All Kimi ga Nozomu Eien released episodes
High school is almost over, but Haruka has never seen the fruition of her deep crush on Takayuki. Not to worry. With her best friend’s help, Haruka is going to learn what it means to find the one person you’ve always felt was your soul mate. But even best friends can’t control the emotions of a headstrong young man. Haruka’s world is changing quickly, and soon, it will take a turn she can never take back.
In a perfect world, the prince shows up just in time to save the princess from certain doom. However, real life can be harsh in its reality. When Mitsuki becomes jealous of Takayuki’s and Haruka’s relationship, she constantly makes Takayuki late for his dates. As Fate is a cruel mistress, these actions cause trouble for Takayuki, but not in the way one would imagine. Haruka never faults Takayuki for trying to help Mitsuki. However, one day when Takayuki is late, something happens that changes the lives of these friends forever.
Three years have passed since the tragic accident. Even though Takayuki, Mitsuki, and Shinji have continued their lives; Haruka has been stuck in a coma and left in the hospital. Has the group of friends been separated forever? Will a love blossom even through these dark times? Just when things seem to be getting back to normal, there’s a reminder that darkness still waits just around the corner.
Takayuki and Mitsuki are a happy couple, so much so that they’re planning on moving in together. But all of that happiness and security is put into question when the unthinkable happens… Haruka, Takayuki’s first love, awakes from her coma. Now Takayuki is faced with the tough reality of the life he has chosen. Does he continue with his normal life with Mitsuki or return to the woman he left behind?
It’s been a year since the accident and Takayuki is in a deep rut of grief. Mitsuki does everything she can to keep his spirits up, but it seems as if nothing can jar him from his dark state. After a breakdown at the hospital, Takayuki is banned from visiting Haruka by her parents. In an attempt to comfort him, Mitsuki ends up confessing her love for Takayuki, only to have Akane find out about her betrayal in the worst possible way.
Haruka’s condition has them all living out a warped high school daydream, as they are forced to act as if the past three years haven’t occurred. For the young girl’s sake, Takayuki has vowed to visit her every day at the hospital and continue this façade. Remembering that Haruka was once the most important thing in his life, he wonders if she still is. When Mitsuki attempts to visit Haruka at the hospital, Akane stops her and yells at her for being selfish, chasing her off.
As Takayuki spends more and more time at the hospital, his old feelings for Haruka begin to resurface. When Akane walks in and discovers the two in a romantic embrace, she accuses Takayuki of playing with her sister’s feelings. Mitsuki, upset by her suspicions that the young man still loves his high school sweetheart, makes matters worse with a night out on the town. Both of them distraught and distracted with recent events, words are spoken which cannot be taken back…
As Takayuki begins to enjoy the fantasy more than the reality, Mitsuki becomes suspicious and decides to visit Haruka herself. All the young girl can talk about is their “shared” beau and her love for him. That evening Mitsuki presents Takayuki with an ultimatum, forcing him to end his daily visits. Instead of getting better, their home life gets much, much worse. One rainy evening at the restaurant, Takayuki sees Akane across the street and worried, heads straight to the hospital.
Everyone seems distracted as of late… Takayuki searches the city over for a children’s book he once bought Haruka. He doesn’t seem to have even the slightest interest in the promotion being offered to him at the restaurant. Mitsuki can’t concentrate at work and has taken up some serious drinking. Shinji is chasing yet another woman and doesn’t have time to listen to her woes, but over drinks a few nights later confesses to having feelings for the miserable Mitsuki
Haruka is gaining some awareness of the passage of time, while Takayuki has no idea of where Misuki has disappeared to. When Haruka finally asks what day it is and how much time has passed, she is upset to learn that they have lied to her this entire time. Akane simply cannot take anymore and tells her sister the full, harsh truth, sending everyone into a panic. Meanwhile, Mitsuki has hit rock bottom, believing she has lost it all. With her liquid courage she seeks to damn them all…
Back when I originally started seriously getting into anime, I used to carefully handpick which ones to watch, and generally avoided titles that I didn't think I'd like, such as comedies, romances and, err, romantic comedies. And I'd be pretty good at judging (usually from the description and artstyle) which anime I'd like and which I wouldn't. Some time down the line though, I decided that I should probably expand my horizons (probably due to getting into reviewing at the time - your opinions tend to not carry much weight when you give everything a 9+ rating :P), and started watching anime that I wasn't sure I'd like. "Full Moon wo Sagashite" and "Kimi ga Nozomu Eien" were two highly rated shows that I was skeptical about that I watched as part of my attempt to expand my viewing range.That 50+ episode series "Full Moon wo Sagashite" turned out to be roughly 40 episodes of disappointment, with only the last arc able to redeem the series, so I didn't start "Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien" (abbreviated as KGNE for the remainder of this) with much hope that it'll be much better than "okay" at best. After watching the opening episode, I concluded that not only does it look unlikely to rise above being "okay", it's likely to be considerably worse, because the first episode made KGNE look like a run of the mill romantic attempt-at-comedy show filled with extremely lame dialogues. Honestly, the only thing comical about it is how awful it is.Episode 2 was not much better, but ended with an unexpected twist that altered the dynamics of the show completely. After that, the series changed beyond recognition. As the episodes progressed, the characters quickly gained depth and realism, and I was soon completely taken in by the turbulent drama in the show. Each episode is more heart wrenchingly painful than the previous one, even when I thought the situations the characters in couldn't possibly get any more messy. Despite the occasional plot device and convenient timing used to set up some of the tricky situations, the problems faced by the characters are mostly very believable. This is not one of those "Saikano" type melodramas where the characters are always busy doing inexplicable things in order to make the story more "tragic". No, KGNE's drama arises more naturally, from characters being caught in realistic no-win scenarios, or making mistakes that I can't help but sympathise with. Comparisons with soap operas are certainly warranted, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing - soap operas can be engaging and addictive to watch too, at least in parts. And besides, KGNE has the advantage of being a tight, compact 13 episoder with a single storyline, so doesn't run the risk of getting tiresome after being shown for about 74 years like a soap opera where it might feel like the same materials are being recycled endlessly.KGNE is actually based on an H-game, but it's obviously done a good job of picking out the more poignant content while leaving out the more distasteful parts. Admittedly, some of the traits of a dating sim can still be detected within the show, which is a shame, but at least it's nothing as blatent as say, "Clannad", where I'd have to be blind not to see it. Though KGNE is occasionally guilty of being too melodramatic, in general the emotions contained in the show such as heartache, frustration, and guilt all come across powerfully and convincingly. Despite the cast being composed of plain, ordinary people, their compelling portrayal makes them stand out. A lot of anime can polarise viewers into separate camps that support their own favourite character, but in the case of KGNE, even as a single viewer, I feel my sympathies being almost ruthlessly divided between the different people involved, just like the main character Takayuki is torn between his two main love interests. Abandoning either is cruel, and the catch is, of course, the more he remains undecided, the more he hurts those two people. Hayase is another wonderfully developed character, her pitiful descent into depression is vividly fleshed out and heart breaking to watch. There is no easy answer to any of the characters' problems, and KGNE does an excellent job of drawing the viewer into this big, entangled web of conflicting emotions. A lot of people seem to think the characters don't act realistically because of their apparent lack of rationality that causes them to keep making stupid mistakes. But since when are humans renowned for always making rational decisions, especially when it comes to matters of the heart? The key issue is whether those mistakes are understandable given the context of the situation, and in the case of KGNE, this is very much the case.I'm not sure what to make of the comedy thrown into the mix. On one hand they can provide some nice contrast against the gloomy mood that makes up the majority of the show. On the other hand, you can also argue they dilute the atmosphere. Personally, I think it does more of the former than the latter, but there's one thing that I really hated about it, and that's the comedy previews they tend to have at the end of the episodes. Occasionally I come across previews that are really good actually manage to add to the show, but most previews are forgettable and don't really make the show better or worse. KGNE's previews are a rare case where the show is actually worse off because of it. This is due to the fact that most of the episodes end on a rather depressing note, and this atmosphere is completely ruined by the comedy previews that comes afterwards.There are a few other weaknesses within KGNE too, though they are mostly quite small ones. For one thing, despite its astronomical increase in quality in the later episodes, the dialogue still occasionally plummet down to the lowly levels of the first episode. Also, I think Taira should have been given more focus and development. Though he appears in a crucial part of the story, and plays that part perfectly well, his lack of screen time made him feel like a character that exists soley for that purpose. And then there's the animation, though mostly it's fine, the dynamic scenes (luckily there's not that many) are pretty poor in general. And Hayase's blue hair also sticks out in a show that's so down to earth.The last episode of KGNEdeserves special mention for being an incredibly emotional one. It provides a fantastic ending that brings the series to a near perfect closure. Is it possible to establish romantic feelings for someone over time, or do those feelings need to be there to begin with? Interestingly, the answer that the KGNE ending seems to be leaning towards is not one I would expect for a romantic show (though perhaps it's understandable, given its H-game roots). As a series, KGNE may not be as perfect as its ending, nor is it brimming with originality, but it's an outstanding anime that succeeds at what it's meant to do so well that it changed my attitude towards conventional romance anime, and that's saying something.
So romantic and so sad it's really emotianal and beautiful to watch.
More like rumbling we don't always make good decisions, am i rite?