Isshuukan Friends (One Week Friends)
This anime is what happens when you combine 50 first dates and Japanese romance concepts. The Japanese, as least currently, view your first love as the most special. You can see this in how many of their romances are set in high school. It is part due to that idea that love at during high school time is the most special. In many ways Isshuukan friends only increases this assumption. It is sweet, and touching. Despite it being technically shounen.
Kaori Fujimiya is a seeming cold but beautiful girl in Yuuki Hase’s class. One day he works up the courage to ask her if she will be his friend. Except he is rejected. The next week he tries again only for her to blank him. Eventually he learns that she is always alone because all of her happy memories, including time spent with her friends, disappear every Monday. Meaning she can never make friends. Still wanting to be friends with her anyway, Yuuki Hase tries to get close to Kaori over the course of every week. Hoping one day she will remember him, all the while falling in love with her.
Yuuki is such a babe. He’s nervous and sweet. He also gets jealous and does some pretty silly things. Yuuki and Kaori don’t talk during class so people don’t know they are friends. But when he can’t met up with her, he stands up and shouts sorry much to the amusement of his classmates who have no idea what he is talking about. He is so determined to be her friend that when she loses her diary, he refuses to go to school and spend the days searching for it. Kaori’s a sweet character too. What caused her amnesia is really sad! But she is such a nice person who just wants friends again.
This anime is gold to me. I recommend it highly. Its very rare to find a love story as innocent as this one is. Both of them get so flustered and embrassed, its adorable! There are some real gems in his anime. Though it still take me a while to warm up to Saki.