Kimi wa Houkago Insomnia

Title:Kimi wa Houkago Insomnia
Insomniacs After School
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Notables: Animation - LIDEN FILMS
Two sleepless teenagers find kinship as they escape to their school's astronomy observatory. Unable to sleep at night, Ganta Nakami is cranky in class and unpopular with his classmates. He discovers that the school observatory, once used by the now-defunct astronomy club, may be the perfect place for a nap—but he's not alone. Fellow insomniac Isaki Magari is willing to share the observatory with Nakami, and a friendship between the two begins as they bond over the most unlikely of things.
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13-episode TV anime that premiered on April 10, 2023.
Animated by Liden Films.
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Unevaluated Stretch [series:4649#628]
(Five episodes watched):

This struck me as a charming, interesting, fun show. We get a quick introduction to an extended cast and a more detailed one to the two main characters, Nakami and Magiri. Everybody seems realistic and likable and the jokes are not bad. I don't know if the depiction of insomnia will be realistic enough to take seriously, or if it is just a stunt to get a premise rolling, but for now I'm OK with it. The thought occured to me that Nakami ought to look for a job as a night watchman, since he absolutely cannot sleep at night but is sometimes drowsy during the day. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed episode one of this show.

The two teens need an excuse to use the old observatory, so they revive the defunct astronomy club. And they take the club seriously, too. It's a near perfect calling for people who are only alert and awake at night. In episode three they call upon the now graduated former head of the old astronomy club, and convince her that they are serious. Their insomnia is not a problem at night, apparently. The two drift towards romance in episode four. While this show started with something novel--the insomnia--I can't help feeling that less and less attention is being paid to it and maybe it was just a stunt to jumpstart a romance between Nakami and Magiri. I get the impression that the author has never been victim of severe insomnia him- or herself. If the depiction of the malady is unconvincing, it's hard to feel sorry for the two main characters. It looks like overcoming insomnia won't be an ongoing thread, just teen romance. That makes this show somewhat less original and interesting. This is by no means a bad show--I am still watching it--just not as good as I had originally hoped.

Last updated Thursday, June 08 2023. Created Sunday, April 23 2023.

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