The story is the best part of the series. However, it is important to
know that NTHT's plot develops slowly at first. So if you don't like
lots of dialogue and want more action, this anime probably would not
be a good watch. NTHT's strength lies in its ability to stir emotions
through great plot and character development. The beginning episodes
focus on laying out the story, characters, and setting. In the middle
of the plot, expect a bit of dialogue because it is slowly building up
momentum to the series great climax. The ending has its own twists
and turns, and it will keep you on the edge of your chair until the
The animation of Now and Then, Here and There (NTHT) is a bit plain.
There aren't any special CGI effects or anything remotely spectacular.
However, it has nice crisp, clear flowing animation that is pleasing
to the eyes. The animation style is quite well done for its time.
Characters do not have big glassy eyes, but rather normal circular
ones with a little depth. Though work was put into creating
distinctive animated characters, it was just enough to make them
appealing. The opening sequence is quite plain and serves more of an
opening credits introducing the characters. The ending sequence is
beautiful, soft-hearted and shows nice background scenes.
In my opinion, this is the one area that NTHT was most deficient. The
only memorable songs were the opening and closing theme "Komoriuta".
Although the opening theme was filled with warmth, it didn't quite fit
the overall feeling of NTHT. However, the closing theme perfectly
fits the dramatic, melancholy tone of the series. Background music
was good enough to express the current situation, but it didn't quite
invoke major mood changes or memorability. Moreover, voice acting for
all the characters was well done. It is clear that the seiyuu tried
their best to express as much emotion as possible into every
The characters in NTHT are quite memorable. The creator carefully
devised good distinctive characters with different personalities that
allow you to easily associate with them. Shu is a typical Japanese boy
that is forced to face the hardships of a new desert world. He always
looks forward to the future and tries not comfort others the best he
can in their times of need. Although Lala-Ru plays an important role
in the story, she serves more as a passive character. She doesn't
speak much, but she is more important than she appears. In contrast,
Sara's character is quite memorable and maybe the character with the
most character development. Like Shu, she was forcibly taken into the
desert world. Of all the characters in the series, I believe that she
is the most memorable. Her personality throughout the duration of the
series changes significantly. As mentioned before, this anime is a
drama, so expect more dialogue than explosive action scenes. The
distinctiveness of each character is what makes NTHT unique and
If you love to have your emotions stirred up, NTHT is a must see. The
ending is not a let down, and it actually comes full circle. However,
if you like action/fighting/mecha anime, you would probably become
bored with the dialogue and the lack of fighting and action scenes.
I really loved this anime. It has a special flare like Crest of the
Stars (Seikai no Monshou). When you first watch the anime, you
probably will be thinking, "Well this isn't really exciting." But this
anime definitely has a natural charm, always leaving you with the
feeling to see the next episode. And before you know it, you become
sucked into the characters and plot, and you'll just want to see it to
the end. NTHT is a definite must see for drama anime watchers.
Amidst a beautiful sunset, Shu is violently whisked away to a grim future devoid of water, and empty of hope; a place where children are forced to become soldiers, and kill countless others in the name of King Hamdo. Shu's companion is a mysterious girl named La La Ru, who may hold the key to survival. Now, he must concentrate on the only things that matter: escaping Hellywood, and finding a way home.