So the fancy struck me and I’ve been watching Anime again, I stumbled on that otherwise useless data-mining trap that is Prime Video, and surprise! they have anime.
The choice fell on After the Rain (I hope the link works):
Which intrigued me by offering what would seem like refreshingly novel themes for anime; if you’d rather hear it from me, it’s about a 17 year old girl, Akira, who used to be an up and coming track star, hurdling namely, but had her career cut short by an injury to her Achilles tendon.
Dejected, she finds some unexpected solace in the seemingly random act of kindness of a family restaurant manager.
When the story starts, we find her working as a waiter in the restaurant, and the facts are learned little by little, as the narration unfolds. The twist is, the manager is a 45 years old man, divorced, and father of a child.
I’m almost half-way through, and the story has advanced to the point where Akira has let her feelings be known and even went out on a first date with the manager. So far I’m feeling kind of disappointed, because the guy is actually a relatively standard anime loser; he is indeed kind, and …sort of a thoughtful? kind of guy, but also depicted as that type of person who is unable to make a stand for themselves, and aimlessly slides through life like it wasn’t his own, for the most part.
To me it almost feels like, if the character was changed by stripping away his age, marital status, and offspring, make it, for instance, a 25 year old with the same traits, there wouldn’t be that much difference.
Still 7 episodes to go, so now that the groundwork has been laid down, there’s a chance for it to get more interesting; Episode 5 was a slice of life with a flavor partly reminscent of Chung King Express’s 663 storyline, featuring a super kawaii hamster as the plot device, so things are getting more intimate now.