Just Because! it’s good

This is the literal opening minute of Just Because!. Relentlessly mundane and slow, it sets the tone for the rest of the episode, which follows several characters through an average day at high school just before their last summer break. There’s not much of a plot, just setting up things for the series, like the new student transfering in and meeting up with a friend he last saw in middle school. There’s nothing here that you haven’t seen before in any high school anime, but it’s done so well, both in how it’s animated and how it’s written. All this mundane stuff would’ve been background fodder in another high school show, quick scenes inbetween the real content of cute girls arguing with each other or two people falling in love. Here, one character just sat around reading and being bored before she has to go to cram school. It feels real in the same way that Tsuki ga Kirei did. if it can keep this up this could be a very good anime.

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