1 of 1 chapters read
I wish there are more manga like this.
26 of 26 episodes seen
Well, the premise of the anime seems good but the execution isn't quite done right. There are too many coincidences that are there just because it has to be there. The plot is based on discovering hidden files from the past an re-remembering old memories rather than real occurrence and I find that pretty annoying. Throughout the story, there is this feeling that there is something big that is about to be revealed but it turned out that there's nothing in the end (aka it never turned dark). The turning point came when the truth about "the boy" was revealed but even that was simply an "it happened but I forgot" incident. The technologies used and the problems involved are believable but overall, the story is disappointing.
Art & Sound: Simple, clean, dramatic where it needs to be and well suited for the slice-of-life episodes. The only down point is that the supposedly heart-warming crying scenes are a little over the top.
Character: Like I said before, there isn't any real character development since the characters are only re-remembering the past. The only one I see a real growth from is Isako and that is only at the very end. Not to mention the forced romance between the 6th graders is pushining it too far. I can't relate to any characters in this series at all. The good thing I see is the dialogues between the characters but even that give more of a feeling that they came to know each other more rather than understand each other. The aspect of loss of family members and close ones is also not sufficiently explored.
Overall: I am disappointed in this anime but that can be attributed to the fact that I came here expecting a darker theme behind it. It's not slice-of-life enough, not characters-based enough and not plot driven enough and left me unsatisfied in the end. read more
9 of 9 chapters read
This manga will overwhelm you emotionally. It is tragic, lovely, sweet, painful, lonely and doubtlessly fulfilling. This is a true gem, one of those rare manga that will make a deep impression and leave you satisfied with the beautifully executed ending.
started off as somewhat awkward but by the second half it improved tremendously
It's really nothing much but what makes this manga what it is is the way in which it was done. It has an air reminiscent of the peaceful loneliness in Natsume Yuujinchou but of course with more drama. The story flows smoothly from each scene and you can understand the characters' motives, confusion and frustration. Don't let the seeming angst/heartbreak detract you away from reading this from the early chapters. It will be worth continueing. (hint: there is no "tragedy" listed under it's genre on bakamangaupdates)
As far as my view goes, their developments are very well done. From our protagonist who slowly grew in character into someone with his own resolve to Shuuya with dealing with his way of caring and to Rin's acceptance. While Kana might have had terrible things done to him, it is perfectly understandable why he fell in love and why he could still continue to love. It can be somewhat painful to read(though I really enjoyed that..) but this story is definitely about forgiveness from more than one party involved. For the other two, saying too much would be a spoiler but I have to say that they have beautifully matured.
From the deep yearning which was misdirected into love in Kana and the pained manipulative love of Rin to the overly protective familial love of Shuuya, the combination gives a praiseworthy sense of melancholy. Subtly, the message that love can be cruel, love can hurt, love can be used to hurt and that love can bring happiness and motivation is slowly played out.
Overall, this is a must read. I haven't read any bl manga that could move me this much for a long while and going by the amount of bl I've read, it is an impressive feat and I think one who enjoy reading stories about different kinds of love will appreciate this series. read more
3 of 4 episodes seen
This started off slowly with you typical girl protagonist exploring prohibited area but soon turn into something else entirely. I can't say much otherwise it would be a huge spoiler but expect to get mind blown.
As of yet, I still can't tell much about the plot line. However, this looks really promising so far and has shown great potential. I may be a little bias since I'm definitely a fan of this director but this short intro had my head spinning in a really good way(animation-wise and back story-wise). This is definitely not one of your mindless post apocalyptic anime featuring just actions geared to the survival of the fittest hero. It messed up my head pretty good in a Paprika-ish way though I can't exactly pinpoint why. Enjoyment wise, this is one of those short anime that really really stand out.
Then again, I'm not sure how the full story will turn out. While this has great premises, I'm concerned about how the actual movie would be carried out all the way until the very end. I really hope that the "boy meets girl" aspect of this will not be overplayed. So far, it does not look like it would turn into something really dark but to have it too happy wouldn't be fitting either.
Ps. Not for those with a fear of height. I'm not one myself but even I feel giddy at some point.
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1 of 1 episodes seen
To me, the story is absolutely stunning (and I ended up crying a little while watching). It is some what light hearted but those who have watched anime like Bokurano will definitely be struck by the similarity between the underlying theme.
The main issue with this is the animation. However, I came to watch it with the full knowledge that it is a mixture of anime and comics animation so while it is a major drawback, I was not too much of an issue to me. read more