I’m not sure why I picked Just Because! But anyway it turned out to be a pleasant surprise.
The series at its core is a character-centric; which mean that no matter how the characters became; whether they're reach their goals or not, it is became a part of and affecting the story. There’s no big overarching plot to draw the viewers in actually. It’s pretty much about these five Student, and how their lives will play out over the next few months. The story essentially played out by the struggling of this character facing the transition to adulthood and also the problem they get when
interacting with each other.
It sounds like typical slice of life but certainly it doesn’t. What makes show a little bit different in my eyes is how 'calm' the presentation is handled. Anime or most of high school anime in general tend to be bogged down by gimmicks, but it did not happen here. The mood is very calm and smooth, the pacing is deliberately slow, most of the characters are quiet and soft-spoken, making the show to be quite atmospheric. Of course being different doesn’t equal to being better, but at least it is nice that every now and then you could watch some drama where you can just sit back and relax and not getting pumped up by bizarre presentation.
Having said that, since the story may sound quite alright at best, thankfully it did deliver (even more) on its focus which is the characters. Although, I have heard many peoples complain about the characters of this series because they seems had no personalities but certainly I am not one of these people. I personally think that the characters in this series is fantastic with each of them has their own motives and justify reason to do what they acts.
Obviously in this series Komiya might be the clearest who has a motives for what she did; she just want to save her club; and doing anything to do so. Haruto always feels left behind. Everyone’s talking about entrance exams and going to college. They have their futures ahead of them. On the other hand, everything has already been decided for him, since he’ll need to work and he feels powerless. Hazuki’s college won’t have a band. At best, it has a band appreciation club. So for now, there are no plans to continue playing the trumpet once she graduates from high school. She failed to reach nationals in high school, so She feels it might be the best just try to graduate as soon as she can, and living normal life by join her family business. Mio is struggling with her college entrance exam and she can’t denied the fact that Haruto confessed to Hazuki and she likes Haruto. Eita doesn’t has any problem with his academics since he got a recommendation but then again he likes Mio, but Mio likes someone else, so he just trying his best to catch her attention.
Nevertheless It is safe to say that the characters is quite interesting in their own way and had some setup to be fully developed till the end of the series. Although it is worth to mention they don’t have loud, tropey, tsundere or ‘genky’ characters. So the series might not very ‘lively’ if you are the type to like some banter or comedy because there’s hardly any . But these character traits are not executed in such an overblown way that you end up thinking you’re interacting with zombies.
As for the visuals, it is worth to mention that the anime really likes to show its characters face exclusively and most of the time you can tell how the character’s feel or whether they’re lying or not which I think is quite interesting. As for the other thing in visual, the show does suffer from production issues.. a lot. The animation isn’t very quite standard of today. The characters perspective looks wrong and the backgrounds aren’t that amazing considering how many these guys are hanging out. Luckily enough, the anime doesn’t have the type of story that really demands any sort of visual fidelity and I don’t think I’ve heard or nor I did the studio behind this anime has much record on its names.
As for sound, I like the Opening, “Over and Over” by Yanagi Nagi who also sung for ‘Oregairu’ I think her song and voiced very suited with school drama and this one is no different. The ending is another story because I tend to skip it so I may miss something there. The soundtrack is good albeit not memorable enough to catch your attention but it does serve is purpose. The acting is too plain and uninteresting for my taste but at the very least I don’t hate it. All In all the sound does it best to complement the story but none of it will blow you away (Maybe the opening though but I guess that just me).
The very length of the series, which is just 12 episodes, also aids the story, as it is long enough to explore these characters to a point and not so long as to need more than what was presented. This made the anime simple and casual, giving the content of what was presented a bit more impact, without anything being stretched out for too long.
Overall I wouldn’t go as far as say the anime is unique; In fact, one could say that the story is a remarkably common one. However at the very least the series stays clear of many of the annoyances of romance stories and not throwing in all kinds of situations solely intended to add drama and spice things up. Added with the fact that the series keeping up with the sense of realism (which I think done a great job) but never feels to depressing considering how the series ended.
In this respect, I suppose I just appreciate Just Because!’s sharper focus. It’s far less ambitious, and far less grand in scope, but it did many many things correctly and easily became one of my favorite romance anime in recent years.
Yes, the ending overall is quite pandering and certainly flashback are needed for the romance part. But we can't have all the nice things can we?
Senior year of high school is like a train station.
Pick a train to decide your future. You can’t say for sure what lies at your destination, but you know for certain it will take you away from your school and friends you made there. This is the theme that Just Because puts forward with its story of seniors deciding their futures and many train station scenes. However, it does not have the intimacy necessary for these themes to be believable.
Slice of life shows live or die on how intimate they are. And no, I do not mean romance. I mean the show's connection to
the audience. Without that crucial connection, you might as well be watching bugs run around for all it matters. A lack of intimacy is what prevents Just Because from being engaging.
I have no doubt that the show has subtle character interactions that allow the viewer to make their own interpretations, but when it’s so hard to give a damn about any of them it’s impossible to feel engaged to anything happening on screen.
After elementary school, you typically fall apart from your classmates. The story of Just Because is those kids coming back together in high school and meeting up again. Eita Izumi left his town after elementary school but now that he has transferred back to his friends' town he is reconnecting with them.
The story is as basic as it needs to be for the slice-of-life and romance genres. We've seen this structure many times over, and it is not at all improved upon in this show. It follows 5 high school students through their everyday lives. They study to get into universities, hone their talents, and try to get dates. The show jumps around at such an inconsistent pace between the 5 characters that it's hard to get a grip on who they are and what motivates them, beyond a shallow description. Characters walk around or sit about with bored looking expressions on their faces, forcing the viewer to mimic their feelings.
Just Because wouldn't be the first show I recommend to someone interested in a realistic young adult romance. I wish I could say that the characters make up for what the show lacks in story, but they don’t. In the first few episodes, the story moves at a snail's pace, giving us a few small details about the central characters but also long drawn out scenes to establish atmosphere. Eventually, the pacing gets better. Once all of the characters are clearly established the final half of the show is made up of somewhat entertaining if overwrought melodrama over little petty moments. Moments like going on certain characters going out on dates then the effects it has on the third wheel who's in love with one of the two on the date (trying to keep it spoiler free, sorry to be vague).
I'd say I was disappointed by the ending, but it really is consistent with expectations the show instills in its audience. It's a bleak and quiet moment that puts forth the theme one last time 'there's beauty in simplicity', but it felt so undeserved to me. It felt like a contradiction to the build-up in the previous episodes and I couldn't help but think "Why couldn't this have happened six episodes ago?". Very little of the melodrama experienced throughout the prior episodes felt necessary by the end.
Just Because aims to create realistic characters, yet it fails to develop them enough to even be believable. Sure, very boring people like these characters could exist in the real world, but who would want to subject themselves to watching their bland lives?
Some of them are sort of likable (if you can tolerate their personalities) but I didn’t care for any of them individually. The only time I was ever interested in the characters was when they were with one another. Whether it be their arguments, them making fond memories, or considering their futures. I just couldn’t get myself to care about them while they stare off into space trying to seem deep. We get it Just Because! Your characters are sooooo tragic!! They're going to college, wow! Maybe you can tell us something else about them… like who they are as people beyond the fact that they’re going to college next year. For example; Haruto plays baseball and likes a girl, great, who is he though? Why does he like her? Is there anything more to his life than baseball and a crush? All signs say no.
This sentiment could be applied to any of the leads. I found them to be very one-sided and it destroyed the potential for Just Because to be an intimate slice of life. The show only takes it's characters half way to becoming good, then it stops leaving us half-baked hollow shells (filled with awkward silences and depression). In the end, I just couldn’t see the characters as the real people that they were intended to be. There was not enough believability. Even Komiya, the character I liked the most for her outgoing personality, had very little going on besides her camera and crush.
What makes me the saddest about the characters is that they were nearly good. We're able to get in the headspace of a character and tell if they concealing their emotions, and sometimes if they're lying through the abundance of close-up shots and a very consistent tone. However, the art is pretty bad so those close-ups are ugly and the tone so depressing that it seems to only want to pointlessly wear down your spirit. With a better writer and director, they could have had the believability to compliment their likable personalities.
At least I can say I got into each of the characters' headspaces and became depressed just like they were. But that headspace was totally vacant of interesting details!! I can relate to the IDEA of high schoolers who are struggling to decide their futures at the crossroads of their lives, but no amount of relatable ideas will get me invested in these cardboard cutouts.
Pine Jam dropped the ball on this one. Their last show Gamers didn’t look nearly as rough as this. It’s plagued with weak character art and poor animation. I’m not sure if it was just a simple budget issue or if they couldn’t handle a project as intimate as this, but it to put it bluntly; it’s harsh on the eyes. If you want to make a quiet coming of age story then you need close-ups to get the audience into the character’s headspace. That's not to say that Just Because doesn’t try to close-ups, but when it does they’re so ugly you'll wish the camera would zoom back out.
The backgrounds look nice if a bit gray. I can praise how the mellow colors of the characters and backgrounds blend together. It makes the characters feel just as melancholy as the cold winter town, but keep in mind the show strives to make you feel this depressing atmosphere.
What weighs down the visuals the most is the lackluster directing. Most scenes have very boring camera angles, usually pulled far back from the characters making them feel very disconnected from the viewer. Rarely does the director create intimate moments that connect the viewer to a character, they usually feel like random extras in a greater story that has yet to materialize. Even during the scenes in the characters' homes, there is very little detail to show who those characters are. Their rooms are devoid of defining details. So many opportunities to create believable characters were missed, it's sad really, to see a director waste such great potential.
There’s a bit of CGI usage during the later episodes to no doubt to cut down on the budget (most notably that awkward and overlong first-person bicycling scene).
The opening song is quite good but it sounds very similar to Oregairu’s. Which shouldn’t come as a surprise considering they’re both performed by Nagi Yanagi. I would feel more inclined to score it higher if it didn’t feel like a simple rehashing of an op from a better show in the same genre.
Most scenes have music playing which is nice to keep the show from becoming entirely empty during the simpler scenes. Typically it's orchestral music with a piano at the core. It highlights the mundanity of life by being so basic and plain, but yeah that plainness is boring as hell so... If that thematic consistency sounds appealing to you then maybe it will add something to your experience with it. I think it does a decent job of establishing tone, but I couldn't care less about how it actually sounds because there have been so many fantastic soundtracks of its kind in this year alone. This one's just passable.
The voices are just as monotonous as you’d expect. I'd love to say this isn't a waste of acting talent, but I honestly can't tell if any of them are talent because they're all forced to perform the same subdued style which gives them little opportunity to give the character some individuality/distinction. Excluding Haruto, his voice actor had a few scenes that allowed us to see his talent, but sadly he was just one of the ensemble cast. And due to the overbearing melancholy tone of the show, he was rarely able to be his peppy self.
It’s so disappointing that the comedy in Just Because is bad because in the creator’s previous work “The Pet Girl of Sakurasou” the humor was spot on and made me laugh a lot. There was plenty of good drama in Sakurasou which managed to come across fairly well in Just Because, if only it wasn’t so damn boring.
Its attempts at comedy are dreadful. Typically when jokes are said there is very little feedback and sometimes you can’t tell if it was a joke or just confused writing. The show also uses the social media application Line to show messages between characters. The messages are usually dressed to look like humor with emoticons and such, but the messages are so nondescript that it could be anyone who is texting, they don't at all add to the characters or relatability.
The reason why I'm so tough on Just Because is that it has taken on a challenge. If Just Because strived to be just another one of the trashy romcoms that we get every season then I would treat it like trash and just move.
However, Just Because has a chooses to be realistic and mundane. I don't believe the creator understood just how difficult it would be to make a compelling viewing experience with such a barren presentation. Instead of aiming to be great it settled on mediocrity, which may have made for a passable show if it was just another harem romcom, but it makes this one feel incredibly underdone. No part of Just Because! is deserving of the exclamation point at the end of its title.
Boredom ≠ Good
[Overall Score: 4.2/10]
If you want a standard (and forgettable) high school drama/romance then Just Because has what you’re looking for. That is, as long as you can live with the alienating direction, subpar character art, and a crushingly depressing tone. The humor is cringe-inducing and never funny, but at least the melodrama in the second half is moderately entertaining.
There can be beauty in simplicity, but nothing in Just Because is beautiful and everything is bland. While it has the bones of a good slice of life show, it fails to come together in an engaging way.
High school can be quite an experience for most young people these days. I remember a time during my high school years when everything seems to feel different. It’s almost like setting foot into a new world with new opportunities. Friends, activities, relationships. It’s a place beyond just about learning but for people to build a future. While it isn’t like college for career building, it definitely gives the chance for opportunities, even for relationships. For Eita Izumi, he comes back from his hometown after 4 years as he reunites with his middle school friends.
As an original anime, Just Because felt like a breath of
fresh air despite the simplistic premise. It’s also made by Hajime Kamoshida, the brainchild behind Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo. To me, this show stood out as a coming age of story about characters climbing the stairs to adolescence. It’s a time period for characters to develop and grow up to be more than teenagers. At the heart of the show, we have Eita Izumi alongside a group of classmates. The first few episodes gave me the impression of a melancholic story that’s filled with realistic themes that people can connect with. Beyond just the setting, the characters feel real and can be relatable. This is seen through the example of childhood friends Eita, Haruto, and Mio. As the story progresses, we see the relationship dynamics between the trio that will get viewers invested into the storytelling.
For a show like this to work, it had to make its characters feel they belong there. Luckily, Just Because pulls off the right stops through its characters of diverse personalities. Each of the main characters feel different ranging from Mio’s timid personality to Ena’s enthusiasm. It’s what can draw viewers in as we see how they behave around certain characters. Indeed, character chemistry is an important aspect of this show. It connects between characters visually, dramatically, and meaningfully. Romance is slowly paced and not expressed like a shoujo but rather in a melancholic style. To me, this show focuses on relationships through character building. It emphasizes on establishing character personalities first while giving them the chance to shine through them. Ena is a prime example in the show as her character interaction with Eita is often noticeable because of how different she is from him. Some people may interpret the show’s character relationship dynamics as part of destiny, like certain characters are destined to be with one another. However, that’s not truly the case as expectations can be different after realizing the person they want to be with isn’t what they would expect. Honestly, I think this show sells its ideas pretty well to express that.
To make things run better, the show never forgets about its themes such as adolescence. Every character has a goal for the future and although there’s a feeling of uncertainty, they strive to work towards that. Whether it’s becoming a photographer, be part of a band, or just to go to college, it’s inspiring and realistic. Think about the time when you were in high school and had that feeling of what you wanted to do in life. Relating to this anime doesn’t feel so different, now does it? At the same time, the storytelling continues to build relationships between the main characters. While it feels like a ship tease at times, the show never exaggerates or oversteps its boundaries. The drama is mostly lighthearted and doesn’t force it down viewers’ throats. It keeps its pace steady while getting its point across, like the way it should be. In several ways, the drama of this show is realistic enough to relate and easy to get attached to. There are some awkward segments between certain characters but the timing usually feels right. The downside about the drama is that it occasionally feels formulaic and repetitive. Not to mention, character relationships feel a bit predictable as to who will likely get who in the end. Still, it doesn’t hold the anime back. The characters are all very self-aware and realize what it means to be a high school student. Haruto is a good example as we see his life as a baseball player. The way he adapts to build his future becomes evident like a journey of life discovery. This also expands to other characters such as Mio and Ena. It’s like their chance to climb the stairs to adulthood and high school is one of the biggest steps they have to cross over.
Original anime like Just Because doesn’t suffer from adaptation standards but there’s an instinct to recognize if the amount of episode is suited enough. For 12 episodes, it honestly felt just right to sell its story without going over. The first half of the show does a well job at establishing characters like their personalities and roles. The remainder half builds on them through relationships, discoveries, and characterization. It’s like a life journey these characters take for their future and stories like this can be inspirational to viewers.
Adapted by Pine Jam, this show is expressive at crafting its visual elements. The key visual itself gives an atmospheric feel with characters being at a train station. Besides Eita and Mio, the others are going on about their daily lives like moving with their future. By raw quality though, Just Because’s biggest selling point is the character expressions. It fortifies their personalities and expresses attitude that connects with their personalities. It’s important to realize that human expressions often depict what a person feels at every moment. This anime does a clever job at capitalizing that to make them feel real. On the other hand, I can’t say the character designs are too impressive. Most of the main characters look too normal while the female cast doesn’t stand out much dynamically. Photography is also a part of the show itself and some of the photos taken by Ena doesn’t really make memorable impressions. Still, I think the show hits mark overall. Every character feels very alive and moves the story together.
For soundtrack and music, it’s clear that Just Because needed a melancholic style to make it work. Thankfully, this is accomplished thanks to the music director for its creative themes. It’s lighthearted, slow paced, and consistent to make every segment work. Both the theme songs has a very realistic tone and lyrics that matches with the style of the show. Character voice mannerism is also important to convey character personalities and it hits the mark just right. The dialogues makes the characters sound believable and that’s what it’s important.
Four years of high school really can really be quite an experience. For some people, it can feel like a quest to start a new life. For others, it may be like living a world of hell. Then, there are people who think high school may just be part of their journey to adulthood and there’s much more ahead. The characters in this show embarks on that journey and takes the viewers with them. For that reason, Just Because is worth watching as it explores high school relationships, making memories, and discovering what life really means.
*Minimum Spoiler Nostalgic Review*
TL;DR: Love Pentagon between high school teenagers trying to figure out their future while keeping their emotional spillage in check. Also... Just Because.
[Story: 7/10 , Characters: 8/10, Art: 5/10, Sound: 9/10, Enjoyment: 8/10]
"It's all in the past" - Eita Izumi
Just Because is an original anime by Hajime Kamoshida, the genius behind Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo. However, just because at a first glance it may seem like this is a generic story about confused intertwined love relationships between group of friends trying to get through high school, the adaptation feels way to close to reality. For those that finished high school
or those finishing up high school, it will definitely bring back memories of your teen years. This anime shines in the tear-jerking nostalgia department and just because of that, it outshines from the rest of the generic love stories in the ever popular genres of slice of life combined with romance and school. From it's use of orchestra music to piano accompanied backdrops whilst looking back at your past, despite it's suboptimal animation standard given it's by the studio Pine Jam, this under the radar anime is definitely worth the watch.
"I've only given valentine cards to my dad and my two brothers every year" - Hazuki Morikawa
Just because the story is generic doesn't mean it can't be interesting. The story in a nutshell is about the transfer student Eita Izumi, who moves back again and attends the same high school all of his friends from middle school goes to as well. Reuniting with them once again reignites all the unresolved love and drama they had between each other plus coupled with the new friends they make in high school further alleviates this love triangle to an all out love pentagon between each other. The story for this anime is simple but its the character interactions that gives its complexity. At it's core, the plot is linear driven however flashbacks from middle school days are used to explain why each character behaves at certain situations. It takes two episodes to get used to the rhythm of the anime but given what a stellar first episode was and how the anime continue to build up with the different characters trying to figure out their feelings for one another while trying to finish high school and graduate, really makes it worthwhile to watch. Who doesn't love riding the nostalgia train.
"Can I ask him out on a date?" - Ena Komiya
Just because the characters appear mundane at first does not mean they do not possess complexity. The fun part about this anime are the characters. At its core the five major characters are: Eita Mizumi (the transfer student with a crush on Natsume), Haruto Soma (best friend of Eita with a crush on Morikawa), Natusme Mio (old friends from middle school with crush on Haruto), Morikawa Hazuki (band chick too shy to confess), & Ena Komiya (CANON camera chick too eager to confess to Eita). This complex love pentagon really drives this show. This anime takes its time developing each of the characters and giving them enough time and backstory to justify their importance and reason for the love they have for the other. Not to mention because each character acts as a foil for the other and how unique each of their personalities are, you really start to identify yourself with one of these characters. Soon enough you will be cheering on for your favourite ship while reminiscing about your old high school ship. Like I said, all aboard the nostalgia train.
"If you tell him I'll kill you” - Natsume Mio
Just because the animation is subpar doesn't mean the music has to be subpar. Given the fact that the studio adapting this anime is Pine Jam, a rather small studio not really known for their outstanding animation standards, they've done not too shabby of a job adapting this original anime. There were a few scenes that weren't blended well and seemed a bit choppy however, the overall pencil drawn characters gave it a nice cozy feel to the anime. It's funny how despite each of the major characters being completely unique to one another, they were drawn pretty similar to one another. It could be that it serves as a metaphor for life how we may think we are completely different from our friend sitting next to us in class but we are more similar than we think in the hardship and struggle we go through in our adolescence and teenage years with school and love. Aside from the animation what really sells this anime is the music. From the first episode and onwards the quality of the music never drops. From the usage of trumpets and drums to build the tension up to calm relaxing piano medley to reminisce about the past, this show knew how to use it all. Not to mention the OP and ED songs are both amazing to listen to on their own. It really stands out as a complete OST to listen to on its own. Lastly, the seiyuus for this show did a great job in giving life to these characters. Kudos to them.
"No one likes getting rejected" - Haruto Soma.
Overall, Just Because was a simple anime with a generic premise that surpassed expectations it set for itself. It was not only a great coming of age story dealing with high school love and struggle of school to figure out your future, it served its purpose as a nostalgic ride to let viewers reminisce about their past. As the story progressed you start identifying yourself with the characters in the anime and though it was a slice of life anime featuring a love pentagon, it wasn't a cookie cutter romantic plot that made itself predictable from the start. Plus, who ends up with who in the end will really surprise the viewers. For that reason alone and just because how many puns you can make while watching this anime, I would highly recommend to everyone, not just fans of this genre, to give this anime a watch. Let me know later how you like it as well as share with me your favourite ship and your favourite quote from the anime!
P.S. Thank you for reading. I hope you found this short and supaishi review helpful!
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...
When I first read over the synopsis for Just Because I couldn't wait to get my hands on the episodes. As a young adult not so recently out of high school myself, I wanted to torture myself by relieving the anxieties and emotions that run high during the last few months of senior year. And so as the story progressed, I couldn't help but feel disappointed in what was presented to me.
Perhaps it was my own fault for having such high hopes for the anime, but what could've been a compelling story full of heartbreak, fear for the future, and
new hope, felt like a watered down version with ironically little depth. The story focused on a select few students, which was fine at first. That's where all the juicy bits of drama will go down, right? This is where friendships will break apart for the sake of final exams! This is where the long-standing relationship will feel the strain of their romantic clock ticking away until they have to part ways! But instead, what I found in that small group of friends was yet another cliched love triangle. (And let's be honest, we all knew where THAT was going).
I found myself having to force myself to continue, although I did manage to get through all 12 hellishly boring episodes while all the while hoping for something, anything, to HAPPEN. I'm no stranger to slice of life anime, I know they aren't supposed to be action-packed or anything but jesus, in an anime about a bunch of teenagers having to leave behind their friends and find a place for themselves in society I was expecting a few tears at the very least.
Just Because had so much potential and instead, it fell flat. The emotions never went deep enough, the drama never felt dramatic enough, it was almost like the characters just drifted through the story instead of it actually happening to them. Because of this, Just Because is currently sitting with a score of 3 on my list.
An original anime that have a lot of potential to be great but ends so disappointing.
The story is slow (and with bad pacing) in most of episodes, mostly in the episodes 1-4 and 9-11. Sometimes some scenes are out of place, for example the baseball scenes with the adults in the middle.
Besides Komiya and maybe Haruto, all the characters feels boring, lack of personality and are one-sided. Komiya and his outgoing personality makes great moments for the anime, more that most of the main cast. Haruto in some scenes is good, in others not so much. Eita is boring character unless he
is with Komiya.
Their moments with Natsume feels awkward and out of place. Morikawa lacks of personality until the last episodes. I like the friend of Morikawa, Yoriko. Finally, Nastume, a character that is so jealous and indecisive that feels annoying and as a plot device in much episodes. The worst part is that the anime is pro-Natsume and anti-Komiya.
I like the animation despite some episodes (ex. 5) have bad animated scenes.
I have no problems with the soundrack. In my opinion, is not bad neither good. The opening is forgettable anyway.
Again, the only moments with decent comedy are Eita/Ena and Haruto. The scenes with Natsume makes me angry, she is jealous because Eita is with Komiya when she have some feelings for Haruto (because of an erase, really? ). I like the scenes with Yoriko, Haruto (sometimes) and Komiya, they are worth of watching.
Just Because! is bad. If Eita have ended up with Ena, it will receive a 6 or maybe 7 of my part but nope, a generic ending with the main girl that did nothing in the entire show. Poor Komiya. 4/10
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 they're 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.
Please note that there are spoilers below. This is primarily due to the fact that my main points cannot be conveyed without explaining specific events in the story. Sections with spoilers will be marked.
Now when I first watched this anime I was attracted to its warm and calm atmosphere, something that is rarely seen in anime filled up with comedic scenes and the like. I liked the protagonist who was not like another blithering idiot that romance/sol/high school anime usually focus on. It was fine, and I liked it so much I regarded it on par with the other big two of this season (inuyashiki
and ancient magus bride) The OP sounded great, and the anime had a lot going for it.
Unfortunately this was overshadowed by major issues, in particular the ideas that this anime seeks to promote.
The story is generic and involves the usual anime-tropes seen in the genres this show is in. It does not deviate from what we would expect and the ending is extremely predictable. Often J do not focus much on a show's ending as I believe in the process of story-telling more than the ending itself. However this show does not offer anything out of the ordinary and what was originally calm and soothing becomes boring. However that's not entirely why the story gets such a low score. As this is a romance-drama anime, its story is largely intertwined with its characters. Therefore, if the anime has bad characters who make bad decisions there will be a bad story.
The art is average. There are some awkward expressions but otherwise it is fine.
Having listened to Yanagi Nagi and Jun Maeda's Owari no Hoshi no Love Song the anime opening didn't fall short. It provided an appropriate atmosphere for the show (calm and soothing) and I liked it. The ending was less impressive, but more or less alright.
Characters: 1 (Minor spoilers)
The anime's main and most damning problem is its cast of characters who feel more like cardboard cutouts. They're the kind of characters who talk and let the viewer know directly what their goals are but never actually demonstrate their intent, which is an extremely lazy way of building a character. The characters never pursue what they want and feel very much like cardboard cutouts. They don't blush, don't spend time together, don't actively pursue their goals. This will be further elaborated in the next section, enjoyment.
The problem with the characters is only symptomatic of a larger problem here: The main message of the anime, or the values it holds. Allow me to explain how the problem with the characters is related to this.
MAJOR SPOILERS HERE
After watching the anime I have come to learn that Natsume is a quiet studious girl and she likes Eita, and she was the ex-president. That's all. There is nothing else about her personality that is known to us and her thoughts and feelings are never revealed to us. An example: She liked Soma and eventually reconsiders this, but we never really understand why exactly she did that. Some might argue that it was probably because Eita has been helping her out, but it's all just speculation and no direct confirmation. This would have been a nitpick if it were an insignificant plot device but it's not an insignificant plot device. It is something that has to be told to the viewer to get them invested in the main girl. To make matters worse it's not even safe to assume that she simply had a crush on Soma and wasn't serious from the start. There are just so many possibilities as to why she had given up on Soma and why she liked him in the first place. After all, she had been crushing on him for several years now and we know nothing of how she feels. She seems very fickle when it comes to this. And that's just one point.
Natsume and Eita's "friendship" (if you could call it that) is weak and all Natsume did was put her studies first. Rita questions her as to whether she was using it as an excuse but was shut down immediately. Perhaps the original intent was to create tension between the main characters. But they were never close in the first place and all it did was show me how distant the two are. She had no intention to pursue her crush (soma at that time) and when she suddenly switched to Eita i always get reminded of someone picking food off a menu. There's no indication whatsoever that she likes someone even if she says she does, she doesn't smile, she doesn't blush, she doesn't go out of her way to do something (the same applies for Morikawa, but at least she never actually said she liked soma, it was more of accepting -- or postponing -- his confession)
All in all, Natsume feels like a cardboard cutout.
On the other hand, we have a more well-made character, who unfortunately is shoved to the side. Komiya.
The reason why people adore and support Komiya with Eita is that unlike Natsume, she knows what she wants and actively pursues it even though she has lots to lose. She actively shows us that she likes Eita and isn't fickle with her feelings. This is seen in the final episode when Eita graduates. She doesn't give up when things get tough; she's tenacious. She's everything Natsume is not. And most importantly, she actually has chemistry with eita. They joke, they talk, they help one another out. On the other hand Natsume never spared a thought for Eita and there was zero to no interaction.
In the end, I realised what the main message of the show was: that love is determined by fate. Komiya fought but lost because it was fate. Natsume won because it was fate. Rita chose Natsume not because of her personality but because "I've liked her for a ling time". (I quoted Eita). I chose her because I feel it is meant to be, not because of how wonderful she is, not how she makes me feel, not how much she cares about me. I find this idea very distasteful and seeing Komiya lose out was very heartbreaking.
For those who say it's realistic, maybe it is in portraying how we make bad choices in choosing romantic partners. Otherwise, it's not. Natsume's character is extreme in how fickle and non-chalant she is, as with Morikawa and even Eita to a certain extent.
My opinion? This anime is not realistic. It is NOT a realistic portrayal of how people act in real life and it is NOT realistic in how people get rewarded for nothing.
(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.
Short Answer: It was honestly average. The anime, overall, felt quite rushed. After completing it, I feel the same as I felt before. No change... I would recommend that you watch the anime if you have free time but don't expect a masterpiece.
The story itself was basic and not very interesting. It was cliche and nothing new so I would rate it a 3. When I first watched it, I was confused. The story felt as though it could be summarised in one sentence.
The art was great but there were some moments where it was mediocre, especially some of the running scenes.
I enjoyed the
opening song: it was relaxing to listen to so that's one thing that's good about the show. The ending song was also decent.
The characters were all cliche. The 'quiet girl', the 'loud girl', the 'basic girl', the 'basic boy' and the 'sports guy'.
I felt as though the anime was a waste of time so I didn't really enjoy it.
Overall, I would rate this anime a 4. It was definitely not a masterpiece in my opinion but it was something at least...
In all honesty, the series tries very hard to portrayed youth as well romance, but it failed greatly.
I’m romance seeker myself, I love to experience either pure vanilla or train wreck hardship romance story. But then again the series itself is neither of those two, it mixed all aspect together that i can pretty much say chimera was born. Sadly the potential is wasted and the current story is not even worth much. While this series is original, the premises itself wasn’t original. Let’s venture more.
It start with bang and such, on how fate and red strings could bring back all friends
together to experience the love all new again. Eita Izumi, come back to his hometown high schools due to his father work, meeting back his old friends Souma Haruto, as well Natsume, Mio his one side love. To mix it up, come a new junior, Komiya Ena, whom faced with crisis that her photography club might be disbanded. This story is about how all of them crossed each other path and life, and they face their own hardship along the way. So where this could goes wrong?
The story itself is already complex, the same old concept three square love problems is almost common, nothing new, at least make it more unique. Spice it up with uninteresting characters and some bland character that I felt really sorry as I don’t even notice their presence. The development is not even worth praise. Straightforwardly, it’s boring. That’s my feeling all through of the episodes.
The story pace is rather slow, and the interaction between character is just almost nowhere. The interaction between characters doesn’t feel even alive. It tries to be both happy and sad but what I just see is a cycle of same problems. Unsolved, and running away. This is fine if it just a couple episodes, but this problem actually stand until the very end. If you want the character to be unlikeable, then its fine, but the problem is the one who is bringing down the whole story is the main cast. Please be alert that it should be only one or 2 in the series, not all the cast to thrash out.
For goodness sake, this is the most annoying aspect of the series. They are so bland and childish, way beyond what teens actually do. I’m just a high school student a few years ago, and to be honest I can say that it just outrageous. I know everyone move in their own pace, we might be young but we’re not that dumb. While it might be bad to some level, I actually like some of them, it just the way it portrayed ruin the characters for good sake. Eita Izumi, the only character that I do respect for his loyalty to his love, how he sees the reality, and while might seem like dead inside, he still help people in needs. In this case, I actually do like him. Now come next the best pal, Souma, Haruto with his own love story. Needlessly to say, his character is bland, boring, not really the best pal actually and stoic. As the story progress, his whole interaction is not really leaving any presence at all. Lastly is our main heroine, Natsume, Mio who is indecisive beyond help without a little push. It’s okay to be a little indecisive but her indecisive and running away is just annoying. Where exactly the unique and interesting traits? Kindness? Lovely? We can fall in love with anyone, but at least spare from this torture. Eventually, you will get hurt alone in a side corner of a café. The junior, Komiya Ena actually more interesting, she’s at very least kind, and high spirit to achieve her own goal and dreams. She is more realistic and actually feels alive.
Animation & Music
The animation is just so-so, if you actually noticed, sometimes the character faces actually looks little bit weird. But it is fair enough and not really that bad for me to say. As for music, I actually love it, it’s inspiring, interesting with the vivid colors and catchy to be honest. Other than that, there are no more worthwhile points to be pointed out.
I had my share of fun, but the series is not really good, the premise itself is interesting but the actual story wasn’t. The flaws can be read like open books, and the development is truly pathetic if I’ve to say. I do enjoy some moments but the unpleasant one is many more than what I actually enjoy. It could go further but sadly that path is just a loop hole as of now.
Just Because! is a relatively slow-paced anime which focuses on a group of students in their last year of high school, approaching the end of their school days. Along with that, they must make important decisions for their future, as well as for the each person likes.
All characters develop at different speeds when they come to realize their feelings. That's what this anime clearly showed. Each of the characters thought in their own way to come to have the courage to be together with the person they like. This anime is pretty distinctive in that aspect, which was what i liked.
Along with the romance,
you've got all the characters' futures to be decided. Some of them don't know, some of them already decided and others don't care as long as they get a decent job. The fact that they used the last year of high school is particularly effective in presenting the amount of pressure on all of them as they also have to consider what to do to make a move on the person they love. I guess that's why a lot of anime series use this time to create some drama.
I liked the art, it fitted well with the melancholic mood of the anime throughout. But their were times when it was not at its best, the movements looked pretty forced at times too.
As for the characters...
Nice character, I can relate to him a lot. The effort he puts in when helping out Natsume is incredible. Interesting that his future is kind of already planned, unlike the other characters.
Debatable here. A lot of people hate her, I understand that. Some of her actions were ridiculous and stupid but for me it got cancelled out when she realized her real feelings towards the end of the series. Very slow development but it was interesting to see her change bit by bit.
MVP. Does a lot for Izumi all the he way until the end. Direct and honest character who always knows what she's doing. Her determination to achieve her goals is amazing, easily likable character.
Best friend of Izumi, he gives advice to Izumi and gets advice from him too. Their friendship is emphasized throughout the series, even if they didn't meet for quite some time. His face expressions were really funny.
A character who cares a lot for her family and others' feelings. The way she responded to Haruto towards the end was a bit odd for me but since it involved her future I guess it was the right choice. Liked the hairstyle change.
A lot of the story was predictable, but I guess wanting more original ideas is a bit too much. I enjoyed a lot of Haruto's scenes because of his face expressions, and i also liked Komiya's efforts to get closer to Izumi. Overall, I was planning to give this a 8 but since it ended with my ship coming true I'll give an 9.
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.
This is an anime you'll either like or hate right away. It's either one.
Izumi is a boy that is moving back to his home town from Tokyo and from that moment on he starts to interact with old friend Souma which he met when he was walking around his new school. From that point, he starts to interact with the other people knew and interacting with new people that interact with his old friends aka Souma and Natsume. The story tries to make it feel as realistic as possible and don't try to over dramatic it's characters and the story itself. But at the
same time, the plot is almost like not there or sometimes its everywhere. When you watch the first few episodes, there is almost no story at all. You don't know what's happening beside Izumi is moving back to his home town. The story doesn't really explain much either. I assume they're trying to be realistic and let you see how the characters develops overtime by interacting but I'll explain that later. The story do start to pick up around episode 6-7 but I feel like that's already too late when the series only have like 12 episodes. It's like a story that has no story. That's why you'll either hate it or love it.
The art is not to be praised about but it's not terrible either. The characters sometimes feel flat to the point that there is not much depth into it. The art just feels flat but it's not like terrible either. I just wish they added more depth into the drawing which could raise the score up for this anime.
The music is the best part for this series. The Ending song is really good personally and the Opening is pretty nice to listen to. The ost itself isn't really that great but I guess it fits some part of the story. I guess the OST is a bit bland.
I won't go too much in depth for this because it can spoil some stuff in the anime. The character development in this anime is just so PAINFULLY slow. It's so painfully slow that it's almost like there isn't any development at all. The show is trying to make the character and story realistic as possible but it fell short. There is barely any backstory for each characters.. You will barely know the characters backstory which literally makes the character development so slow. The idea of realism for each characters is executed so badly when the PLOT relies on the character development to make the plot itself.
I'm trying to enjoy the series as much as I can. I had watched tons of Anime so much to the point I got nothing left to watch. I watched so many Anime that I gotten to the point I'm too lazy to add it on my MAL list. The series is just so painfully slow but episode 7 did start to get a bit interesting for me to keep watching till the end.
A plot with almost no plot. Realism executed so poorly. If you want to watch something to fill your over post depression of a series you watch or just bored then I guess you should watch this anime. If you love strong character development, strong plot, meaningful plot, or even something you truly want to enjoy then I will say stay away from this series.
The plot, in my opinion, had great potential, BUT it went really bad.
I liked the fact that main character was obsessed with his past and his love. But in the meanwhile Komiya did everything for Eita, but this moron threw everything away from the window and trated her like a trash as she was not really important. to be honest i really could accept it, but the final was so forced i could not apprecciate at all.
I liked every other characters except for Eita, so dumbass.
By the way music, opening, were really cool and nice to hear.
Same about the art. Really good for eyes
to see those drawings, nothing to say about them. Nice animations and nice particulars.
Another thing i really liked it was the storytelling and the atmosphere created. Really good and well done. But with that forced final it was so wasted.
"Just Because!" is the name of this anime but it is also the reason why im watching this, just beacause... okay, let's jump to review
The story is about a boy who comes back to his old neighborhood where he re-encounters with an old friend of his. As you can see story wise the anime is pretty vanilla wich is not a bad thing but certanly doesn't help to make it more interesting.
The art is ok, but the color scheme is pretty bland giving the anime an even more uninteresting look. Also the animation is pretty unsubstantial from a moment to another you are with a
grounded style of animation an then the show decides to go full on spocon. Sound is good, but nothing to write home about. The characters are more of the same generic slice of life tropes you've seen a million times, with, once again, uninspired designs. Another thing to notice is that the humor is bad, it's all reaction base humor with jokes that never land.
The enoyment of this series is almost non-existant it is mediocrity at it's best.
Overall don't watch it unless you want to stack another anime or you REALLY like this genre.
I would like to begin this review with I’ve seen a lot of high school romances. Good, bad, mediocre, generic, ugly, I’ve seen it. This show, from its description, sets the groundwork for such an interesting premise that I couldn’t help but gravitate towards it. Just Because follows 6 high school students. 5 of them are seniors nervous about their futures, and one of them is concerned with maintaining her “all I have” photography club.
This anime markets itself to follow the lives of imminently graduating seniors going in different directions. Some are studying for college entrance exams, pursuing sports, and others are going straight
to the work force. If this is what the anime would be about, which let me remind you is what it’s advertised as, it would’ve been interesting and relatable. Nonetheless, this engrossing premise serves as nothing short of a trivial side plot until the absolute last episode. Sure, the characters discuss their futures briefly throughout the anime, but it loses all merit when we’re introduced to the characters. Let’s discuss them.
There are 6 characters, but I’ll only discuss 5 as one (Yoriko Inui) of their entire motivations, is given in a CLOSING SCENE. I would love to tell you the other characters are more interesting, but this is a review not a fable. The actual cast follows Komiya, Natsume, Izumi, Morikawa, and Souma. A love square is established between Komiya, Izumi, Natsume, and Souma until Souma decides he likes Morkiawa turning the square into a triangle.
Souma and Izumi have a brotherlike relationship bound together playing baseball growing up. Komiya photographs Izumi pitching and falls in love with him seeking approval to submit the picture of him to keep her Photography club afloat. Natsume spends the ENTIRETY of the anime with bottled up emotions and studying for entrance exams. Izumi makes a strong case for being quite possibly the most uninteresting main characters in anime history. He’s so dull and void of emotions that he’d belong better in a Shonen or battle anime. I forgot that we had to separate Shonen and battle anime for some odd reason. I’ll save the Shonen discussion for another piece.
I’ll never understand why Atsusi Kobayashi, the director, found a character architype like Izumi appropriate. Morikawa is boring. Souma is the comedic relief and is one of the somewhat interesting characters in this story. Interesting characters can save a bad anime. If Kobayashi knew how to write decent characters, the bad animation, mediocre plot, and everything else, to a degree, could’ve been forgiven. Unfortunately, these are the characters I’ve persevered 12 episodes with. And preserver we did.
Komiya and Souma are the only characters worth talking about so let’s briefly discuss them. Komiya began the photography club because she doesn’t have many friends and loves to take pictures. When Izumi questioned why the club was so important, she replied “it’s all I have.” My dilemma with this is that her life was never developed more than I don’t have friends. If I were to dig deep deeper and give this anime more credit than it deserved, I would say this character creation was meant to establish a theme of solitude and loneliness. However, if you’ve seen the anime, which I don’t recommend, you would understand that this is my imagination running wild in an attempt to verify my watching of this show. It would help if her home or personal life were developed. Instead, we’re told to care about her for the sake of caring about her. None of her life warrants sympathy from the viewer.
Souma is more one dimensional. He’s not worried about work, school, or anything outside of his relationships with Izumi and Morikawa. He has feelings for Morikawa because she worked harder than anyone else playing the trumpet. Morikawa is another boring character who’s more of a mother than the mothers in attendance. Here’s the bottom line: because this show is littered with nontheistic characters, I had to root for these two because they had a MOTIVATION for their actions. Izumi and Natsume can’t come admit emotions for each other, Morikawa is a mother to her siblings and a love interest, and Inui doesn’t deserve to be mentioned.
The projected plot separates itself from other slice of life’s. The standard of following high school drama is pretty streamlined in this anime’s genre. Covering the anxiety and challenges of graduating high school students is something rarely covered in a landfill of slice of life anime. I was so excited reading this description it thrust itself to the front of my bottomless pit of anime I planned to watch. This show is a textbook example of wasted potential. Not wasted potential because the show had potential to be good, trust me it didn’t have that; but wasted potential in the sense that the premise alone was interesting enough for me to watch immediately. Unfortunately, it’s a mediocre melodrama, with boring characters, and below standard animation.
This show is by no means trash but let me propose a question. Would you recommend this show to a friend? No. A slice of life without an interesting premise is fine. A slice of life without relatable or developed characters would be a crime to recommend.
What can I say, this anime is a visual masterpiece. I really think that no other anime comes close to depicting the mundane details of the characters' daily lives and facial expressions to such an extent. I can't recommend any similar anime to Just Because as the show is just so unique and different; Tsuki Ga Kirei isn't even close except for its romance genre.
And the stakes here are high. An original anime series with a myriad of sponsors betting on this show - multinational corporations Canon and Odakyu to name a few. So for all the controversy surrounding the supposed 'delays', this anime is
nothing short of impressive.
In a world that's increasingly more uncertain the innocence of the story really provides a tiny bit of escapism for viewers. The depiction of everyday life, use of LINE, and the relationships among the main characters are particularly noteworthy. Episodes are barely melodramatic, aside from certain climatic exchanges that mainly serve to provide a direction for the overall story. Yes the premise might be cliche -
High school, typical confessions, 2 guys & 3 girls - a recipe for a predictable story line. However, what is so remarkable is how the story unfolds and its execution. Furthermore there are some scenes that might appear redundant but they are critical to the progression of the story such as the baseball games in the first half of the show and the exchange between Haruto and his mum. The overall pacing is just nice, some episodes might feel slower as if nothing has been achieved. Yet it sets a perfect foundation for what is to come next. I just wished that the show was longer.
I'll say it again: Visual Masterpiece. The drawings of the monorail stations, baseball games, exchanges on the bridge, the buses and the bus stops are stunning. More attention is paid to the facial expressions as well (not just the colour of their eyes). Yet for all the complaints regarding the use of CGI, inconsistency in the animation quality, it is highly laudable for a television anime to produce art of such quality. The producers are relying so much on these minute details and it isn't hard to see why they've nailed the slice of life genre perfectly. The overall art creates a mood that is in overall so relaxing and calming and makes you wish to be back in Japan again.
The ED is notable and the lyrics are fitting for the story and mode. Furthermore, they're performed by the voice actresses! I personally prefer it to the OP. Well, the voice actors of the various characters perfectly match the roles. They speak with intonations that really depict what the character is like. For example, the voice actor of Eita really draws out the dullness of his character the producers desire to depict. Transitions, footsteps and also the Trumpet - Pretty good!
Don't want to dive so much or I'll spoil the story. Thus far, I feel that Komiya is mainly used as a tool to progress the story. Her character is by far unique and the most interesting among the rest. I also like how they showed the personal developments of Natsume and Morikawa throughout the series. The bond between Eita and Haruto as well as the entire group also makes the show noteworthy. The only downside was that Inui Yoriko was neglected, serving as the character to help sail the ship for the main cast (I wish the show was Longer)
I need not say more.
However, viewers should note that the supposed delays have nothing to do with the producers or the directors. I've been following @JustBecause_JP on twitter and the local broadcast appears to be on schedule every week on the various Japanese Channels. Furthermore, episodes are produced few months in advanced and the supposed one week break in the middle of the season was meant to give the local viewers a tour of the local Kanagawa sites that are featured remarkably on the anime. Hence, all the accusations against the director and the quality of various scenes are basically unfounded and largely bias.
Just Because! An anime about love, regrets, and old friends. It starts off with a boy named Eita who has just transferred for the third semester of high school to a new school; which incidentally, some of his old friends attend. Overtime he gets to know a particular girl, who becomes fond of him. Thus, spiraling this love-triangle into gear. Honestly this anime might be one of the most simple slice-of-life anime I've ever seen. It's very simplistic.
The characters are quite bland, specially the MC. But I feel that it adds to that "slice-of-life" aspect well, as most people in real
life aren't too overboard. Pretty good development.
The animation and art is easily the best thing about this anime. It's subtle, but really shows detail when need be. Sound is quite alright, nothing special, but good.
Overall I'd really only recommend this one if you enjoy a pure slice-of-life anime with decent characters and a controversial ending.