This popular anime starts in the summer with a young girl running through the rain ☔ because there was a sudden downpour. She takes shelter from the rain at a shrine 🎋. While there, she sees that another young man is there as well taking shelter from the rain. It is here in this moment that these two have a sudden unexpected meeting.
There is a girl in her class, Makita Yuuri, who is well liked by the boys and very feminine. This causes Yuuri to be hated and isolated by all the girls in the class. Futaba was just like Yuuri in middle school; she was isolated by her peers; girls did not like her because they felt that she was stuck up and getting too much attention from boys. As a result of this, Futaba changed herself to be more well liked by girls by acting a bit masculine and re-creating herself. Since Futaba understands how it feels to be isolated and not liked by other girls, she feels sorry for Yuuri and wants to talk to her.
These two continue to catch up and talk about how each other has changed, and as they talk, Futaba is unnerved by some of the changes in Mabuchi; she doesn't like some of them.
Sadly, Mabuchi tells her that it is impossible to go back now; they are too different and the past is the past. Hearing this, Futaba begins to cry because she feels that he is telling her to forget her feelings for him and move on.
After saying these things, Mabuchi
Tanaka doesn't respect Futaba for having such cheap friends, so he is very cruel and harsh to her. He even tells her that he doesn't care about her, and that she needs to call him "Mabuchi", since the Tanaka that he was is now gone. Hearing his such harsh cruel words from him, makes Futaba lose hope that they could ever go back to how things once were. This makes her acknowledge that the Tanaka that she loved is gone, and this is where this anime ends.
The focus of this anime will be on the main characters, Futaba and Mabuchi's, relationship; the changes they go through as they go through school; their personal self-growth, and the changes in Futaba's friendships and relationships with others. Perhaps towards the end of the anime, we will even see Futaba become comfortable enough with herself, that she will start to show her true personality to others.
Final Thoughts: Is This Anime Worth Watching?
This anime has a simple romance that develops naturally, slowly over time as the characters learn about themselves, as they change and grow, and as they experience life. This anime is all about youth, self-growth, self-improvement, love, friendship and relationships. This is the kind of anime that would be popular with teens, those in school, and young adults.
There won't be any extreme situations, intense violence or war, adventurous journeys, or anything unrealistic like magic in this anime. So this anime is kid safe. If you are into simple animes like this one that focuses on relationships and personal growth, then you will like this one.