Eita has returned to the town he used to live in during his third year of high school. As he is reunited with old friends we see these characters prepare to leave high school and figure out what they want to do next.
As you can probably tell from the overview, this story isn’t exactly rushing to do much. It really is just the story of the daily lives of these high school students as they think about their future and the people around them. At the core of the story are a couple of romances as Eita’s friend Soma is the love interest of Natsume but has his eyes on the shy Morikawa, and Eita’s had a long time unrequited crush on Natsume but gains the attention of Ena, a junior in the photography club.
And that is more or less all she wrote about this one. The characters are all very believable as high school students just going through the motions of finishing school and second guessing the choices they’ve made for what comes next. They hesitate, don’t have the conversations they need to have, come up with silly rules (I’ll confess if) and basically mope when things don’t go their way. Despite that, it ends up being an oddly compelling if fairly forgettable viewing experience.
The animation definitely suffers though. These characters look fine when having conversations but motion (particularly running) ends up looking painfully awkward and to be honest I really just wanted the characters to stay still because at times it was outright distracting.
Otherwise, there isn’t a lot to say about this. I really enjoyed spending time with this group of characters. They frustrated me at times and made silly choices but they were all characters I could relate to in that I could probably think of half a dozen or so people in my real like that would do exactly what they were doing. The pace of the story is pretty slow and the final episodes really drag, but for a once watch through, this is certainly pleasant enough.
If you go in expecting a fairly low key romance/slice of life thing, you will probably be pretty happy with this one.
- Episode 1: Just Life
- Episodes 2 & 3: Imagine a Transfer Student Came and Nothing Happened
- Episode 4: Sometimes When You Break Through A Wall All You Get Is A Broken Wall
- Episode 5: They Made a Baseball Mitt Look So Alone
- Episode 6: Making Decisions is Hard
- Episode 7: Just Because You Are Indecisive Doesn’t Mean you Can Deny Others
- Episode 8: When You Know The Path Is Wrong
- Episode 9: Renewed Purpose
- Episode 10: Being Resolved Doesn’t Mean You Don’t Falter
- Episode 11: This Certainly Is Roundabout
- Episode 12: The End
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