Sing “Yesterday” For Me is a drama (seinen) that surprised me. I rarely appreciate a drama about unrequited love. Most of the time it feels forced, and that is why I don’t enjoy the genre.
However, Sing “Yesterday” For Me felt different. It is refreshing to see an anime that takes itself serious, without recurring to all the yelling and jokes. I could actually see the story for what it meant to show the audience, and I could empathize with the characters. They all feel realistic (as realistic as an anime can be), they all have to deal with the issues in a relationship, or lack of one for the matter. Even when you dislike a character, it is because, somehow, you know this person needs some kind of help.
The story centers around four characters: Rikuo Uosomi, a college graduate that is unsure about his future. While unsure he works at a convenience store; he is in love with Shinako. As his story develops, we see him being doubtful of everything, and it gets worse when he finally declares his love for Shinako. Unfortunately, she’s in love with an impossible love.
Shinako Morinome was Rikuo’s classmate in college and currently working as a high school teacher. She is still in love with Rō Hayakawa’s deceased brother. Though Shinako is not anyone’s favorite character because it seems she’s just using Rikuo, it is a very relatable character; sometimes is hard to let go some memories, not necessarily a person, but a place or a part of yourself. She could be taken as a representation of the people that holds a memory so tightly that one cannot easily let it go. Sometimes, even if we knew it would be better to move on, something drags us into a void, where everything around seems good, but deep inside it does not allow us move forward.
My favorite, is Haru Nonaka, an eccentric girl that adopted a crow and has strong feelings for Rikuo. She does know, though, that Rikuo is in love with Shinako, and as much as it hurts, she visits him at the convenience store before heading to work. Haru is a person that does her best to look happy; even when she tells Rikuo about her feelings toward him, she does it in a way that seems like teasing. That teasing is just a shield that helps her hide the pain.
The other character is Rō Hayakawa, he is Shinako’s childhood friend and holds feelings for her. He already knows that she still loves his deceased brother. Still, he wants to be closer to her. The character is the least important, and the anime does not explore much of him. But his behavior and age makes him someone important to Shinako, as another family member to take care of, or perhaps another obstacle for her to move on? I guess that depends on how you do perceive his character.
These characters and their circles make of this anime series something memorable. A tale of young-adulthood where anyone might be able to relate to personal experiences, or a feeling they’d had for an unrequited love. Although, the show does not try to teach you what is the best decision or what is not. It only wants to tell you the story of these characters and how they fell in love, how they try to hold onto a memory, and how other opportunities to be happy could slip through their hands. All of it, it does it pretty well.
Sadly, the anime, as it is today, is almost ruined by its ending. I am not sure if they’re going to add more episodes or not, but now it has twelve episodes, and the last episode ends abruptly. It looked as if the characters changed their minds in a second and things happen. I don’t want to say more because the anime is short and there are only four important characters; any more words and it would be obvious what I refer to.
I still recommend it, though, it is very enjoyable and relatable for some people.
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