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Ima, Soko ni Iru Boku

Ima, Soko ni Iru Boku

Alternative Titles

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

Information

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

Statistics

Score: 7.881 (scored by 15235 users)
Ranked: #6862
Popularity: #871
Members: 36,818
Favorites: 439
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Synopsis

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.

(Source: ANN)

Characters & Voice Actors

Lala-Ru
Lala-Ru
Main
Nazuka, Kaori
Japanese
Nazuka, Kaori
Ortiz, Lisa
English
Ortiz, Lisa
...
Nabuca
Nabuca
Main
Green, Dan
English
Green, Dan
Imai, Yuka
Japanese
Imai, Yuka
...
Matsutani, Shuuzou
Matsutani, Shuuzou
Main
Okamura, Akemi
Japanese
Okamura, Akemi
Lewis, Ted
English
Lewis, Ted
...
Ringwalt, Sara
Ringwalt, Sara
Main
Nakao, Azusa
Japanese
Nakao, Azusa
Rogers, Kayzie
English
Rogers, Kayzie
...

Staff

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



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Feb 3, 2009
META_BODY
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 read more
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Oct 11, 2014
adrianojones
One of the greatest achievements any artistic medium could achieve is to successfully portray its themes in a method which resonates with the viewer. Being able to go beyond mere pixels on a screen and provoking the viewer's emotions is a virtue which a form of entertainment can only achieve by being greater than the sum of its parts. From what I've seen, very few anime, if any at all, have been able to capture such a feat
on the level of Now and Then, Here and There. And still, the series goes beyond simple, gimmicky emotional manipulation, delivering a truly remarkable experience which few read more
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Recommendations

War is horrifying. But what amplifies the horror tenfold is when children are forced to confront human nature that even adults cannot cope with, as they struggle to survive in the midst of war. And this is a subject anime depicts more disturbingly than live-action ever could.

'Grave of the Fireflies' is a period piece set during World War 2, when Japan was being bombed and innocent civilian lives and families were destroyed. An older brother and his dependent younger sister are left with only uncaring relatives as food becomes scarce and starvation becomes a reality. Desperation and despair is the least spolierific way to describe its ending. What makes it especially unnerving is that the movie is based on a true story, wrote as a sort of attempt at atonement.

You might assume 'Now and Then, Here and There' would be easier to watch, given that its first episode has its two leads transported from our modern world to another one. Many viewers either wrote the series off or were lured into a false sense of security based on how it began. But what follows goes to darker depths than most fiction ever dares. In its alternate post-apocalyptic world where water is almost non-existent, child soldiers are brainwashed and raised into killers by a deranged Hitler-esque madman... basically, anime's take on real world Africa. Killing is second nature and even underage females are used and abused like breeding cattle. I won't spoil but what happens to Sara is more disturbing than 99% of fiction. It could only be done in anime.
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.

Opening Theme

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

Ending Theme

"Lullaby..." by Reiko Yasuhara

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