It started off really sweet, in my opinion. I thought Hase Yuuki was very kind and persevered in his quest to befriend the girl who no one talks to in his class: Fujimiya Kaori. I suppose in the real world, there is very little people who is willing to put up the effort to maintain a friendship, let alone a romantic relationship, with a person who will forget you when Monday arrives. So yes, I thought Hase was doing a good job trying to get inside Fujimiya’s closed, mysterious world.
Although it’s been very clear from the start (to us, anyway), Hase’s intention is more than just being friends with Fujimiya. He probably didn’t realize, or rather didn’t want to acknowledge, his actual feelings for Fujimiya. Despite having the knowledge, it still didn’t make it any easier for me to watch Hase’s constant jealous fit whenever she tried to make new friends. It’s way worse than watching Kazehaya trying to keep Sawako to himself in Kimi ni Todoke.
While I applaud him for making the effort initially to get to know Fujimiya, it’s not long before I started to distaste watching him around her. Perhaps distaste is too much of a strong word to use. I’ll take note to update this post with a better description that fits what I feel about Hase.
In some ways, Hase is very possessive of Fujimiya. He wanted to be the special person who gets to learn her secrets and see the sides no one else in his school has ever seen. Heck, he even said so himself. Despite not willing to share his new friend with others, weirdly, he started asking Fujimiya to step out of her shell and share her secrets. Talk about contradictions! He sulked, got jealous, used his friend Kiryuu whenever he felt convenient, etc.
He’s indecisive and is plain annoying to watch. Unlike good friend Kiryuu, whose actions are a little more direct, Hase tends to not know what to do when it comes to his friendship with Fujimiya. He only knows he wants her to be his friend, but he doesn’t know how to be her friend. Like all kinds of relationships, friendship also takes two to tango.
Hase turned from being the role model friend to an undesirable friend. And sadly, that’s pretty much what I’ll remember Isshuukan Friends for.
P.S. Despite my last statement of the post, to give credit, at least Isshuukan Friends has a different take on normal high school series with the female lead being an outcast. It’s interesting to see how a girl with memory problem struggles in her high school life. And more importantly, the male lead isn’t some kind of a high school superstar. Please, he can’t possibly be one.