Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Sci-Fi, Slice of Life, Drama, Romance, School, Time Travel-ish
First Aired: Summer 2016, 13 episodes
Summary: Naho Takamiya is a seemingly normal high school student the receives a letter written to herself from ten years in the future. Totally normal, right? Naho is in disbelief, especially when the letter accurately recites the exact events of the day. The most important event being the transfer of Kakeru Naruse, a new student into her class. Future Naho has many regrets from the final year of high school, which is why this letter exists. What’s the deal with this letter? What are these large regrets of future Naho that warrant time travelling letters? You’ll have to watch the series to find out!
Orange is an interesting series in many ways. As a whole it feels like a slice of life/school anime. The bulk of the show follows Naho and her close group of friends through their final year of high school. The characters are a positive part of the anime. Their animation does not rely on crazy hair to tell them apart since their personalities differentiate them. The intrigue of future letters drew me in to the show, but the interactions between friends and their experiences together kept me watching until the end. I appreciate the way they handled the drama of Kakeru. He was going through a lot in his life and it seemed real the way it was portrayed in the series, as if the writer had personal experience with that type of situation.
You might enjoy this if: You fantasize about writing letters to yourself in the past that could prevent some of your biggest regrets.
You might not like it if: You are a stickler when it comes to time travel and time travel-related activities.
Note to the Viewer: An anime film, Orange: Future, has been announced. The film will retell the main story of the series from Suwa’s viewpoint!
AMV – You Can Be King Again by RIIZ PER
(Warning, the AMV contains spoilers. Watch it after you’ve seen the first six episodes of Orange)