Friends… or maybe not: Isshukan Friends

Good evening! Rushed through this because I found out I only have 3 eps left, so decided to finish it off to write a post and also make room more shows.

Originated from a manga. Runs for 7 volumes for 3 years. Anime ran for 12 eps. Pretty simple, but just the way it should be.

The storyline is very lighthearted. The mood is very mathing with how the manga goes. Its pretty flat, not much escalations, plot twists or even comedy. This one can really test a person patience. Its not really THAT boring, but it just needs more drama. What makes the flat feeling worst, is that the ending, There isnt a proper conclusion, even for the manga. Even tho is kinda obvious Yuki likes Kaori, but they didnt even try to bring them closer, like a bond stronger than friends kinda thing. The manga ended also pretty bland, ending up as all of them becoming friends. Its a pity, even tho the theme is friends but they could have done something better instead. Overall, its a time waster, yeah, really.

Animations done by Brain’s Base. Quality is decent, it matches the manga nicely, colors used is pretty plain and light. But they could have done a better job at making the character designs, it took me a lot of time to get used to it. But overall its pretty decent.

Music is pretty ok. OP was nice, ED was so-so. BGMs is a bit on the down side for me.

VAs is a pretty nice list. Amamiya Sora, Yamaya Yoshitaka, Hosoya Yoshimasa, Okubo Rumi, Asanuma Shintaro, Nakahara Mai, Tanabe Rui, Majima Junji. All of them did a decent job.

Story: 7/10
Art: 7/10
Music: 6/10
VAs: 8/10

Recommended? Not really. Unless you got sick of living the intense action anime life and wants to relax. Or maybe you have a lot of patience. There is a live action film slated for 2017, the main actors and actresses looks pretty promising so far.

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