The Facts are These:
Yuki Hase has noticed that a girl in his class named Kaori Fujimiya is always alone and has a cold demeanour to the rest of the class. In hopes of becoming better acquainted with her, he begins eating lunch with her on the roof of the school. Eventually Fujimiya reveals to Hase that by Monday she won’t remember him or any friend. Every Monday she loses that memories of any friend she has. How will this affect Hase and what can we do to help Fujimiya.
If you want a likeable romance anime, I guess you have come to the right place. This anime has some interesting characters, but is overall pretty forgettable. I thought the concept of Kaori Fujimiya losing her memories and her trying to build friendships with them would be interesting enough for a 12 episode series, but I was wrong. When watching the series I found myself to be drifting to others shows or games and later coming back to the series (Just for the review). An anime shouldn’t make itself a chore to watch, it should be enjoyable or keep my interested enough to keep me wanting to watch the next episode. The ending did not tie any loose ends, she didn’t regain her memory it just continued their life in school together.
Behind the Scenes:
One Week Friends also known as Isshuukan Friends is based off the manga of the same name, by author and artist Hazuki Maccha. Her other work includes a 4-Koma (A four box vertical comic strip) called Kimi to Kami Hikouki to. The series was directed by Iwasaki Tarou who has directed such series as Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku, Memories Off 5, and Yakushiji Ryouko no Kaiki Jikenbo. The series was produced by Studio Brain Base and is licensed by Sentai Filmworks, with legal streaming available on Crunchyroll. The series opening song is “Niji no Kakera, performed by Natsumi Kon.
Here is the opening song for One Week Friends, I found it generic and not memorable.
A Brief View of the World:
This show takes place in modern day Japan… nothing surprising, just Japan.
This anime is dull, the premise had some potential. Though the anime did not live up to the expectations or potential I thought I could have. The characters have no real substance and are just there to progress the boring plot. I know that the manga is incomplete at the time of this show airing, but the manga will finish its run on April 22, 2015. They couldn’t wait a year to give a complete story instead of an already mediocre anime with an unfullflling ending.
This series is rewatchable with only 12 episodes, though these episodes were a chore for me to get through. Because of that I wouldn’t recommend giving it a rewatch.
(If an OVA is released that gives the series a proper ending, this rating can be considered bumped up to a 5/10, unless otherwise stated)
Toradora – For an overall enjoyable romance.
Koe no Katachi – For a manga that shows you how a romance with problems is really done. Also… IT’S GETTING AN ANIME!
I do not own any of the above used pictures and/or video they belong to their original creators, Brain Base and Hazuki Maccha.