April Story ★★★½

The short film really does feel like a live-action form of a more sophisticated slice-of-life animation, I'm thinking Makoto Shinkai or someone similar. A handful of attractive shots nicely married with soft musical pieces as we watch our slightly reserved protagonist trying to socialize with a couple of new acquaintances, although noticeable are specks of loneliness and melancholy as we see her prefer visiting theater and bookstores alone. A bit too sugary or awkward at times, but flows very smoothly.