A seemingly normal day is interrupted by a letter. Addressed from her older self, Naho Takamiya doesn’t believe it’s real, until the things written in that letter start to happen. A new student named Kakeru transfers from Tokyo, and 26 year old Naho asks her 16 year old self to keep an eye on him. She originally ignores her own warnings, still sceptical that her actions will make a difference. But then she realises that she doesn’t want to live with her regrets ten years later, and starts to make a change.
This may be a high school anime, but the atmosphere feels different from the start. Underneath the mundane setting, there’s a melancholy undercurrent which creates the feeling that something’s wrong. Pairing that with Naho’s intervention from the future, it prepares the audience for the big reveal at the end of the episode. The animation looks good so far, and the art style is slightly reminiscent of Ore Monogatari in places. The character design is also good, and even though Naho looks like your average shoujo heroine, the contrast between the three girls is very noticeable. While I don’t think that it’s going to be as sad as Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, it has the potential to be the most emotional series of the season.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time: While The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is high school time travel with a side of romance, Orange seems to be a high school romance with a side of time travel.
Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (Erased): Something in the future goes wrong, leaving the younger counterparts to fix everything.
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April): Taking your typical high school comedy and turning it into a tragedy. Kakeru seems to be hiding something, much like Kaori did in Shigatsu.