Ushinawareta Mirai o Motomete

Title:Ushinawareta Mirai o Motomete
À la recherche du futur perdu (French)
In Search of Lost Future
失われた未来を求めて (Japanese)
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Notables: TAKADA Hatsumi
Sou Akiyama remains ignorant of the feelings of Kaori Sasaki for him. Just when the truth begins to dawn on him, a terrible accident strikes her. Or does it? Time seems to reset somehow.

12 episodes
OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Watch 8 6 7 6 5 5 Ggultra2764 [series:2960#1552]
This light novel-adapted anime appeared to be focused on exploring a mysterious girl named Yui suddenly entering the lives of members of a high school astronomy club. The first half mostly serves to explore everyday life in the club, and the second half covering Yui's origins and her connections to the club. I won't spoil what's revealed, but it is a rather common storytelling trope in sci-fi anime that presents enough issues with logical direction. Ultimately, the characters in this series lack the depth and dimension to be compelling enough to give much of a hoot about with this plot twist. Maybe the light novel provides more depth to this than what the anime can provide. But as a stand-alone anime, In Search of the Lost Future felt like a rather forgettable adaptation.

Last updated Tuesday, October 09 2018. Created Tuesday, October 09 2018.
Unevaluated Devil Doll [series:2960#752]
The first episode showed me some similarities with Wind: A Breath of Heart TV; it's difficult to deliver such a story without plot holes but it might provide a nice guessing game.

Last updated Monday, October 13 2014. Created Monday, October 13 2014.
Unevaluated Stretch [series:2960#628]
(Five episodes watched):

Well, this opening episode spends almost all of the available time introducing and developing the characters, then we get a maddeningly brief hint at the end of what the premise may be. At the beginning there was a scene from some sort of laboratory where some kind of suspended animation or modification of one or more human bodies seems to be underway. At the end, Kaori is either killed or seriously injured; then, after some sort of time-reset, a strange girl shows up--the preview of episode two describes her as some sort of 'ghost'. Also, some odd cube-shaped device is seen now and then; I wouldn't be surprised if one of the Astronomy Club girls turns out to have known all along what it is for, but is pretending to be as oblivious as anybody for now. That's the way these situations usually work out. Some of the characters are ridiculously overboard, like the girl who can deck any member of the Judo club at will. But although I wished I had gotten a better idea of WTF is going on here, I was fairly intrigued and wanted to know the answers. There seems to be an element of mystery and sci-fi here, mixing with romance, which should be fun. When impossible things become possible, it's hard for the story not to pique my interest.

Episode two was fairly frustrating, because these impossible things are shunted aside and we learn nothing more about them. The only revelation is that the cube does something odd (but not nearly as odd as the stuff we saw in episode one) when Yui, the strange girl who showed up earlier, touches it. But there's nothing more about the time-reset or why Yui had to appear as (presumably) part of it, and neither Kaori nor anyone else has any idea that she has been resurrected somehow. Yui has complete amnesia, which effectively leaves us at a dead end for the moment (I really hate amnesia in anime; it's usually a shortcut to avoid needing to tell a better story). Instead we get the usual 'who's got the biggest boobs?' drivel. But I wasn't not watching for that sort of crap, no, I wanted to know what was going on relative to the supernatural/sci-fi stuff. If I get the feeling that I'm just being strung along and no interesting explanation is forthcoming, I will drop a show.

Episode three tells us even less. Again, the only reason I am watching this show is because something fantastic, which can only have a fantastic explanation, has happened, but Motomete seems determined not to give us the slightest hint of what it will be. We learn a little about the characters' pasts, but it's pretty clear that they aren't going to be very deep people and therefore the show's not worth watching just for their sake. In episode four we get some slight hints that Yui subconsciously remembers something--enough to feel anxious when Kaori and a bus come close to each other, for instance. In episode five the teens deal with a problem that concerns the upcoming cultural festival but not the basic premise of the show. And that's all for now; the story is moving ahead in a painfully slow manner. You could probably skip several episodes and still have a pretty solid grip on what's going on here. I'm beginning to think that you will only need to watch the first and the last episodes to find out what the F is going on regarding Kaori's resurrection, because all the others have little or nothing to do with it. I had had enough, and quit watching altogether.

Last updated Thursday, March 26 2015. Created Monday, October 06 2014.

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