At the end of the second semester of third year of high school, four students are prepared for graduation and feel the ending to their high school life. But that changes a little with the arrival of a transfer student.
the first episode throw me off little bit , but i decided to keep watching and so far its look pretty heart warming , its my favorite type of slice of life anime, no exaggerated comedy , heart warming and slow pacing , the character are little by too cliché, the love triangles and the unnecessary screaming gets in the way of enjoying the anime, the art is great although there one thing that i find annoying but its opinion based which the finger nails color change in the close shots which is not exclusive to this anime but i find it annoying , but
all in all its relatable and feels good to watch and i hope it stays this way...
I'm a big fan of the romance/drama type of slice of life, which is why I was fairly happy to stumble upon Just Because! in this season. Mood and setting of the anime are quite fitting for winter, so you'll be likely to identify when watching this right now.
The anime starts off with a transfer student coming back to Tokyo for his last half year of high school, after his father was transferred back from Fukuoka. He's soon reunited with his long lost best friend from middle school and is finding himself confronted with some unresolved things from the past. As the story continues, the
characters have to face the reality of graduation and resolving their plans for the future, while love and disappointments are quite hard to handle too.
This seems quite uninteresting at first -you know, just your typical life of life story- but the characters get interesting and after two episodes I was hooked.
The art, well, nothing all too special, but the natural colors and realistic settings (if you were in Tokyo (Enoshima) before, you'll recognize some parts) are comforting and easy to watch. The story is set in winter and the colors are therefore not too saturated. I like the character design because it's not too 'sparkly', the characters have their own trademarks and don't look all the same. Another thing that I found to be interesting was the format of dialogue via messaging, as the characters use a lot of LINE.
It's super refreshing to hear some new voices, especially Izumi and Natsume's seiyuu sound super good and I hope they'll get more jobs soon! The BGM is subtle and there are some nice pieces from time to time too, I'd say it underlines the plot when it has to.
Very diverse cast and character development is expected (Episode 5). I like how the characters have their families introduced as well, their motives are clear and you get attached to them very easily.
The theme of this anime and the general undertone are quite melancholic and emotional. It displays the different notions of adulthood and difficulty of being honest with your feelings, as sometimes you'll just don't know what is best for yourself in this moment. Will you be able to keep up with the people you love when you tell them you do, even though their precious friends and you might lose them? Or would you rather shut all those feelings uptight in your heart and deny they're even there? Do you even want to know? If you ever were confronted with those questions, have a look at this anime. I think it might carry a very soothing subliminal message.
This show requires at least two episodes to find if it's your flavor. Watch a third and you're in for the long run.
The story is slow as first and moves similar to a train. Once you are at a cruise, you feel very comfortable. You watch the scenery just fly by while losing yourself in your own thoughts. After 3 episodes, you will find yourself thinking about what will happen with the love triangles, relationships, and school lives of the characters.
The artwork reminds me of certain old movies but it is very suitable for this kind of storytelling. Sometimes can convey a mood
of depression or just normalcy. As if nothing extraordinary is going to happen. I think it allows you to focus more on the emotions being laid out to the viewer.
Oh and the lighting detail is very charming. I can't ignore that. I love the art.
I'll be honest, I was so engrossed in the visuals and story that I didn't notice the soundtrack. Some shows actually do a bad job with synchronizing what's happening or transitions in scenes. You won't experience that here. More often than not, there isn't any music. Just the natural environment. It does its job and that's what matters- to set the mood.
The characters do seem boring or bland at first. But they all have somewhere they want to go and are hung up in some way with their own feelings and inexperience. Izumi might be the most interesting to watch because he doesn't say much but his actions do all the work. He's very likable. I feel like they could express themselves a little more but I'm pretty satisfied with what I'm getting.
It's a slice of life/romance. The comedy is scarce but the drama is ever building. I'm 6 episodes in and the cliffhanger is REALLY good.. I'm enjoying what I'm seeing and I can't comment more on that. If you don't have patience, pass on this one.
The show isn't finished airing but going in with little expectation and knowing it was a slow show that requires two episodes to get into, I am very happy with what I've seen so far. I'm definitely looking forward to next week.
(A 6 to me means that this anime is slightly above average at where I am currently watrching)
What keeps me watching this anime, along with the reason why I decided to write this review is that it reminded me of one truly important fact, one I hope resonates with you in the future:
THERE IS BEAUTY IN SIMPLICITY.
As this review is being made while this show is in progress, most of what I say is subject to change at my discretion. As the name of the anime implies, I truly did watch this anime "Just Because." (You can shoot me later for that).
Interestingly enough, I will begin by saying I'm actually enjoying the anime for what it is so far, though I hope to see improvements in both pacing and detail as time goes on.
As of episode 3, the story from my perspective is average. A handful of students who are about to graduate slowly change as one of their childhood friends moves back after four years. As this is a slice of life, I got what I expected in the first few episodes: Reunions, re-connections, and changes in relations and communication relative to each character. Nothing particularly stands out story-wise, though I believe that is fine in a "Slice-of-life", especially this early on.
Most people seem to be on-or-off with the art, which is understandable because of how much the art shifts in detail between scenes. Throughout the first episode alone, I was taken aback at the stunning background art melding with the animations. The fluidity between 2d and 3d movement impressed me, and I could hardly make out when they genuinely used CG during certain scenes.
Despite their successes detailing art and animation, the anime has the drawback of decreasing character detail during faster animations, such as in the baseball scene in episode 1. As for the characters looking "Plain", I see nothing wrong in a realistic anime with realistic designs, regardless of blandness, especially with the beautiful background scenes.
WELL HELLO THERE. I will say now I am HEAVILY biased towards the orchestral/piano side of music, otherwise I may have given the sound more of a 6-7 score. Allow me the pleasure of saying that the tonality of each piece fits into each scene perfectly so far, most especially in the climax of the baseball "duel" at the end of episode 1. The joys of reconnecting and success in one scene, along with the subtle peaceful string instruments and slightly awkward beats during piano pieces help make each scene come alive. In anime, a media form where emotion can be conveyed through more than just its characters, music can become a "make-or-break" factor. I can confidently say that this anime certainly does NOT break.
*sigh* Well hello there. Welcome to single scenes that establish every character and the awkwardness of not being at a point where any true conflict has occurred to allow any true emotional development. At this point, I have no choice but to give the characters a 5 simply because the anime hasn't developed enough to show me any depth behind many of the main characters besides their given personalities.
Allow me to explain for those of you who don't understand why I could give a slice of life in its early boring stages a 6/10 (which IS good), allow me to restate: There is Beauty in Simplicity. That's truly what this anime is: Simple. That's what I truly expect out of any slice-of-life anime I watch. The music, art, and potential of this anime impresses me, as did 3-gatsu no Lion; one of my favorite anime to this day. I truly understood it during the second half of episode one: allow me to warn you:
During the second half of episode one, the MC finds one of his old friends from their baseball club. Their dynamic after four years is awkward and stoic. The school baseball team has recently failed their attempt at winning nationals and his friend wants to hit one home run as both revenge and as a "prayer". The MC (Who hasn't played for years) pitches for the friend, and the band members watching play a beautifully empowering piece in the background. Eventually, all the other main characters watch as the piece slows to a beautiful string orchestral piece as we see a slowed down home run, after which the MC's friend runs and hugs him, laughs, and proceeds to leave to confess to a girl he likes.
THIS SCENE CONVEYS SO MUCH. The reunion and re connection between close friends, the attachment and encouragement a shared hobby gives between characters, the joy of mutual success, the awe of simply watching as the scene truly comes to life in its climax. That emotion paints a picture describing what I'm talking about. That's the beauty in simplicity.
The reason my overall is so low is because the anime hasn't given me enough to truly know whether or not it is "good". So far, I'm enjoying the ride, and have probably ranted long enough. As the anime continues, I hope for the pace to quicken, drama to occur, and ships to both sail and sink, all set to beautiful music pieces.