「友達になってください。」 (Tomodachi ni Nattekudasai.)
“Will You Be My Friend?”
Moving forward ever so slowly, Isshuukan Friends’ finale bows out gracefully. While it wasn’t the bang I was looking for, it definitely didn’t leave us completely hanging! So without wasting any more time, let’s jump straight into the final impressions!
As my most anticipated show of the season, I’m happy to finally say that Isshuukan Friends managed to live up to its hype with a strong start, decent middle, and fairly powerful finish by the end. There may have been some hiccups here and there (specifically in terms of the pacing and the romance department as a whole) but I’m pretty sure you can chalk most of it up to opinion. If I were to pick one specific thing that the show did well, it’s probably how many tears it managed to continuously suck out of my eyes through a combination of emotional and psychological beatings.
Hase and Fujimiya
A male lead that not only lets his nerves the better of him but cowers in the face of adversity and a girl who can’t remember anything once Sunday rolls around and thinks it’s best to seclude herself from the world? Sign me up! In all seriousness though, I’m surprised with how well Hase and Fujimiya managed to fit together. Sure I’ve been rooting for them to become a couple since episode one but after seeing just how differently they view things it’s a little amazing that they’re even friends, right? If anything, I’m probably most impressed with just how much the two have grown since episode one. They may have gotten a little help along the way but from two strangers who had their own respective problems they’ve become an inseparable pair that have finally discovered just how much strength they provide each other.
The Amnesia Trope
I’ve talked about this a few times throughout the series but I wanted to take a second to highlight how creatively the whole amnesia trope was used. Starting out as a way to draw an audience in and slowly transforming into something that shaped the story from the shadows, I appreciate how the writers didn’t force it straight down our throats for twelve episodes. Throw in the added hurdles amnesia brings with it and instead of being a trope I think it became a pretty powerful storytelling tool. No matter how you view it though, I’m sure you can all relate with me when I say it’s great that it didn’t end up as a shallow idea that never got fleshed out.
Shougo and Saki
Even though they’re technically side characters, these two definitely had the biggest hand in shaping the story. Starting with the amazing Shoubro, he’s done so much for Hase and Fujimiya that he deserves some kind of award. Filling multiple roles like wingman, best friend, or pillar of support all at the same time; he’s basically the reason why things didn’t start falling apart the moment Hase hit his first hurdle. In Saki’s case she did have a bit of a late start and a few problems of her own but in her own personal way managed to keep Fujimiya looking forward.
Overall I think Isshuukan Friends was a great show that did a lot of things right and not too many things wrong. By playing to my emotions and quickly getting me invested into the characters, I was always finding something to enjoy throughout each episode. Sure the romance side of things were heavily toned down, but for a show with “Friends” in the title, it makes sense that the overarching theme would be friendship and the trials one faces while walking down that path. Toss in the amazing scenery shots and great music and you really do have the makings of a really good show. Plus, with an open-ended finale that managed to answer a few questions without revealing too much there’s always the chance of a second season!
P.S. It’s been a pleasure blogging this show and I hope you enjoyed it! Thanks again for keeping up with my posts and I’ll see you soon!<3