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: 7.591 (scored by 4304143,041 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #15322
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1577
Members: 146,592
Favorites: 1,196

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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


Feb 3, 2009
Now and Then, Here and There is a real wall-gazer. The kind of show that you pause to reflect upon, and then find yourself gazing deeply into the nearest wall. Spacing out, utterly deflated, with that melancholy soundtrack echoing through the halls of your mind—like an empty ballroom, with only you left sitting at the bar. The dance is over, but the mood lingers, and there's not much you can do but sit and sigh... and realize you're a little bit older.

The hero of this story, Shu, is actually not so much a hero as he is just another victim of an ...
Aug 12, 2010
Mixed Feelings
"Now and Then, Here and There" seems to be a big hit with the more critical sections of the crowd. Scouring around the web, it's hard to come across reviews of it that are not overwhelmingly positive. But despite all these glowing reviews, I honestly didn't find the show to be that great, and since there's an abundance of opinions stating why it's good already, here's my take on why I don't think it's all that.

I don't really like the "Lord of the Ring" books all that much. One of the main reasons for this is that there are points in the books when it ...
Jan 16, 2010
Simplistic Silly War Melodrama

Following rave reviews from plenty of sources I came onto Now and Then, Here and There with guarded optimism. I was promised a brutal and uncompromising look on the atrocities of war that would bring real emotion from characters. The only thing phonier than that statement is how absurdly fake the main character Shu is.

Coming back from a devastating loss in Kendo, Shu notices a mysterious girl on top of a precarious smokestack. Deciding to investigate, he climbs onto another smokestack and engages with a short one-sided conversation with the blue girl named Lala-ru when suddenly a giant rift in time-space ...

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Poll: Now and Then, Here and There Episode 1 Discussion ( 1 2 )
Kayro - Mar 31, 2008
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May 2, 7:46 AM
Curious about the title….
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Dec 1, 2023 1:38 AM
How good would you consider the ending and characters? Would you guys consider this wasted potential?
_Arc4n1_ - Apr 25, 2021
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Nov 28, 2023 4:01 PM
What a great main character!
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