These two are the biggest dunces ever~
Every once in a while, there comes a show that makes you feel calm and peaceful. Isshuukan Friends might just be one of these shows.
I’ll say from the start: I’ve never seen 50 First Dates or any other show where a person periodically loses their memory. The only thing close is the Silent in Doctor Who, who make you forget them when you are looking at them. So no comparisons to those from me in this First Impression!
Two “not friends” having lunch on the roof.
Sumairii // It’s only been the premiere so I can’t say it with any finality, but so far Isshuukan Friends feels more tranquil than melodramatic. Given the premise of the show, I was expecting the latter. But I really don’t mind the more easygoing approach it has taken, which gives the show a more genuine feel (as opposed to being contrived drama). I was actually a bit surprised that we went through a whole week so quickly in just the first episode, as I had originally envisioned the show would spend a bit longer developing the “not friendship” between Yuuki and Kaori before having her memories reset for dramatic effect. However, I suppose this makes sense from the viewpoint of quickly introducing the premise and the main characters. And to be honest, I would not be entirely opposed to all the rest of the episodes being executed the same way.
Two “not friends” playing cards after lunch.
The one gripe I have with the show so far is the way Kaori deals with her situation. Understandably, I do not have the experience of losing my memories of those close to me on a consistent basis. But would it be so hard for Kaori to just jot down some notes about her friends if she cares that much about them? Taking the sort of defeatist mindset of just avoiding making friends is no real solution, especially considering that she clearly desires some company. Just look at how quickly she warmed up to Yuuki despite actively denying their friendship!
So Moe It Hurts
Even the guys are moe.
Highway // Could they have made these characters any more moe? The answer is ‘no’. Even Hase is super moe. And the very soft art and lighting of the show just enhances that moe feeling all the way through. But even though it seems like this show will be painful at times throughout, it really didn’t get too bad this first episode. I mean, I didn’t even tear up, and I’ll tear up at anything. Instead, it felt like it was just a reality for these characters: reality that Fujimiya would lose her memories, and reality that Hase was going to not care, and just try his best to make friends with her again.
Try counting the number of blushes in this episode.
There has to be some sort of supernatural thing going on here, tho. As far as I know, the connection between short term memory and long term memory doesn’t work on a weekly schedule. So something is making Fujimiya lose her memories, and I hope the show will get into that maybe a little bit. It probably won’t tho, since it’s not really a ‘supernatural’ show, just slice of life. So I’d expect more of the things that Hase does to try to make Fujimiya remember him, or failing that, to at least enjoy his time with her and figure out how to not be hurt too badly by it.
Isshuukan Friends is off to a pretty good start, with its cute art and carefully metered drama. I’m really digging Yuuki’s earnest determination to have Kaori acknowledge him as her friend time and time again; he’s not too overbearing or quick to give up. There are also some tantalizing hints that he might be interested in her romantically, but only time will tell if he might ever graduate from “not friend” to “not boyfriend.”
This show didn’t start off as heartbreaking as I thought it would. I’m sure there will be some during the season, but it feels like they’re not going to hammer that despair too hard. I could be wrong about that, tho. Next time, let’s see what friends do.
I’d like for us to be friends.