A tourism promotion anime for Ogaki City in the Gifu Prefecture. The story's script was written by Kou Nakamura, a famous novelist from Ogaki City.
An is confessed to by her childhood friend Yuuki. She runs away from the shock and finds herself time-slipped into the future. With modern tech and flying personal robots, she's shown around by a helpful ikemen named Kibou and his robot rabbit butler. Kibou tells her that she's his grandmother and that Yuuki is his grandfather, and that she doesn't need to be so unsure of her future.
You know it is bad when something is only twelve minutes long, yet a waste of your time nonetheless. I am unaware of what this ONA really is exactly or who thought this little story was a good idea, but who every it was should focus his time on doing something that isn’t so shallow. Itsuka Aeru Kimi ni is a random ONA about young love, which totally isn’t trying to ride of the success of works like Your Name and Erased. With all sarcasm aside, this little short only had twelve minutes to not mess up, and
it messed all twelve of them up.
The setup of this story is quite simple. A boy confesses to a girl named An, and An gets nervous, then runs away. Before going on, I just want to point out how weird it is that her name is An. Were the writers too lazy to give her a name with more than one syllable? With that tangent aside, as she runs from her white knight, she somehow gets transported into the future. I am not kidding, just like from Your Name and Erased, this protagonist can also travel through time for reasons that never gets explained. While she is in the future, she sees robots and future stuff, goes on a lame date with her grandson, and finds out she ends up with the white knight. Consequently, she goes back to the past and accepts the knights confession, thee end. I know that was the whole story and not the setup, but since I am not really recommending this, why should I care about light spoilers.
The reason why this show is so bad is because An doesn’t know that her and the white knight end up alright, she just knows they end up having a grandkid. For all she knows, her relationship with the white knight could be terrible; he could become an abusive jerk for all she knows. But since her grandson is sweet, so that means it’s all good, right? This is why young love kind of stories worry me: they simplifies relationships down to where they are just fantasies rather than realities. There was nothing real about this ONA; it was made purely for the emotional catharsis and nothing else.
To add to my argument that this story is not real, the dialogue was atrocious. Something I do when I wright is act out my scenes to see if they are real. It is a quick and easy way to see if the dialogue has a flow and doesn’t sound flat. This script writers really should’ve taken a good extra twelve minutes acting this out before animating this. Let's look at the opening scene, white knight says to the An, “When we meet again, I’ll confess here once more. So I want you to wait for me.” He sounds like he’s reading an essay to class instead of talking to someone he’s apparently close enough with to love. People don’t talk this bluntly. And it is not just him. The dialogue between An and her grandson was also painful on the ears.
Despite how short this work is, the production staff still managed to cut corners with the animation. A pet peeve I have is when shows have to depict a date between two characters with no chemistry, so they circumvent having to write the date scene by showing a montage of still shoots showing them happy together because they couldn’t come up with a real date. Needless to say, this twelve minute short does one of these painful montages. On top of the art being generally flat and uninspired, the character models are often times drawn in very off putting ways. To bring up the opening scene again, look at how they are sitting on that bench (Yes you have to see this now). The way An is sitting doesn’t look relaxing at all; it seems tense and uncomfortable. Also, her arm don’t appear to have any weight on them, so what is the point of sitting in this manner?
Something I do praise Your Name for is its soundtrack. So it is to no surprise that this knock off will try to copy the Your Name aesthetic via its soundtrack. Because of this, Itsuka Aeru Kimi ni manages to have one nice song to its name. It plays during the flying car scene and sounds peaceful and optimistic. But that is about it. To speak disparagingly, this song sounds like a Your Name OST b-side. The rest of the soundtrack is bland and might as well not even exist.
It is easy to guess that I am going to say this ONA is not good: the story is lazy, the characters are dumb, the themes are shallow, the animation is bland, and the soundtrack has been done before. I would give this a one out of ten and would only recommend someone to watch this so they could then agree with my review after having seen how bad this is first hand. Feel free DM me if you want to discuss Itsuka Aeru Kimi ni. I am free anytime. But no promises that I will remember this ONA exists. Have a nice night. kwaheri!
I dunno how this got into MAL's database, or even how it showed up on some of handful of anime websites I visit on at least a daily basis. Regardless, this is rather nice looking short stuff. Based on the info provided, Itsuka Aeru Kimi Ni, which would translate to English as something similar to "Someday I'll Meet You", is actually a half-length tourist promo animation to advertise for Ogaki City, located in the Gifu Prefecture. The script is written by Kou Nakamura, who is fittingly enough a famous novelist residing in the very same city. Whether or not this was meant to be an
anime, it was something I didn't regret checking out, even if it's just an elongated promo.
WARNING: Some spoilers (though it may not matter that much)
Our main girl gets confessed to by her childhood friend. She gets flustered and unsure, runs off, somehow time-leaping (or time-running) into the future full of highly advanced technology and bunny-like peronal robots. The girl, by chance or faith, runs into a handsome young man. The young man then shows her around Ogaki City (which actually helps in terms of promotion value that this short show intends to showcase). The young man then tells our girl that she's actually his grandma, and that the girl's childhood is his grandpa, and that there's nothing for the girl to worry about regarding her future. With renewed confidence, our main girl returns back to her own time and fixes her relationship with said boyfriend.
That's really all there is to the story. Yes I know, plot holes and unexplained stuff about the hi-tech futuristic settings, but let's be fair, it's a 13-min show. There's no way they're gonna be able to cover that within the time span.
The few soundtracks that did play during this short were actually pretty sweet and chill, especially the ending song, which was quite beautiful, imo.
The voice acting is really solid, too, for what it's worth.
The animation quality is actually pretty good, and any CG used, mostly with the robots, are quite alright and don't have the wonky sort of movements I've seen in countless other shows that tend to misuse 3D animation quite often.
Because of the lack of time, the characters aren't actually fleshed out, but there's enough characterization to know who's who, and what roles our small number of cast members play.
It's too short to really get deep into it, but it's really nice to see the character interactions and the scenery of the city. If I were to be a tourist watching this short show, I would be immediately heading out to explore Ogaki City right afterwards without a moment's hesitation. The way the main girl interacts with her childhood friend (or boyfriend/husband-to-be) and her future grandson is really adorable to watch, even if it's way too short to invest enough emotions watching.
Short and simple, but nice and cute....for a tourist promo.
Not exactly something I'd easily recommend, but a good time-killer.