Asatte no Houkou was fairly high on my list of Fall 2006 anime to watch mainly because it wasn’t an h-game harem anime or a lame shounen anime. It’s more like a slice of life anime with a twist. Asatte no Houkou is the story of a girl who wants to grow up and a woman who wants to start over.
After both of their parents died four years ago, Hiro has been taking care of his little sister Karada. Although she’s young, Karada doesn’t want to be a burden to her brother. She wants to grow up so people stop treating her like a child. Shouko is Hiro’s ex-girlfriend who returns to the town after four years. It looks like Hiro dumped her to take care of Karada. But he didn’t even tell Shoko he had a sister!
There’s also Amino Touko, who is friends with Hiro (but not his girlfriend) and Amino Tetsuya, who goes to the same school as Karada. It seems like Touko could definitely be a love interest for Hiro too. Tetsuya seems waaayyyy too into Karada. PEDO!
The gimmick of this anime is that Karada and Shouko get their wishes. By wishing at some shrine, Karada turns into a (hawt!) adult and Shouko turns into a
loli little girl. Wackiness (or drama) ensues.
So the story revolves around the complex relationships between these five characters. The whole age changing thing is really gonna throw a wrench into this system. Like Tetsuya’s gonna freak when he finds out that Karada’s all grown up! Shouko can’t really get back into a (legal) relationship with Hiro. I’ll be interested in seeing how Touko reacts…
The anime can either go into wacky situational comedy mode or serious relationship mode from here. To be honest, I’d be happy with either one. Judging from the first episode it looks like they’ll go the emo route.
I’ll point out here that J.C. Staff (my B.F.F.) is the studio behind Asatte no Houkou. In my opinion, they can do no wrong. The animation and backdrops look really good and set the mood nicely for the story.
The character designs are also really good. Karada is really cute in kid form, and really hot in adult form. I like how Shouko looks really cynical both in adult and kid form. Just because she’s a kid doesn’t mean she has to act like one right? The only complaint I have is that Hiro looks like an h-game protagonist half of the time. Seriously, it’s creeping me out!
I like the OP a lot. It sounds a bit old fashioned, but it works well in the context of the anime. It’s natsukashii! The ED also has a kind of nostalgic feel to it. I think both add a lot to the anime.
In the midst of all the h-game conversions and shounen fluff, it’s nice to see an anime that relies on complex interactions and relationships. The art is just really nice to look at too. I’m going to put Asatte no Houkou on my definite watch list for this season.