Ranked #2638

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
Premiered: Fall 2006
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: Bandai Visual, Lantis, TBS
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: J.C.Staff
Source: Manga
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.181 (scored by 7,165 users)
Ranked: #26382
Popularity: #2059
Members: 15,400
Favorites: 40
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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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Characters & Voice Actors

Nogami, Shouko
Nogami, Shouko
Itou, Shizuka
Itou, Shizuka
Iokawa, Hiro
Iokawa, Hiro
Hino, Satoshi
Hino, Satoshi
Iokawa, Karada
Iokawa, Karada
Fujimura, Ayumi
Fujimura, Ayumi
Amino, Tetsumasa
Amino, Tetsumasa
Nomura, Katsuhito
Nomura, Katsuhito


Sakurabi, Katsushi
Sakurabi, Katsushi
Tsuruoka, Yota
Tsuruoka, Yota
Sound Director
Yamamoto, Hideyo
Yamamoto, Hideyo
Ohata, Kiyotaka
Ohata, Kiyotaka

More episodes Episodes(1/12)

Episode Title Aired
1 The Wishing Stones
Negai no Ishi (願い石)
Oct 6, 2006

Opening Theme

"Hikari no Kisetsu (光の季節)" by Suara

Ending Theme

"Sweet Home Song" by Yuumao

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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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May 16, 2015
This is a story of amends and of redemption. It is a tribute to the age-old aphorism, "Maturity comes with experience, not age." But most importantly, Asatte no Houkou shows that you can craft an alright drama with any trope, even the most tired or comedic.

Such are the main merits of an anime with a ridiculous premise. In this case, our protagonist, Karada, is a 12 year old girl who is insecure about her young age. Tiny and always feeling left out, she makes a wish in frustration to a local altar—a wish to become an adult. To her dismay, this rash wish is read more
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Apr 5, 2015
Source: Region 1 DVD

Why this series: I have a deep love for Ikuko Itoh. This was one of the only series she was heavily involved with that I hadn't seen, so I decided to marathon it.

Animation/Music: The overall look to the show is very pleasing to the eye. The art and animation are nicely done and remain consistent from start to finish. The animators chose to go with a muted color palette giving the show a very gentle and sweet appearance. The character designs are top notch as to be expected since they are the work of Ikuko Itoh. The only design that didn't really 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.  
reportRecommended by Akarioru
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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  read more 
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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 
reportRecommended by Pinktiarapanda
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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. 
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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  read more 
reportRecommended by Otaking09
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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 ! 
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