English: One Week Friends
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 7, 2014 to Jun 23, 2014
23 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisKaori Fujimiya is always alone because all of her happy memories, including time spent with her friends, disappear every Monday. Deciding that he wants to be friends with her anyway, Yuuki Hase tries to get close to Kaori each week, wishing that she would one day call him "a friend."
Related AnimeAdaptation: Isshuukan Friends.
Side story: Isshuukan Friends. Specials
Characters & Voice Actors
While there are some people who prefer solitude and independence, most people are social by nature, and they desire friends to laugh and struggle with in both the good times and the bad. Good company is invaluable, and thus it is important to distinguish who your true friends are. Genuine friendship should not rely on a relationship that is give and take, but rather a relationship based on mutual respect, trust in one another, and unconditional support. A good friendship takes time to mature and develop into an unbreakable bond, and oftentimes requires that friendship to undergo trials and tribulations. One Week Friends explores this concept and follows the growing relationship between Hase Yuuki and Fujimiya Kaori and the struggles they encounter as they begin to understand the meaning of true friendship.
Set in an ordinary high school, One Week Friends tells the story of Fujimiya Kaori, a girl who mysteriously loses her memories at the end of every week. What makes this situation even more complex is the fact that she only loses those memories that involve people she befriends. For this reason, she distances herself from everyone else and appears to have a cold demeanor. Hase Yuuki, a boy in her class, notices that she is always alone and resolves to become friends with her and summons the courage to talk to her.
For a typical high school boy meets girl slice of life show, the story is nothing special; in fact, the whole memory loss of only friends concept is quite farfetched and unrealistic, even for an anime show. However, looking past that fact, the show is quite adorable and heartwarming. From watching Hase slowly help Fujimiya overcome her condition to laughing as Shougo scolds a hopeless Hase, One Week Friends does a good job of making you smile and induces a rather wide range of emotions. It is slow paced and mellow, but that adds to its charm and the relaxed environment of the show. The small amounts of drama are handled well without getting out of hand or being needless. Disregarding the unrealistic aspect of the show, the characters themselves are quite realistic and are characters that are relatable and likable.
Hase represents our typical awkward high school boy. While slightly airheaded and bad at studying, he does have a kind heart and has the patience and persistance needed to befriend someone like Fujimiya. However, he is human, and this is made apparent when he struggles with the problems that arise due to the complexity of Fujimiya's situation. He is quite selfish, becomes easily jealous, and can be immature at times, yet gives it his all and has a genuine desire to befriend Fujimiya and wishes for her happiness. Hase is appealing as a male MC for this reason; his personality is realistic and basic.
Fujimiya is our innocent and earnest girl whose biggest dreams include doing fun things with her friends. It is hard to imagine how incredibly lonely and depressed it would be having to purposefully ignore everyone while in reality you want nothing more to befriend them. She decides to shoulder her problem by herself, and doesn't want anyone else to get hurt because of her illness. While she appears mean and unfriendly, she's actually a cheery girl who has an affinity for math and cooking. Hase helps her slowly open up and become more confident in herself, and to not be afraid to make more friends.
Surprisingly, the supporting characters are fairly well developed and come into their own as the show progresses. Shougo is Hase's voice of reason and a guy who never seems to care much for anything. Extremely blunt and logical, he isn't afraid to speak his mind. He's constantly helping and advising Hase, and while he treats it as a bothersome task, he always seems to come through with solid counsel. For someone that seems unmovable and aloof, he is unusually helpful as he also helps Yamagishi Saki, an old elementary school classmate of his. A forgetful girl who is clumsy and often teased because of it, she sees Shougo as a reliable person who could take care of her, and her relationship with Shougo is unconventional but interesting and adorable to watch as they deal with their feelings for one another.
While there are hints of it, romance is not the central theme of the show. It can be easily seen that Hase doesn't consider Fujimiya as a simple friend, but the show doesn't emphasize it. Shougo and Saki's relationship is also clearly not just being casual friends, and while you get the feeling that there is something more between the two, the show is quite subtle and indirect about it. I'm sure that many people want to see Hase and Fujimiya together, or Shougo and Saki together, but dating and romantical relationships is a much more minor aspect of the show. Whether you don't mind or consider it frustrating, there are still many more enjoyable aspects of the show.
The show, being an adaptation of a 4-panel manga, has a quaint and delicate art style. Everything seems relaxed and the art reflects that feeling. The character designs are simple and fit their personalities quite well. The opening and ending theme songs are vibrant and mellow, and are nice to listen to. Being a typical slice of life set at a high school, the music and art both follow the standard conventions of the genre. No complaints about either art or sound, but nothing that deserves a commendation.
One Week Friends takes a delicate subject and an unusual setting and turns it into a nice slice of life high school story that may just make you laugh and smile. While the premise of the show is a bit too convenient and unrealistic, the charm of the show lies in its character development and tender moments. The show addresses a basic yet essential aspect of life that is present in most of us and presents it in a nice and heartwarming way.
Friendzone: The Anime
The plot of Isshuukan Friends consists of a young boy (Hase) who is in love with a beautiful yet estranged girl (Fujimiya). The girl suffers from a condition in which parts of her memories are erased on a weekly basis, on each Monday. This makes it so that Hase, in order to befriend her, is required to introduce himself to her constantly just to keep up their friendship. It also makes for one of the most frustrating anime to watch; it contains one of the biggest "love that never was".
Isshuukan Friends is structured in a way that every single episode, more or less, plays out like each other. It is the same uniqueness that makes it stand out that also hurts it. For Hase and Fujimiya, developing a friendship is already difficult enough, let alone a love-relationship. If you are looking for some sort of intimacy between the two main characters, you won't find it here. Of course, Hase and Fujimiiya's relationship isn't the only thing that is worth noting of Isshuukan Friends. The core side characters, Kiryuu and Yamagishi, are absolutely hilarious. They honestly make up for half of the show's enjoyment; one is stoic and carefree (Kiryuu), the other is clumsy and careless (Yamagishi). Together, they make the various slice-of-life moments in Isshuukan Friends a little more crazy, and all the more enjoyable to watch.
The "turning point" in Isshuukan Friends (if you can even call it that) occurs around episode 7-8, in which a new character, Kujou Hajime, is introduced. Since "Hajime" is a perfect pun of a name, we can assume that his introduction will lead to the climax of the story. And for a while, it does indeed seem like that. However, just as quickly as Kujou was introduced does Isshuukan Friends revert to its original plot. What could have been a suspenseful, possibly drama-filled ending ended up falling flat on its face. It's such a shame to see something that great go to waste.
Now, one of the things that Ishuukan Friends was able to capitalize on was its art. Fitting nicely into its Spring debut time, Isshuukan Friends used quite palatable colors, mainly light ones. Its color scheme is definitely something that is not commonplace in most anime, and that uniqueness in itself makes it a refreshing change of pace. With heavy focus on yellow, orange, and white, this is an anime that simply radiates "springness". If springtime flowers come off as beautiful to you, Isshuukan Friends's art should do the same.
Originally a promising prospect, Isshuukan Friends took an unfortunate nosedive toward a circular plot, one in which the beginning resembles the end. In a romance anime where the main characters do not develop a love relationship, the main draws would then be its art and side characters; and it's true, those two aspects really do serve to hold this anime together. For what it's worth, Isshuukan Friends is an enjoyable watch. However, don't expect to get anywhere by the end; this is an anime in which you really should focus on the ride, and not the destination. However, is this a ride strong enough to overcome the lack of a destination? To that, I would have to say no.
A boy trying to make friends with a girl who is constantly losing her memories.
Memories and innocent love. Isshukan Friends is very similar to Chihiro's Story in Ef- A Tale of Memories: a fleeting memory, a persistent boy and a girl that just wants to believe in friendship and love.
Same premise of a boy trying to make friends with a girl who has memory issues. Isshuukan Friends is light hearted while ef: A Tale of Memories is more on the sad side. Both are great, however, I feel like Isshuukan messed up its ending while ef had a great one.
A heroine having her memories reset and a guy helping her regain it who actually has feelings for her too.
Both have character development along the way.
Both have good theme songs.
Ef has deeper plot (and revolves around other couple) while Isshuukan Friends mostly revolve around the main couple and has a simple plot.
Ef has the 3D/poetic/eroge-like graphics while Isshuukan Friends has the 2D/artistic water color-like graphics.
Male lead is trying to make friend with the female lead who is extremely shy, as well as having a memory deficiency that prevents her from making friends. However, the male lead's persistent attitude toward their friendship slowly begin to open up the girl' heart.
Is similar about the Chihiro's arc.
A girl with mental illness, she forget everything in a lapse of time...but one guy try to build a relationship with she, and probably ends in love.
Isshuukan Friends is more innocent than ef a tale of memories.
+ A girl loses her memory and has trouble making friends, but a guy is determined to become close to her despite that
+ While Ef is definitely heavier on drama, Isshukan Friends also has drama mostly from the memory loss problem
- Ef has more romance and another story alongside the memory loss story involving a love triangle
- Shaft's animation in Ef is much more unique and psyxhological than the softer and lighter animation style in Isshukan Friends
Both have a girl with memory loss and a boy trying to be their friend. Atmosphere is similar as well.
In several ways, I find these two series alike for their tone and atmosphere. They both involve a shy girl who happens to meet with a cheerful guy at school. They become friends through their experiences. And despite their differences, the two get along in unusual ways because of their sharp contrasts. There is decent comedy, drama, and sparkling romance throughout both series. Kimi ni Todoke focuses more on romance as a driving plot while Isshuukan Friends deals with friendship. But nonetheless, they both convey character relationship on realistic levels that are appreciable.
An introverted girl who is considered weird by her classmates (but is actually a lovely person). A boy trying to make friends with this girl. Both take place in a high school. Same feeling while watching these two shows.
Male protagonist is the the only one who believes that female protagonist is different Than what everyone else believes
Male protagonist has a friend supporting him
All the other students think the female protagonist is a certain way, which is actually very different from her real characteristics
Male MC is the first person who lends a helping hand or the first to acknowledge the female MC. Also added with lots of cuteness in it. However, Kimi ni Todoke is more innocently sweet while Isshuukan Friends is more deceptively sweet with a little heartbreaking feels.
Kimi ni Todoke and Isshuukan Friends have very pure protagonists. I also think that Kaori and Sawako are similar because initially have few friends and reflect a fearsome appearance on the outside but inside are nice. Except that Kaori has amnesia and Sawako not, are quite similar. I also think that the personality of the main characters is similar in the two series, both are shy and have feelings for each other but are afraid to say it or confuse the "I like you" with "I like you" of friends.
Both tell tale of a lonely protagonist whom have for their own reasons difficulty approaching people and in turn making friends. They each meet a guy who, despite having their own motive, assist the female protagonist in overcoming their baggage and find happiness. If you find either of these shows relatable they can become somewhat of a tear jerker. The biggest difference in my opinion would be the artstyle Isshuukan friends has a much better depicition of the characters and the environment, but keep on watching kimi no todoke for the plot you wont be dissapointed by these slice of life animes.
Opening Theme“Niji no Kakera (虹のかけら)” by Natsumi Kon
Ending Theme"Kanade (奏 (かなで))" by Kaori Fujimiya (CV: Sora Amamiya)
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