June 24, 2014

Let the E-r-i-n


Anime Review - One Week Friends

Synopsis: Kaori Fujimiya is always alone because all of her happy memories, including time spent with her friends, disappear every Monday. Deciding that he wants to be friends with her anyway, Yuuki Hase tries to get close to Kaori each week, wishing that she would one day call him "a friend."
Source : MAL

First of all, I found this anime ridiculously cute, so I may be extremely biased. Please bare with me as I am trying to being objective here. 

Cute Story : 7
This story does not use complex ideas, concept nor plot twists. This is the rawest story possible: the following of the friendship between friends. The main message of the show is to appreciate the wonderful bond of friendship, and it succeeds, leaving the viewer smiley and giggly with joy. The relaxed and slowed pace is perfect and seems to highlight the difficult challenge of building a friendship. As well, the reason for the memory loss is explained in a practical manner and ties in well with the story. It is not just an extra thrown in for drama, but is further touched upon in the later episodes.

Cute Art : 7
There is nothing to boast about. The art is simplistic with its soft and mellow colours. It compliments the lightheartedness and cuteness of the story. Also, the first anime that I have seen in a while with no fanservice! Yeah! *SPOILER* They even go to a beach yet the girls wear their regular outfits!

Those soft light colours . . . so pretty. 
Sweet Soundtrack : 8 
Finally, an adjective that is not cute. The cheerful opening and strong ending song, sung by the seiyuu for Fujimiya, ties together the adorableness of this series. The seiyuus were well selected, except for Shogo. I questioned his voice but overtime, it grew on me. 

Cute Characters : 9
I need another synonym here guys. The characters are the strongest aspect of the show. The interactions, the dialogue and the emotions were genuine, although the dialogue was slightly repetitive. The characters were immediately likable, even if they were stereotypical cookie-cut characters. My only main negative would be the lack of a Kujo's character. I imagined that he would have a more catastrophic role, but he fell flat.   

So cute yet so funny :D 
Fell in Love : 10
I really really really loved this anime. The adorableness, the fuzzy atmosphere and the cute characters drew me in. This anime would pull on my heartstrings; I would either smile like crazy or tear up silently in a corner. If I had not binge-watched this series, each episode would have definitely made my week a lot more happier.

Overall : Very Good : 8
One Week Friends will likely not be placed on top for this season yet there is something about this show that makes it wonderful to watch. The pure innocence, cherished friendship, and charming nature of this anime will draw in all ages and leave waves of happiness within them. I recommend this anime 100%! 
Other suggestions include Kimi to Boku, Golden Time and Usagi Drop. 

I ship these two so much~!
Until next time,