Just because!

Just because…

This was just a series I picked accidentely, I didn’t really plan this anime but somehow I ended up watching it and I loved it. This anime was mostly slice of life, so I kinda enjoyed it although there were some scenes where I wanted to stop. Anyway let’s get right into the review.

Synopsis:

As another school year begins drawing to a close, the third-year high school students move steadily toward the next milestone of their lives: graduation. Among them are Mio Natsume, a girl burdened with lingering feelings; Hazuki Morikawa, a member of the concert band but distant from the others; and Haruto Souma, an athlete obsessed with baseball. Meanwhile, second-year student Ena Komiya seeks to revive the photography club to its former glory, refusing to let the organization be disbanded. Though this group lacks a strong connection with one another, their lives suddenly cross paths with the arrival of a third-year transfer student.

While a transfer so close to graduation is unusual for most, it is business as usual for Eita Izumi. Due to his father’s work, he has never been able to stay in one place for very long. But as luck would have it, their most recent relocation has returned Eita to his hometown for his final semester of high school. For better or worse, it also sparks the rekindling of old relationships left behind in the past.

With graduation already causing its own share of anxieties, Eita’s sudden arrival brings these students’ carefree days to an abrupt end. Long-forgotten memories, deeply buried emotions, and inspiring new passions—everything is brought to light in their bittersweet final semester.

Just Because! is a relatively slow-paced anime which focuses on a group of students in their last year of high school, approaching the end of their school days. Along with that, they must make important decisions for their future, as well as for the each person likes. Along with the romance, you’ve got all the characters’ futures to be decided. Some of them don’t know, some of them already decided and others don’t care as long as they get a decent job.

The fact that they used the last year of high school is particularly effective in presenting the amount of pressure on all of them as they also have to consider what to do to make a move on the person they love. I guess that’s why a lot of anime series use this time to create some drama.

The story is slow as first and moves similar to a train. Once you are at a cruise, you feel very comfortable. You watch the scenery just fly by while losing yourself in your own thoughts. After 3 episodes, you will find yourself thinking about what will happen with the love triangles, relationships, and school lives of the characters.

The over-all artwork isn’t terrific, and in many ways it echoes this studio’s Gamers from last season: Clearly rough all-around, plainish backgrounds, unremarkable style, but the facial expressions and animation are typically very good when not suffering from production issues. There’s a lot of subtle detail, like the way someone’s eyes will narrow or the way someone’s lips will purse and twist. While the whole show isn’t overwhelmingly pretty to look at, the cast all manages to say a lot just by their expressions.

My only dissapointment for this anime is the ending, the ending was definetely what I expected. All the character’s relationship was really broken in the last episode, like I said the whole anime was moving really slow but as for the last episode I thought it was rushed. The anime didn’t really have any time to show any development in Natsume and Izumi’s relationship and although this a romance anime, it doesn’t really have any romance factor in it.

It’s one of my favorites, and likely top 10 in my slice of life anime list. A very simple, moody, nostalgic tone piece and adolescent romance. It’s incredibly well directed, it’s characters feel fleshed with great character acting and are generally lovable as heck, it it completely understands people and experiences during that awkward semester transition to adulthood. 

Just Because! Presents the romance/slice of life genre well. It doesn’t completely transform the genre, but rather has many good qualities of the genre in the anime. It is a quiet and simple anime, but at the same time, it can grip onto your attention the same way a epic action film does. The anime explores the themes of self discovery and relationships, as well as love and rejection. The way slice of life genres way to build drama and conflict are tiny misunderstandings between characters, and this anime does that well.

This is an anime I would definetely recommend to people who like slice of life. For me this was a new experience as I did not watch any anime that started at the end of high school and I definetely did not watch any anime that slow-paced. Anyway I think people can definetely give this anime a try.

Thank you for reading.

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