Ranked #740

Ima, Soko ni Iru Boku

Alternative Titles

English: Now and Then, Here and There
Japanese: 今、そこにいる僕


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 14, 1999 to Jan 20, 2000
Premiered: Fall 1999
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Original
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


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Ranked: #7402
Popularity: #931
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Shu is a typical Japanese boy, but has an unbeatable, optimistic and determined attitude. However, when he sees a mysterious girl with strange eyes named Lala-Ru up on a smokestack, he is soon pulled into a strange desert world. Shu soon discovers the true terrors of war, which includes genocide, brutal torture, hunger, thirst, and child exploitation. Now Shu is trying to save Lala-Ru, as well as his hard earned, and often relunctant, new friends from the insane dictator, Hamdo. Whether Shu can possibly accomplish saving those he cares about while still holding up to his values remains to be seen.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Matsutani, Shuuzou
Matsutani, Shuuzou
Okamura, Akemi
Okamura, Akemi
Nazuka, Kaori
Nazuka, Kaori
Imai, Yuka
Imai, Yuka
Ringwalt, Sara
Ringwalt, Sara
Nakao, Azusa
Nakao, Azusa


Daichi, Akitarou
Daichi, Akitarou
Director, Script, Storyboard, Original Creator
Tanaka, Kazuya
Tanaka, Kazuya
Sound Director
Hiramatsu, Tadashi
Hiramatsu, Tadashi
Episode Director, Storyboard
Kurata, Hideyuki
Kurata, Hideyuki

More episodes Episodes(0/13)

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Opening Theme

"Now and Then, Here and There" by Toshio Masuda

Ending Theme

"Lullaby..." by Reiko Yasuhara

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Nov 24, 2015
Enter the world of Hellywood where dreams come to die! (Which, only now I realize is a play on for Hollywood where dreams are said to come true) Ima, Soku ni Iru Boku, or as the English has dubbed it, Now and Then, Here and There, centers its story around a young average Japanese boy named Shuzo, or Shu for short and his journey through a dystopian society centered around a dictator in hopes of achieving something highly unattainable in that world. Let me tell you this, I admire Shu greatly for his attitude throughout the series. What this young boy goes through is something read more
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Mar 14, 2015
Very rarely does something come along with such detail, such characterization, such perfection that it is able to ascend being just something on a screen, canvas or a musical chart, truly reaching the pinnacle of what we call art. To be able to convey so much in so few episodes, Now and Then, Here and There is one of them. With this in mind, like any art, its not going to be appreciated by everyone. This is a dark, depressing series that masterfully - almost to a horrifying point - is able to illustrate the true terrors and setting of war. Understandably so, it is read more
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Jul 12, 2015
Resting atop the lofty smokestack, beneath the luminous golden sheet of the setting sun, is a girl with her troubled eyes and graceful hair coloured blue, her gaze settled on the distant horizon. The girl, named Lala-Ru, sits quiet and implacable, not as if she was deaf to the spirited Shuuzou as he ascended the neighbouring smokestack, but as if her minuscule words and actions contained what little she had to say. While only a small distance sits between the two, their hearts seem to be miles apart; yet, when Lala-Ru is whisked away by a group of mysterious abductors, Shu, in the hopes of read more
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Jul 16, 2015
We know when immediately finish an anime, and you just don't know what to do for a while? That will happen after you finish this show and try to process what you've seen onscreen.

The Short Version:
(+) Story is very gripping beyond episode three.
(+) Great Villain
(+) Voice acting is on point.
(-) The MC doesn't development in any way.
(-) Some of the content is hard to stomach. (aka, show is kind of fucked up.)

The Story (8/10): The story starts off pretty simple; boy meets girl, girl needs help for guy. Then, out of nowhere, massive snake mechs come out, and after a small fight against them, the read more
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