Shining Hearts—On the charming, little island of Windaria, live human beings, elves, cat people, and a curiously large group known as Drifters. Not to be mistaken for members of the singing group the Drifters, or hobos, Windaria’s Drifters are amnesiac people who washed up on shore. Among their number is Rick, who apparently used to be a swordsman, but now is more or less content running a bakery with three sweet ladies, Airy, Amil, and Neris.
This is a gentle and bright series, and the plot trods along slowly, like the gait of the horse that pulls the bread cart. I wouldn’t call it a “slice of life” anime, like Aria or Ai Yori Aoshi; however, it does have a story arc that gets down to some action in the final episodes.
Another thing about this anime is it made me hungry. All that baking, selling, and eating bread and pastries! I could almost smell them. Much time is taken showing how the bread is made and distributed—this anime isn’t for the impatient, who want action and want it now!