One Week Friends: Episode 5 – “New 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.

Episode Five sees a girl named Saki Yamagishi approaching Kaori and saying that she wants to be friends. Saki is in the same class as Kaori, Yuki, and Shogo. As they talk, Saki makes it clear that she has no memory of who Yuki and Shogo are even though they’re in the same class. When Kaori says she can only talk like this on the school roof, Saki asks why not. When Kaori says it’s complicated, Saki replies that she’s not sure she understands, but says she’ll do what Kaori asks.

However, Saki comes up to Kaori the next day and tries talking to her in the hallway before school. Before any real conversation can take place, Saki is interrupted by a couple of girls and Kaori walks off without saying a word.  Later, when they’re exiting the classroom to go to their elective, Saki insists that she and Kaori walk together.

Kaori talks with Yuki on the roof, and she says she thinks it’d be fun to become friends with Saki, but she’s afraid she’ll forget her on Monday. Yuki encourages Kaori to go for it; however, when she follows his advice and the girls seem to hit it off, Yuki starts becoming jealous.

Kaori also tries explaining her memory situation to Saki, but Saki never seems to truly understand it. We later learn in the episode that Saki has her own problems with remembering things, but it’s a more normal kind of forgetfulness than Kaori has.

For a lot of the episode, Saki really comes across as an annoying and pushy girl. However, near the end of the episode, we learn that Saki was bullied back in elementary school because of her forgetfulness. Learning this helps the audience to better understand why Saki acts the way that she does.

Near the end of the episode, we see Saki and Kaori hanging out on a Friday, and they both seem to have a lot of fun. When Kaori returns to school on Monday and asks Saki who she is, Saki surprises everyone by not being fazed by this. She just laughs it off and says that Kaori is more forgetful than she is. And when Saki mentions something they did on Friday, it triggers Kaori’s memory of that time. During this scene, Kaori begins laughing in the classroom, and also recognizes Yuki and gives him a smile.

So it appears that by making a new friend, it’s helping Kaori with her memory in some way. Maybe the key to overcoming her Monday friend amnesia somehow lies with making more friends?

At this point, it’s hard to believe that the next episode is supposed to be the halfway point for One Week Friends. The one thing I’m really looking forward to watching the remaining episodes of the series is whether or not Kaori is able to overcome her Monday friend amnesia or not… and if so, how she does it.

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