Sleeping peacefully on the train to Sakuranomori, 16-year-old Hidaka Sana dreams of the farewell party held for him five years ago as his family was about to relocate to Tokyo. Participating were four of his best friends: Oribe Aoi, the Wakatsuki twins Shuusuke and Shuri, and Yatsushiro Nanaka. After they each gave Sana a present, an embarrassed Nanaka explained that she too had made a present: a little tune on her violin. Nanaka told them the song was still unfinished, but she promised Sana that she would complete it by the next time they meet. Sana then wakes up to see a bridge pass by outside the window, triggering a memory from his journey to Tokyo, when, at this very bridge, Shuusuke came running and tried to shout something that was lost in the noise of the rushing train. Arriving at Sakuranomori, Sana strolls through the streets noticing what’s changed in these five short years. He eventually goes to the shrine to pray, and he remembers a past festival where he gave Nanaka a flower bracelet that he had won.
A raven breaks him out of his recollection, and instead pulls Sana’s attention to a dark-haired girl in a miko outfit who has been sweeping the grounds. Their eyes meet, yet for no apparent reason she moves off in a hurry. Sana then makes his way toward the exit, but he first stops to buy an omikuji, which to his dismay informs him that the future will bring great misfortune – women troubles in particular. As he’s tying up this bad fortune, Sana catches another glimpse of the mysterious girl staring at him, and she again decides to vanish when he sees her. Sana’s next stop is his new landlord’s house where a female voice greets Sana. It belongs to a petite girl in glasses who squeals happily at the sight of him, and he soon realizes that this is Aoi. She thinks that he might have forgotten about her, but the main reason he didn’t immediately recognize her is because of her large chest.
The two head to Sana’s new apartment, and Aoi offers to help him unpack, but Sana turns her down because of the h-games he has in his boxes. Sana finishes unpacking by himself and goes out shopping for food later that evening. On the way home, he passes by a bookshop that reminds him of how Aoi always loved books. Inside, he finds a book that’s supposedly the year’s best, despite it only being April, and he by chance runs into Aoi again. After a long lecture from her about how good the book is, the two head home together, and she invites him to come eat with her family. The conversation at the dinner table with Aoi’s parents switches from Sana’s age to how landlord and tenant are just like parent and child, and Aoi’s mother even brings up the prospect of Sana becoming her son-in law as a joke. Once he returns to his own apartment, Sana lies down pondering the physical change in Aoi, and it makes him wonder what Nanaka looks like these days. His daydreaming is interrupted when his mother calls to check up on him. After a long conversation where he reassures her that everything is fine, he hangs up the phone, and his watch shows it’s 1:52 in the morning.
The next morning, Sana is woken up when Aoi comes to get him for school, but she gets embarrassed at the sight of him in his underwear. After Sana puts on some pants, Aoi tells him they’re late for school, however he points out that it’s alright because today’s the opening ceremony. This information leaves a shocked Aoi on the floor, and she complains that she was in such a hurry that she didn’t even eat breakfast before dashing out. Since Sana hasn’t eaten yet either, she offers to make them both something and even has an apron ready in her bag. The two eventually do make it to school, and Aoi leaves Sana outside the teachers’ lounge after begging him not to tell anyone about the morning’s embarrassing event. Sana then meets his new homeroom teacher, and she introduces him to the class that he’s in which happens to include Shuusuke and Shuri. In getting caught back up with old friends, Shuri asks why Sana suddenly decided to come back, but he doesn’t give her a straight answer. As the twins then argue over Shuri’s cooking ability, the mysterious shrine girl from before walks into the classroom and approaches them. Sana asks if she’s the person from the shrine and tries to introduce himself as if they had never met, but she responds by slapping him. Sana now notices the flower bracelet clasped around the girl’s wrist – the same one he had given away all those years ago – and he realizes that this must be Nanaka.
ED: 「キミと夜空と坂道と」 (Kimi to Yozora to Sakamichi to) by いとうかなこ (Itou Kanako)
Watch the ED!: Mirror 1, Mirror 2
The OP and ED were surprisingly good, or at least a lot better than I was expecting in both the animation sequences and the songs themselves. I think the OP in particular has several shots that made it more interesting (like the “Bye” displayed on Sana’s mp3 player and this mysterious person) because of how they hint at things that haven’t been revealed yet.
In researching this series to write my fall preview, I thought the show sounded rather generic, and so I hadn’t prioritized watching this on Tuesdays. It wasn’t until last Wednesday that I started hearing about how good this show had been, and it wasn’t until a few hours ago that I finally got the chance to watch the episode. Suffice to say, I agree with all the people who find this show interesting, and I think it has a lot of potential if you can get past the fact that Aoi’s voice becomes really annoying really fast (my hope is that her part is downgraded in future weeks). The first half of the episode didn’t have much to write home about, but in the second half they started developing a few very interesting themes (like why Sana came back) and ended on quite a bang…or slap if you will. It actually left me wanting to see more, which is still more than I can say for a lot of the series this season so far.
Unfortunately, I also think that Blue Drop has a ton of potential, and so I’ll be trying to juggle both of them on a day of the week where I don’t particularly have time to do two. It will likely fall to the next couple of episodes of both series to help me decide, but for the time being, Myself; Yourself is looking pretty good.