A series of animations based on prize-winning short stories for women.
Kawamo wo Suberu Kaze (January 7, 2011)
In the story, 33-year-old Kanazawa native Noriko had decided long ago not to accept an ordinary, provincial life for herself. So, she had gone to college in Tokyo, worked on her own, married a man at an elite trading firm, and had a child. She has just returned home from five years abroad with her husband and four-year-old son. However, she senses a large emptiness in her heart since coming back. Moreover, there is a man who shares a big secret with Noriko.
Yuuge (March 10, 2013)
Mimi, a wife in her late 20s, leaves her family and begins living with a young man.
Jinsei Best 10 (March 17, 2013)
Hatoko, a business woman, faces her upcoming 40th birthday and reunites with the person with whom she shared her first kiss in middle school, over two decades ago.
Dokoka Dewanai Koko (March 24, 2013)
A 43-year-old housewife gets a glimpse of a complicated relationship between a mother and a daughter.
"With age comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone." - Oscar Wilde
With the passing of every year one can't help but feel nostalgic at times. As you get older, you might find yourself asking, "Where did all the time go?" or "When did I get so old?" In those moments, we often find ourselves looking back towards the past. There were moments that you felt happy and sad, content and depressed, ecstatic and lazy, full of love and full of regret. There were the soaring highs and there were the abysmal lows. There were moments when you wondered what if. Would things have turned out
differently? Did I make the wrong choices? The possibilities are so vast that they can make your mind wander endlessly. However, the past is the past and what's done is done. After all, what good is a life that starts with an "if"? You are right here.
Otona Joshi no Anime Time is a set of four short stories that peer into the lives of Japanese women. This isn't a series that's full of bliss, but rather a crude, unpolished look at what life really is, and can be like. For some, it may be extremely touching and heartfelt. For others, it might seem uninteresting and boring. Having completed all four of the episodes myself, I would say that this series is deliberately intended for a more mature audience. It's a series that makes you look over your shoulder, wondering if you made the right choices. It's a series that makes you afraid of getting old. It's a series that makes you want to go home and tell your mom that you love her.
Each episode has their own varying degree of earnestness and subtleties; some of the stories come off as very disheartening, and others empowering. However, within each episode lies a lesson. Using well-crafted symbolism, dialogue, and direction, it's as if you've been bestowed with a little bit of life's wisdom after each twenty minute segment. It's empowering and it's beautiful. The art, animation, and sound were good, all being somewhat different, yet fitting. But that's not what's really important here. It's not something you watch to be wowed by visuals. It's something you watch to be wowed by realism.
At some point or another in your anime-watching lifetime, you should watch these episodes. It's not because they're episodes full of cutesy girls doing cute things, mindless shounen asspull entertainment, pixelated crotch teasers, or 2deep4u plot twists. You should watch these episodes because they showcase what it means to live.
Otona Joshi no Anime Time is a series of four episodes. Every episode has a different woman as the main character and we get to see a bit of her daily life as well as get to know her thoughts. I really liked this show because the women depicted are just ordinary people and even though nothing really extraordinary happens to them it is easy to empathize with them. Every episode has a different type of animation and they all look really good.
The first episode has a somberness to it. It kinda of reminded me of a Murakami short-story.
The second one is cute and
romantic but hides some serious subjects.
The third episode was the one I enjoyed the most. Probably because it's the funnier and the main character learns to laugh at herself.
The last episode is the one that seemed more common, as in more relatable. I can think of a few women I know that have similar lives to the life the this main character has.
None of the episodes has a conclusive ending to it and there's no big changes in these characters lives. Some learn lessons, other don't, but that isn't the point. The objective is to show that everyone has wishes and desires and hopes and regrets. The show does not really pass judgment on any of these women, it just shows who they are. And there's something very relatable on every of them. The honest and intimate way their thoughts and actions are portrayed brings out the viewer's emotions and insecurities. All of the characters seem real and that's one of the bigger compliments I can think of.
This type of anime is probably my favorite , i love the calm story-telling anime with new characters every episode very much but this one was a bit different .
I didn't like this one probably because of the way it was presented , the anime tries to make it like all the main characters are good characters and what they did was right , for example : the first episode had a very very shitty person as the main character , someone who cheated on their lover and hid the fact that she was pregnant from another man from her husband , the same thing
with the 2nd episode .
While it may not have been planned but it feels like the anime is trying to say that cheating is ok as long as you don't love your husband/wife and tries to say that they deserve to be happy despite cheating on their loved ones which i personally hated that .
The 3rd episode was nice tbh i thought for once in a while that an adult looking older character was cute and it had that funny ending with her so called "childhood friend"
The 4th episode was the best one because it had someone with actual dignity in it that was trying to defend herself and be a good person and it also had actual relatable worries and dealing with them not just using excuses to cheat or run away like in the first 2 episodes .
So pretty much i give the episodes these ratings : 1 , 3 , 6 , 8.
Overall i give it a 5 but wouldn't recommend it to anyone .
And the morale of the story is, "Live for yourself and to the fullest because life waits for no one."
After watching all four of the short stories the experience left me feeling nostalgic, and with an overall sense of warm happiness, [b]however[/b] it also left me with a feeling of fear in regards to the future.
The short stories center around the lives of 4 different women between their late 20s to early 40s. The stories primarily focus on the age old theme of love; whether that be love in the form of friendship, motherly love, love of an old lover, or the love within
a new romantic relationship. It also delves into matters of life in general through the eyes of these women; life as a mother, wife, girlfriend, and worker. Sometimes things are lighthearted and fun, while at other times there is a stark portrayal of a dull grey life.
It is a slow paced, slice of life romance josei drama so if you don't like such genres you may not enjoy it. However, I have to admit that I personally don't usually watch enjoy such genres but this I did enjoy immensely. Even though I am pretty young, I could still relate to their problems and emotions which was probably why I enjoyed it so much.
In conclusion, I really did like this anime and would recommend it to most girls but possibly only guys who like slice of life, drama and romance anime.