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.)
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.
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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
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. =)