A series of animations based on prize-winning short stories for women.
Kawamo wo Suberu Kaze (January 7, 2011)
In the story, 33-year-old Kanazawa native Noriko had decided long ago not to accept an ordinary, provincial life for herself. So, she had gone to college in Tokyo, worked on her own, married a man at an elite trading firm, and had a child. She has just returned home from five years abroad with her husband and four-year-old son. However, she senses a large emptiness in her heart since coming back. Moreover, there is a man who shares a big secret with Noriko.
Yuuge (March 10, 2013)
Mimi, a wife in her late 20s, leaves her family and begins living with a young man.
Jinsei Best 10 (March 17, 2013)
Hatoko, a business woman, faces her upcoming 40th birthday and reunites with the person with whom she shared her first kiss in middle school, over two decades ago.
Dokoka Dewanai Koko (March 24, 2013)
A 43-year-old housewife gets a glimpse of a complicated relationship between a mother and a daughter.
"With age comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone." - Oscar Wilde
With the passing of every year one can't help but feel nostalgic at times. As you get older, you might find yourself asking, "Where did all the time go?" or "When did I get so old?" In those moments, we often find ourselves looking back towards the past. There were moments that you felt happy and sad, content and depressed, ecstatic and lazy, full of love and full of regret. There were the soaring highs and there were the abysmal lows. There were moments when you wondered what if. Would things have turned out differently? Did I make the wrong choices? The possibilities are so vast that they can make your mind wander endlessly. However, the past is the past and what's done is done. After all, what good is a life that starts with an "if"? You are right here.
Otona Joshi no Anime Time is a set of four short stories that peer into the lives of Japanese women. This isn't a series that's full of bliss, but rather a crude, unpolished look at what life really is, and can be like. For some, it may be extremely touching and heartfelt. For others, it might seem uninteresting and boring. Having completed all four of the episodes myself, I wouldl say that this series is deliberately intended for a more mature audience. It's a series that makes you look over your shoulder, wondering if you made the right choices. It's a series that makes you afraid of getting old. It's a series that makes you want to go home and tell your mom that you love her.
Each episode has their own varying degree of earnestness and subtleties; some of the stories come off as very disheartening, and others empowering. However, within each episode lies a lesson. Using well-crafted symbolism, dialogue, and direction, it's as if you've been bestowed with a little bit of life's wisdom after each twenty minute segment. It's empowering and it's beautiful. The art, animation, and sound were good, all being somewhat different, yet fitting. But that's not what's really important here. It's not something you watch to be wowed by visuals. It's something you watch to be wowed by realism.
At some point or another in your anime-watching lifetime, you should watch these episodes. It's not because they're episodes full of cutesy girls doing cute things, mindless shounen asspull entertainment, pixelated crotch teasers, or 2deep4u plot twists. You should watch these episodes because they showcase what it means to live.read more
Kawamo wo Suberu Kaze is one of those rare anime that gives a beautiful yet painful look into a woman's life. There are no gigantic eyes, no moe blushes, just a brief inner monologue concerning hopes and dreams, reality and all of life's "what if's."
With only 24 minutes, Kawamo wo Suberu Kaze manages to give us a highly in-depth into Noriko's life, from her adolescent days to the near-finish of her lonely marriage. While it would be hard to describe the plot without giving much away, just know that it's good.
The art and sound are nothing revolutionary, but fitting. The animation mixes photo-realism and a soft and simplistic style, but manages to be incredibly expressive. There is nothing particular in Kawamo wo Suberu Kaze that makes it 'stand out,' but the soft colors and gentle narration creates a calming atmosphere that manages to draw the watcher in flawlessly.
Kawamo wo Suberu Kaze is by no means a perfect piece of work, but the sometimes heart wrenching portrayal of Noriko's life is something so rarely seen in anime today. It cuts straight to the heart of things and manages to stay grounded in reality. While said to be aimed at middle-aged women, Kawamo wo Suberu Kaze can be enjoyed anyone looking for a brief and beautiful portrayal of the modern Japanese woman.read more
Moderator note: The following review is for the first one-shot, Kawamo wo Suberu Kaze. Three additional one-shots aired under the same title and were merged into this entry in 2013.
„Though the Asano River is known as the woman river, she always used to feel like an independent girl. Looking at her now, her banks sawn by slabs of concrete, controlling the current, this river is now more of a crude lady.”
Noriko, a 33 year-old woman, who lived abroad for 5 years, returns to her home town with her 4 year-old son. While she walks the small town she used to live in, we slowly get to know of her past and her current life.
This anime takes us not only into the mind and feelings of the main character. It tells us a story of life, decisions we made and reminisces of what could have been if we had followed a different path.
The style in which this anime is directed is wonderful. Small gestures, the movements of the eyelids, the many different appearances of the main character in each time skip, they all tell us more of Noriko than the many monologues we’ll hear from her, can describe. And the monologues are great. They are thoughtful yet never haunting; throughout the episode she narrates her story in a level-headed impartial style, which leaves us only our own opinion to judge her in the end.
The music is fitting; it is most of the time subtle but takes action when needed and contributes nicely to the atmosphere of the story. The animation is solid.
This anime may not be that enjoyable for those who are still not old enough for having to face important decisions you made. But for those, who have already set foot onto a path they have chosen, this anime is a nice intermission to look back for a moment, getting nostalgic and then turn your head and step towards to the stories life will offer in the future.
Given, that this anime manages to tell such an intriguing story in a single episode of 25 minutes, I gave it a score of 9.
In this short amount of time, this anime did everything right.
I’m looking forward to seeing more from the director of this anime.read more
And the morale of the story is, "Live for yourself and to the fullest because life waits for no one."
After watching all four of the short stories the experience left me feeling nostalgic, and with an overall sense of warm happiness, [b]however[/b] it also left me with a feeling of fear in regards to the future.
The short stories center around the lives of 4 different women between their late 20s to early 40s. The stories primarily focus on the age old theme of love; whether that be love in the form of friendship, motherly love, love of an old lover, or the love within a new romantic relationship. It also delves into matters of life in general through the eyes of these women; life as a mother, wife, girlfriend, and worker. Sometimes things are lighthearted and fun, while at other times there is a stark portrayal of a dull grey life.
It is a slow paced, slice of life romance josei drama so if you don't like such genres you may not enjoy it. However, I have to admit that I personally don't usually watch enjoy such genres but this I did enjoy immensely. Even though I am pretty young, I could still relate to their problems and emotions which was probably why I enjoyed it so much.
In conclusion, I really did like this anime and would recommend it to most girls but possibly only guys who like slice of life, drama and romance anime.