Breimh’s Anime Review: Myself; Yourself

By Breimh

Myself; Yourself originally aired in 2007, released by Dogakobo, Pony Canyon Enterprises, and Happinet Pictures with storyboard by Shigeru Kimiya, directed by Yasuhiro Kuroda.
For the sake of parents’ business plans, Hidaka Sana moved to Tokyo. Five years later, he has become a high school student, and returned to his hometown, Sakuranomori. He feels uneasy because the streets of his hometown and his old friend he meets again have changed a lot since five years ago. The most changed thing is his childhood friend, Yatsushiro Nanaka. She used to smile sweetly with innocent eyes, but now she has withdrawn herself and is gloomy.
4 Stars – Remember the Good Moments, Toss Out the Bad!

Something I was always taught as a child was that we hold on to the memories that fill our hearts with joy and innocence, when we are young, and the bad experiences get left behind. Behold, an anime that teaches that this isn’t necessarily true! This beautiful story interweaves the memories of several friends who are reacquainting themselves with one another after their ring-leader returns to the region to attend high-school with them, after having moved away when still very young.

Drawn and colored in the more classic style, this anime may leave some wondering why it’s so highly praised, but most will soon see that the art is in the writing of the story and it’s characters as much as keeping true to more traditionally done inking elements. A precious, inspiring tale that leads through the lanes of memories – good and bad – to get to the heart of the issues surrounding each of these life-long friends. You may laugh or cry, but will want to watch the story unfold right to the end! (And, as a hint, do sit through the end credits too.)

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