One Week Friends: Episode 10 – “Friends and 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 10, we learn that Kaori’s memory had been completely reset at the end of Episode Nine, and Yuki has to start building his friendship with Kaori again from the beginning. He asks to be her friend again on a Monday, and it turns out that she read her diary that morning, so that helps out somewhat.

Later, Yuki vents to Shogo about his frustration about the recent turn of events and how all the progress he made with Kaori was lost due to Kujo’s arrival. Kujo arrives at that moment, and ends up acting like a jerk toward Yuki, and Kujo ends the conversation by saying that he hates Kaori.

On Tuesday, Kaori brings Yuki a lunch and comments that she made the eggs with 18 grams of sugar, just like her diary said. Unfortunately, she doesn’t remember why, and wonders why that amount and if it would taste different with a different amount of sugar. Yuki apologizes to Kaori, then suddenly gets up and enters the school building. When he’s alone, he starts crying. This particular moment was rather heartbreaking, because it’s at this point where it’s truly sinking in to Yuki that Kaori has truly forgotten everything they’d done together up to that point.

Saki notices the changes in Kaori and Yuki, and believes she needs to do something to help them. However, Shogo tries to convince her not to interfere because it’s their problem. Saki then gets on the topic of needing to marry someone who’s reliable, and suddenly blurts out that he should marry her. Shogo gets embarrassed and quickly leaves the classroom. This scene was not only cute, it also provided some much needed comic relief because the episode had been rather serious up to this point.

Kaori tells Yuki that she wants to try the crepes that she read about in her diary. Yuki says they should go after school. Unfortunately, he’s assigned cleaning duty, so Kaori waits for him. As she waits, Kujo and two of their classmates from sixth grade come by to get crepes to celebrate Kujo’s return. A conversation takes place, and one of the girls mentions that people thought Kujo and Kaori were dating back in sixth grade. This jogs a piece of a memory in Kaori, where other girls were calling her awful for getting to Kujo first. She puts her hands to her head and runs off. Yuki comes up behind Kujo right at that moment, and Yuki tries to explain what’s going on with Kaori…

Episode 10 finally reveals a little bit more about what was going on at the time before Kaori had her accident and lost her memory. From the snippet of flashback, I think we can assume that the girls who had been her friends at the time were jealous of the fact that it appeared Kaori and Kujo were dating, so they were all turning on her. Perhaps she heard all of this from her friends right before the accident, and was so upset by what was happening that she ran away, didn’t look where she was going, and was hit by the car. I’m still not entirely sure what’s going on in regards to Kujo’s “traitor” remark back in Episode Nine, especially since it turns out he had no idea Kaori had been in an accident. He must have transferred to Hokkaido right before the accident or something. While this flashback fragment was a good start, I hope to be able to have a clearer picture of what actually happened by the time we hit the end of the final episode of One Week Friends.

It appears there’s only two episodes left, so I’m curious to see if we get the missing information on Kaori, as well as whether or not Kaori and Yuki will be able to continue being friends, and if Saki and Shogo could somehow end up becoming a romantic couple.

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