Living for the Day After Tomorrow

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  • 2006
  • 1 Season
  • 7.0  (57)

Living for the Day After Tomorrow is a charming slice-of-life anime that first aired in 2006. The show revolves around the lives of two high school girls, Karada Iokawa and Shoko Nogami, who become unlikely friends despite their age difference. Karada is a 12-year-old girl who harbors a deep longing to grow up quickly and become an adult. Her father passed away when she was young, and her mother works long hours to support the family, leaving Karada to take care of her little brother. She often feels overwhelmed by her responsibilities as a sister and daughter, and she yearns for a sense of independence that she feels she cannot have until she grows older.

On the other hand, Shoko is a jaded 22-year-old woman who has lost her sense of purpose in life. She dropped out of college and works at a local bookstore, but she feels aimless and unfulfilled. Despite her cynicism, she has a soft spot for Karada and takes it upon herself to help the young girl navigate her way through adolescence.

The show is driven by the dynamic between the two main characters, as each learns from the other and finds a sense of comfort in their shared experiences. Though they lead different lives, both Karada and Shoko are dealing with their own unique struggles. For Karada, it's the pressure to grow up too fast, while for Shoko, it's the feeling of being stuck in a rut.

Living for the Day After Tomorrow is a show that focuses on the small moments in life and the connections we make with others. Each episode is a self-contained story that explores a particular theme or issue, from Karada's struggles to fit in at school to Shoko's quest to find meaning in her life. Along the way, we meet supporting characters who help shed light on the main characters' struggles. For example, we meet Chika, Karada's best friend, who is struggling to overcome a recent family tragedy and finds solace in her friendship with Karada.

The animation style of Living for the Day After Tomorrow is nothing groundbreaking, but it suits the tone of the show perfectly. The colors are soft and muted, with a focus on naturalistic settings like parks and cafes. The character designs are simple but endearing, with each character's facial expressions and body language conveying a lot about their personalities.

One aspect of the show that stands out is its use of symbolism and metaphor. For example, Karada's desire to grow up quickly is illustrated by a recurring image of a bird locked in a cage, longing to fly free. Shoko's sense of aimlessness is conveyed through a dream sequence in which she wanders through a seemingly endless field, looking for a place to belong. These little touches add depth and nuance to the show, elevating it above other slice-of-life anime that rely solely on character interactions.

Despite its serious themes, Living for the Day After Tomorrow is also full of lighthearted moments. The banter between Karada and Shoko is often humorous, with Shoko teasing Karada about her innocence and naivete. There are also some genuinely heartwarming moments, such as when Shoko takes Karada on a shopping trip to help her feel more confident in her own skin. These moments of levity help to balance out the more somber scenes, making for a show that is both poignant and delightful to watch.

Overall, Living for the Day After Tomorrow is a beautifully crafted anime that deserves more attention than it received upon its initial release. Its exploration of themes like growing up, finding purpose, and connecting with others is universal, and its characters are easy to relate to. Anyone who has ever felt lost or alone would do well to give this show a chance, as it offers a quiet but powerful sense of hope that is all too rare in today's media landscape.

Living for the Day After Tomorrow is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (12 episodes). The series first aired on October 5, 2006.

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To Be Here
12. To Be Here
August 25, 2010
Eventually Tetsu believes that Karada was turned into an adult. As Kotomi leaves town to see her father, she gives Shoko a piece of the wishing stone she had.
The Present That Exists There
11. The Present That Exists There
August 18, 2010
After Tetsu gets over his cold, Karada finally tells him her true identity, but Tetsu doesn't believe her. After coming to terms with what he did to Shoko, Hiro and she take a train together to go see Karada.
The True Name
10. The True Name
August 11, 2010
Tetsu is still eager to search for Karada, and does not even realize he has already met her. When it starts to rain and he has not come back yet, Karada goes out to search for him.
The Signpost
9. The Signpost
August 4, 2010
Karada starts to work at a pension in order to live on her own. Meanwhile, Tetsu is still on the search for Karada and this time even Kotomi is helping him out.
Living for the Day After Tomorrow
8. Living for the Day After Tomorrow
July 28, 2010
Karada leaves and tries to live on her own but very soon finds out how hard it really is. During a rainstorm, she remembers the past she had with her parents and when she first met Hiro.
A Moment Between Them
7. A Moment Between Them
July 21, 2010
Shoko cannot forget about her past life with Hiro. Today is Hiro's birthday, so they make him a cake.
Summer's Eternity
6. Summer's Eternity
July 14, 2010
Tetsu finally goes to Karada's apartment but does not recognize her. They then spend the rest of the afternoon looking all over town for Karada.
A Place to Return to
5. A Place to Return to
July 7, 2010
Karada tries to convince Shoko to live with them. Tetsu wants to go find Karada but needs to stay home and study.
Please Believe
4. Please Believe
June 30, 2010
Karada is having the hardest time adjusting to her age reversal. Later on they all go to the Summer Festival together.
A New Lifestyle
3. A New Lifestyle
June 23, 2010
Shoko and Karada are still getting used to their reversal in ages.
A Passing Encounter
2. A Passing Encounter
October 12, 2006
Hiro spends the entire day looking for Karada.
The Wishing Stones
1. The Wishing Stones
October 5, 2006
Shoko has just returned from the US. When the moon comes out, Shoko is transformed into an 11 year old as preteen Karada is turned into a young woman.
Where to Watch Living for the Day After Tomorrow
Living for the Day After Tomorrow is available for streaming on the The Anime Network website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Living for the Day After Tomorrow on demand at Amazon Prime.
  • Premiere Date
    October 5, 2006
  • IMDB Rating
    7.0  (57)