Kimi no Iru Machi – 01


Kirishima Haruto moves from Hiroshima into his sister Ami‘s apartment in Tokyo, where he can be closer to Eba Yuzuki, whom he deems to be his true love. He meets his neighbor and classmate Mishima Asuka and his other classmate Kazama Kyousuke. Mishima treats him like a burglar at first, and mocks his Hiroshima accent, but she eventually softens and a friendship is forged. Haruto runs into Yuzuki’s sister Rin, and tells her his intentions with her sister.

The question we asked ourselves before unpacking this, the thirteenth Summer series, was, “Did we choose the wrong Gonzo series?” We didn’t even though this one existed until a couple of days ago. We’ve seen both of the OVAs, and the second one was a big improvement over the first, so we decided to give this a look, and it was much better than the third episode of InuHasa (not saying much, we know.) Was it perfect? No. But it was a nice, quiet, “moving to the big city” episode, and we were able to connect with the characters.

His relationship with softball ace and girl-next-door Mishima Asuka gets off to a rough start with some childish bickering, but we enjoy how their nascent relationship evolves from adversity to a mutual understanding. Haruto is actually acts pretty smug around her, but she seems to sense the vulnerability he’s hiding, which stems from the very reason he’s in the big city in the first place: to reconnect with his estranged soul mate, who we never hear from and only catch the slightest glance of. But that’s sure to change.

Rating:7 (Very Good)