Kimi ga Nozomu Eien

Alt titles: Rumbling Hearts

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Ultima's avatar By Ultima on Aug 27, 2004

Story
It is my belief that telling parts of the story will really spoil your first time experience watching KGNE, so I’m not going to reveal much about the actual storyline.

Story is the one of the strongest aspects of KGNE. When I first read a similar synopsis, I thought that it was pretty cheesy. This theme is a common theme that reoccurs throughout most romance anime. As a regular hentai watcher, I have seen my fair of romance and usually I’m left feeling disappointed. But after finally finishing KGNE, KGNE to my great surprise really delivers great drama and romance.

The director, Tetsuya Watabe, found a way to really take this concept further. Firstly, what sets KGNE from most anime is that it aims to immerse you into the animation. Many times the animation was so good that I lost track of time, forgot about the animation, and got immersed in the story and characters. With that important point accomplished, I was able to focus on the beautifully written script of KGNE.

KGNE’s story aims to be close to reality as it possibly can. The main characters are faced with decisions and situations that could occur in real life. This is ingenius because unlike other anime that focuses on something fictional or futuristic, KGNE always feels down to earth and realistic. As a result, you seamlessly associate yourself with each character’s predicaments. The story is so beautifully written that many times you probably would be asking yourself what you would do in the character’s situations or whether you could have coped with it. To me that is a true sign of a well written script. Moreover, the story is filled with many twists and surprises that doesn’t allow you to predict what is going to happen next, intensifying your yearning for the end.

KGNE isn’t your typical anime pepped up with lots of comedy and action, it is just the opposite. There are a bit of comedy relief scenes, but they by no means deter you away from the main story. KGNE is mature and tries to depict reality as close as animation without special effects would allow. Tetsuya Watabe’s ability to present realistic relationships is what really makes KGNE special.

Furthermore, he was even successful in presenting an underlying message. He tries to point out through KGNE that we all in many points of our life are faced with very hard decisions. These types of decisions determine our future, and there is never a "right" answer. The more we drag out these decisions, run from them, or wait for something to happen, the more suffering and pain we endure. These types of decisions are always going to be there, and time is always cruelly passing us by. It is up to us to find our way through these decisions because no one is going to help us. This underlying message is effectively carried out and is yet another sign of KGNE’s well written script.
Animation
Animation overall was well done. Female character design was given much thought. All women are portrayed to be very attractive. They have big, glassy eyes, nice flowing hair, and fair-sized breasts. In contrast, male character design barely had any notable characteristics. Male characters are typically taller than the women and their eyes have less depth and color - pretty much what you see in most anime. Additionally, because the setting of KGNE progresses from high school days to adult life, each character undergoes noticeable physical changes. The two main female characters are seen nude, but its really only breast shots, so it shouldn’t be a big problem for most viewers. There is a very small number of few love scenes, but nothing explicit. They show just enough to show that they’re making love.

The opening and ending sequences are nicely done. The opening sequence is typical, giving short glimpses of the characters involved in the anime. The ending sequence highlights the close friendship that all of the main three characters share.

Background animation is nicely detailed. I believe that the director tried to depict reality the best he could without the aid of special effects. Many times characters are walking on the streets lost in their thoughts, only to be rudely awakened by busy people like that on the streets of Tokyo, Japan.
Sound
Sound overall was good, but not perfect. Many times the background music could have been much better in expressing the current mood or atmosphere. KGNE music is soft, colorful, and sometimes sorrowful. I've listened to the 2 KGNE TV OSTs, and unfortunately I think that the KGNE soundtrack for the actual game is better. The KGNE TV contains many of the same songs from the game, but they are arrangements. There are many original songs from the TV OST, but they couldn't match the songs from the actual game in my opinion.

On a special note, the opening song, "Precious Memories" and the two end songs, "Rumbling Hearts" and "Hoshizora no Waltz" were composed and sung by Haruka’s seiyuu, Minami Kuribayashi. The OP theme isn’t as gripping as I would have liked it to be, but it has a nice flowing tone. The ED theme matches KGNE’s drama theme perfectly. The final ED theme "Kimi ga Nozomu Eien" by MEGUMI is very beautiful and a perfect ED theme for the series.

Seiyuu voices were excellent. They all put so much feeling into all their characters. My personal favorite is Mitsuki’s seiyuu, Tomoko Ishizaki. I don't think she has done any voice acting besides for Kimi ga Nozomu Eien TV and the game, but I thought she performed Mitsuki’s character really well.
Characters
While the most notable downfall of many anime is underdeveloped characters, KGNE really excels. The important ability to connect and associate with characters in any anime is vital to keeping them memorable. All the main characters, Takayuki, Mitsuki, and Haruka, are all well developed and have distinct personalities. Takayuki loves both Mitsuki and Haruka. He is portrayed as an average male human, struggling with his relationship between Mitsuki and Haruka. He is equally kind to everyone, but this ends up being his biggest weakness. Mitsuki loves Takayuki deeply, but is mentally weak due to various events and stresses. She is a hard worker and excels in swimming. She has an outgoing personality. Haruka also loves Takayuki deeply, but unlike Mitsuki, she is mentally strong. While she may be shy at times, she always tries to express her true feelings to Takayuki. Since KGNE’s setting starts in high school, and progresses into adult life, all the main characters mature and develop to varying degrees.

Moreover, support characters found in KGNE are not merely introduced and cast aside. They instead actually support the main characters. In KGNE, support characters indirectly help the main characters through their problems. Some even have troubles of their own that are similar to the main characters. This results in effectively portraying the idea that everyone has problems with decisions about our futures. It is not just limited to romance.
Overall
An important point to note is that Kimi ga Nozomu Eien (KGNE) is actually based on a hentai-game (H-game) made by Age. I did not find this out until after I finished the series, and I was happily surprised and relieved. While watching KGNE, there was no reason for me to ever believe that it was based on an H-game. This was quite interesting to me because the only other H-game based anime that accomplished this non-H-game feeling was Comic Party. But even with Comic Party, its anime plot was quite different from its H-game plot. From what I heard, KGNE doesn’t deter completely from its H-game counterpart. Typically, if an anime was based on an H-game, like Triangle Heart, it is made so painstakingly apparent. I’m so glad that KGNE didn’t turn out to be a disappointment like Triangle Heart.

I don't think I have to point out that I really enjoyed Kimi ga Nozomu Eien. In fact, I keep KGNE very close to my heart. From a literary perspective it is brilliant, successfully illustrating the hardships of real life. If evaluated as a drama/romance anime, it truly stands out amongst the rest. It effectively immerses the viewer into the world of KGNE and allows the viewer to fall in love with its well developed characters and well written storyline.

I definitely recommend KGNE to romance and drama lovers. I can probably describe KGNE as a great soap opera. It is a must see. It accomplishes what soap operas on television can not. In real life, I really don’t watch much television, but occasionally I take a peek at the soap opera channel. I’m not sure whether it is a gut feeling, but I’m always reminded that despite all the great acting, it just looks so fake.

Though I would like to say everyone should watch KGNE, this is a drama/romance anime. There is much dialogue to sit through, and there isn’t much action at all. People who are looking for a comedy or action driven anime probably should not watch KGNE.

As for re-watchability, KGNE has a great re-watch value. Even though the second time around you probably would not be so surprised by all the plot twists and surprises, but there are many other aspects like character development and viewer immersement that is worth re-watching.

10/10 story
9/10 animation
8/10 sound
10/10 characters
9.3/10 overall
Lumineux's avatar By Lumineux on Dec 3, 2009

This was one of those animes that when you watch it to the end for the first time, you keep thinking about it the next day(maybe its just me). I really enjoy this series because it was playing with my emotions. Sometimes I was almost feeling what the characters were feeling. There were plenty of sad moments, and plenty of those "WTF..." moments where I don't understand why certain characters would behave like that. Slightly overdramatic would be the key word for it. The story was engaging and constantly pulled me to the next episode to find out what was going to happen. The ending was definately one of the most effective ones I have seen in the genre so far. The ending satisfied me (this depends on the people of their view of what should have been, but i'll leave it at that.)

10/10 story
10/10 animation
?/10 sound
9/10 characters
9.5/10 overall
NoSeR's avatar By NoSeR on Aug 14, 2011

Story - I liked this one because the romance started early and got right into it instead of waiting till the final 5 minutes of the last episode like most do. The two start their relationship early and you watch it develop for the first two episodes. After that... well it sucked. Not that the show sucked. Just the idea at the end of the second episode sucked. My only thought was "thats a shame". I was mad but I kept watching. The rest of the show had a depressing feel to it but it added to the drama. There were a lot of little things that made me keep watching like wondering how it would end. At first you hate the dicisons some of the characters make but you have to get over it when you realize it's nobodies fault with what is happening. The only people I can really blame for all the drama in the middle of the series are Haruka's parents. But they were only being good parents. So basically everyone was just really unlucky. Not sure I wanted it to end the way end did but I can't find a better solution so I'll just stick with it. A great story. I just wish they could of left out some of the depression. I would of liked if maybe it was just a love triangle without anyone getting physically hurt and not taking us to three years later.

Animation - There was nothing I could find wroing about the animation. I seemed alright even for it being over 7 years old.

Sound - I just watched the whole series less then a day ago and I already forget the opening and ending themes. I don't recall any of the music either. So I guess I can say it wasn't very memerable. Other then that the voice acters were good and they fit each character and I felt every emotion.

Characters - A lot of new characters showed up in episode three and they each somehow helped out the main characters get on the right track. Like I stated above I can't hate or blame any of the characters for what they did because it wasn't anyones fault. I would of liked a little less depressed personality and a little less nudity from certain characters, because it was a little silly. It won't go down as one of my favorite cast but they weren't bad.

9/10 story
10/10 animation
8.5/10 sound
8.5/10 characters
9/10 overall
Necrosaro's avatar By Necrosaro on Apr 3, 2013

This was one of the more powerfully moving anime i've watched in a while. I'm not great at reviews but i can say it's right up there with Clannad as far as the emotion it invokes.

9/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
9/10 characters
9/10 overall
Fireaxe's avatar By Fireaxe on Oct 5, 2009

Originally posted on the forums on January 5th 2008.

I watched Kimi ga Nozomu Eien (KGNE) in one sitting today, and I must say that I'm stunned... After like 10 episodes, I wanted to punch each main character in the face for blatant stupidity, especially Takayuki. But then I understood where they were going with the story, and I just LOVED the ending. It's seriously one of the best ending I've ever seen... Yeah.... I'm a dude and I almost cried (k, maybe I did just a bit). Call me a sissy all you want :D

KGNE isn't as depressing as some might say, I would say it's "frustrating" to watch because you seriously get angry at the characters sometimes. Actually, this might be the best aspect of this show; watching this, you go through a lot of really intense feelings, laughter, hate, sadness, compassion.

I developed a strong taste for the series which take place during several years, in various stages of the life of the characters. I can relate more easily to characters of those series since they become a bit older, maybe it's just me :p

Another pro:

- Well, it's a pure Romance/drama series, there's nothing else to it, but it's a damn good love story.

** Those who loved Saikano (like me) will most likely love this one also. The settings are totally different, but you go through the same feelings watching those two series.

Cons:

- Some might find the tone of the show overly dramatic at times.

- Not really a con, but I didn't really like the scenes with Ayu and Mayu. I know they were there to serve as comic-reliefs, but it just felt like they were out of place.

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This series eventually became my all-time favourite. Not because it was "a brilliant show", but because of how it moved me in so many ways. An heart-wrenching love story that some will love, and others will hate.

Oh and as you can probably guess by my avatar, I've had a massive e-crush on Mitsuki since that day. =)

?/10 story
?/10 animation
?/10 sound
?/10 characters
10/10 overall