Ima, Soko ni Iru Boku

Now and Then, Here and There

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Synonyms: Ima, Soko ni Iru Boku
Japanese: 今、そこにいる僕
English: Now and Then, Here and There
German: Now and Then, Here and There
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Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 14, 1999 to Jan 20, 2000
Premiered: Fall 1999
Broadcast: Thursdays at 19:00 (JST)
Studios: AIC
Source: Original
Genres: AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: IsekaiIsekai, MilitaryMilitary
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.611 (scored by 4139241,392 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #14072
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1530
Members: 141,441
Favorites: 1,176

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Shuuzou "Shuu" Matsutani lives his ordinary life in peace. He has friends, a crush, and a passion for kendo. Dejected after losing to his kendo rival, Shuu climbs a smokestack to watch the sunset where he finds Lala-Ru, a quiet, blue-haired girl wearing a strange pendant. Shuu attempts to befriend her, despite her uninterested, bland responses.

However, his hopes are crushed when a woman, accompanied by two serpentine machines, appear out of thin air with one goal in mind: capture Lala-Ru. Shuu, bull-headed as he is, tries to save his new friend from her kidnappers and is transported to a desert world, unlike anything he has ever seen before. Yet, despite the circumstances, Shuu only thinks of saving Lala-Ru, until he is thoroughly beaten up by some soldiers. As he soon finds out, Lala-Ru can manipulate water and her pendant is the source from which she is able to bring forth the liquid, a scarce commodity in his new environment. But now, the pendant is lost, and Shuu is the prime suspect.

Ima, Soko ni Iru Boku is the haunting story of a dystopian world, and of Shuu, who has to endure torture, hunger, and the horrors of war in order to save the lonely girl he found sitting atop a smokestack.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Matsumoto, Rica


Konishi, Hiroko


Saitou, Ayaka


Yasuhara, Reiko


Matsuyama, Takashi


Haigney, Michael
Daichi, Akitarou
Director, Script, Storyboard, Original Creator
Tanaka, Kazuya
Sound Director
Ootsuka, Masahiko
Episode Director


Opening Theme

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"Ima, Soko Ni Iru Boku (Now and Then, Here and There; 今、そこにいる僕)" by Toshio Masuda (増田俊郎)

Ending Theme

"Komoriuta... (Lullaby...; 子守歌…)" by Reiko Yasuhara


Dec 25, 2021
This anime is a gem. If you stubbled on it consider yourself lucky. I see some absurdly low scores for this anime and it's downright annoying. I don't know why so many anime watchers have to be snobs who can't just sit back and enjoy the ride without nitpicking every little thing.
The story starts very lightheartedly for only about 15 min into the first episode. Then you are thrust into this harrowing world. Our protagonist Shu is your run-of-the-mill "I don't kill" and super determined MC. However, this completely works for this story. The whole story is extremely bleak and having Shu bravely standing up ...
Feb 1, 2023
Mixed Feelings
I don't usually write reviews, but this one was a ride, and overall I would actually say I actually liked this anime. Most characters are believable, i could see them responding in the way they did if a human was put in the same position. with the sole exception being our main character, who has a willpower the strength of a goddamn diamond. The premise is good and one that has been rarely explored. However, there is one thing that bothered me as the series went on, something that was never addressed, something that made the premise kind of irrelevant and implausible.

It's in the synopsis, ...
Dec 22, 2022
*This review contains spoilers in a marked section*

I finally watched the cult classic "Now and Then, Here and There" the anti-war series released two decades ago. Over the years, it has been labeled a masterpiece and one of the best Isekai anime ever. I had to see it for myself, but all I can say is… Seriously?

Throughout 13 tedious episodes, I found a beautifully produced but ultimately poorly written anime. Although I liked the sound and art direction, I couldn't get invested in the plot or care about any of the characters. Despite the story's attempts at social commentary, it has a surprisingly 1-dimensional view ...

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