Seven Day Comrade

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It was really hard trying to find a relatively dynamic screenshot for Isshuukan Friends, so have a shot with the main character in the smallest screen space possible.

I’m happy there’s now a recent anime about anterograde amnesia, rather than retrograde. The last I can remember a character suffered anterograde was inĀ Ef: A Fairy Tale of the Two. Retrograde is almost always utilized. It is miles more convenient for plot, allowing for the victim’s past to be revealed at any desired pace. During a science feature and documentary watching binge I did a couple of years ago, it included a feature on science via incredible survivors of relatively rare events that would have otherwise incapacitated most people. Clive Wearing is a man whose memory spans from seven to thirty seconds before it is wiped to its starting point. You could ask him a question, he would start answering it, and forget the question halfway. It feels like pity may become a theme of this show.

Fiction that features anterograde memory tends to bring along a Can of Sadness. Stories about the condition commonly cite that victims’ family or friends who must deal with it, feel stressed out to know that a loved one may continue to have the inability to permanently remember new experiences in their life. I can’t imagine how it feels over time. They will grow old, and have this gap of time in their memory. All you remember are things before the “bump” in memory. In the worst case, you’d have both anterograde and retrograde. There would be a part of memory that only ever knows a fraction of life. Sad stuff. I just wonder if the show will focus on the lighter side of the setup, rather than the downsides of having anterograde amnesia.

I most likely will not dedicate my watching time to this show. The first episode did not feel compelling enough. The high school setting isn’t helping, but there’s been plenty of evidence that doesn’t stop an anime from being good. It’s just a lot easier to gain sympathy from most viewers because of this setting. At least, that’s how I see it.

Seven Day Comrade sounds like a movie I’d watch. A badass Russian befriends the main character, only to have the past catch up to him. Who must sacrifice themselves for the other? Who will do it first? Or is anything ever what it seems? DUN-dun-dunnnnnn!

Seven Day Comrade