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 4318743,187 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #15472
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1580
Members: 147,679
Favorites: 1,193

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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


Jun 24, 2024
Now and Then, Here and There is a hidden gem, I believe. The story has a strong sense of flow throughout the entire thing, and for just 13 episodes, they pack a lot in each one while still not feeling rushed. There are plenty of quiet moments which I see as very important moments for character building. The anime will constantly bombard you with a lot of heavy topics, but I believe they're handled well; we can see how traumatizing it is for the characters going through what they do. The villain, King Hamdo, is genuinely evil, and while some anime might brush over or ...
Jun 6, 2024
Mixed Feelings
Transported to a war-torn desert in another world (supposedly), our MC Shu sets out on a rough journey to return home. The grim universe Now and Then, Here and There paints is brought to life through its sufficiently good production and art. Some people may fault the still-frame-ridden animation, but honestly, considering some of the shows that come out these days, it's more than decent in comparison.

While the world of this anime managed to suck me in from episode 1, accompanied by an interesting premise that quickly builds up the tension, as I kept watching, the setbacks it suffered from became more apparent.

This ...
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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Poll: Now and Then, Here and There Episode 13 Discussion ( 1 2 3 4 )
Kayro - Apr 2, 2008
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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….
Eykosca - Nov 28, 2023
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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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