I have always loved my history class back in high school. That's why this show probably made me eager to watch it.
Chouyaku Hyakuninisshu was dervied from athe Japanese card game Uta-garuta which this one comes from Hyakuninissh, which was wellknowned and chiefly froman ammassed love poems.
History lesson out of the way are what comprises it. Each episode is introduced by Fujiwara no Teika in a modern setting and tells the relation of each verse and a little about the poet's life, what is cool is that he is lacing it with fancy humor and an intelligent script.
The characters were real people, which is very unique to anime's nowadays, being derived from a true story, most were renowned in their lifetime. One is Sei Shonagon who wrote the Pillow Book and Murasaki Shikibu who wrote the Tale of Genji. They spent most of their time caught in the royal palace particularly Empresses, Princesses and ladies in waiting who were nearly captive.
Overall, it gave me an enjoyable ride. Uta Koi, for the most part, portrays lively adaptations of stories concerning the lives of famous traditional poets in feudal Japan having their own differing experiences with love that inspiration their writing. Each of the stories range from mild to extreme emotions, some were tearjerker for me. (Well, you do not need to be surprised because I am a faint hearted person.)
However, It made for quite the interesting watch since it let me know a little more about Japan's literary history. I hope this gets another shot because it is deserving.