One day, Naho Takamiya receives a letter written to herself from ten years in the future. As Naho reads on, the letter recites the exact events of the day, including the transfer of a new student into her class named Kakeru Naruse.
The Naho from ten years later repeatedly states that she has many regrets, and she wants to fix these by making sure the Naho from the past can make the right decisions—especially regarding Kakeru. What’s more shocking is that she discovers that ten years later, Kakeru will no longer be with them. Future Naho asks her to watch over him closely.
(Source: Day of the River)
Orange is an Anime that tackles about love and regrets but most of all an undeniable inspiring friendship about the six characters of it, namely Naho, Kakeru, Sawa, Azu, Hagida and Taka. In the future, the characters live on a life with full of regrets so the story revolves on the goal of saving Kakeru’s heart.
I’ve always been a fan of this kind of genre – sad but an inspiring one. The Anime has a strong point on friendship, it actually kind of reminds me of Little Busters. Mostly, the scenes involves more on the two characters, the heroine was on the typical side with the shy, demure and innocent Naho. To put it bluntly, I am not a fan of her because there are some points where I don’t like her, especially when she was clueless about the things that’s been happening around her. On the other side, I am actually used on strong male character but Kakeru is the opposite of that. He is a boy who has full of regrets and who always thought that he shouldn’t be happy because it’s always been his fault for whatever happened on her mother. It was a depressing kind of Anime with these two because of their weak personalities but their friends are the one who are the ones who lightened the mood with live-spirits and funny antics. Sawa, Azu, Hagida and Taka made a great part on the story, especially on the part of Suwa. Truthfully, I am more kind-of torn apart on the part of Suwa than Kakeru’s issue. It’s just too much to bear for Suwa by sacrificing his happiness.
The plot was clear even in the first episode of it. To be honest I was so intrigue by the kind of way the letters were delivered but the ending was quite not I was hoping for, I am just a little bit disappointed and unsatisfied. Even though there are things that I don’t like on this Anime, it is still a worth-watching one because of its sensitive issue that points directly to the youth about life and death. I really enjoyed watching it and got the feeling of being inspired by having a friendship like that.
Final Rating: 3.5/5