A Town Where You Live (君のいる町, Kimi no Iru Machi)
So, everyone loves to watch a good romance every once in a while, that's why I stumbled upon A Town Where You Live. As many individual s may recall, there is a time old romance cliche in American cinemas: big city girl comes to the countryside, meets small town boy, city girl returns home, and the boy follows her back to the city hoping to find her. Well, that's the basic plot of this series, only it takes place in Japan. Haruto Kirishima is a high schooler from Hiroshima who left his country town to pursue the love of his life Yuzuki Eba, a Tokyo girl who spent an extended period of time living with his family. After arriving in the city, he struggles gathering his nerve to confront her, and as he gathers his courage, begins to meet new friends.
Unfortunately for Haruto, he discovers that he is too late. Yuzuki has already found another lover, and it seems that all hope is lost, but Haruto doesn't take no for an answer. What follows is a heart wrenching story about love, loss, heartbreak, passion, and break ups in the big city, and heavy decisions surrounding letting the past be the past, or letting it continue to affect your future.
The artwork in this series is beautiful, and it has a great sound track to go with it. The directors also did a fantastic job pulling on your heart strings multiple times during the series.
Unfortunately, the plot doesn't seem to match the rest of the artwork placed into it. The ending is extremely predictable. Cliche towel and bath house scenes, and the lead character seems to be master chef. On top of this, Haruto is an absolute dick to women and the series seems to think that's cool as long as you are pursuing the one you love.
Overall I give A Town Where You Live a 2.5 out of five. While I admire Gonzo Studios drawing skills and the excellent music provided by Keiicho Oku, I found myself extremely frustrated with outcome of the series. If you ever have some downtime and want a straightforward series to watch, give it a try. Disagree with my review? Have another suggestion or request for review? Want to say Hi? Leave a comment below. Thanks for reading!
Anime Year of Release: 2013
Director: Shigeyasu Yamauchi
Writer: Reiko Yoshida
Music: Keiichi Oku
Studio: Gonzo Studios
Watch It On: Crunchyroll
Final Score: 2.5 out of 5