Akira Tachibana is a soft-spoken high school student who used to be a part of the track and field club but, due to an injury, she is no longer able to run as fast as she once could. Working part-time at a family restaurant as a recourse, she finds herself inexplicably falling in love with her manager, a divorced 45-year-old man with a young son.
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This isn't really a review, it's moreso a critical response so bear with me.
Some of you may be turned off by the age gap romance but it's not the main premise at all. It's about people struggling to find a way back on track with the things they enjoy doing and I really resonated with that - albeit with different circumstances. Back in high school, I ran track and field - 100m sprints to be specific. I loved the adrenaline coursing through my veins, the sound of the gun going off, and the wind on my face as I cut through the track. However, I never came first. I was always 2nd, 3rd, etc and sometimes even last in my heat. All I could do was watch as my peers and rivals got better and better. Despite that, I kept striving to improve because I loved the sport.. until one day. I suddenly thought maybe I wasn't cut out for this, I was fed up with my results - angry at myself because I couldn't get better. Maybe because it was my graduating year that I was forced by my parents to focus on what I'd be doing post-secondary or maybe I was just making excuses trying to think of a way out the embarrassment and disappointment.. so I stopped trying and I just gave up. I didn't have the courage to carry on, just like a lot of the things that I tried to do after. I half-assed everything. I became easily discouraged and self-loathing. Now I'm 23, working a job that I don't enjoy, struggling to get back on track with things I'm passionate about - hell I'm struggling to figure out what my passions truly lie. Watching the characters in this movie interact with each other and how they go about their daily lives made me reflect on many things and also made me think back to the challenges I faced when I ran.