Yuuki Hase, a high school boy, is concerned about a girl of his classmate, Kaori Fujimiya. She always stays alone and never tries to become close friends with anyone. Given half a chance one day, it seems that Yuuki and Kaori become to have a good relationship that they begin to eat lunch together. Although they enjoy having conversations, Kaori, strangely enough, keeps denying their friendship. On that Friday, she confesses, “I have memory disorder. My memories disappear within one week...."
Beginning of a Friendship.
How to Spend Time with Friends
Friends of Friends
Fighting with Friends
Mothers of Friends
Friends of 'Ah' Friends of 'Whew'
The Beach with Friends
Last Day with Friends.
Friends and Friends
Please Be My Friend
The main concept of this show makes it stand out from any other slice of life. It is also what makes it feel stupid. It plays out like any other of its brood, where teenagers are doing simple everyday things, but adds the catch of selective amnesia. The main girl has a weird mental condition which makes her forget at the end of every week what she did with other friendly people. She still remembers what she learned at school, or what she did with people she doesn’t care about, but if she considers them to be friends, they are wiped from her memory. And that is the whole hook of the show; a tragic case of a girl which can never have friends. Even if she keeps written notes of what she did with the main boy in the story, those are just information and don’t count as actual memories. So what does the show do with such a premise? How do the characters deal with it? Do they find a cure? Do they work around it? Does a tragedy befall them to end this tale in the worst possible way? The answer is none of the above because there is no plot. Nothing changes throughout the whole thing, besides finding out that her condition is some sort of psychological defense and not brain damage. That in effect makes this whole series to be storyless and pointless because it is not making use of its premise and plays out like any other of its kind. Which is a shame considering it wastes an interesting premise. A big issue in the show though does not involve the main girl but rather the main boy who wanted to be friends with her at the beginning of the show. You will find him very noble for being willing to befriend her despite her problem. Heck, you even see how he is slowly seeing her in a romantic way. Damn we have something tragic AND steamy going on here! Let’s see how it plays out! Yet after the fuzzy-cutsy-cuddly-emotions pop and your mind starts working again, you realize that this show is… well… stupid. Aside from the disappointment of not having a solid ending, much less any plot or character development, the very character who kick started the whole thing just makes no sense. Why was he so interested in this girl to begin with? Why was he so hell-bent on befriending her while everybody else, her including, didn’t care about that and ignored him? We are given no real motivation other than “Well, lets be friends because I saw you and I instantly wanted to befriend you, no matter what.” Normal people need far more than that to try so hard and put up with the whole amnesia thing. Why is the girl even allowed to go to a normal school if she has such a mental condition? Why is everybody ok with letting such a mentally ill person to go to school? Isn’t her presence alone making everybody feel weird and ruins the harmony of the school or something?As you see, this show gives you no reason to care or look forward to. The best thing it can do is making you feel fuzzy-cutsy-cuddly, which is something you can get by a hundred moe shows. The amnesia thingy ends up being nothing but a cheap shot at drama and a way to remember the show as “the one with the weekly amnesia.” And of course it is quite silly as a plot device, one which I am not fond of. It excuses the lack of development but doesn’t make the show any smarter or deeper. I can even add how I don’t like the way the characters are drawn. Almost chibi-like with their eyes constantly half-closed and their hair permanently uncombed, as if they are constantly half-asleep. It adds to the fuzzy feeling but also to how nothing really matters. Well if nothing matters, why would I even care? At least something like the Memento film managed to use amnesia in a creative way and exciting way. Here? You are not given a reason to care. And that is why it will fail to be anything particularly good as a show. Ironically enough, chances are you will forget it the moment you start watching your next moe show. Hot damn, even that is excused by the premise! Well done show; I don’t remember anything about you!
What I Liked: The dreamy backgrounds and soft, pastel colour palette. Kiryuu, who seemed like the most grounded character of the show. Yamagishi. Kaori's condition seemed interesting and more complicated than the series let on. The relaxed pacing.What I Didn't: Hase, who I found too immature and shallow to be taking care of anyone. Kaori's condition, despite being nuanced, still felt plot-convenient. It felt like the side characters (such as Kujou) were only there to flesh out the main leads or further the plot. Main characters felt flat and one-dimensional. Generic OP and ED. The relaxed pacing. Relied on many shoujo romance cliches, down to the "guy lands on girl" cliche. Final Verdict: With it's intriguing plot of guy-meets-girl-with-amnesia, One Week Friends is an inoffensive enough little rom-com that is also unfortunately rather hum-drum and predictable. It's pretty, that's for sure, but the characters feel rather static through their year-or-so together and very little happens in the way of story or drama. Or romance, for that matter.
Last week, I finished Isshuukan Friends. In fact, I finished the entire series (Which is only 12 episodes) in just three days. It was happy, it was cute, and it had mixed in tradgedy -- or so I thought. The story centers around Hase Yuuki, who desperately wants to become friends with the aloof Kaori Fujimiya. After working up the courage, he ends up approaching her throughtout the course of a week, despite Kaori telling him time and time again that she doesn't, in fact, want to associate herself with him. After quite a bit of persistence, Kaori agrees to eat lunch with him every day -- but akes it clear that they aren't friends. While this bothers Hase, he agrees to it. Later on it is revealed that Kaori forgets every memory of her friends on Monday each week (Which is much better than Chihiro Shindou from ef: A Tale of Memories, who forgets her memories every 13 hours). Thus, our tragic tale of friendship begins. When watching this anime, I had hoped for lots of scenes that would make me cry, but that wasn't the case. Once the initial drama of Kaori's prediciment is over, the story contiunes just like any other slice-of-life genre anime. Only in the first few episodes does Hase have to reintroduce himself and once again win the trust of Kaori -- after that, she writes everything in a diary to avoid any drama(which was also done in ef: A Tale of Memories. But that's none of my business). After that, all that is left for Kaori to remember the face of Hase and her other friends. There was a small amount of drama added later into the episodes, when Kaori's childhood friend returns with a strong hatred for Kaori. This brings out quiet a bit of ruckus, and even some jealousy coming from Hase: the first real indication that he actually has feelings for Kaori. However, this too, like all quarrels, is resolved quickly, and doesn't give off a feeling of satisfaction whatsoever. In fact, it almost leaves you unsatisfied. I felt the same way with the ending on the series, too -- they solved a minor problem. Kaori's condition wasn't fixed, and she still lived in fear of her past. At the very end, I was left saying "That's it?". On a more positive note, overall, this anime was ridicuously cute. There's really no other way to put it. The art was simply gorgeous, and the bright colors made me very, very, happy. The music was lovely and peaceful, as well. Despite all the complaints I had, I really did love watching Isshuukan Friends. Even the slice-of-life parts to it, which I normally don't care for, alway made me smile. I found myself rooting for Hase, and hoping for some romantic development between Shougo and Saki. There never really was a dull moment, and for that, I've got to say that it's one of the better shows that have come out this year.
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