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Asatte no Houkou

Asatte no Houkou

Alternative Titles

English: Living for the Day After Tomorrow
Synonyms: A Direction of the Day After Tomorrow, Towards the Day After Tomorrow
Japanese: あさっての方向。


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 6, 2006 to Dec 22, 2006
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


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Ranked: #25572
Popularity: #1844
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There are far worse things than having to deal with your ex-boyfriend's little sister or your older brother's ex-girlfriend. But that's something Karada Iokawa and Shoko Nogami have to learn the hard way when a magic wishing stone inexplicably grants Karada's wish to be older - and does it by stealing the years from Shoko! Now Shoko, who's already graduated and studied overseas, is Karada's age, just about to enter junior high school. Meanwhile Karada must suddenly face the real facts about what being grown up entails. And just to make a bizarre situation even more awkward, there's the issue of how to handle their existing romantic interests!

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Episodes  12
Aired  Oct 6, 2006 to Dec 22, 2006
Status  Finished Airing
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Adaptation: Asatte no Houkou

Characters & Voice Actors

Iokawa, Karada
Iokawa, Karada
Fujimura, Ayumi
Fujimura, Ayumi
Park, Seon Yeong
Park, Seon Yeong
Iokawa, Hiro
Iokawa, Hiro
Hino, Satoshi
Hino, Satoshi
Pyo, Yeong Jae
Pyo, Yeong Jae
Nogami, Shouko
Nogami, Shouko
Itou, Shizuka
Itou, Shizuka
Choi, Mun Ja
Choi, Mun Ja
Amino, Tetsumasa
Amino, Tetsumasa
Nomura, Katsuhito
Nomura, Katsuhito
Jeon, Tae Yeol
Jeon, Tae Yeol


Sakurabi, Katsushi
Tsuruoka, Yota
Sound Director
Yamamoto, Hideyo
Theme Song Performance

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Jan 26, 2009
Never before have I ever been glued to an anime as much I had this one. I started it, and for once paid attention to the first episode from start to finish, no pausing. Its THAT good. Its a shame not many people watch it...


STORY - 10/10
Karada is a young girl who hates being treated like a child and who wishes to be grown up. Shoko is an aloof, unhappy young woman who has just returned from overseas. When they meet by coincidence one night at a local shrine where they both like to make wishes, they exchange ages.

Ive never seen an anime where read more
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Aug 13, 2007
The story then flows through both of Karada’s and Shouko’s life with their new ages, and how they come across the problems and emotions that take place. Karada is concerned about her brother, Hiro Iokawa, doesn’t know where she has disappeared to and to get him to believe that she is actually his little sister. We are shown that the two girls come to deal with their problems differently which then reflects their personalities a bit more to the viewer. Karada is shown to get depressed, having some emotional stress and brought to tears quite easily showing off more of her child like qualities. Shouko read more
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Mar 23, 2008
I'm not usually into the whole twelve episode thing, I normally don't think it's enough time to tell a good story, but did this prove me wrong. Asatte no Houkou is an extremely emotionally complex anime and I was seriously taken by surprise when I learned that by the second episode, because it starts you off making it seem like it just might be a loli anime, but if you keep watching, which thank goodness, I did, you'll learn that not only is she no longer a child after the first episode, but this entire anime is about everyone, including the adults, learning to read more
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Apr 27, 2007
I watch all of this anime as it was coming out, and I was not entirely pleased by it. The graphics worked, but I wasn't impressed. They seemed rather drab and uninviting. The characters also seemed to blend into one, with only a few of the secondary characters actually standing out. They all had the same set of emotions which consisted primarily of feeling bad for him or herself. Whether about the past, present, or future, all they did was look off in the distance and sigh.

It was a bit slow, but it was only twelve episodes, so it was not unbearable. If they read more
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A supernatural tale that takes place in summer. Asatte no houkou is less deep, but gives you a lesson about true friendship, just like in Air.
I didn't think I'd find a link between Lamune and Koi Kaze, but here it stands. Asatte no Houkou shares the same silent authenticity that Koi Kaze possesses. This subtle communication by intimation, with characters who are at the same time simple and obscured.

On the surface, a story about a girl who switches ages with a grown woman doesn't sound all that interesting, and it could go wrong in so many places . . . just like Koi Kaze could have gone wrong. But Asatte no Houkou has a similar level of craftsmanship as Koi Kaze, and that makes all the difference.
It has an interesting story just like asatte no houkou. It also has really sweet romance. I don't know why but the overall feeling just reminds me of asatte no houkou. I think that anyone who likes one should like the other
Both.... feature their leads' experience a rather troubling time throughout their own lives...
In a way, the combined viewpoints of the lead from Only Yesterday, directly corresponds with BOTH heroines from Asatte.
The primary theme IS how their childhood directly and indirectly affected their present day AND their views. This, obviously, means that their childhood wasn't exactly privileged, winsome, or specifically grand in any particular way. The only REAL spectacular thing they've had was their own raw determination.
Unfortunately..... only those who've exp. such things firsthand(or secondhand) will most likely appreciate these stories 100%

Only Yesterday was composed by MASTER director Isao Takahata.
....which is proof enough to watch already...
In addition, OY doesn't is strictly slice-of-life. I say this because, Asatte DOES contain a "tiny" little supernatural element to catalyst the beginning. I say this ONLY to give those a means of preference; both series do VERY well what they intend to do... regardless of their methods.

Asatte, as per mentioned above, HAS a fantasy element that kicks the story into gear. Also, this series has an additional theme, that being to appreciate, cherish, respect and "learn" from being an adult/child. This additional theme IS, admittedly, present in OY, but featured a bit more.... prominently here.
This anime has the same sort of relaxed feel. The story is slow yet captivating and the romance like that of Lamune is gorgeous. I think fans of Lamune could easily enjoy this.
Not that similar.. its just that Karada and Kotoura give me the same kind of feeling. Also its Both about girls that come to love the way they are.

And a touch of Magic Of Course..!

I think If you liked kotoura-san you will probably also like this !

Opening Theme

"Hikari no Kisetsu" by Suara

Ending Theme

"Sweet Home Song" by Yuumao

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