Kimi ga Nozomu Eien: Next Season – Anime Review

The Essentials

kiminozo2Name: Kimi ga Nozomu Eien: Next Season
Genre: Drama
Episodes: 4
Aired: December 21, 2007 – December 19, 2008
Based On: Kimi ga Nozomu Eien visual novel
Director: Hideki Takayama
Produced By: Brains Base, Bandai Visual
US Distribution By: Not Licensed

Cast

Character Japanese Cast English Cast (N/A)
Takayuki Narumi: Kisho Taniyama
Haruka Suzumiya: Minami Kuribayashi
Akane Suzumiya: Kaori Mizuhashi
Shinji Taira: Makoto Aoki
Mitsuki Hayase: Chiaki Takahashi
Dr. Motoko Kouzuki: Mami Kosuge

Review

Kimi ga Nozomu Eien: Next Season is an alternate ending OVA series to the Kimi ga Nozomu Eien (aka Rumbling Hearts) TV anime series, in which Takayuki chooses Haruka instead of Mitsuki to be with at the end.  Of course, it’s not as easy as that, as Haruka starts to fear that she’s being nothing but a burden to Takayuki and attempts to break off their relationship.  Akane, in disbelief over the two’s apparent separation does everything she can to try to get the two back together.

This OVA might be a nice set of episodes for those who are just so distraught over Takayuki not choosing Haruka at the end of the TV series that they’re in outright denial, but other than that, this OVA doesn’t seem to have all that much to offer.  The storytelling was only mediocre, it seemed to focus almost more on Akane, despite it being a series about Haruka (in theory), and it took a dip in production values all around.

Given how short this series is, it probably isn’t so bad that you’ll wish for those 2 hours of your life back, but if it was much longer, you might think that.  If you’re a hard core KimiNozo fan, you might like to check this out, but for anyone else, this probably isn’t worth it.

Scores

Story: 3/5
Animation: 3/5
Music: 4/5
English Dubs: N/A

Overall: 3/5

First Watched: December 2007 – December 2008
Do I Own: No
Do I Recommend: No

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