One Week Friends tells the story of two high school students: Yuki Hase and Kaori Fujimiya. Yuki notices that Kaori is alone and doesn’t have any friends. When he asks to be her friend, she thanks him for asking and tells him no. He starts spending lunch with her, and learns from her that on Mondays, all of her memories of the people she’s close to or wants to spend more time with are completely reset and she forgets them; however, her family is an exception.
At the beginning of Episode Two, Yuki approaches Kaori on Monday morning, and she doesn’t remember anything. When Yuki says he wants to be friends, Kaori asks him where that came from and runs off. Yuki spends some time sulking, but he gets some words of wisdom from his friend, Shogo.
On Tuesday, Yuki goes to see Kaori on the roof at lunchtime, and asks if he can eat lunch with her again. Through their conversation, Kaori comes to realize that she did indeed spend time with Yuki the previous week, because he mentions the condition she has, which he wouldn’t have known about unless she’d said something.
On Wednesday, Yuki suggests that Kaori keep a diary to help her remember what happened. At first, Kaori tries to argue against it, but she ultimately relents. She begins writing about things she says and does with Yuki in a notebook.
On Thursday, as Kaori is walking home, a flyer for a crepe store is thrust into her hands. At lunch on Friday, she shows the flyer to Yuki. He gently tells her that she shared it with him last week, and that he’s been wanting to go ever since. They arrange to meet up on Sunday at 1:00 to get crepes.
When they go to the crepe shop on Sunday, they find it’s closed. When Kaori takes the flyer out, she notices on the bottom that it’s closed on the first and third Sunday. They end up going to karaoke instead, and they have a good time. On the train ride home, Kaori assures Yuki that she’ll read through the diary before going to school on Monday, and to not say anything to her in the classroom; instead, she wants to talk on the roof.
Monday morning, Kaori looks through the diary and goes to school. When she sees Yuki on the roof, she tries to pretend that she remembers more than she does; we see that while she remembers the locations she was at, she has no actual memory of him at all. Yuki catches on that she’s not telling the truth; however, at the end of the episode, Yuki gets Kaori to agree to be his friend again.
You’ve got to give Yuki some credit here. While his motivation for suggesting the diary may have been more of a selfish nature that he wanted to admit, it was still an interesting idea for him to come up with. While it didn’t quite work the way he’d planned, it did at least help her remember a little more than she might have otherwise. Earlier in the episode, she asks her mother if she had said anything about school the previous week, and her mother says no. It turns out Kaori has absolutely no memory of what she had done at lunch at school the previous week. So the diary at least is able to help jog her memory of where she had been and of the things she had done. Unfortunately, it didn’t really solve the problem of remembering Yuki.
With how much the diary was utilized in Episode Two, I have a suspicion that it’s going to continue to be important for the series. I’m a little worried that Kaori will somehow end up losing the diary on a Sunday and lose her link that allows her to jog her memory.
I really like the animation style that’s used for this series. To me, has a “soft” feel to it, and it almost looks as if it could have been inspired by paintings made with watercolors. This look and feel is perfect for bringing the story of this series to life.
One Week Friends continues to be a sweet series without being overly saccharine. I’m genuinely interested in continuing on and seeing what will happen to Kaori and Yuki and their friendship.
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