Anime Review: Orange (Summer 2016)

Orange is a strange anime... 
Before everything one of the interesting things about this anime is the Time-Travel issue.

This last couple of seasons I watch three animes featuring some kind of time travel.

The first, and most famous is Boku Dake. This one deals with a human who travel back in time to save his friend and mother. He knew beforehand what was happening and so acted accordingly. He changed time. But one thing interesting is that he changed things and then had to live throughout is young life and teens all over again.

ReLife dealing with time-travel is a bit far-fetch I know; but what is interesting is that the main protagonist didn't travel back in time but had a change of being young again and with his own memories and so others may study how he would react to school. He tries to make other people lives a bit better and at the same time, I think, atone for his own sins.... I really enjoy it.

With Orange, reminds me a bit of a movie, the main protagonist receives a letter from herself. In that letter she says herself about a collegue and she must save him because he will die in a couple of months and in the future she and her friends will regret it.

This one is a bit different from Boku. Basically in Boku he returns to the past and live from that moment on to the present. In this we have two narratives. One where she is around 16/17 and another when she's got 26/27. One interesting way is that she from the beginning knows that he is going to die and she's got instructions of how to stop it. She doesn't follow to the letter and things happened as they were written, and she becomes more conscious of the letter contents and starts doing what is written. It's very funny the paradox....

Orange
Score: 7.85
Ranked #750
Episodes: 13
Studios: Telecom Animation Film
Genres: Drama, Romance, School, Sci-Fi, Shoujo

One day, Naho Takamiya receives a letter written to herself from ten years in the future. As Naho reads on, the letter recites the exact events of the day, including the transfer of a new student into her class named Kakeru Naruse.

The Naho from ten years later repeatedly states that she has many regrets, and she wants to fix these by making sure the Naho from the past can make the right decisions—especially regarding Kakeru. What's more shocking is that she discovers that ten years later, Kakeru will no longer be with them. Future Naho asks her to watch over him closely.



Synopsis (Spoilers alert)
She sends the letters with key moments where she must to x or y, and no matter what she do and even if she changes that bit, other things happen like the letter forewarned. So, that letter after the initial thing she changed should be render inaccurate. So this presents with two things: First, the future is not meant to be changed or even if we change some parts others remain the same. Hmm...
One interesting point is the first time she reads it says she must not invite him to walk home with her and her friends and she does it and because of that his disturbed mother dies and he regrets choosing fun instead the appointment with his mother. Months later he commits suicide. What's interesting is that she only invites him because of the letter. If she hadn't receive the letter she would not have invited him and therefore nothing would happened. These paradox is what makes this show good. It seems the lesson here is: You can't change the past. (There was an interesting point in episode 5 where the teacher is saying that if they would change the past another timeline (parallel world) appears, so if you return to "your own" future nothing would have changed. It's like that paradox that makes a question... "Would be possible to me, to time travel to the past and kill my own grand father? If so, my father would not have been born and neither would me, therefore how could I traveled back in time?" This is the paradox of this show... 

Episode 6 ends with a cliffhanger and one "WOW" moment. It seems Naho (that's our main protagonist) was not the only one to receive the letter. It seems Suwa (Naho's best friend and in love with her - in the future they are married with one child).

Btw, the boy to be saved is Kakeru. The rest of the gang are Takako Chino, Saku Hagita and Azusa Murasaka.
Saku Hagita; Naho (in the botton); Takako; Kakeru; Suwa and Azusa

The rest of the episodes run fast but are rather dull. So Naho, tries again and again to do what the letters say but I don't know why she doesn't get the change. Like in the last episode, she reads in the letter the day before he dies she would try three times to give some Valentine chocolate but never gives him and three times pass and she didn't give me. I really don't get her. So much love and nothing...

The ending, spoilers alert....................... They change the future but not because of HER particular. Basically he saw a phone where her dead mother send him a message (but stayed on the drafts) telling him that he should enjoy life and she was sorry for bothering him. He run amok with his bike and kill himself under a truck. In this timeline he run amok, not in the bike because Saku smashed it, but he could not send himself under the truck because he remembered all the good moments with the gang. The story ends there...

One thing I didn't talk about was the other timeline. It appears only a minute or so in the future and deals with Suwa being married to Naho with a child and the rest of the gang joining and making their respects to Kakeru and then decididing to change the world.

What's interesting is that Naho letter in no moment talks that Suwa was her future husband. But the rest of the gang, including Suwa knows that if the future is changed Suwa and Naho will not be together. Suwa knowing that helps everytime Kakeru and Naho, even if it drawns her away from him. He is undoubtly the most perfect man I have ever read about it. If I was gay I would like to have him Haha...

Now talking serious... time-travelling creates paradoxes and thus I have two questions:
There are countless universes with countless realities and each one even a small thing differs? Or time-travelling is not possible at all? So there is a reality where Suwa is with Naho and other where Naho is with Kakeru? I don't know...

There is a moving coming out in a couple of months that will deal with this follow up...

What I do know is this... Suwa is a perfect human being that sacrifices his love so her own love could be with another. In the future he says to his wife that Kakeru loved her - and thus making this all things happened. But what I learn is that Naho only is with Kakeru because he is going to died and ended up with Suwa because Kakeru dies. She does not love him. If she did love him how could she sent a letter back into the past making a new future where Suwa was not her husband. What about their child?? Damn... Time Paradoxes... But most of all... Suwa is the man.

Now let me talk about characters....
Suwa: Interesting guy, who loved everybody else more that himself. He even helps his wife date another man instead of him... 
Kakeru: Self-Piety is the only word (well, two) that I would describes him. Nothing he do, is good.
Naho: She knows she must change the future, she has a paper that says how to do it, and most of times her shy doesn't make sense to me. 

The rest of the characters are there in the background and don't make much impact. We know that Saku is Azusa have a thing - they are always picking on each other but nothing evolves (in the future they are not together). I even thought Azuza and Takako were lesbians...


In the end; should you watch the anime?

I don't know.... In the beginning I would have said yes, undoubtly yes. But then as the episodes progressed I was getting less and less from it. In time I just wanted to end and see how what would happen.... And I think the writers, producers failed to give us something more... In the end it was not Naho that saved Kakeru but the all gang, and to me that was bulshit, sorry. Why making Naho the main character then? 

I really don't understand... but know this. One episode we see in the eyes of Kakeru and the film is going to be in the eyes of Suwa. Don't know what will change but I will watch it. In the end I am in doubt If I would advice you to watch it but if you have 22min x12eps then watch it. Either way it's an experience...

5/10

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