Episode One Thoughts
Hashiba Kyouya is a 28-year-old game developer. With his company going bankrupt, and him losing his job, he returns to his hometown. Looking at the success of creators of his age, he finds himself regretting his life decisions as he lay distressed on his bed. As Kyouya wakes up, he discovers that he has traveled ten years back to the time before he entered college. Will he be able to finally make things right?
This is a story about a failed person who is given a second opportunity to follow his dreams.
To me that synopsis sounded interesting. Something I didn’t expect however was the first episode being almost 60 minutes long. Coming in at 50:40 minutes, the first episode of Bokutachi no Remake was definitely the longest first episode I watched ever. Bokutachi no Remake reminds me a lot of ReLIFE, wherein the main character goes back in time (high school) to re/experience things they didn’t get to as high school students. Considering I loved ReLIFE, I hope that I will also fall in love with this anime as well. I believe it has the makings to do so as well. Despite being almost a hour long, something I really enjoyed was that the first episode didn’t skip out on details, we’ve already learn so much about Kyouya Hashiba and how he got to where he is now. Immediately because of this, I’m already hooked; not to mention he also mentioned briefly “No Game No Life” and that’s an A+ in my book already.
Another reason why I really enjoyed the first episode was because all our main characters all live in a central place, house in which they all share while they attend university. This also reminded me of another anime I really loved Sakura-sou no Pet na Kanojo. Where just like this first episode, all the characters live in the same home, and most importantly, all of them having their own quirks. I love that dynamic because it isn’t common anymore, where all characters live together under the same roof. Another comparison I can make to Sakura-sou, is that Hashiba, sort of feels like Sorata because they’re both indecisive about their future. Eiko Kawasegawa is a mix between Akasaka and Aoyama (more so Akasaka), I’d say Nanako Kogure is about the same (leaning more towards Aoyama), and Aki Shino feels a lot like Mashiro.
Something else I would like to mention is that the art style, character design and all the colours involved is just so clean and vibrant. It really watches your attention because everything looks so good. Especially the eyes of the characters. I couldn’t stop staring at them, they just looked wonderful and it works extremely well with the overall theme of the series. I’m someone who loves colour in anime and the first episode had a ton of it.
Oh! I would also like to mention that the scene between Hashiba and Shinoaki walking home together was really nice. Although these two are complete strangers, somehow Shinoaki gets Hashiba and was able to read him and his emotions quite well. It’s still early days, but I think their relationship is going to be something special. I guess it has to do with the cherry blossoms blooming in the background there, it made everything feel very magical; almost like a “eureka” moment.
Episode one of Bokutachi no Remake was almost everything I wanted in the first episode. It was eye-catching, colourful and interesting. All the characters seem fun as well. I’m looking forward to everything else that is in store for Bokutachi no Remake. I have a feeling I am going to really like this anime.