Isshuukan Friends Episode 2 – Beautifully heartwarming

Isshuukan Friends anime
Memories.

Quite a pleasant show.
Isshuukan Friends Episode 2 Review
One Week Friends Episode 2 Review
“How to Spend Time with Friends.”
“Tomodachi to no Sugoshikata.”
(友達との過ごし方。)

A friendship can become one of many things. Sometimes, it can result in bonds that will exist for a lifetime, and sometimes it can entail the most heartbreaking experiences. For Isshuukan Friends, friendship is something painfully transient, but is something that both characters yearn enough to overcome the pain to be with each other.



Isshuukan Friends Episode 2 Impressions

Every week.

Kiryuu Shougo

He’s going to be a friend too soon enough.

Fujimiya Kaori

MY STOMACH WANTS SOME HOTPOT.

Don’t worry guys. It’ll be a happy ending.

One Week Friends

O.O

lol.

Will you persist for that smile?

Last episode.

She tried before and it ended up badly?

Too bad all we have around here is fast food and very unhealthy convenient store food.

What grade are they in? We did this in grade 12… THAT’S CANADIAN EDUCATION FOR YOU.

Note: Hase is totally retarded.

I’ve never had a crepe before. D:

As long as there’s progress.

That soft rejection.

Hase Yuuki blushing

OH YOUTHFUL INNOCENCE.
Why am I talking like a old man wtf?

Isshuukan Friends

Fujimiya Kaori and Hase Yuuki date

He’s ecstatic.

Crepe denied.

I’ve never gone to karaoke either. D:

SHAKE THOSE THINGS (I have no idea what they’re called) OR RIOT.

Fujimiya Kaori singing

MFW I remembered White Album 2.
Oh God.
NOT AGAIN.

It’ll hurt more each time. Get used to it.

Won’t that just make you feel worse?…

It’s always scary because you turn into a “different person.” You don’t even know if you’re going to do what you tell yourself to do.

When we see what she writes here…

That awkwardness.

Wait, so does she remember the situation?

PLEASE NO MENTAL HOSPITAL ENDING.

Oh God.

Isshuukan Friends fujimiya Kaori crying

She remembers randomsquigglylines-kun.

People sure love smacking themselves.

HIS HEARTO.

How nice.

That awkwardness.

What a pleasantly soothing show. I’m honestly very glad it’s not taking the despairing path. We all need some happiness in our lives.

How exactly does Fujimiya Kaori’s memory loss affect, and will affect, how both of them feel? We must first look at Fujimiya’s response to Hase asking her to keep a diary. She implies she’s done it before, but she’s a bit reluctant to. Why? Well, you can kind of begin to see the reason from the last bit of the episode as she futilely tries to recall her memories. This goes back to how she didn’t want to make any friends to begin with. If she didn’t have any friends, there wouldn’t be anything important to forget. But as soon as she met Hase, that changed; she knew what it felt like to be friends with someone and the happiness that came with it. One side of Fujimiya wants to keep the diary so that the future her will have some kind of a clue as to who Hase is and the transition will be easier. Another side of her doesn’t want to have a diary because it only reminds her of how unobtainable and out of reach her previous memories were which essentially turns those happy memories into the opposite of what they once were. The more she writes down in her diary, the more her future self will feel sad about not remembering any of it. If she doesn’t write it down, it’ll be as if those memories never existed in the first place. What would you do in this case? Would you still want to write those memories down even if every single week you’ll go through a growing pain that will never disappear? Would you want to forget it and live in ignorance?

This answer will vary from person to person as what the question is really asking is whether ignorance is bliss. For Fujimiya, she wants to retain as much of those happy memories as possible, and I’d argue that it’s not because of her intrinsic desire to do so, but it’s because of Hase’s demeanor and how he’s been reaching out to her all this time. She not only feels guilty that she forgets about him every week, but she also would feel even worse if she just cut off all ties with him after he’s tried so hard. Of course, one could argue that it may be better to cut off everything so that the pain will not worsen. Though, it’s not as if there’s any “right” or “wrong” in this case as they are just different perspectives. Moreover, Hase doesn’t show much sadness at the fact that Fujimiya forgot about him. While he is hurt on the inside, he values his friendship with Fujimiya far above the pain that he has to endure to obtain it once more. The thought of not being her friend is far worse than this pain. He just likes her too much. Nevertheless, you have to wonder how long they will keep this up. As the weeks progress, it will become only more painful for Hase to talk to Fujimiya. However, the tone of the show is a heartwarming one and I very much doubt it’ll go the truly despairing path. Even if it does, it won’t be for long because the central theme to this anime is how two people grow closer together even with a seemingly insurmountable barrier separating them. This barrier, when portrayed in the way that it is in this anime, will be something that can be overcome with the persistence of both characters. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if by the end of the season, she remembers everything or doesn’t forget about him anymore, but still doesn’t remember the time she spent with him. I’d actually prefer the latter for it’d express one of the central ideas that, although she doesn’t have memories of him, that doesn’t mean he can’t create new ones with her once more.

Isshuukan Friends Episode 2 Review

Isshuukan Friends is heartwarming. It really is. A part of that is the story and characters, but a similarly large part is the animation style. The color palette being used is bright and colorful which gets across a cheerful and pleasant tone rather than a dreary one which would have otherwise changed my viewpoint on where this anime would be headed. It’s in a show like Isshuukan Friends that I have a perfect example of just how important animations are in anime. I’m not one that keenly notes how little bits of animations affect shows so more subtle signs in plenty of other shows are lost on me. I do, however, realize when the general portrayal and animation style of the show affects how I feel about it to a great degree. I mean, just imagine if all of a sudden things turned dark with this kind of vibrant animation style. It just wouldn’t work well. Even the character designs give rise to this kind of feeling which makes the show even more uplifting. I could not be happier with the animation style they went with for this anime. It just fits so incredibly well.

Isshuukan Friends is also very gentle with its portrayal. It feels very pure. The characters show their feelings genuinely; Hase really wants to be with Fujimiya and he has moments of doubt that’s so common with a person who’s trying to get closer to someone he or she likes. He’s shy, but his intentions are extremely pure with that bit of awkwardness that makes this anime quite adorable. The soft voices of the characters also go very well with the nature of the show, and the dialogue is simple but sweet. It’s the kind of innocent relationship that just makes me feel quite content after finishing the episode. Like Non Non Biyori, this anime soothes my soul. It’s innocent, it’s adorable, it’s heartwarming, and it’s just pleasant to watch. I’m slightly worried about how they’re going to keep this up for the whole season and whether there’ll be enough variety in each episode, but as long as they keep this up, this is going to end up being one of the best anime of the season.

Isshuukan Friends Anime Wallpaper

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  • http://popculturesocialclub.com/ DreamDrop♥

    JC.

    This is going to be just as bad as Nagi Asu and Golden Time isn’t it.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      J.C. Staff is just responsible for the animations. You have to pay more attention to the director and series composer (not that they have a terrific track record or anything). It’s not SHAFT where it’s mostly Shinbou and others responsible for staff positions.

      • http://popculturesocialclub.com/ DreamDrop♥

        Referring to the emotional devastation.

        • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

          Okay, I was just being completely retarded. For some reason I thought they were made from the same studio. Good lord. Though, I’m not sure what your first two letters “JC” means in this case.

          • http://popculturesocialclub.com/ DreamDrop♥

            Lord and savior.

          • Akizaki Ranho

            Haha. Lord and savior…

  • MgMaster

    Oh yea,I’m sold on this one. It gives me those Ef: A tale of Memories(pls tell me you’ve watched that Entrav) vibes,albeit with a lighter mood. I’m not expecting it to be as good,but coming close to it will be more than enough for me.

    One of my favorites of the season so far.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      >.> Nope. Didn’t watch it. I have enough trouble watching all the currently airing anime nowadays.

      • MgMaster

        o.O damn lol,I’d have really thought did as I figured they’d be right up your alley. You really should consider watching both Ef series then(Memories followed by Melodies) when you find the time to.

        You need to be prepared for waves of feels though. You might like them as much as White Album 2. I know I liked Melodies as much…I think…idk,it’d be hard to decide.

        • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

          I knew about the show years ago, but I never got around to it. I will watch it when I get into the mood of trying to watch some of my backlog.

          I don’t really look at my backlog that way. In fact, I’m quite thankful that I have such a huge backlog. It means that I have much left to explore. The thought of actually completing a lot of previous great works scare me because it makes me feel like I’ve experienced a lot of what the medium has to offer and that there’s not much to look forward to . Of course, that’s not necessarily true as there are great shows coming out every year, but I’m just afraid that when I watch that much I’ll be more apathetic. Not like that’s going to happen any time soon if it were to anyways though.

          • MgMaster

            Hmmm,I guess,although I think there are certain series that have to be viewed at the right time in order to fully appreciate them. Like,when I 1st watched Fate/Stay Night I found it pretty damn good but after watching Fate/Zero,I inevitably considered the former a much weaker anime. I would’ve probably considered it even worst if I attempted to watch it after F/Z.

            Of course,this can vary from person to person. I got a friend who claims that he has no such issues. He often nags me that I missed a lot of the classics and when I do watch some of them and often say something like “It was good but I didn’t find it great compared to what we have today.” he’s like “What? Really?”

  • James Du

    After reading your review, I wanted to go and watch it.

    *SPOILER?*
    Unfortunately, I heard that there is some serious NTR in the later chapters of the manga.

    No thanks.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Seriously? That really sucks. Uhh… Well, we’ll have to see how they handle it.

    • Drig

      Could someone con-co-CONFIRM this???? I’d hate to think I was entering a soothing show only to be dragged into NTR……..

    • Karpmage

      He’s talking about this thread: http://forums.mangafox.me/threads/502066-Ntr, It’s a troll tho- there is no NTR. Don’t worry, and don’t drop this show because of what he’s said :P

    • James Du

      I would have replied earlier, but I was arrested this weekend, got out of jail the day before last night.

      Er, I’m not trolling- its just one of my friends told me some other guy gets her or something…

  • Aumi

    Isshuukan friends are made by the same anime company as Natsume Yuujinchou and Hotarubi No Mori He so I’m expecting for this anime to have similar relaxing and enjoyable vibes as those two….what do you think?

  • Roy is our boy

    The show went downhill for me in the last arc. The themes were ruined, and some characters just either disappointed me or and one went to a complete wreck. :(