Japanese: 君のいる町 黄昏交差点
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 16, 2012 to Jun 15, 2012
24 min. per episode
R+ - Mild Nudity
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Score: 7.401 (scored by 8624 users)
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SynopsisEba Yuzuki has mysteriously decided to go to high school in the countryside. But despite Kirishima Haruto's objections, she is living in his home. Now he has to put up with a freeloading city girl and even worse, make sure Kanzaki Nanami, the girl he likes, doesn't get the wrong idea!
Related AnimeAdaptation: Kimi no Iru Machi
Sequel: Kimi no Iru Machi
Characters & Voice Actors
Making an OVA off a popular manga is challenging. This is especially challenging for die hard fans of the original work, even more so with over 100+ chapters already published. But that's not nearly as hard as having a long-distance love relationship, or is it?
Based on the popular manga by Kōji Seo who bought you the sports/romantic comedy Suzuka comes a new story known as A Town Where You Live. The OVA starts off with a winter like setting and laters changes to Spring. Now, we learn about the two main characters of the OVA, Haruto Kirishima whom seems to have a reserved personality. On the other hand, Yuzuki Eba is quite the opposite and seems to be a sociable character. If we take notice of this, you would probably see that they are practically Ying and Yang on the opposite side of a coin. Can such a couple co-exist? Of course, there are not without obstacles and time is the least of such worries especially when there's another girl by the name of Nanami Kanzaki that laters enters the picture. Although initially trying to get Haruto to play the actor, it definitely seems that she has real motives. What's worse, that motive seems to be a obstacle in Haruto and Eba's relationship. Wait hold on, let me correct that...I meant long-distance relationship because if they were in a relationship already, they would be sharing bentos, walking to school everyday, and having sex like normal couple would. So, long-distance relationships and another girl in the picture, I can see nothing but misunderstandings and drama going on there like a soap opera.
It starts out with almost no prior introduction of the main characters, story, or anything. It's just a couple who enjoyed a scenery of the blooming season. While technically dating already and being boyfriend and girlfriend, they seem to be “distant” if not already. Yet when Eba moves away from town, Haruto realize that a long-distance love relationship is their most difficult challenge they'd ever face. Time will do its worst but somehow, someway, they are determined to get through.
The sound of the series flows well although not something extravagant. It fits within the tone of the seasons like Spring and the metaphoric Winter. It also has that sort of romantic melody that makes the OVA relaxing to follow through.
As for the art, for those who have seen Suzuka, you would see similarities. (Honoka/Eba, Yamato/Haruto, Suzuka/ Nanami Kanzaki). But overall, the art is decent as with most recent series. Regardless of OVA or anime series, it brings out the image and mood of this short series.
Now, my overall enjoyment of this OVA has mixed feelings. Like most romance themed series, there is drama and emotions running through. But yet, there are also sweet moments (and a little ecchi to go with that). However, this OVA lacks flavor. Although it's an OVA, there is technically no background of the characters or story whatsoever. With a lackluster plot, this anime seems to be bring a distance away from viewers. It definitely has potential if the anime becomes a full time series but pulling off an OVA with a manga of such magnitude is a little bit much. Yet, there still may be hope in the future, if someday this OVA becomes an official series.
If more people learned to look past the "mistakes" they might be able to appreciate this for what it actually is: an adaption. That is, something that has been recreated (and summarised) in a new form. Adaptions are never exact, I don't know why anyone ever expects that they will be.
Overlooking these matters, it really is a very cute and heartwarming two episodes and I wish more people could see that. I thank those that have given it a chance and perhaps even enjoyed it as a result.
I have never written a review because I have never felt the need to. However, I felt such a close connection to this OVA that I feel completely and entirely compelled to write this review.
Please keep in mind that my overall score for Kimi no Iru Machi: Tasogare Kousaten is based heavily around my level of enjoyment and personal connection to this OVA. Read on for a breakdown and explanation of all minor scores.
I don't even remember how I found this OVA, however once I read that there was long distance relationship involved I dived straight into it. Truth be told: I had not read a single page of the manga until after I watched this. However, after watching I felt a need to do so; not only because of my love for what I had just witnessed but also because many scenes had left me a bit puzzled.
The manga? 10/10 storyline in my opinion. An adorable story of a boy with a troubled love life. Love is not simple, nor are relationships. The manga portrays this beautifully, especially in the way that *SPOILER ALERT* a break up occurs but the two are eventually reunited. *END SPOILER* For me, an "everything happens for a reason" and "if you love something, let it go. If it comes back to you, it's yours forever. If it doesn't, then it was never meant to be" atmosphere is expelled constantly. Therefore I feel overall it's a realistic storyline with realistic complications and emotions, while still being clearly fictional.
I realise this is not a review of the manga - but I needed to mention that so that I could now give my reason as to why I have given this story a 9/10.
As I stated earlier, some scenes left me puzzled. This is the only flaw I could pick up on with the story - it was confusing. The way they included the flashbacks seemed... off. I completely understand the difficulties of jamming in and/or recounting up to almost 70 chapters of the manga, which is why I have not scored harshly at all. That aside, once the manga is read and each little flashback is cleared up it all makes sense.
tl;dr ~ The story from the original manga is beautiful - fictional but realistic in many aspects. The chapter summaries in this OVA proved to be hard to understand at times, however the atmosphere is just as great and any confusions can be cleared up by reading the manga.
The art is not top notch, it's nothing overly impressive - but it really works for me. I loved the style! The faces weren't overdone with giant sparkly eyes, characters were given more realistic than usual body shapes (no unrealistic size boobs [sorry boys!] or muscly looking males) ... they all seemed like very believable characters this way. Once again hitting on that realistic feel. This made it refreshing to watch. Some characters did not stay completely true to their manga appearances and there could have perhaps been a touch more highlighting - or something to increase a nice sense of depth in certain scenes - but overall the art is satisfactory in my opinion. Might I add - the background artwork? So nice! The skies in particular were absolutely gorgeous.
Not too much to say here as it is unusual for me to have any problems with sound in anime. I thought the characters voices were chosen well, each of them were fitting in my opinion. The music piece at the beginning of the first episode was beautiful, it does an amazing job of setting the initial mood. I adore the ending theme as well - particularly the lyrics and how well they relate to the events featured within the OVA. Overall I had no issues.
Naturally, it's extremely difficult to develop characters in two episodes. There was a minor issue with character development in my opinion (It was just rushed, which again is understandable due to the lack of episodes here) and had it not also been for the differences in certain characters appearances/personalities in comparison to the manga, I would have no issue. In fact - I don't have an issue. I actually preferred how the characters were portrayed in the OVA. But I am reviewing this as an OVA adaption of the manga as many others have, so an 8/10 it is.
Enjoyment / Overall -
You can say what you like about this OVA, but it all comes down to an individual's opinion. I am very aware many people didn't enjoy the OVA, or even the manga. Regardless, I personally enjoy both. I have experienced a long distance relationship for 2 and a half years and yes, this is a major contribution to my feelings towards both manga and OVA - particularly the OVA because it concentrates on the LDR so much. It's hard only getting the chance to see your partner on a rare occasion, and it's hard when people tell you it's not going to work or that a long distance relationship is pointless. This OVA hit me so hard with so many emotions, I could relate so closely to Yuzuki that I couldn't believe it myself. "Feelings change..." She had realistic worries, concerns. There were misunderstandings, but there were solutions and happiness. And most importantly, the OVA ends on a very positive note. Not only can I relate so closely to this OVA, it also leaves me feeling happy every time I watch it. And isn't that what it's all about? I watch anime as a hobby because of the happiness it brings me, not to criticize and complain. And simply put: this particular little piece of animation provided me with a kind of happiness that I don't ever want to forget.
I will now willingly watch the new and currently airing anime series adaption! read more
Both animes show the difficulties of long distance relationships
Without the real drama, kimi no iru machi is the little brother of 5 centimeters/secs
While the manga version of Kimi no Iru Machi is unlike 5cm Per Second, the anime version is. Both construct a romance that is present despite a large separation between the two protagonists. The story-telling is also similar between the two; both anime titles tell their respective stories out of order. While Kimi no Iru Machi is a bit more light hearted than 5 cm Per Second, it has the same dark underlying tone. Finally, the music of Kimi no Iru Machi and 5cm Per Second both involve a beautiful piano piece that creates a very enriching atmosphere for the respective series.
Both have similar long distance relationships and drama. The backgrounds, especially with the trains and subway stations, look very similar. Both are about an hour long in total.
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Ending Theme"Tasogare Kousaten (黄昏交差点)" by Erina Mano
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