Shu is a typical Japanese boy, but has an unbeatable, optimistic and determined attitude. However, when he sees a mysterious girl with strange eyes named Lala-Ru up on a smokestack, he is soon pulled into a strange desert world. Shu soon discovers the true terrors of war, which includes genocide, brutal torture, hunger, thirst, and child exploitation. Now Shu is trying to save Lala-Ru, as well as his hard earned, and often reluctant, new friends from the insane dictator, Hamdo. Whether Shu can possibly accomplish saving those he cares about while still holding up to his values remains to be seen. – My Anime List
Based on 14 review scores:
The Nihon Review
Never does the series preach or trumpet the failures of the human race. In contrast, Now and Then, Here and There is more of a celebration of life. This anime is a frighteningly believable microcosm of war, but it places greater emphasis on humanity’s resilience in the face of such adversities. Unlike most anime, the series never relies on trite statements like “war is hell” because, instead of telling, it oh so vividly shows.
The anime world would benefit from having more shows like this being made today.
My Honour Is Called Loyalty
I cannot in good faith recommend this anime to anyone. This is dark. Truly dark. Some people I know would break watching this even if they are “only” anime characters.
If you are ignoring me and going to watch it. Well good luck with that and I bet you will grow a bit. You will learn that humanity is capable of horrible things if they need or want to do it.
What I liked most about this series is that it holds nothing back. It presented the horrors of war in all its forms and did nothing to shield you from it. By doing so, it added honesty to the story. I do not enjoy graphic violence usually, but when it is presented as this story does, I don’t mind it–in fact, I applaud it. The story clearly shows the consequences of the “cycle of violence”–that if violence goes unchecked, it will escalate. It is only when someone decides enough is enough and attempts to stop it that it can truly be stopped. This is a powerful story that I would recommend to anyone who can handle the story. It is a powerful, necessary story.
Canne’s Anime Review
Now and Then, Here and There clearly and effectively delivers the message about human nature and the consequences of war with great script, detailed characterization, dark and beautiful animation and heart breaking original soundtracks. I happily give this anime ‘A’ rating because it deserves nothing less.
The problem with this series is that the second half of the series just doesn’t live up to the first half. Oh, it’s by no means bad, it’s got about half a dozen of awesome moments, but the entire thing is nowhere near as intense and unique as the first half, and at a number of points, it gets a formulaic and a bit unrealistic.
It might be starting to show its age a little bit, but Now and Then, Here and There is still an excellent human drama about the effects of war. I am glad that ADV managed to rescue this license and not let it disappear. If you have not seen it yet, I urge you to do so. It is well worth it. Highly recommended.
NTHT is not afraid to take risks and I was hooked on this series. I watched all 13 episodes rather quickly because I would be at work thinking about what would happen next! It’s hard for me to go into it too much without spoiling it and NTHT ties together well as a whole. It can be seen on many levels, but I definitely enjoy what I call “thinking” anime and this one stirs up emotions as well.
It is not a *bad* show because of this. Shuzo and the others are more mature for their struggles and the overall tone at the end is still hopeful if not joyous. This is definitely not a show for those who like their anime on the lighter side, but rather for those who love a well-told story, whatever its mood.
If you’re looking for a provocative experience, switch off Gundam Wing or Code Geass or whatever confused, pseudo-political fluff you’re watching. Instead, try this straight-talking anime with an invigorating perspective on the horrors of war. Carving a bold pacifist path through the jungle of moral what-ifs, NTHT is a tale of human endurance the likes of which hasn’t graced our world since Grave of the Fireflies.
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The makers of this anime clearly wanted to say something, and they’ve gone about doing so in the most dire, soul-draining way they could muster. It’s up to you if you can weather the journey, but I guarantee you’ll come out on the other end a bit wiser for it.
Passionate And Lazy
That’s another theme in this anime. Treasure your life, kids. “You’re going through shit? Hey, at least you’re alive. Could be worse.”
In all seriousness. I highly recommend this anime to anyone. Really.
Unflinchingly brutal and poignant.