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Score: 7.69/10

Yesterday wo Utatte

Alt Title : Sing

JP Title : イエスタデイをうたって

Year : 2020

Genre : Drama, Romance, Seinen, Slice of Life

Season : Spring 2020

Status : Ongoing

Rating : None

Episodes : 9/12

Duration : 23 min. per ep.

Studios : Doga Kobo

Synopsis

After college, Rikuo Uozumi, a boy without much ambition in life, takes on a job at a convenience store. The days pass by uneventfully for Rikuo until he meets his former girlfriend and classmate, but especially thanks to the unusual Haru Nonaka, and her pet raven... (Source: MU)

This is not the usual anime. Whose destination where you find fun and enjoyment in watching, essentially for inexperienced people. It’s more like a long serious novel you don’t find in your everyday anime, which their purpose was to move adults emotionally– in the case of telling a great story of how several characters grow in their minority to adulthood. The coming-of-age narrative “Sing Yesterday for Me” tells a story about a young man with little ambitions in life after college, who works at a convenience store in order to make a living.

Story: 9
“You have nothing to hurt people or to be hurt by. You lie, you play along with what people say, and have a BS life.” Beautiful, yet bittersweet emotions. The story can typically be summed up by announcing that it’s regarding a love quadrangle. There are two young men and two young women, just springing out in life after school, and we accompany them as they try to determine who will marry who and what each will do as a profession. Not simple for them. The writing is very emotionally resonant It captures past adolescence so painfully well. There will be moments where characters will throw out a random line and without obtaining a significant opportunity out of it you imagine “Damn. That hits way too close to home.” Each episode in this anime has been so deposited in substance it feels like you’ve gone through a complete season in just 15 minutes.
“You seem pretty evasive about life. Do you think you’d look dumb if you were a tryhard? You’re just self-deprecating to give yourself a way out, aren’t you? So that you won’t get hurt, no matter where the chips fall.”

Art: 8
Doga Kobo does a great job of animating from manga to anime. The art is given a fascinating feel to it. Every episode that I watch, I enjoy the scenery and the landscapes. What caught my attention the most, is that the animation made it worth watching. And you should too.

Sound: 8
The actors are pretty capable and no one does badly. The opening is really good. The ending is really good as well. The opening for sure is a song that I cannot skip. One day, it will be iconic. The ending theme song really caught my consideration.

Character: 9
Without the characters, this anime wouldn’t be the same. The adult who feels raw, depressing emotion in his past adolescence.
Uozumi Rikuo: The main character who has little to no ambitions in life after graduating from college as a student. He has a love for photography. Working part-time at a convenience store to pay off his rent and supplies to maintain his health.

Enjoyment: 8
I enjoyed every part of the anime. By the end of the first episode, I was already 100% invested. This is an unconditionally exquisite production and I’m thoughtfully astounded that after all the cute girl shows that Doga Koba is known for, they’ve instantly attained their time to shine with depressed adults do existential crisis matters.

Overall: 8
There are still some flaws in this anime. This anime falls in its own spot. This is definitely not the best anime that I’ve personally seen, but this anime depicts such raw human emotions that any adult that enjoys anime would watch for sure. In summary, this is a remarkably descriptive depiction of earnest adolescent Japanese people as they pass through the most significant beginning degree of their experiences.

Do I recommend this anime? Yes, by all means, please watch this anime whenever you get the chance to.

I don’t usually give of a review this early into a series, but since I can tell how things will sort of along the episodes I feel a need to give my honest opinion regarding my current and future expectations of what will come out of this show. Once I saw the Seinen and Slice of Life tags I was hopeful. Finally a show that will approach the unpredictable waves of life, It’s always a nice fresh air to watch something different after a long journey of constant Isekai binge-watching. Our main character is Rikuo. Rikuo like many people around this times faces a lack of ambition. This lack of ambition makes him work at a convenience store, a place where usually part timers, make money for college. He has a degree, but won’t go forward with life, and settles for the routine to keep him from getting hurt. One of his enjoyments in life was his crush, which he never confessed to because he also lacked the sense of worth. After a while dealing with monotony, his former girl friend crush appears once again on his life, and also a quirky younger girl that apparently knows him from somewhere. Rikuo is faced with the past and the future when he can’t even settle himself in the present. We later find that Rikuo, Shinako and Haru even though they are in different life situations have trouble dealing with the past. Dropping school, having a respectful job or having an ‘’embarrassing’’ job, no matter how it looks in today’s society, doesn’t matter since we all are human and we all are emotionally scarred by personal fears. Yesterday wo Utatte set a high bar for me since the beginning. The saturated color palette, the realistic vision of the main character really got to me. I was expecting a rough, bittersweet journey of this show, like a journey of a person finding its meaning on the world. This vision fell down right quick after I acknowledge the deception. Even though the thematic is interesting, new and rather useful for people who actually can relate with any of the characters, the fact that the romance is the motivation of their change is kind of ridiculous in my opinion. Realistically, it isn’t love that solves your lack of ambition, a grievance or a sense of miss. It may help but, it’s all about how YOU deal with it by yourself. I don’t like this approach, and I can tell there is going to be love triangles and clichés, which are a turnoff since I am about the age of the supposed adults and they still act like teenagers. I just wished this show went in another direction.

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