One Week Friends: Episode 8 – “The Beach with 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 Eight, Kaori tells Yuki that she wants to go to the beach because she’s always wanted to play on the beach with friends. When she asks about inviting Shogo and Saki, Yuki’s first reaction is to say no. But when Kaori says she’d be too embarrassed to go with him on her own, he readily agrees to invite them.

The four get together and take a train ride to get to the beach. Unfortunately, when they get there, it starts raining. Kaori and Saki try to play for a bit on the beach, anyway, but the rain and wind get bad enough that they go to a nearby arcade to stay out of the rain until it lets up. They spend time playing a crane game that only Shogo can successfully get any toys out of, and the group takes a picture in a photo booth together. Kaori says she’ll treasure the picture forever.

When the rain lets up, the group returns to the beach. Yuki’s hungry, but they ate their lunch on the train as their breakfast. Through a game of rock-paper-scissors, it’s decided that Kaori and Shogo will go get something from a nearby store. Saki asks Yuki about his feelings for Kaori, and Shogo asks Kaori how she feels about Yuki.

When they return, they not only have food, they also have fireworks for later. Around sunset, Kaori and Yuki walk together on the beach, and they wade into the water together. A wave causes Kaori to tip a little, and Yuki catches her. When he realizes he touched her, he becomes a bit embarrassed and self-conscious. We also see the two of them as they use fireworks together.

Episode Eight really seems to be setting the stage for there to be a mutual interest between Kaori and Yuki. Also, this episode had a very strong sense of a “calm before the storm” episode. This feeling was reinforced by something that we saw right at the end of the episode. A teenage boy we’ve never seen before is moving into a house and he comments that he’s back in Tokyo.

I’m going to guess that this guy has something to do with Kaori’s memory loss; specifically, that he was the special friend that she was going to meet the day she was in the accident. If I’m right about that, then this could cause some real issues for both Kaori and Yuki, especially if Kaori regains her memories of what happened at the time of the accident.

From what I’ve seen, there’s only four more episodes left for One Week Friends. It looks like there’s the potential for a major change in the story, and I’m looking forward to watching the rest of the series in order to find out whether or not I’m right and to see how the series will ultimately come to an end.

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