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Isshukan-Friends-posterI overlooked this anime for the past two weeks. This was a breath of fresh air after going through a Fairy Tail marathon and watching too many muscled men killing each other with hard to pronounce super powers like Akai Fujisha-something something.

I watched two episodes of Isshuukan Friends (or One Week Friends in English). I was kind of wary watching this at first because of the cutesy art and its subgenre—slice of life. I’ve watched and read plenty slice of life anime and manga to know they’re a bit on the boring side. But like I said earlier, this anime was a breath of fresh air. And it reminds me a little of my own friends and my relationship with them.

The plot (taken from myanimelist): Kaori Fujimiya is always alone because all of her happy memories, including time spent with her friends, disappear every Monday. Deciding that he wants to be friends with her anyway, Yuuki Hase tries to get close to Kaori each week, wishing that she would one day call him “a friend.”

I’ve never heard of memory loss that works like that. But hey! It’s anime. Anything can happen. Plus, Isshuukan Friends is like 50 First Dates, but you’re just trying to make a girl friend remember you and not a girlfriend. It also has that record-everyday-tactic Adam Sandler used to make Drew Berrymore remember him, only in Isshuukan Friends they use a diary where Kaori writes everything Yuuki said and did, or what the two of them did together for the week.

wpid-isshuukan_friends_01_04Isshuukan Friends really demonstrates how the power of friendship and love work. Sure, Fairy Tail and Naruto demonstrates those two powers, but they can get so over the top that I sometimes find myself rolling my eyes and saying, “Shut up and just fight already!”

This is a total recommend if you want to go back to high school memory lane and remember all the crazy things you and your friends did. Watching this anime, I realized I’m a total turd for a friend, and my friends are angels for keeping up with my crap.