Just a reminder: This post can contain some spoilers… but trying to avoid ruining the plot for those who didn’t watch it yet.
I’ve been postponing Kimi ga Nozomu Eien for a long long time… when I say long, I mean years… maybe more than 4.
I always heard that it was a very sad anime, and since I get drawn too much into this type of story, I kinda let it go by. Must’ve watched the first episode some 10 times, but never continued.
Yesterday I decided to watch and follow at least 3 episodes. Don’t even have to say…
Started about 11pm yesterday, finished watching it few time ago… now it’s 6:15 in the morning.
Making a summary that doesn’t pay respect to the whole, the anime tells the story of some friends that, getting close to the end of school period (right before they decide which carreer to follow), they get involved in a love triangle that has an abrupt and harsh end in an accident that will drastically change their futures.
But don’t judge the anime only by that paragraph…. it wouldn’t be fair. This is one of the most acclaimed dramatic animes by fans and critics.
It has an adult theme… started as an eroge (erotic game), but like others (Air, Kanon), on the anime version, the erotic content was removed. Some scenes are still there, but not as main theme.
It explores the feelings of each character, revealing each one’s story little by little.
And it’s as good as any work that deals with human relationshit, responsability, guilt, growing up and all sorts of related emotions that will shurely make even the most “macho” of the views get teary eyed. 😛
I admit that I’ve been avoiding these types of anime, not because I underestimate them… but exactly the opposite. A story as the one you see on this anime has such power, gets you so much into it, that it’s kinda scary.
And in the end, you always get that bitersweet wish that the story would never end.
I believe every fan who watched the anime felt like that, so much that many years later, a new 4 episode OVA was made with an alternate ending.
It’s not that the anime needed an alternate ending, but I guess everyone wanted to see just a little bit more of it…
The last episode from that OVA will still be released this year.
I know lots of people won’t watch it because of the theme, or because don’t like drama, or will watch the first episode and decide it’s not good… I can’t do much for those.
But those who trusts my word, I insist that you must watch at least the 3 first full episodes before deciding to drop it. You won’t regret it.
I already watched lots of dramatic stuff, not only in anime, but also on movies and series.
And I’m shure Kimi ga Nozomu Eien is ranking on the top of the list.
A movie reference…. it feels a bit like Great Expectations. Among animes, I think it also has a bit of Onegai Teacher, and it’s frequently quoted as an anime which provokes the strongest emotions (read tears) together with Hotaru no Haka (Grave of the Fireflies).
Definitly goes on my classic animes lists, which all have something that puts them apart from others, a life lesson, a captivating story, an anime that makes my inconditional fan status stronger.
One of those that proves for anyone who watches it, the true value of the japanese animation, not only as entertainment, but as stories that have the power to change people’s life. The true definition of art.
For anime fans, this is one of those animes that, after you watched it, only from remembering the story, or seeing an image from some of the scenes, already makes your eye tear up, giving that hearwarming feeling… you know how that is… kinda like Chrono Cross or Cowboy Bebop (for those who watched them).
So, finally, I guess this is all I can do for the anime to be watched by others… I hope someone follows my advice, because it’s really worth it. (I’m not writing a text this big after spending a whole night without sleep by chance)