Oh what a surprise this is.
Instead of giving us a Clannad-esque borderline-tragedy, Isshuukan Friends instead goes on a road that I’ve (almost) never seen walked, and does it masterfully while it’s at it. Yes, objectively speaking, this may be the best show of the season, especially if dives further into the drama.
Presenting a light-hearted drama revolving around friendship, Isshuukan Friends knows how to balance cute with drama and style: The characters are the very personification of innocence, and so this series succesfully makes me feel fuzzy episode after episode. Don’t get me wrong though, episode 3 proved us that it can be down to earth as well, and I’m loving it.
Naturally, I will watch it to completion and check out the manga afterwards, ’cause Isshuukan Friends is just that good, even without romance.