Please login or register.
Login with username, password and session length

The Nihon Review Forum

October 17, 2017, 12:54:15 AM
News: Check us out on Twitter and Facebook!
Pages: [1]   Go Down

Author Topic: Just Because!  (Read 223 times)

Offline TypicalIdiotFan

  • Banned.
  • Reviewer
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 7140
    • @@TypicalIdiotFan

Just Because!
« on: October 05, 2017, 03:13:51 PM »
1:

Utterly charming.  The director knew what kind of story he wanted to tell from the beginning, or more importantly the way that the first episode would be presented to us.  The idea of a catalyst, in chemistry, is to use a chemical that is not supposed to be one of the reactants or the products and use it as a way of manipulating the environment of the reaction to allow the reaction to progress without major external factors.  In other words, the catalyst would allow a previously nonreactive chemical formula to suddenly become reactive.  One of the main ways this is done is that the catalyst, though the various physical and chemical properties it possesses, lowers the activation energy required for a reaction to progress.  This level of difference can be overcome if you apply more heat, or pressure, or something, but that requires external work to be done on the system, which is sometimes not a viable option.  In some ways, the catalyst makes the impossible possible, and in other ways, it just makes things progress.

Eita Izumi is a catalyst.

The first half of the show is dedicated to doing two things.  First, it shows us several principle characters who are, for lack of a better term, stuck in a rut.  Their lives are progressing towards graduation, in a very lonely and melancholy finality.  With only one semester left before they leave for the "real world", their high school lives are essentially over.  They have entrance exams, they have jobs to look for, and they have lives to plan out.  Clubs don't matter anymore, extracurricular activities don't matter any more, and their existences don't matter anymore, at least to the school.  It is a period of transition, which can be frightening, isolated, and frustrating.  This is true for all of them, including a transfer student, who is going through his own issues while having to change schools in the same situation.  This is his last semester, too, and he has to do it at a brand new school.  That would suck for anybody.

And yet, he is the spark to bring some life back to these unfortunate graduating souls, which is what the second half is about.  No, he doesn't do anything particularly amazing.  He's not an exciting fellow, not an outgoing sort, not particularly interesting, but he has something that makes him a catalyst:  history.  He was a student in this city in middle school, and some of the people he knew then are still here, and at this high school.  That history, that sense of the familiar along with the prospects of new things, are what will spark life back into the others.  He's already started affecting change, for without him, his baseball buddy wouldn't be doing what he's about to do now.  An old flame, perhaps, also has been rekindled.  A curious artist finds inspiration in what seems to be mundane activities.  And a lonely band girl decides to play a song again, not for duty, but for her own amusement.

It was really well done.  Those moments towards the end were subtle and impressive.  The increasing swell to the music, the movements of the characters, the slight brightening of the lighting, it was all meticulous.  Life is returning to these kids, and the director wants you to know that.  This is an iyashikei anime done the right way.  This is healing, this is drama, this is human.  I'll be watching this one going forward.

As an aside, this is director Atsushi Kobayashi's first head directorial gig.  I'll be watching you.
I'm just like you, only smarterô.

Offline AC

  • Screenshot Master
  • Reviewer
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3789
    • ACCESS1986 | Anime-Planet
    • Chat with nazrul.bin.buang using Skype
    • @@AC_CESS
    • The Nihon Review

Re: Just Because!
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2017, 09:51:42 PM »
1:

Hmm, interesting.

I get this that this is a slice-of-life growing-up story mostly for Type B viewers. On surface, it seems like nothing happens and there's hardly any plot going on. However, it doesn't feel right for me to say that; it feels as though there's a lot more going on beneath the surface and a plot is gradually building up only from now on.

One thing's for sure, I like just how normal this show feels. Most slice-of-life shows are actually anything but slice-of-life; there's always an oddball or two, or something extraordinary happens that go against what really happens in RL (at least most of the time). Plus, there's something quirky about the direction. Maybe it's the LINE scenes (yeah, I think LINE sponsors this show secretly alongside Tsuki ga Kirei), or the quick cutaway punchlines. This show is charming in a very subtle way, and that makes it strangely intriguing to watch.

I want to know where the story goes from here. As I mentioned in the beginning, I'm interested.

Offline Zeitgeist

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 660
    • DrunkenZeitgeist's Profile - MyAnimeList.net

Re: Just Because!
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2017, 04:49:03 PM »
1:

Brilliant.
Though large casts make me wary.

Photo Girl demands the most intrigue as she, as a second year, seems quite out of place and that isnt even counting the fact that without her there would be 4 characters: Obvious Pair One and Obvious Pair Two

"If this is a show about the ennui brought about byan encroaching graduation then I am all for it" is what I thought at the beginning but the characters all seem to have clear goals and are actively(somewhat) working towards them. I am on record having a massive hard-on for high school characters in anime showing indomitable maturity and acceptance of "life goes on" regarding the uncertainty inherent with the post-high school transition. Cool shit.

Kamoshida Hajime, creator of Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo, is in charge of the script so that is somewhat promising.
« Last Edit: October 08, 2017, 04:59:16 PM by Zeitgeist »

Offline TypicalIdiotFan

  • Banned.
  • Reviewer
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 7140
    • @@TypicalIdiotFan

Re: Just Because!
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2017, 11:37:02 PM »
2:

See, that's the way you do it bro.  Get in good with the kids, show off your paternal side, and panties just drop.

We have an interesting web of tanglededness here with the romantic interests.  I just hope someone doesn't Tada Banri this shit.
I'm just like you, only smarterô.

Offline AC

  • Screenshot Master
  • Reviewer
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3789
    • ACCESS1986 | Anime-Planet
    • Chat with nazrul.bin.buang using Skype
    • @@AC_CESS
    • The Nihon Review

Re: Just Because!
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2017, 05:35:12 AM »
2:

Interesting how subtle the whole interaction is. I'm not seeing a love web just yet; it's more of a love chain for now. And I gotta love the OP and ED; Yanagi Nagi can't do wrong.
Pages: [1]   Go Up