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The saddest thing is to say ‘See you tomorrow’, but you will never see her again.

Today’s review is on the 2016 Japanese Romantic Drama film ‘My Tomorrow, Your Yesterday’ (2016), it is a film based on a novel with the same name.

Brief Plot:
On February 15, 20-year-old Takatoshi Minamiyama, a visual arts undergraduate and satirist in Kyoto, falls in love at first sight with Emi Fukuju while boarding a train for college. After awkwardly introducing each other, the two promise to meet again in the following days. With the help of his friend, Shoichi Ueyama, Takatoshi asks for a date with Emi, at the end of which he confesses his love for her…. and then the story focuses on the relationship between Takatoshi and Emi.

Maybe the plot of the film is similar to many other romantic comedies, but the element of ‘Time and Space’ makes this film outstanding.

The film can roughly be divided into two parts: the part from Takatoshi’s point of view, and the part from Emi’s point of view. The former takes majority of the time, and it does not have much to say but a few mysteries. It concentrates on building our understanding of the relationship between Takatoshi and Emi. However, a few mysteries are portrayed: why is Emi always crying when she should feel the happiest? How does Emi know the secret recipe of Takatoshi’s family? Why is Emi always crying when she has the first time of many things with Takatoshi (such as kissing and holding hands)? Well, the reason is that, the future of Takatoshi, means the past of Emi. So the first time for Takatoshi to hold hands with Emi, is the last time for Emi. The timeline of the two people are completely opposite with each other. And all these are explained in the second part, from Emi’s point of view.

Normally, a Romantic drama specialises in the process in which the man and woman go through together. The element of ‘Time Limit’ makes the film a lot more touching than it is supposed to be. Even Takatoshi and Emi have spent very sweet time together, they can unfortunately make it forever.

In general, it is a good film that I would recommend, even though the timeline can be a little bit confusing. However, I am sure if you really get into the film, you will figure it out anyway!

 

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I thought I would do the review of ‘Fireworks: should we see it from the bottom or the side’ first, but then I would need to watch the film again before I can write it, and because it was only in the UK for one day, I have not had a chance to watch it again. So, SAO II is the one I would write about today.

Having had the experience of SAO, I wouldn’t have had any expectation for SAO II, I would only take it as a light animation to watch while I’m bored. Yes, this is the case for more than half of SAO II (the GGO part). GGO gives me the joy of figuring out who ‘Death Gun’ is, but that part does not quite leave any trace in my heart. It is not too special although most people tend to like this part.

The ‘Mother’s Rosario’ part, at least to me, is unexpectedly impressive. It touches the theme of friendship, family, and death with enough depth. Yuki’s hard-fought life; Asuna’s conversation with her mother; when all the members of the Sleeping Knights knew they were gonna die one by one; when Yuki tried to leave Asuna because she knew about her inevitable decease…. Yes there were onions in the series, and they taught me that family is a place where you should always get support from (yes, that is the case for me, gladly 🙂 ), and that no matter how life treats you, you should always give you best to fight for everything you want, and leave good memories, life is not about death, but about communicating with other people. Therefore, I really like the ideas (or messages) portrayed in the Mother’s Rosario part. It is really good and I would recommend it to everyone.