I wonder what I’ll write next.
This is my first journey through the “100 Days of Anime” Challenge, an ambitious project that I’ll be taking. For the full list of prompts, click here.
“Name your favorite anime ED.”
Imouto Sae Ireba took me by complete surprise last season, ending up being one of my favorite animes for the season. The show was fun and really driven despite initial impressions. I was expecting a relaxing slice of life with some cute simple characters. But it was those very characters that made the show amazing, from Haruhi’s marketing dilemma to Miyako’s own search for a purpose.
And nothing resonated with me more than the ED.
“More Than Any Starry Sky, More Than Any Memory” is beautiful and melancholic. The guitar that starts off the piece alone is a nice parallel to the visual, with a shot of Itsuki’s room empty. The vocals kick in, we get still shots of Itsuki taking a seat at his desk, writing. There’s a rather wistful mood in the air as he’s stuck, contemplating on his work before he takes a break, book and a glass of wine in hand. Then the song finally starts to pick up, shaking off the forlorn mood. We catch Itsuki looking toward his balcony, looking for inspiration amidst the night sky.
I loved this moment, as the song goes from feeling lonesome to hopeful. Itsuki is searching for something-a plot point, a motive, a scene, etc. Perhaps he’s thinking back on a memory, remembering a fun moment and gathering inspiration from that. Regardless of impending deadlines, he’s relaxed. And it’s a beautiful shot of him on the balcony as Aira Yuuki finishes the songs, leaving behind only a few last piano notes and an empty balcony.
It’s an ED that left me quiet, to put it simply. Watching Itsuki go through his routine, and realizing that sitting at a desk for 3+ hours on a word document isn’t what makes him a writer, it’s more than that. It’s a process. It’s writing when you’re able to write, and setting yourself up to write when you aren’t. In some ways, the show as a whole had me beating myself up for not writing enough, yet the ED told me otherwise. The song is soothing, leaving me to reflect on what my own process is, and what it means to write.