One Week Friends: Episode 3 – “Friends of Friends”

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 Three, Kaori makes a lot of fried eggs and does something different with each one, and has Yuki try them. When he says there’s one he really likes, Kaori writes down the recipe for that egg in her notebook.

In class, Kaori is called up to the board to solve a math problem, which she gets right. While she’s at the board, a couple of the girls in the class start talking about Kaori behind her back.

At lunch, Yuki asks Kaori if she knows Shogo from their class. When she says yes, Yuki says that Shogo is his friend and suggests telling him about her situation. Yuki believes that if more people understood her situation, it might be better and maybe they can find more solutions. Kaori ends up agreeing.

Yuki invites Shogo to join them on the roof for lunch, and at first he refuses. However, he ends up relenting, and it’s a little awkward at first. And after Yuki explains Kaori’s situation, Shogo starts listing off potential reasons why the memory loss is happening and then starts questioning if she really has this memory loss or is faking it. Yuki gets upset and tells Shogo to leave.

Kaori wants to see Yuki and Shogo make up, but Yuki’s in no big hurry. On Friday afternoon, Kaori realizes she’s forgotten her notebook in her desk. When she goes back to the classroom to get it, she sees others in the classroom and leaves. After hanging out on the roof for a while, she returns and overhears the two girls for earlier talking behind her back again. As Kaori starts crying, Shogo comes up and asks what’s wrong. When Kaori says she left something behind, Shogo goes into the classroom and gets the notebook. In the process, Shogo lectures the girls about talking trash behind people’s backs. Shogo then gives Kaori the notebook.

On Monday, as Kaori is answering a math problem on the board, the number 18 comes up. It jogs her memory of making the fried eggs, and she starts crying and running out of the classroom. Yuki goes after her. Shogo catches up a little bit while and hears enough of their conversation to learn that Kaori’s memory loss is real.

This episode did a great job of not only establishing Shogo a little more as a character, it also helped pull him into the main story that’s going on.

The episode also shows how some of the other kids in the class view Kaori. This is very realistically portrayed by having the two girls saying mean things behind Kaori’s back. Since she’s usually so emotionless in class, they really get the wrong idea when Kaori is looking at her notebook and smiling just as the teacher says certain students have to stay after school.

And the scene where we learn that solving the math problem triggered a memory for Kaori is also a step in the right direction for her. It’s proof that she’s starting to make a little more progress in overcoming her issue. As a viewer, I’m really rooting for her to succeed in finding a solution for her memory loss problem.

Episode Three has continued to keep my interest in One Week Friends, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the story will progress in Episode Four.

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