Asatte no Houkou.

Living for the Day After Tomorrow

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Synonyms: A Direction of the Day After Tomorrow, Towards the Day After Tomorrow
Japanese: あさっての方向。
English: Living for the Day After Tomorrow
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 6, 2006 to Dec 22, 2006
Premiered: Fall 2006
Broadcast: Fridays at 01:55 (JST)
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: J.C.Staff
Source: Manga
Genres: DramaDrama, SupernaturalSupernatural
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.031 (scored by 1027610,276 users)
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Ranked: #41742
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Popularity: #4420
Members: 24,825
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About to enter junior high school, Karada Iokawa is a cheerful and reliable girl, who hates being treated as a child more than anything. After her parents' deaths, her older brother, Hiro, comes back from studying abroad to take care of her. His ex-girlfriend Shouko Nogami, a composed yet sometimes childish and stubborn young woman, follows him to Japan in order to find out why he left her. Between the two girls, the atmosphere is tense, which eventually leads to Shouko calling Karada childish.

Later, Karada stands before a shrine praying to grow up. Little does she know that the shrine wishing stone would grant her wish. As Karada grows older, at the same time, Shouko, who happens to be nearby, finds herself a child once again. With their ages now reversed, Shouko and Karada must come to terms with one another and ultimately themselves.

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"Hikari no Kisetsu (光の季節)" by Suara

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"Sweet Home Song" by Yuumao


Jul 27, 2017
Iokawa Karada, a young girl, wishes upon a wishing stone to be an adult right away. She gets her wish but Nogami Shouko, a friend of her brother Hiro, turns from an adult into a young girl.

Despite seeming bland or dull, it is not at like that at all. There were a few small plot twists and quite a handful of light-hearted moments. I also saw some meaning and character development in the show, which I feel had important messages for us as we go through our human lives. How the characters resolved conflict imo was quite constructive, which I feel was one thing we ...
Nov 30, 2016
This is not only a review but also a plea for more people to watch this with an open mind. For all the crying about 'melodrama', here we have drama done right and it's likely been forgotten by most (fuck you).

Say what you will about the plot, the execution is tasteful with a mature sensibility. The pacing is slow and moves naturally, which makes for a relaxing watch. The pace also supplements the drama, creating tension as we wait for the characters to react to what happens around them. These characters don't start off as complete systems, but as fragmented individuals that we ...
May 16, 2015
Mixed Feelings
This is a story of amends and of redemption. It is a tribute to the age-old aphorism, "Maturity comes with experience, not age." But most importantly, Asatte no Houkou shows that you can craft an alright drama with any trope, even the most tired or comedic.

Such are the main merits of an anime with a ridiculous premise. In this case, our protagonist, Karada, is a 12 year old girl who is insecure about her young age. Tiny and always feeling left out, she makes a wish in frustration to a local altar—a wish to become an adult. To her dismay, this rash wish is ...

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