My Tomorrow, Your Yesterday (2016)

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Movie: Tomorrow I Will Date With Yesterday’s You
Japanese title: Boku wa Ashita, Kinou no Kimi to Date Suru (ぼくは明日, 昨日のきみとデートする)
Release Date: December 17, 2016
Runtime: 111 min.
Genre: Youth / Romance
Distributor: Toho
Country: Japan

Plot
On a train to the school one day, Takatoshi Minamiyama sees Emi Fukuju and falls in love with her at first sight. He follows her, boldly tells her he likes her and they start to date. One day, Emi tells him that she has a secret.

Cast
Sota Fukushi – Takatoshia Minamiyama
Nana Komatsu – Emi Fukuju

Review
I was mostly confused while watching the movie, and it’s mostly because i was trying to make sense of the concept. Okay, i understand the theoretical piece – the boy’s time is like the normal person but the girl’s time is in reverse. The movie was shown from the boy’s side but while watching the movie, i was also trying to track the story from the girl’s timeline so i got confused. Turns out in the end, they did show her side which somehow made sense. it goes back to what the guy said, we are not just passing by each other, but we are in a connecting loop. except there is only one loop and it doesn’t go on and on right?

I have so many questions about the whole concept – like why them? how does the time work etc but i’m still too confused to even starting asking those questions. haha.

i think this movie was heartwarming and beautiful, but you need to think about it to fully appreciate the story. I felt bad for them – like they will only get to see each other every 5 years and they only get to be 20 years together for 30 days, then we see their contrasting ages. It also felt creepy coz they know each other from the girl is 35, the guy was 5 years old and vice versa. But they meet at 20 years old, fall in love and have sex. Creepy right?

and again back to my question, why start at 35 years old and 5 years old? that means one is 40 years old, the other has not been born yet. so do they die at 40? do they never see each other beyond 40 yo? So confusing! argh! hence, for me, while it is a connected loop, it only goes one time and does not continue looping (right? or i got it all wrong)???

I think if you like time travel romances, or doomed romances you will love and cry in this movie. For me, this was okay, the concept is too interesting but too weird.

Kahogo no Kahoko eps. 9-10 (end)

I have mixed feelings about the last two episodes.

First, is sadness because Baaba died. I believe she was the strength that tied thr whole family together. She was wise and cheerfuland i will so miss her. I feel that she deserved a better family though because her children keeps fighting, are jealous of each other and selfish. It was only when she died that they kind of acknowledge and remembered the old times when they were kids and enjoyed each others company.

I also feel sad for Jiiji. He seems so lost without Baaba. Throughout the series they portrayed him as this hot tempered funny Jiiji so it was nice to see another side of him.

I feel frustration for Tamaki and Mamoru. So we find out they were both weak people and got married to support each other. But things got hard and they bailed and got divorced. What?!? They could have just separated first without divorcing. Why did they rush it only to make up in the end? But i think the purpose of the whole break up was for them to realize and reset. They got married because they thought they needed each other. But now they realize that they cnat live each other and they are getting married again. This time with better intentions.

I didnt like how they resolved Ito’s storyline. Upto the last few scenese she was this big rebelling brat who didnt care for her family. Then she had that showdown with Kahoko preventing her from selling her cello and her parents dragging her off the van. A few scenese later she make this one big apology and everythings fine. I dont think so. She hurt a lot of people because she was hurting herself. But that did not excuse her behavior. She shouldnt have been given a free pass. In a way i actually liked that she was veering away from music. I thought it was just pressure for her but i guess she really loved it in the end.

Izumi didnt really change much. She was still sulky when things dont go her way. What i have come to appreciate is no matter how strict or mean she looks she only has best intentions and she will come and rescue everyone from disaster like a supermom. I loved how she handled Baaba’s passing and Kahoko’s near disastrous wedding. As for the dad, he is speaking up more and i hope he continous to be the sane one in the family.

Biggest dismay of thr show is Hajime and Kahoko’s wedding. I feel it didnt makr sense that they will go and get married so soon aftet they met, and so soon after Baaba’s death. It feels like they were rushing to be together whrn they have a whole lifetime to do it. And i disagree with what Hajimr said when he was trying to convince Kahoko to continue the wedding. He said something like it is the right time to get married so there will be joy in the family. That’s BS. If this was real life i will say Hajime is smooth talking Kahoko. So no, i object to the wedding and didnt feel family that it happened.

I felt happiness however that Kahoko finally found her true calling, which is to take care of other people as much as the love she has received from her fmaily over the years. Seems correct that The overprotected is now the one protecting. She seemed to like kids so its nice to see her interacting with them

I did feel that it was unfair for Baaba to pass on the burden of continuing to take care of family in Kahoko’s hands. She is too young and still too naive. Also surprising that Baaba didnt leave it to Izumi. I think its because Kahoko has more heart than her mom even though she still makes mistakes her earnestness makes up for it. And it was correct that Kahoko and Hajime moved to the big house to take care of Jiiji seeing that she became the new Baaba. So nice to see her doing the housework a year later. For a second i thought she would be pregnant lol.

Overall it was a happy ever after for everyone. I wouldnt say i was 100% satisfied with the ending but it was still a good way to end the show. Im looking forwardto see more of the lead actress shows in the future. I hope she plays a different character than Kahoko.

Kahogo no Kahoko ep. 8

I didn’t like this episode mainly for two things. One, the two younger sisters are terrible!! i understand they have their own problems, but how can they just say that they can’t help shoulder their mom’s funeral expenses and take care of their father? if i were the parents i would feel bad that my own children do not care of me. as for Izumi, as the eldest sister, i think she is right to take charge as she seems to be the rational one and is the head of the family but i dont like how she always sulks if she doesn’t get her way. she can just work with her sisters or convince them to help rather than drop everything and say she will never help out. that’s exactly what she did with Kahoko and now she is doing it to her own sisters too. hay. i feel like this family is hopeless. Even Ito’s actions is just too pathetic. i thought after the party she would at least have a little heart, but no, she just kept on rebelling. to the point of going to Hajime, fully knowing he just broke up with her cousin to ask him out. i think she doesn’t really like Hajime, she just wants him to get back at Kahoko. I’m glad Hajime is smart enough to known and put her in her place. The other thing i didn’t like is the sudden progression of Hajime and Kahoko’s relationship. hasn’t it been just a few weeks since they met, dated, broke up and now they suddenly decided to get married? that’s absurd! Kahoko does not even know what she wants, she can’t even decide for herself, now she thinks she can just go and get married and be fine since they love each other and she will just support Hajime? if this was real life, they would have broken up and divorced in less than a year. A little backtrack, how they ended up in a marriage proposal is Kahoko finding the orphanage where Hajime used to live and them meeting his mother. I didn’t expect Hajime’s reaction to seeing his mom. It was definitely full of resentment and anger, while the mom was full of regrets. I wished that somehow they could mend their relationship. not as quick as Hajime and Kahoko’s relationship but at least Hajime will be open to talking to her now and then, not totally cold and bitter. I’m still sad that Baaba is dying and I dont think there’s a way for her to get better as all the doctors are saying it’s useless and the last scene we find out that Baaba collapse. I hope if she ever dies, that they won’t show it at all or I will bawl my heart out.. the way Jiiji was crying. I haven’t been posting updates on the father’s side of the family because they are just plain boring. Oh i liked the marriage hunting party scenese that Kahoko went yo. Thr guys are hilarious though its not as if Kahoko is really a catch if you think about it. And funny that Hajime and Kahoko meets in one of the parties.

Kahogo no Kahoko ep 7

Two main things were tackled during this episode.. How will the family discover Baaba’s sickness and Kahoko and her mom’s continuing silent war.

Lets start with Baaba. I felt it was quite unfair for her to tell Kahoko not to disclose her sickness to the family.. That is such a big burden to keep, esp since the last time she tried to hide a secret.. Her cousin lost her chance of playing cello again.

Meanwhile, kahoko has no one to confide in but Hajime who has been such a nice guy supporting her and listening to her. He even went to Baaba’s house since Baaba wanted to meet him and distracted Jiiji when the conversation but too difficult.

Hajime also joined Kahoko to go to Ito’s house and wait for her. It is Ito’s bday and Baaba wanted the family to have a nice meal and Kahoko is trying so hard to convince her to attend her own bday party which she rejected. I am really annoyed with Ito. I hope something bad happens to her so she would realize she is being such a b*tch.

Theres more family problems as we see Tamaka and her husband have marriage troubles. Turns out they married because they thought they could help each other si ce both are week. Tamaki shoplifts when her asthma acts up while her husband is a drunk.

Poor Kahoko. Her bag gets heavier as she takes more and more family problems. And i feel bad seeing her try to put abig smile on her face as if her family is not falling apart.

Surprisingly the silent war between mom and Kahoko did not become such a big deal this episode. But it looks like it’s her mom who is having it harder than Kahoko as Kahoko is preoccupied with other problems. I think mom is slowly finding the balance between getting too interfering and to learning when to stop and ask questions when needed. I also liked the mom for stepping up and supporting Kahoko in this episode. I hope she is finally seeing Kahoko is not as useless as she thinks she is but is actually very strong girl.

Case in point, Kahoko worked really hard to hit the ball to buy Ito the frog.. It wasnt the teddy bear but i thought it was such a sincere effort for her to do it for a cousinwho is not worth it. Im shocked that Ito is still cold hearted and still told everyone that she didnt consider them as her family. what nerve!!! If i wad the mom i would have slapped her and make her leave the house. That ungrateful kid.

The family meal was such a disaster. Ito washer usual self, which Izumi agreed and said i dont like you for ridiculing my daughter and thinking youre always better than her. Of course that trigfered Ito’s mom to defend Ito and tell Izumi that she is the arrogant one. Then Tamaki and husband starts fighting. Not to mention the endless interrogation of Izumi with Hajime and how he doesnt have a good future and Izumi doesnt like him for Kahoko.

When all hell was breaking loose, Kahoko couldnt stand it and scolded her family.. And ran away.

After kahoko ran away, Baaba finally had the courage to tell everyone that she is dyingand Kahoko was just helping them have a good dinner.

Hajime ran after Kahoko who started scolding him about the importanceof family etc until Hajime got so angry that they are so different and they should breka up . Which Kahoko agreed. I think Kahoko was totally wrong here. She was forcing Hajime about family family family when he clearly was uncomfortable. She should have listened more and supported him rather than forcing her opinions on him. Hence i didnt feel an ounceof pity when she cried after Hajime broke uo with her. She needs to wake up and realize everything is not always about her . Hajime has being nothing but so good to her.. Supporting her, listening to her, giving her advice yet she took him for granted. I wohld love to see her grovel and ask forgiveness in the next episode.