was spawned from the Cardfight!! Vanguard franchise, though it can be watched with no prior knowledge of said franchise.
The five mermaids that make up the main cast are Sonata, Canon, Caro, Fina and Serena. The story begins with Canon arriving in the village of Parrel, though she is crystallised. Sonata and the others soon have her out of the crystal, and they happen to discover a derelict cinema together.
From there, the focus is on the mermaids working on restoring the cinema to its former glory, as well as just general daily life in Parrel.BT ~ CPWhen thinking about Bermuda Triangle ~ Colorful Pastorale, one particular word springs to mind. That word is ‘charming’. The anime just has this really pleasant charm about it. It’s not trying to be innovative or anything like that. Admittedly that does mean that it doesn’t particularly have anything that makes it stand out, but nevertheless it is still a delightful experience – just a more low key one.

The character design may take some getting used to at first – it is the character’s eyes in particular that really stand out. On the flip side, some of the underwater scenery that is shown looks beautiful. The anime definitely takes advantage of its underwater setting to provide some visuals that you wouldn’t get in more land-based shows.

Being a slice of life series focusing on five girls, there is of course some yuri subtext present. Sonata’s first impression of Canon is that she is beautiful, and the two mermaids have a few nice scenes together that just adds more fuel for that particular ship.
Then there are the mermaids Ardi and Ferma, who immediately bring to mind a certain adult couple from Bloom into You. Again, this is all just subtext, though – don’t expect anything on Bloom into You‘s level.

Bermuda Triangle ~ Colorful Pastorale actually has a link to BanG Dream!, in that Pastel * Palettes – the idol band from that franchise – perform the shows opening theme, ‘Wonderland Girl’. It’s a great little tune.
The ending theme, ‘Bubble’, is another catchy song, and it also plays an important role in the story of the anime. Those songs stand out most, but the overall soundtrack does a decent job contributing to the charm of the show.

There are a couple of scenes where it starts raining in Parrel, or a mermaid waters some flowers. Not a particularly noteworthy mention in a more typical setting, but when it is underwater…
Of course, the solution is to just not think too hard about it. Bermuda Triangle ~ Colorful Pastorale is not a particularly taxing anime. It is simply about five cute mermaids and their cinema, and that is all there is to it.

Score: 8/10
Bermuda Triangle ~ Colorful Pastorale is simply a charming show about the everyday lives of five mermaids. Definitely well worth a watch for those into the slice of life genre.

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