Fans of 50 First Dates should feel right at home with One Week Friends, provided you’re not looking for the comedic element. The premise is similar: boy falls in love with (or in the case of OWF, at least wants to befriend) a girl with a memory disorder. In the case of One Week Friends, it’s that Fujimiya, the female protagonist, loses all memories of her friends and people she cares about–with the exception of her family–on Mondays. Much like Adam Sandler in 50 First Dates, Hase, the male lead, makes it a point to continue approaching Fujimiya and asking her to be his friend. So far, there is no comedic element, so I expect this to be more of a drama than a comedy. At this point, the comparisons kind of stop, too.
For one, One Week Friends is very clean. There really is no inappropriate content to speak of (at least in this episode) except for a few substitution words (if you view those as curse words–I personally avoid using them, but others may disagree, and it really isn’t worth arguing over). Another difference is the aforementioned fact that this does, indeed, appear to be more dramatic. Whereas 50 First Dates used the heroine’s memory disorder for points of comedy, One Week Friends presents an introverted heroine who avoids making connections with people so that she won’t have to end up forgetting people she cares about.
While I fully admit to not being much of an art critic, I will say that this show seems to take on a more simplistic art style, with duller colors. It may not be as pretty or flashy as some other shows (think Oreshura style art), but this art style feels right. Cheerful, brightly colored characters would feel out of place here, methinks.
A Christian Perspective:
Content wise, this is clean, except for a few substitution words (think h*ck and d*rn). Whether or not you consider those curse words will determine whether you view this as a completely clean show or not.
Content aside, there is certainly something Christians can learn from this show. It is clear that Hase intends to pursue friendship with Fujimiya, despite knowing what such a friendship would entail. Each week she will forget him, and each week he will have to start from scratch, yet he’s willing to do it. He’s willing to put himself in a position that will most likely be emotionally painful for the sake of someone else. Are his motives entirely pure? I don’t think I can say that much. He initially pushes for her friendship because he wants to be her friend, and maybe part of his continued determination stems from that, but there is certainly a part of him that wants to help Fujimiya. This type of sacrificial love (maybe love is too strong a word at this point in the show, though) is something we Christians can stand to learn from. Much like Hase is willing to set aside the personal turmoil that he may very well go through, so too should we be willing to set aside our own desires, wants, and needs to serve and benefit others in the name of Jesus. The Christian life should be selfless, not selfish, so let’s examine Hase on this journey and see what, if anything, we can learn about selfless love from One Week Friends.
Language: None, unless you include substitute word
Alcohol/Drug Use: None