I’m going to review a very popular anime series called Orange, by Ichigo Takano.
Our protagonist is Naho Takimiya. On her first day of 11th grade, she finds a strange envelope with a letter inside. She takes it with her as she heads to school and reads it at her desk. It turns out the letter was sent from herself and from ten years in the future. Naho brushes it off as a prank, but when it lists things that happen throughout the day, it turns out to be real. The letter tells Naho to save the new transfer student, Kakeru Naruse, from his death and guides Naho to make sure she keeps him alive.
Kakeru, the cause of this letter, is a new student from Tokyo. His mother has an illness. On the first day of school, he tells his mother to go to the hospital by herself, since he had just been invited out on a walk. Kakeru then finds out his mother died, and tells no one because of the shame. He feels as though it’s his fault and feels bad having fun when she can’t. Naho and Kakeru eventually become close and are good friends.
Now I’ll introduce some other big characters, Naho’s friends! Suwa Hiroto is a happy and energized guy who enjoys soccer. He’s incredibly sensitive with other’s feelings and is always putting his friends before him. Suwa is then revealed to have received a letter from the future as well, and does his part to save Kakeru.
Naho’s other friends are Murasaka Azusa (who likes to be called Azu) as well as Chino Takako and Hagita Saku. Azu is extremely hyper and friendly and can be a little crazy. Her parents own a bakery and she often brings her friends bread. Takako, on the other hand, is more reserved, but still friendly. She defends her friends whenever she feels the need to, and has a bit of a fiery attitude. Hagita is a gloomy, grumpy guy who is kind on the inside. He’s always teasing Azu, since they have clashing personalities. He likes to read manga, and is almost always seen with a book. All of Naho’s friends end up getting letters from their future selves, and try their hardest to keep Kakeru safe.
I really like this book. Platypus introduced me to this series, and I have no regrets. We both agree that Naho is a frustratingly relatable character in the sense she doesn’t have a lot of courage and tends to hesitate when doing things. I would definitely recommend the anime, but if you want you can also check out the manga.
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