I may be late to it but the feels are here, twenty four hours a day! Let’s go for friends!
Now looking at what we’ve got here, we’ve got the ‘feels’ anime of the Spring anime season. Now being a firm lover of Shounen manga/anime, it’s good to change it up a bit everyone once in a while. That’s why I started watching and reading Suzuka when I was about 14. (It was really good. I’m not fond of A Town Where You Live but I’m currently loving Fuuka.)
For those of you that don’t know Isshuukan Friends is originally a manga written by Matcha Hazuki. If you’re jumping into the series and have no idea what you’re looking at like me, I’m willing to give a quick overview.
High schooler Yūki Hase notices that his classmate Kaori Fujimiya is always alone and seemingly has no friends. After approaching her and becoming acquainted, Kaori reveals that she loses every memory of her friends each Monday. Despite learning this, Yūki endeavors to become her new friend every week.
Okay let’s do a dive.
Like I said this is the ‘feels’ anime of the season. It’s definitely an anime you want to check out if you want have the heartstrings tugged at.
Anyway. Kaori Fujimiya, our fairly smart female protagonist, as seen below, has the memory that the title comes from. She only can keep memories for one week before they reset on Monday.
However it’s not’s exactly true. She forgets the things that make her happy and her friends or at least the people that consider her a friend. It’s kinda hard to be friends with someone that only remembers you for a week. Only her memories of her family remain.
Although if you have a mom this cute looking, I’d want to remember. 🙂
Enter our male protagonist, Yuuki Hase, who as you can see might(read: does) have a crush on our resident amnesiac. He keeps trying to reach out to her and be her friend…
in all the wrong ways.
This anime definitely reminds me of that Adam Sandler movie with Drew Barrymore, Fifty First Dates. Although this inspires more emotion out of you. Barrymore’s character didn’t know or notice that she was losing memories but Kaori does which makes it all the more heart-wrenching to watch. Can you imagine making friends with someone, having a strong connection with them, and then they just forget you? It hurts.
Anyway Hase notices that Kaori doesn’t eat with the rest of the class in the classroom and goes up to the roof(does every high school in Japan keep the door to the roof unlocked?) to eat with her.
It’s clear that it hurts Kaori that Yuuki keeps trying to be her friend so much. So much that she says that they aren’t going to try to become friends. On the surface it seems cold but once you get the revelation at the episode you see that it’s a way for Kaori to possibly keep her memories of all the good times she has with Yuuki.
Like playing concentration.
Or talking about the Crepe shop they both want to go to.
But’s all for naught because Kaori tells him on Friday that she’ll lose all her memories of the fun times they had on Monday.
However despite that after speaking with his other friend Shogo, Yuuki is determined to keep trying to be friends with Kaori.
And the episode ends with this line.
It’s like I said. It’s heart-breaking for me to see Yuuki just stand there and act like he’s never talked to her before and ask her does she want to be friends again even though they did just that last week.
This is definitely the ‘feels’ anime of the Spring.
It has awesome characters and they develop really well and quite quickly. You really feel happy when you see the normally frowning Kaori(see below) smiling.
See how much better that is.
All in all I loved this anime and can’t wait to review the next episode(which will probably be right after writing this one since they’re all going up on the same day.)
Until then Later Days.