I've Always Liked You

Alt title: Zutto Mae Kara Suki deshita: Kokuhaku Jikkou Iinkai

Movie (1 ep x 64 min)
2016
3.848 out of 5 from 3,156 votes
Rank #2,113

This is the last time I’m going to practice… Natsuki Enomoto, a third-year student at Sakuragaoka High School, has feelings of unrequited love for her childhood friend, Yuu Setoguchi. Unable to be true to her own feelings, Natsuki tells Yuu that she is merely using him as a stand-in to practice confessing her love to. As Natsuki continues to pretend not having any feelings for Yuu, her classmate Koyuki Ayase asks her out on a date. Will Natsuki ever be able to stop “practicing” and actually confess her love to Yuu?

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Madiz
6.5

So starting off with this show, I was rather interested in seeing of how they would go about creating an anime specifically about "unrequited love". I was a little apprehensive about watching the show because of the large amount of characters on the poster, but everything ended up being alright by the end. The rest of this review will be broken down into smaller sub-pieces explaining a little bit about why I gave each thing the rating I did. Some may view this next part as spoilers. You have been warned. Story: 6/10 So, when dealing with the story it was cute and filled with the unrequited love bits that were stated in the synopsis. However, the stories weren't very in depth and seemed to become repetitive and dull as all three relationships were practically the same. Also, typical with a love story, there was happy moments and the "awww" moments, yet it lacked any problem or curve that would make dating hard (except for the character's own lack of self-esteem.) Animation: 7/10 I found this animation to be rather cute and filled with vibrant colors that you would typically expect from a romance anime. The colors and mood both matched the poster of the anime and the animations were smooth for the most part. There were some extremely awkward animation scenes where the characters were face frozen while walking though. Sound: 7/10 This is pretty similar to the statement made about animation. The music and voices matched the actions of their characters and the quality was rather good. They also managed to combine the music with a scene in the anime which was cool and the overall lyrics added plot to the anime that was welcome and needed. If you don't like vocaloids, however, this anime may start to annoy you as there were at least three songs within the sixty-four minute show (not including closer) Characters: 6/10 I enjoyed the characters and thought that they were nice. They had some individuality to them, and I found myself laugh at some parts. However, the overall characters themselves were similar in the emotions they felt, the actions they committed, and the thoughts they had. This anime has three relationships in it (I don't know how many are in the sequel) yet only two actually end up resolved by the end of the show. I found this to be extremely annoying because it made the show seem incomplete, while rushing the other two relationships by giving them a core with no real depth to it. Total: 6.5/10 Overall, the show wasn't terrible but something that I wouldn't watch again for a while. The show was cute and had romance bits, yet the characters and plot were both lacking much depth to it (if any for some characters). The sound and the animation was smooth, with the exceptions of a few parts in the anime. If you like short romances, then this show has three of them for you to watch and you'll enjoy it. However, I don't think this show is for everyone and you have to enjoy the idea of unrequited love or else this show will just seem like a burden. Reviewed for DAMC

SecretOtaku
6

Story Nothing special.  Just a basic generic love story.  I found myself liking it at first, since it was a break from all the complex animes and mangas.  Refreshing high school romance i guess.  Not a drama in my perspective though.  Its not the best or anything, i was bored of the simple romance halfway through but forced myself to continue.  While it is simple and prehaps a bit heart warming, it isn't anywhere near the best or anything.    Very predictable. It is part of a franchise (is that the correct term?) that consist of two movies, including this one and one series.  Personally, i think the series (our love has always been 5cm apart) is the best one out of the bland and generic animes.   I mean, this movie wasn't bad or anything.  It just wasn't unique or special in anyway so I could barely finish it. Animation I personally found the animation quite beautiful, but my friends say they look like frogs so i don't know whats happening there.  Once again, the animation wasn't the best but it wasn't the worst, like the anime, it was average. Sound Though nothing in this anime is memorable, i remember the songs in it was okay, I really can't remeber much of the sound because I was half dead by the end of the movie.  But I have listened to alot of honeyworks other songs which were much better than the animes, so i assume if they even had a quarter of the quality fro music than it would be eight Characters If I had to use three words to describe all the characters: Boring, Generic, Bland They had no flaws whatsoever, but i have seen the same characters literally a hundred times before.  I actually usually don't mind a generic character, because i tend to like basically everything.  I thought i would be fine watching this, because I usually don't mind if the same thing happends again and again but these characters were just so copied.   Overall Do I reccommend this? Not really. Should you decide to not watch it because of his review? No, i mean, if you wanted to watch it already then you should give it a go.  I know this review makes it sound like trash but its just an opinion really.  I suggest at least watching some trailers and AMV's of these if you aren't sure.   I found these animes with this amv: click here It is a pretty good AMV. As you can see I still gave it 6/10 which is pretty high considering my words in here.  The anime didn't do anything wrong, it just wasn't for me in the end.  If you watched it for its specific genre, high school romance (very little drama) than its actually fits perfectly

Monroe
7

I decided to watch this because it looked cute. I'm kind of a sucker for romance anime anyway. The story starts off by (kind of) introducing the characters. You have to remember that this is a film, so everything is going to be finished within an hour or so. That aside, we're introduced to a group of friends, and they're basically all in love with one another. Each has a different relationship with the next. There are a lot of characters here, and a lot going on. I'm not going to name each one. There's kind of a main focus on two characters who have been friends since childhood, Natsuki Enomoto and Yu Setoguchi. Natsuki struggles with confessing her love to him. That's all I'll say; I don't want to give away the entire story. In the end, the story as a whole was all right. It would have worked better as a show, but that's just the way it is. The animation is beautiful. I didn't have a problem with it at all. 10 out of 10 for that. The music is beautiful. I actually enjoyed the music more than the actual story, but I'm also obsessed with music. Love it. The characters were okay. I wasn't all that impressed. There is one character in particular that I can't stand. His name is Sota Mochizuki. I found him unbearable most of the time. The show would have been better without him. I can't deal with the complaining and saying Akarin's name over and over. I just found myself saying, "Grow some balls and ask her out."Other than him, the rest of the characters were decent. Nothing to write home about. If anything, I like Natsuki and Yu the most. Overall, this film was pretty decent. It was cute. I wouldn't say that it was the greatest film ever, but it was worth watching. If you enjoy romance and films that are short and sweet, I recommend. <h1 class="page-header__title"> </h1>

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