A group of friends receive letters from their future selves and try to save a boy who committed suicide.
Orange was my favorite show of the season. Like a number of my favorite shows (Simoun, Haibane Renmei, Princess Tutu, Hourou Musuko, etc.) watching Orange is like listening to a prayer. Raging against the inevitable injustice of the world yet somehow clinging to the tiny, almost inconsequential hope that somehow somewhere maybe things will almost turn out ok.
Orange is a show about high schoolers, but as an adult it hits a lot harder. It keeps coming again and again to the grown ups in the future, and how everything they thought was important no longer matters, how the things they thought were trivial ended up being life-altering events, and how all relationships are ultimately lost to time and distance and death. I can relate. Everyone wants to believe their romances and lives are fated, but in reality they are the result of a chain of coincidences that is easily broken. Yet despite all this they cling to the foolish hope that they can somehow make things better.
Part of what makes the show so successful is its portrayal of the relationships within the friend group. This is some good stuff. No way in hell I would date Kakeru or Naho (yes, I would become gay for Suwa) but damn it I want Naho’s friends. What makes them seem so real is how the minor characters interact with each other. In most anime the side character friends only communicate with the main characters, and not between each other. In Orange the relationships they have among one another is equally important if not more so. And they don’t act the same towards everyone— they act differently towards different people depending on their relationships. For example, those two who always fight, so damn cute. I’ve been harping on how critical this is to immersion ever since I started this blog.
- Storytelling – A – Thought provoking, well-paced.
- Voice – A – Nothing quite like it.
- Characters – A – Great relationships among the side cast.
- Attention Grab – A – Kept me glued.
- Production – C – Animation got way worse as time progressed…
- Overall – A-