I was drawn to this anime because it’s a drama, not set in a high school and looked slightly interesting and let me just say, I wasn’t disappointed. Sing “Yesterday” For Me turned out to be just as amazing as I thought it would be, if not more.
Rikuo and Haru, the two main characters we are introduced to, are both interesting in their own way. I like the way Rikuo avoids all social responsibilities, blaming it on the fact that he’s an outsider who won’t be accepted by society because he’s too scared to commit to anything. It’s why he’s alright with a part time job because there’s no real responsibilities or pressures attached to it as there would be if he got a serious job. In other words, entering the world is scary and Rikuo is scared of the prospect of that. He thinks he’s a coward for it but that’s not the case at all. It’s a pretty normal thing to experience.
Haru, on the other hand, seems like she wants to grow up. She’s a high school kid who has dropped out of school. She’s not an adult yet she tries to act like one. The way her appearance has chnaged (as hinted at through the flashback to what she looked like) and her asking for a cigarette all hint at the fact that she wants to grow up and is desperate for that. The crow, her faithful companion adds a sense of loneliness to her character as well.
It’s clear both of these characters have quite real problems that they’re dealing with and I quite like that. It makes them more complex and messy characters. It makes them closer to reality and not just one dimensional beings and I like that.
Rikuo’s confession spurred on by momentary courage and then his descend back into self deprecation is proof that these characters have messy feelings that can’t be solved all that easily and nor can their way of thinking. It’s a process and a long journey and I am here for the ride.