Okay, I don’t care if I’m a guy, I’m going to say it: this show is ADORABLE! It’s just really cute to watch Hase and Fujimiya interact with each other. This time around, we get to see them take their friendship beyond school, and we also see the first results of Hase’s suggestion that Fujimiya keep a diary about what she did each day. As it turns out, Fujimiya doesn’t lose her memory of the entire week, but only the portions that involve friends, as revealed by the fact that she doesn’t remember any of her lunch periods from the previous week. That’s a pretty selective memory disorder, and does sort of break down the previous 50 First Dates comparison (given that Fujimiya can still function just fine in society, minus the whole remembering people thing).
It’s also nice to see a male protagonist whose intentions are, for the most part, pure. True, he does admit that the diary suggestion was for his convenience so that he could skip the step of asking Fujimiya to be friends each week, but given some of the other male protagonists in other series, I think we can let that pass. Hase seems to be genuinely interested in being friends with Fujimiya (romantic interest can’t be ruled out, particularly when compared to his “date” comment), and doesn’t seem to have any ulterior motives (read: he’s not trying to “hook up” with Fujimiya). This may just be the closest thing to a “pure” anime–that’s not aimed at children–that we’ll ever get.
A Christian Perspective:
Honestly, if you’re looking for a clean anime that you can watch without any reservations, this is it. The content mentioned below is mild, at worst (seriously, I hear Christians use the one word I have under language a lot… I personally abstain from it, though). The characters are likeable and innocent enough, and the show certainly isn’t boring. I really have nothing to say here other than to recommend this show to my Christian brethren.
Language: 1 “c**p”
Alcohol/Drug Use: None
Violence: A character is kicked in the thigh; a character is hit in the face with a volleyball; a character slaps himself in the face