One Week Friends: Episode 11 – “Important 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 11, we discover that Saki has been avoiding Shogo since her outburst that he should be the one to marry her. Saki’s friends try to come up with ideas of how to help her, and they rope Kaori into helping them.

Meanwhile, Yuki asks Kujo about what happened at the crepe place after a girl asks Yuki if something happened there because Kaori is avoiding the place. Kujo has no idea, but he calls the two girls he was with and asks them to meet up with him and Yuki so they can talk about it.

While they’re waiting at the restaurant, Kujo admits to Yuki that he actually likes Kaori, and when they were younger, he thought they were special friends. The girls show up and they begin sharing what happened on the day that Kaori was in the accident.

Kaori, Saki, and the other girls end up going to the exact same restaurant that Yuki and Kujo went to, and Kaori overhears what the two girls are saying. This triggers her memory as to what exactly happened that day. Kaori is shaken and starts crying. After this, Yuki has a conversation with Kujo that makes him start to have some doubts and to question what he’s doing. At school, Yuki starts ignoring Kaori, which leaves her confused.

Wow. The Kaori storyline became really intense in Episode 11. By the end of the episode, both Yuki and the audience come to realize that Kujo wasn’t the bad guy we thought he was. Back in sixth grade, he was basically in a situation similar to what Yuki is in now in regards to Kaori. A lot of Yuki’s doubts and questions arise from the fact that he doesn’t want to accidentally hurt Kaori like Kujo ended up doing when Kaori was younger.

The storyline with Saki and Shogo was present, but it definitely didn’t have as strong of a focus as Kaori’s story did. There’s only one episode left now, and there are two problems that need to be resolved within 22-24 minutes. I’m almost afraid that the Kaori storyline isn’t going to have a happy ending resolution when all is said and done. When it comes to the Shogo and Saki storyline, I could see the potential for that one to have more of a happy ending.

I’m really looking forward to seeing the next episode of One Week Friends in order to find out how the series ends.

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