Studio: Pine Jam
Simulcast: Anime Strike
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The story revolves around a group of students who are in their final year of high school with only a few months left before graduation. Things start to change with the return of a friend who moved far away when they were in middle school. His return awakens hidden thoughts in those who were trying to ‘just somehow’ graduate and causes ripples among them.
There is something sweet about school anime who bet on realism. Life is all around us and even if we live in different cultures, there are some things we can relate to. Just Because may seem slow at first – the simple details like the eraser and the guitar backdrop made that hard to miss – but as the episode progresses more and we get to know a few students and the story of the protagonist, things fall into place. I am a couple decades far from an age that could sympathize with Eita and the rest of the protagonists, but similar feelings are still there. The memories are still there, and even if we want to consider the Japanese take on school life as exotic, it really isn’t that different from the experience in most western settings. Yes, there are subtle differences and we could probably analyze them for days, but you could find the same passion for music, art, sports, friendship, and love in almost every school around the world.
There are no over-the-top speeches. No declarations of success and no slapstick comedy moments. No missing parents and no pastel colors flying around. I like anime stories that feel like well-observed representation of real life. If you want a strong dose of school-life realism, this is your anime for the season.
I am so sorry, but this was a single yawn. I sat through the first episode, but it is a very regular school anime with very regular characters and nothing exciting is happening. There were some cute flashbacks and I liked that Eita, who comes back to school, wasn’t as emo as I thought he would be. In general, the atmosphere was rather lively and while we can guess that some of the characters have their own problems and worries, there was no point where I wanted to know more about them or their story. The art also wasn’t my cup of tea and while I thought the hint of one of the characters going off to confess their love was really cute, I didn’t really care too much about how it would turn out because they couldn’t grab my attention. It might be something for those who really like slow-paced school series with every-day normal students.
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