This anime is like a short movie. It is good quality in all areas.
I liked the story, and think it was good, but its just that.... its not really my taste. This is an anime for older or more experienced people who have had sweet hearts, cheated, loved, desired, had kids, with multiple people, moved far away and back again, etc. For someone that can relate to those things mentioned, this will be a more meaningful story.
The animation (looks of backgrounds and people, as well as the smoothness of the animation) were very good, and it was unique also. You notice it more in the beginning.
You could see the transistion of the main woman's maturity especially well for only being 25min (or less for credits) long.
Overall: this anime will only 'really/connect' apeal to probably... 30% of the people who watch anime, but its ok because its only 25 min. If it was a 12 episode anime, then they couldnt do it, so end result is that they did a very good job at what they did, which was to appeal to a certain group and not a broad group. Of course this is my subjective opinion. I wouldnt recommend this anime to any of my friends though, because like I said... its not my taste.
A perfect story in virtually every way. Hell, it is perfect but I don't want to seem like a blind fangirl or anything.
To enjoy this anime you need to be a fan of unrequited love and realistic portrayals of it. It's a very understated story, one that does not have a happy ending, nor does it have a bad one. When I think about it, your outlook on life will be the judge as to whether or not this ended on a silently tragic note or with a silver lining.
It's also very straight-forward, as most things are with a oneshot story that is also slice of life.
Noriko has returned from America and returned her hometown with her four-year-old son Mikoto. The question as to whether she'll stay indefinitely or try to remake her life is left vague but in her situation it is understandable. Motoki was an absolutely charming, sweet boy.
All of the characters in general were actual people and the narrative is as true-to-life as humanly possible given the subject material, which can either be refreshing in its realism or banal to people who want to see *something* else other than actual people being..people.
I woud recommend this as a palate cleanser if you feel completely dulled by ninjas, magicians, knights, pirates, or vampires and need something grounded in reality before returning to the more fantastical genres.