One Week Friends: Episode 12 – “I’d Like for Us to Be 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 12 opens with Kaori asking Shogo to meet her on the roof and asks him if she did something to upset Yuki. She’s confused and doesn’t understand why Yuki is avoiding her. Shogo does his best to try to explain that Yuki sees their relationship the same as hers and Kujo’s when they were in the sixth grade, and how Yuki is probably afraid of Kaori losing her memories again.

Later, Shogo is finally able to talk to Saki and ask why she’s been avoiding him. She tearfully explains about how she was afraid he was angry with her for what she said about how Shogo should be her husband. Shogo is able to smooth things over and apologizes to Saki.

Most of the episode takes place over the last couple of weeks of December, as everything is winding down for the end of the year. When Saki tries to figure out what to do over winter vacation, Kaori claims that her family is going on a trip. After this, Yuki also tries to claim he’s going away on a trip.

But the audience learns rather quickly that neither one of them is actually going anywhere for break. On New Year’s Eve, we find that Yuki is alone at home, and he decides to go out for a walk. While he’s out, he and Kaori run into each other. The remainder of the episode sees the two of them finally admitting how they truly feel about things, and how they still want to be friends…

So Episode 12 brings One Week Friends to an end. Fortunately, the series ended better than I thought it might. Sure, Kaori and Yuki may not have ended up as a couple at the end of the episode, but when they tell each other they still want to be friends while at a shrine, it almost sounds like awkward love confessions.

I thought that the series was brought to a realistic end. And since there are still loose ends in regards to the potential relationships, there’s fodder for fanfic writers to work with to write their own continuation of the series. While One Week Friends is a good series, I’m really not sure there’s a chance for more episodes of the series; at least, not much more to go for another 12 episode series. There might be enough here to maybe squeeze an OVA episode or two out, but that’s about it. However, I have a feeling that it was intended to end here, so most likely, any continuation will have to come from the imagination of fanfic writers.

But having said that, I did enjoy watching One Week Friends. It’s one of the series that I was watching during the Spring 2014 season that I looked forward to watching every week, and I’m a little sad that it’s over now. The series was sweet, but it never got to the point of being so sickly sweet that it was saccharine. I also came to truly care about both Yuki and Kaori as characters, and was rooting for everything to work out for them as the series progressed.

One Week Friends is a series I’d like to watch again at some point the future, and it’s one I’d be willing to add to my anime collection if it’s ever released on home video in North America.

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