English: Now and Then, Here and There
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 14, 1999 to Jan 20, 2000
25 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Score: 7.891 (scored by 14286 users)
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adventure drama fantasy military
SynopsisShu 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.
Characters & Voice Actors
Now and Then, Here and There is a real wall-gazer. The kind of show that you pause to reflect upon, and then find yourself gazing deeply into the nearest wall. Spacing out, utterly deflated, with that melancholy soundtrack echoing through the halls of your mind—like an empty ballroom, with only you left sitting at the bar. The dance is over, but the mood lingers, and there's not much you can do but sit and sigh... and realize you're a little bit older.
The hero of this story, Shu, is actually not so much a hero as he is just another victim of an ugly world gone wrong, and one who himself is nearly broken a number of times. What makes him stand out is his stubborn refusal to succumb to the hopelessness and terror of it all, even while everyone around him has been beaten down to the point where they commit terrible acts out of overwhelming fear and a desire to survive—in some cases a distant yet precious hope that if they can make it through, they'll one day be set free from this hell that holds them captive.
The setting is an alternate world that Shu finds himself pulled into, a bleak dystopian wasteland of endless, bone-dry desert; the atmosphere is stifling and oppressive, a nihilistic Future Boy Conan where skies are not blue, but blood-red, and there isn't a drop of water to be found. Enter Lala-Ru, a girl who, like Lana of the aforementioned classic, holds a power that can save the world from its ruin—a power that has fallen into the wrong hands. This is very much like a story Hayao Miyazaki might come up with were he feeling suicidally depressed. Lala-Ru, unlike Lana, would sooner let the squabbling humans wither up and die than exert herself to aid them.
It's easy to understand how Shu must feel, having stumbled into this world gone mad, but while I become more and more depressed and anxious as characters descend further and further into misery and anguish with each episode, Shu never loses his resolve. Even after being beaten and starved and nearly killed a number of times, he retains his determination to protect those in need of help, and to try to reassure them that as grim as things seem, everything will be okay.
It's tough to believe him, in the face of so much kidnapping, murder, and rape, all at the behest of Lord Hamdo, the completely insane fruitcake dictator of Hellywood and desperate captor of Lala-Ru. Other characters will accuse Shu of lying, and you'll wonder if there really is any escape from the utterly dismal state of this nightmarish world. But you'll also find that there are fragments of hope, and in some sense one may ultimately find illumination in all this darkness and despair.
Now and Then, Here and There has a look and feel that suggests it was a project made on a tight budget, yet with a lot of feeling behind it—especially evident in the wistful ending theme. You won't find yourself impressed with flashy modern animation, but the overall production is sufficient to convey the bleak atmosphere effectively.
The makers of this anime clearly wanted to say something, and they've gone about doing so in the most dire, soul-draining way they could muster. It's up to you if you can weather the journey, but I guarantee you'll come out on the other end a bit wiser for it. read more
If I had to use one word to describe Now and Then, Here and There, that word would be bleak. The definition of the word bleak is not hopeful or encouraging; unlikely to have a favorable outcome, and that is exactly what this show is. While watching, you start to think "Is there anyway things could possibly get better?" When in truth, the answer would almost certainly be no. In this anime, we explore war, torture, rape, survival, senseless murder, etc. All having an effect on one boy named Shu. Shu, who's attitude is far from bleak, has to deal with all of these hardships, all for the sake of finding one girl: Lala-Ru.
Now and Then, Here and There begins with Shu seeing a girl on a smokestack, and wondering what she's doing up there. When he eventually gets to talk to her, he is transported to a world which is consumed by war, a lack of water, and a bat-shit insane dictator. This anime's story's pacing, progression, themes, and execution are all done near to perfection. There was not a single moment of time when I was disinterested in the story. I was on the edge of my seat wondering what could possibly happen next. This story, is paired up with quite possibly my favorite setting of any anime I've ever seen. It's hard to put into words exactly what the setting is, but, I'll just say that the picture that MAL uses for this anime is basically everything I love about it. Standing on a smokestack, with the dystopian city bathed in sunset on view for all to see. Outstanding
With the characters, we have Shu, who is probably one of the toughest kids ice ever seen in an anime. One minute he's walking home from kendo, and the next he's in a strange place being beaten, tortured, ridiculed, and nearly killed on many occasions. With all that he goes through, you'd think he wouldn't be able to handle this right? Your wrong there. He doesn't cry or do anything that would make him seem weak. He would get beaten nearly to death but would not go down without a fight. He has an attitude of, no matter how bad things get, if you keep on going, good things are bound to happen. As a whole, he is a very memorable character and the image of him standing on the smokestack shielding Lala-Ru from oncoming danger will live in my head for as long as I live.
Lala-Ru is a tricky case. I don't know if she even said 100 words in this show. I've yet to see a more stoic character. Not to say she's not a good character though. She is the key to human survival after all.
I'll also mention Sara, who was taken to Hellywood completely by accident as she was mistaken for Lala-Ru. The things she goes through are unimaginably tragic and I felt so bad for her and was just hoping that she would be able to survive.
The last character I will mention will be Hando...This guy...THIS FUCKING GUY...He puts the Dick in Dictator. At times while watching this anime I was genuinely frightened. He was the source of this. It was unsettling when he was in screen and you just never know what he's going to do next, you just know that whatever it is, it's going to make someone else suffer. Oh and if I didn't mention before, he's bat-shit insane for good measure.
AIC has done many anime, and frankly, they have been quite average. Not to say that this anime looks amazing, because for all intensive purposes, it doesn't. And that should be expected since it was made back in 1999. What I really liked was their use of the color orange, particularly in the sunsets. And if I have to say one thing about this shows animation, it would be that this is an anime that transcends it's own animation. There is no reason to not watch this show for it looking a bit older. Because the phenomenal story allows you to ignore the animation and just focus on tacky good storytelling.
The music used in this show is also quite good. Many of its tracks giving off a vibe of emptiness or sadness. Which really fit with the themes of the show. And I will also say that the Ending Theme to this anime "Lullaby" by Reiko Yasuhara is absolutely breathtaking. It just sounds beautiful. The voice acting is solid on both dubs as well.
Now and Then, Here and There is in my humble opinion, a masterpiece. But at the same time, it's a gem from the late 90's that too many anime fans will never get the pleasure of seeing because it just does not get the exposure it deserves. Few anime I see give me completely unique feelings that I could only feel from watching that particular anime. Only one other had done that and it was Mawaru Penguindrum. This anime was able to achieve that feat as well.
So, if you have not seen Now and Then, Here and There, I strongly recommend you go see it as soon as you can. I look at it as an absolute classic that really shouldn't be missed. And while it is one of the most depressing and heart-wrenching anime you could possibly find, the affect it will have on you will be truly unmatched by any other.
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Both masterful examples of watching people suffering the life out of themselves for entertainment.
Both deal the gruesome truth about war; and the negative effects war has on society; especially children.
War, destruction, emotions, tears... both are masterpieces.
Loss and the betrayal of human decency are key themes in both of these productions. Persecution and inhumanity are portrayed in harsh and realistic ways. Both succeed in pulling the viewer into the middle of the conflict, with a keen sense of empathy for the characters. "What would I do if faced with this cruelty? Would my actions really be much different?"
Both have the same bleakness that never completely destroys the enjoyment factor but it doesn't allow viewers to drop their guard either. Both are all too true tales of war and the effects it has on poeple and children.
However, the war itself is not the primary focus. Rather, it depicts it's heroes' journeys to perservere through it all in search of hope. Both are powerfully emotional, expertly written, and are classics in anime.
Fireflies is a decade older than Now and Then, uses a real war, and is more likely to steal a few tears away from you.
Now and Then is a sci-fi series, has a more distinguished cast (which in turn creates more reason for sadness), ends slightly better but it's overall potency of a tearjerker remains.
-Passable animation of the same level.
-Characters with the same feel.
-Lot's of sufering for the sake of it.
Note: Out of the two Now and Then, Here and There is the better title.
Both of these shows show the effects of war on a world.
But while Future Boy Conan presents a much lighter mood, NTHT tells its story by directly presenting the harsh realities of war.
Nonetheless, both shows hold similar themes that will most likely attract a specific crowd.
So if you liked one, try the other.
NTHT's setting is an alternate world, a bleak dystopian wasteland that seems to be made up of almost nothing but desert and blood-red sky; the atmosphere is stifling and oppressive, a nihilistic vision where skies are not blue, but blood-red, and there isn't a drop of water to be found, completely opposite of FBC. Enter Lala-Ru, a girl who, like Lana of FBC, holds a power that can save the world from its ruin: a power that has fallen into the wrong hands. NTHT is very much like FBC might have been, had Miyazaki been feeling suicidally depressed. Both of these are tales about the effects that war and abuse of resources have on people.
A sinister man with a large tower as his base hunts a girl who holds the secret to the energy he needs to power his ultimate weapon. An outsider boy acts as her protector. Both series take place in a dead/wounded future Earth. Both have the same basic plot progression in terms of what happens to the characters and where they go. Now and Then, Here and There is basically a darker version of Future Boy Conan that takes place on Arrakis instead of Waterworld. Both shows are really good!
Both take place in a desolate future, with limited resources and not many humans.
Both are also classics in anime, and they each have legendary staffs at their helms.
Now and Then is much more bleak, has harsh and often graphic themes, emotional, morally plentiful, and is shorter.
Conan is more uplifting, comical, adventurous, older, longer, and easier to enjoy.
Both take place in an alternative dark world of war and are about a boy who suddenly happens to go into that world because he wants to save a mysterious girl from an emperor who doesn't want to let go of his vision of future but still tries to win the war wich he can only do with the help of the girl. The story is very, very much the same and both are alike in their art and date of production and so are the main characters. Future Boy Conan is not all as dramatic as Now and Then, Here and There and a bit more of enjoyable to watch and is still a bit more of a children's cartoon, however, it doesn't lack much of seriousness on the topic of war compared to Now and Then, Here and There.
Opening Theme"Now and Then, Here and There" by Toshio Masuda
Ending Theme"Lullaby..." by Reiko Yasuhara
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