One Week Friends is a comedy-drama focused on the friendship that develops between high schoolers Yuki and Kaori that comes with a catch: the latter suffers from a form of amnesia where she forgets about those that she becomes friends with after a week. The series focuses on the gradual development of their friendship as Yuki adjusts to trying to befriend her in spite of her unique condition, comes up with ways to ensure Kaori retains her memories of him and having her learn to open up to others more easily as having her condition led Kaori to take on a passive and distant persona to drive away others to avoid having them learn of her condition.
Before I hop into this review, let us address the obvious deal-breaker with this series in the form of its amnesia storyline involving Kaori. The particular form of amnesia she suffers from, anterograde amnesia, involves victims of it suffering from loss of memories from the recent past due to some sort of traumatic event, while retaining the ability to recall memories that took place before suffering this form of amnesia. Real-life studies of it have varying accounts as to how long anterograde amnesiacs can retain memories of recent events, being anywhere from seconds to hours, as the symptoms can be temporary or life-lasting depending on the severity of the circumstances that triggered it. In Kaori's case, the effects of the amnesia lead her to forget about any person she befriended during the week every Monday yet is able to retain details on knowing those that she doesn't have close relations with in school and the amnesia being the result of a traumatic event in her past she experienced before getting into an accident of some sort. Also, the use of a notebook to help restore any memories she lost from the prior week doesn't always work out in handling this type of amnesia. The makers of the series are obviously taking liberties with a number of elements to anterograde amnesia to tell its story and willing to suspend disbelief over its depiction of amnesia will make or break your enjoyment of One Week Friends.
If you are open-minded enough to the show's lack of believably with depicting amnesia, then you will be rewarded with a series that is rather touching in its exploration of friendship that develops with Yuki, Kaori, Shogo and Saki. While it may seem like the series has nothing going on at first glance and seems like a typical slice-of-life title, One Week Friends features gradual developments in the relations that develop between these four characters having their high and low points, exploring the types of lives they have and their characters gradually changing for the better as Kaori learns to open up to classmates and Yuki learning not to be so selfish in the friendship he has with her. Some details about the events leading up to the loss of Kaori's memories are unveiled and get further explored in later episodes of the series when someone from her past appears as a transfer student at the school. The show has its dramatic moments that come along from conflicts and incidents that involve Kaori's friendship and memories, yet is smart enough to show restraint with the drama so it doesn't get too overboard.
The visuals to the series take on a minimalist style having simple details with a pastel-like coloring style that contributes well to the gentle mood found often throughout One Week Friends' run. The animation is nothing too impressive, but characters are depicted to move at a natural pace with the occasional vehicles driving by in the obligatory conspicuously rendered CG animation.
Overall, One Week Friends is a hidden gem from 2014 that is sure to ooze into your heart with its look into establishing high school friendships and overcoming personal conflicts that may arise out of them, provided you are willing to suspend disbelief with the title's handling of amnesia.
Someday I’ll be gone To somewhere that we belong And God has never played his role 'Cause I’m the one who saves my soul It’s a perfect world we’re longing for
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