Takahashi Nanami wants to make a lot of friends at her new school. However, the person sitting beside her is a quiet girl named Yamamoto Yuri. Nanami soon becomes acquainted with another group of girls, and all they talk about is a popular boy named Yano Motoharu. But when Nanami mentions Yano’s name, Yamamoto declares that she hates him. As the day goes on, Nanami’s new friend talks with her about joining the class committee, and Nanami offers to nominate her friend for a position. Unfortunately, Nanami forgot her new friend’s name and asks a nearby boy. The boy tells her that the name is Mizuhara, but Nanami finds out that that’s wrong only after she makes a fool of herself in front of the class. Incidentally, the boy she asked was none other than Yano. Somehow, Nanami gets chosen as the chairman, and when she confronts Yano about lying, he just pisses her off more. That afternoon, she runs into him again and he tells her “Bye bye” as she’s walking away. She runs back just to say “bye bye” to him too. Their next big encounter is on the rooftop of the school after Nanami failed an exam. She finds Yano sitting there alone, and the two talk about his seemingly superficial problems. Yano reveals that one of the things he hates is flirtatious girls, prompting Nanami to ask him what he’d do if he were going out with such a girl. He answers that he’d kill her. Nanami ends up telling him that she’ll listen to any of his troubles, and she starts to feel that maybe she likes him. Before Yano leaves the roof, he tells Nanami that troubles are a privilege of living people. Nanami thinks that at that time, she didn’t understand the meaning of Yano’s words.
Sometime later, the class goes on a walking excursion trip. The teachers won’t allow the students to bring their cell phones and even search Yano, but don’t find anything. During the walk, Yamamoto starts feeling sick, so the girls take care of her. Yano had gone ahead, but comes back after his friend Takeuchi told him about Yamamoto’s condition. Yano checks Yamamoto’s forehead and determines that she has a fever, so he takes out his hidden cell phone and calls his friend. He figures out where the teachers are and decides to go get them. He’ll need a way to contact the girls again, but no one else has their cell phones…except for Yamamoto. What’s even weirder, Yano seems to know Yamamoto’s cell phone number already. Nanami joins him on the walk towards the teachers and asks him about Yamamoto. Yano knows that Yamamoto has never talked much and actually had a sister. But that sister died in a traffic accident. After they reach the teachers, Nanami thanks Yano for being there today. That afternoon, after she parts ways with Yano, Nanami almost immediately feels that she wants to see him again. On the train home, she runs into Yano’s friend Takeuchi again. The two of them start talking about Yamamoto’s sister’s death, and Takeuchi reveals that Yano didn’t cry after Yamamoto’s sister’s death. This gets Nanami confused, so she asks Takeuchi who he’s talking about. The next day, Nanami playfully hits Yano for teasing her. She knows that she really likes Yano, but she also knows that he’s a liar. She remembers that Takeuchi had indeed been talking about Yamamoto’s sister, who was also Yano’s ex-girlfriend.
ED: 「アイシテル」 (Aishiteru) by Mi
Watch the ED!: Mirror 1 Mirror 2
The opening and ending song are alright, not that great. I like the ED a little better than the OP, but not by much. Neither the opening or ending animations were impressive either, with the opening one showing some shots of the main couple and the ending one recapping the episode. I did find it a bit odd that they started playing the ending song over a minute before the credits and continued it all the way through the preview.
In the time between when I wrote up the Summer Preview and now, I went and read the first two volumes of the manga for this series (not bad, typical shoujo). The first episode of the anime followed the manga very well, though at times in the first few minutes it felt like they were blazing through the story. And so to be honest, I didn’t really enjoy watching this. The simplistic animation style did bother me a little, as did the fact that the story felt rushed at parts (which I realize is a side-effect of having read the manga). I really wanted this to be good series, I truly did…but it wasn’t for me. Near the end of the episode, it felt like I was forcing myself to continue watching just so that I’d finish it. Maybe it’s because I’ve watched and read so much shoujo material that this just became boring, but anyway, I know I won’t be watching any more of this series.
The disclaimer here is that if you DON’T know the story, and this series looks interesting to you, then I would advise at least to stick around for the first few episodes because there is a semi-interesting shoujo plot here that gets better as the story goes on; one involving love, death, betrayal – all the good stuff.
And finally, as a (not so) random thought, Yamamoto is very reminiscent of a certain humanoid interface for contacting organic life created by the Data Integration Thought Entity….