A refreshingly mature high school romcom with some solid substance and intricate characters.
While definitely an "Early 2000's shojo anime" there is a lot here that really endures (and endears) that makes it worthwhile as more than just an important contextual piece, but an excellent exploration of growth through trauma.
An interesting mystery and exploration of truth with strong classically Japanese cultural spirits, albeit with somewhat shallow and annoying characters at times.
Between the start of July 2021 and the end of June 2022, I watched 36 anime series/movies. Here are my top 10 from those, as well as some honorable mentions.
A beautiful, raw, rattling ride focusing on human trauma in a non-pandering way. For about 70% of the way, then has a disappointing finish.
An excellently executed delight with fantastic characters, warm fuzzies, and a fascinating dive into the cosplay hobby.
A super short vignette series of interactions waiting at the Railroad crossing. Nothing special, but it beats doom-scrolling reddit/twitter for an hour at least.