Yesterday wo Utatte (First Impression)


Yesterday wo Utatte

  • Studios: Doga Kobo
  • Source: Manga
  • Genres: Slice of Life, Drama, Romance, Seinen
  • Synopsis: “The coming-of-age story follows a university graduate named Rikuo who has not been able to find permanent employment after college, a mysterious woman named Haru who has a pet crow, and Rikuo’s former university classmate Shinako.” -MU

First Impression:

The trailer had me the moment it finished playing. The characters, the overall composition, and the presence of crows create an interesting atmosphere. Both calming and unnerving all at once.

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The first few frames showcase the show’s ability to create a place even with minimal information and abstract angles. While you don’t get a full room, the different angles and objects are enough to create the space in your mind. The cinematography is excellent because it slows down the overall pace of the show.

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Maybe I should think about adding more gifs to my first impressions….but the animation of how the water fills the cup blew my mind, a simple task felt so satisfying yet also metaphorical in a sense because of Rikuo mindset of my cup is already full and I can’t add any more than this.

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Again, the concept of foreground, middle ground, and background. The blur effect on the foreground and ambient lighting in the background.

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Now, this is a smile that we want to protect!

Recommendation:

YES

Not only is Yesterday wo Utatte well put together artistically and graphically, but the story is something that you won’t want to miss. The coming-of-age story normally occur in the earlier years but it’ll be interesting to see how a college graduate handles the daily struggle and finding one’s self. Maybe I’m more interested because I’m really close to Rikuo’s age, but I have a feeling that this show has a message that you won’t want to miss.


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