Hello and welcome back The Cybernauts Podcast/Reveiws and without further intro, lets get to our first review of the year by yours truly Steve this month.
Rikuo Uozumi seems to have surrendered himself to a dead end career, working at a convenience store nearby Shinjuku Tokyo after graduating from college. This simplistic life takes an odd turn on in a bend on the road to adulthood when a Ms. Haru Nonaka enters into his daily routine, at his workplace and tries to befriend him, since she has had a crush on him after a brief encounter a year or so previously. While of all things cross a street. During impromptus after work visit to the pub with his friend Fukuda informs him that an old college friend and crush, Shinako Morinome, has moved back into town and teaching at the local high school. When hearing this he reaches out to attempt to further their relationship. However Rikuo is unaware that Shinako has some very painful baggage from her past that she needs to confront and contend with before doing anything else. All the while Haru who continually opens up to Rikuo, he realizes that she likes him, but he has this long term crush on Shinako.
Things start to get complicated when Rikou’s friend Fukada gets him an opportunity with a photography studio as one of Rikou’s hobbies is photography and even though he says he’s bad at it, he is actually rather good. While Rikou’s path opens up to better opportunities and doors start to open up we go to Haru where she works at Milk Hall a Coffee House by day and Pub By night ergo haru working the afternoons mostly. Funny thing is Haru is one of Shinako’s former students and the two confront each other during a walk home from work with Rikou and Shinako. Shinako who is teaching now at the school they attended just a year or so has her own crosses she is carrying basically she was in love with a schoolmate who fell ill and she took it upon herself to help nurse him since their families lived next to each other, however his illness was a fatal one and he passed away during this time his younger brother Rou was also part of this trio and after his brother’s passing his feelings for Shinako also became a realization so love triangle ends up happening.
While Rikou is begins his journey into photography, he is trying to work out what it is between himself and Shinako and Haru, and ends up with Shinako after she tells Rou she doesn’t feel that way about him and considers him more of a little brother and doesn’t want to ruin that relationship. While this is happening, Haru goes to visit Rikou at his place at which time he and Shinako were just leaving his place to walk her home and they bump into each other at the stairwell realizing what’s going on Haru admits defeat and runs off into the night. Rikou gets a position with a Photography Studio as a Photographer now, and Shinako ends up as the Home Room Teacher for the English Lit Class at the school. They’re still going out but Rou doesn’t know this yet and Haru has left the Milk Hall Café/Pub and is at home currently helping out her parents while trying not to dwell on her feelings for Rikou.
In the End, Rikou and Shinako end up at the park they used to escape to back in their college days looking back and remembering how things used to be and also realizing they have indeed made mistakes. We see Rikou on a train and then a Bus heading somewhere and we see Shinako at an Apartment door about to knock …………… This was a great short 12 ep Series. It has 6 shorts that coincide with the 1st 6 Eps of the series. There are indeed some other character interactions but I’ll leave that at alone for you guys to watch and see how it plays out. I give Sing “Yesterday for me a 7.5 out 10 Ramen bowls on romantic drama and audience engagement because to be honest I wanted to binge the whole thing after 1st two episodes
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