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krofire

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Crossing Time

Jan 23, 2022

Studio Ekachi Epilka brought this delightful slice-of-life Japanese manga series, by Yoshimi Sato, to our screens in 2018. Each episode is only 4 minutes long and you wish they would be longer. There is no overall story arc nor is there a set cast of characters. Each four-minute episode is a self-contained snap-shot. The only thing they have in common is that they happen within the time the characters are waiting for a train to pass. This mainly involves young people of school age in a set of short stories that embrace humour and a little romance. Everyone will have their own favourites. Ours included the opening episode “Their Youth” with the two school girls. One tempts the other to scream out the name of the person she loves as the train passes. She does so but it was a trick. Her friend shouted nothing. However, she did hear her friend confess her love for her. Then there is the older boy and younger sister who communicate with text messages despite the fact they are standing next to each other. The boy knows his sister has a bit of a brother-complex but won’t admit to it. He teases her to comic effect. Other tales show a teacher who finds it hard to communicate with one of his students, another features a middle-aged man reminiscing about a pretty girl he used to see at the same crossing point some twenty-plus years earlier, only for her to seemingly reappear in front of his eyes. Each tale is a heart-warming slice of the human condition that can only serve to raise a smile. Sadly, the whole of season one was over all too soon. This show was an utter gem. A beautiful example of just what can be achieved within the narrow confines of a story format of just a few minutes. Someday all anime will be made this way. Maybe. A delight.

10/10 story
8/10 animation
6/10 sound
10/10 characters
9/10 overall
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