Anime Lounge #07: Myself; Yourself

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Series: Myself; Yourself

Episodes: 1 to 13

Anime-LoungePremise: Hold on to your hat, folks, this one gets really dark, really fast. A young boy, Hidaka Sana, is sur­rounded by four child­hood friends — Yat­sushiro Nanaka, Oribe Aoi and brother/sister pair Wakat­suki Shu­usuke and Wakat­suki Shuri — in the com­fort­able town of Saku­ra­nomori. The group spends a lot of time together so when Sana moves to Tokyo, the group splin­ters. When Sana returns, he rejoins three of the four — Aoi, Shu­usuke and Shuri — but doesn’t rec­og­nize Nanaka. After their first encounter again after years apart, Sana has to work to regain a friend­ship with Nanaka or turn it into some­thing else. The prob­lem is there are dark secrets within the group that get in the way.

Is it worth watch­ing?: Yes, if you like dark secrets among a group of peo­ple who’ve known each other their entire lives. I can’t give away what the secrets are, but suf­fice to say it’s hard hit­ting for a group of teenagers. Most adults don’t deal with the major­ity of the prob­lems these kids have. And just when you think it couldn’t get any more depress­ing than it already is, things brighten con­sid­er­ably. It’s good drama, and the char­ac­ter devel­op­ment is good.

Break­out char­ac­ter: Shuri. It’s true that she’s part of a duo sto­ry­line here, but she makes the most impact. She starts out a lit­tle imma­ture, but by the end, she’s the one mak­ing adult deci­sions that affect her and Shu­usuke for the rest of their lives. Besides Shu­usuke, she’s prob­a­bly the most mature of the group by the end, and that’s say­ing a lot when con­sid­er­ing the other story resolutions.

Fun­ni­est episode: Humor goes a long way in this series, and it’s hard to come by. So, instead of fun­ni­est episode, let’s just say the hap­pi­est episode is the final episode, “Bonds.” For the sake of lift­ing the depress­ing veil off events, the entire group reunites and all is well.

Where is it going: The entire series is 13 episodes, so if you can hang on and get through the sad parts (like the entire series except for the final 10 min­utes), you can see for your­self how well things end for the five friends.

*Spe­cial note: The open­ing wasn’t really any­thing spe­cial, but the end­ing song “Kimi to Yozora to Sakamichi to” is excel­lent. It’s def­i­nitely worth lis­ten­ing to on repeat a few dozen times.

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