Mind Game

Movie (1 ep x 104 min)
4.015 out of 5 from 2,158 votes
Rank #766

Nishi has been in love with Myon since he was 9 years old. They both had feelings for each other, but due to Nishi's cowardice their relationship never became more than friendship. Now, in the present, Nishi is 20 years old and aims to be a great manga artist; but he still loves Myon. After years of being apart they meet again, but she tells him that she's thinking of marrying her boyfriend. Nishi is still a coward so he accepts it and wishes her luck. While they're talking at her older sister's restaurant a pair of yakuza walk in looking for their father. One of the yakuza starts harassing Myon and out of anger Nishi chooses to finally take a stand -- but he is shot and dies. Now, in limbo, he chooses to live again; but will he really live any differently than before?

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vivafruit's avatar by vivafruit on Jul 2, 2007
Score: 10/10

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A reviewer on AniDB has labeled this as an "identity" anime – namely, a Neon Genesis Evangelion/FLCL/Honey and Clover-styled work where the protagonist discovers himself as the story progresses. There is some truth to this; indeed, by the end of the movie the main... read more

VivisQueen's avatar by VivisQueen on Oct 6, 2010
Score: 9/10

A coward is not someone who simply feels fear, but whose life chronically stalls because of it. Nishi, the protagonist, is a textbook case whose inner monologues reveal a highly discerning person but whose insecurities also dull him to the point of inertia. He loves his childhood friend Myon but fears the rejection he might suffer if he tells her; he's too scared to react when gangsters point a gun at her and... read more

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