FINALLY! I’ve been waiting for this movie to come out online~! Then WHAT?! (ノTДT)ノ彡┻━┻ WHY IS IT LIKE THIS?! Now, before you all go judge me saying “manga is always better than movie so it’s pointless to get all that angry~,” lemme tell you this: I HAVEN’T EVEN READ THE MANGA YET and the movie is already making me… (」°ロ°)」
Anywaay~ let us all calm down and start from the beginning… I’m trying to calm myself down by doing breathing exercises. (ノ_ ╥ )
WARNING: Just a note of caution. This review contains spontaneous rants and spoilers. Proceed at your own risk.
High schooler Yuuki Hase notices that his classmate Kaori Fujimiya is always alone and seemingly has no friends. After approaching her and becoming better acquainted, Kaori reveals that every Monday she loses all memory of her friends. Despite learning this, Yuuki endeavors to befriend her anew every week.
You have been warned~
Anyhow… true to the summary, TL;DR: In OWF, we have this female lead named Fujimiya Kaori (Kawaguchi Haruna) with a dissociative amnesia, and a male lead (Yamazaki Kento) not giving up in getting to know our damsel some more. Sounds familiar? Well, yass~ if you’ve watched 50 First Dates, I’m sure that movie would be the first to come into mind.
However! While 50 First Dates skyrocketed me into a looot of emotions at once — laughing at the ridiculousness of Adam Sandler one time, before bawling at some random touching scene the next — I’m kinda missing that one here in OWF.
I don’t know. I felt like… it lacked something. It’s just been… monotonous.
Don’t get me wrong though! Yamaken’s acting was just hands down adorkaably cute~! (≧艸≦*) It’s my first time seeing him in this kinda character since LDK (and I’ve been a fan of him since LDK). And if you’ve noticed, most of the time, he portrayed the kuuru male. Seeing him here was just soo refreshing. Even then with the change, imo, he damn right still nailed it (and nope, I’m not saying this because I’m a fan)! Yamaken was just so awesome again here~ヽ(>∀<☆)ノ
As for Kawaguchi-san, well, tbh this is my first time seeing her. I know she played Haruhi in Ouran but! I’ve always been prejudiced against any adaptations for Ouran, and I hated the manga 好きっていいなよ (Sukitte ii na yo, Say I Love You)! So, suffice to say, I’ve never bothered with that film, with which she unfortunately starred (ALONG WITH FUKUSHI SOTA TO BOOT!). Then again, even so, I feel like she still nailed the amnesiac character for this movie. (◕‿◕)
That said, with all that praise, where did it go… wrong? Hmm, let’s see… Ah-! I know! HOW ABOUT WE START WITH THE EFFIN’ ENDING?! (ノTДT)ノ彡┻━┻
Now, dear readers, if you wanna trick me into writing a good review for a movie, lemme give you a hint: the start should be pitch-worthy and the ending even more memorable and impactful! The body? Well, it’s a case-to-case basis. But unless that body is toooo horrible, I sometimes overlook it. (It’s a bit different if it’s a book or a novel, since I notice I tend to gravitate towards a good in-betweens. More so if it’s a series ’cause I’ll remember each episode~!)
だから , I found the intro weak and the ending disappointing. Well, maybe the start is sorta memorable in the manga? But in the movie…? Other than it tied to the ending, nope, not really. And again! YESS, THAT ENDING! My god! I feel like they could’ve done something better! ψ( ` ∇ ´ )ψ
Hey, sad endings are okay for me. Cliffhangers, okay too~ BUT IT STILL DEPENDS ON THE TECHNIQUE AND DELIVERY, YOU KNOW?! And for me, that ending just DIDN’T WORK OUT! I mean… I was like, “WAT?! WHAT. WAS. THAT?!” ψ( ` ∇ ´ )ψ Really, surely, they could’ve 100% absolutely done better! As to how…? IDK?! They had 2 EFFIN’ HOURS for the movie! They invested so much at the start, just put on a bunch of things in the middle, and then rushed the end~ Tbh, I really felt like the end was just rushed. And the 2 hours was a waste (well, not so much if you factor in the fangirling for a dorky Yamaken (ಡ艸ಡ)).
For example, I’m sure movie team had this “romantic” idea~ For goodness’ sake, Yuuki had realised it at the rooftop! OWF is tagged romcom in manga! But nooo~ rather than giving us a closure for it, movie just gives us a flop for an ending! Also, what was that about Kujou? Tbh, other than providing an explanation for her past, he looked so damn useless!
I mean, the movie had all these hints and knickknacks but never bothered to follow through! Again, that romantic build up between Yuuki and Kaori is one! The other being: [Kaori remembers Kujou… remembers the part she was supposed to give him a reply, but DIDN’T effin’ show us what that reply was!] (ノTДT)ノ彡┻━┻ Idk. Is that a subtle way of telling us to read the manga? Was it really like that in manga? I don’t get this. At all. (༎ຶ⌑༎ຶ)
Or is it because I just expected a lot from this movie (y’know from fans and friends)? And when it didn’t meet them, it’s bye-bye good opinions for it…? （・＿・）huhuhu I seriously do not know~! (༎ຶ⌑༎ຶ) But, really, right now, my opinion for this is unfavourable.
Hmmm.. or maybe it’s high time I read the manga so I can re-appreciate the movie? Though I seriously doubt it’ll help but…? Well, we’ll never know. lol （・＿・）
To conclude this, I’d say it’s fairly average to meh. Unless you’re a fan of Yamaken (o>艸<), watching or not watching this wouldn’t make much of a difference.
I still do apologise though if this review caused any hype you had to dampen. If you have nothing better to do or watch, I suggest that you still give this a try. Each of us has our own tastes, so what didn’t work out for me might surprisingly be perfect for you~ ╮(￣_￣)╭
If you have another opinion of this tho, please feel free to comment down below and let’s discuss it! Idk. HELP ME BETTER APPRECIATE THIS ONE, ANYONE?! lololol I’d appreciate a discussion. \(^ヮ^)/
Disclaimer: All photos grabbed from Google, and summary is from Wikipedia.