Here’s hoping for a fresh take on the ‘automated memory reset switch’ trope. Isshuukan Friends/One Week Friends (English) is off to a good start. With lots of blushing.
I enjoyed this debut episode. It managed to introduce the main pair and communicate the problem they’re going to face without feeling too rushed. Kaori and Yuuki are both likable characters, and their conversations felt completely genuine. This is a good sign for any series that wants to be taken seriously. Shougo was cool too.
Some were surprised by the choice of seiyuu but I think the cast is great. Shougo’s (Hosoya Yoshimasa) deeper voice is awesome and provides great contrast to Yuuki’s ( Yamaya Yoshitaka) youthful optimism without being negative. Amamiya Sora soft, gentle voice is a perfect pick for the role of Kaori.
Visually, Isshukan Friends looks completely awesome. Soft lines on watercolour brings the show to life and the character models are gorgeous. Everything about it looks great, but in a modest way. Newbie director Iwasaki Tarou has chosen for a clever mix of both stylized and realistic animation that works incredibly well.
The OP and ED were nice, and the background music was perfect. Basically all the elements are here for a good show. On the other hand, the very premise (1-week memory reset) has been done a number of ways in plenty of different mediums, so it will be interesting to see if Isshukan Friends can find a way to make it feel new again.
I hope it does.