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Just Because!
Just Because BD vol 1.jpg
Cover of the first Blu-ray Disc volume featuring main character Mio Natsume
ジャストビコーズ
(Jasutobīkōzu)
Serial novel
Written by Hajime Kamoshida
Illustrated by Atsushi Kobayashi
Published by Kadokawa
Magazine Da Vinci
Original run September 6, 2017 – present
Anime television series
Directed by Atsushi Kobayashi
Produced by Keisuke Fukunaga
Written by Hajime Kamoshida
Music by Nagi Yanagi
Studio Pine Jam
Licensed by
Original network AT-X, Tokyo MX, tvk, MBS, BS Fuji
Original run October 5, 2017 December 28, 2017
Episodes 12
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Just Because! is an original Japanese anime television series by Hajime Kamoshida, the author of The Pet Girl of Sakurasou, and Kiseki Himura, the author of Getsuyōbi no Tawawa. The 12-episode anime, produced by Pine Jam, aired between October and December 2017.[1] Sentai Filmworks has licensed the series and streamed it on Amazon's Anime Strike service in the US.[2]

Plot[edit]

It is winter of their third year of high school, near the end of second semester, when students have very little time in high school left. Everyone is just waiting for graduation. Until Eita Izumi—their classmate in middle school who had moved far away—suddenly moves back home at a peculiar time. This reunites them, as if a go signal rang out to the feelings of the students who had just thought their high school life would end without fanfare.[3]

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Eita Izumi (泉 瑛太, Izumi Eita)
Voiced by: Aoi Ichikawa[4]
A transfer student who come back to his hometown after 4 years. Because his father's job was often relocated, Eita often transferred schools. He was in baseball club along with Haruto back in middle school.
Mio Natsume (夏目 美緒, Natsume Mio)
Voiced by: Karin Isobe[4]
The former student council president. Mio was Eita and Haruto's classmate during middle school. She plans to enroll in college and is studying hard to make that happen. Her unrequited feelings for a middle school crush still influence her.
Haruto Sōma (相馬 陽斗, Sōma Haruto)
Voiced by: Taishi Murata[4]
A baseball team member who has already secured a job after graduation. He and Eita are childhood friends. He has a crush on Hazuki and confesses his feelings but is rejected at first; however this changes over the series. Hazuki tells Haruto she won't date him until she is settled in college and Haruto finds a stable job and if he still loves her by that time.
Hazuki Morikawa (森川 葉月, Morikawa Hazuki)
Voiced by: Yuna Yoshino[4]
Hazuki is a member of the school concert band that has already decided on her preferred college. She does not stand out in class, and seems uninterested in romantic relationships. Haruto has a crush on her and confesses his feelings but is rejected at first. However, over the course of the series, this changes; Hazuki tells Haruto she won't date him until she is settled in college, Haruto finds a stable job and if his feelings remain unchanged.
Ena Komiya (小宮 惠那, Komiya Ena)
Voiced by: Lynn[4]
Ena is a second-year student, and a member of the photography club that is close to being disbanded. In order to save the club, she enters a photography competition. Later on, she develops a crush on Eita. She has a go-getter attitude, taking active steps to get what she wants, speaking her mind openly where everyone else is too nervous to speak up.

Others[edit]

Yoriko Inui (乾 依子, Inui Yoriko)
Voiced by: Arisa Sakuraba[5]
Hazuki's best friend who constantly looks after her, speaks out on her behalf and helps her and Haruto get together. At one point she admits to Hazuki that she's also in love with someone, but refuses to say more. There are hints in the first half of the series that the person she's in love with might be Hazuki.
Sanae Takahashi (高橋 早苗, Takahashi Sanae)
Voiced by: Yuka Nukui[5]
Momoka Suzuki (鈴木 桃花, Suzuki Momoka)
Voiced by: Reina Kondō[5]
Mayuko Satō (佐藤 真由子, Satō Mayuko)
Voiced by: Sayaka Senbongi[5]
Junpei Saruwatari (猿渡 順平, Saruwatari Junpei)
Voiced by: Kōhei Amasaki[5]
Haruto's best friend.
Rikuto Ishigaki (石垣 陸生, Ishigaki Rikuto)
Voiced by: Shōta Yamamoto[5]
Haruto's best friend.
Tōru Shimizu (清水 徹, Shimizu Tōru)
Voiced by: Junichi Yanagita[5]
Kaoru Yamaguchi (山口 薫, Yamaguchi Kaoru)
Voiced by: Daiki Kobayashi[5]
Watanabe-sensei (渡辺先生, Watanabe Sensei)
Voiced by: Toru Ohkawa[5]
The homeroom teacher of Mio and Haruto's class.

Media[edit]

Anime[edit]

The project was first teased as an April's Fools joke in 2017 under title April 1st The Animation.[6] It was later confirmed as real in the June issue of Gakken's Megami Magazine.[7]

Kiseki Himura designed the characters, Atsushi Kobayashi directed the series with screenplay by Hajime Kamoshida. Hiroyuki Yoshii adapted Kiseki's art into animation. Keisuke Fukunaga produced the series.[4] Pine Jam produced the animation.[8] It aired from October 5 to December 28, 2017 on AT-X, Tokyo MX, TV Kanagawa, MBS, and BS Fuji's programming block Anime Guild.[9][10] Nagi Yanagi serves as music producer as well performed the opening theme titled "Over and Over", while Karin Isobe, Yuna Yoshino, and Lynn performed the ending theme "behind".[11][12]

Episode list[edit]

No. Title Original air date[13]
1 "On your marks!"  October 5, 2017
Eita Izumi transfers to a new high school in his junior year. Upon arriving for his registration, he meets his childhood friend, Haruto Soma. They play a game of baseball, when Haruto reveals that Mio Natsume (Eita's childhood crush), also attends the high school. 
2 "Question"  October 12, 2017
Haruto asks Hazuki out on a date vaguely. To his disappointment, Hazuki brings her little brothers along with her to the aquarium. The rest of the friends join them as they spend time together. 
3 "Andante"  October 19, 2017
4 "Full swing"  October 26, 2017
All the friends plan to hang out at the shrine to celebrate New Year's Eve. Hazuki and Haruto end up alone, while Eita and Mio have a confrontation. Haruto confesses and gets rejected, while Eita and Mio have an argument which leads to Eita revealing his feelings for Mio. 
5 "Rolling stones"  November 2, 2017
6 "Restart"  November 9, 2017
SP "Unexpectedly, Trip of Just Because!"
"Furari, Just Because! no Tabi" (ふらり、Just Because!の旅) 
November 16, 2017
The cast members visit the real world locations of the anime series "Just Because!" 
7 "Snow day"  November 23, 2017
8 "High Dynamic Range"  November 30, 2017
9 "Answer"  December 7, 2017
10 "Childhood's end"  December 14, 2017
Mio buys chocolate for Eita but couldn't give it to him after she sees a photo of Komiya on his phone's home screen. Komiya plans on giving Eita chocolate, but realizes what happened and removes the photo and apologizes to Eita instead. Mio is seen outside the school crying and telling herself that she is serious about Eita. Morikawa asks Soma to meet her at the baseball and she tells him that she can't go out with him because they are going to be apart when she moves away for college; however, in the end, they agree that if Soma can wait until after she graduates and he's still interested in going out with her, she will go out with him. Eita goes out to meet Komiya, where she gives him a piece of chocolate and a handful of good luck charms for his exam. As a good luck charm for the photography contest, he gives back one of the charms that she'd pick out as the best one. Mio is home studying and pondering that Eita doesn't know how she feels. The episode ends with Komiya telling Eita she still likes him. 
11 "Roundabout"  December 21, 2017
Komiya asks Eita to respond to her feelings after he passes the entrance exam and he agrees. Eita tells Soma that he'll confess to Mio if he passes his entrance exam. That night, Mio's sister hears from Eita that he got accepted to Joei—Mio's first choice college. On the exam day, while talking in school, Soma and Morikawa realize that Eita's taking the entrance exam for Mio's initial first choice, oblivious to the fact that she changed her first choice to Joei—the college Eita got accepted into. The results for both Eita and Mio are released with Mio passing hers. Meanwhile, Komiya gets the results of the photography contest. 
12 "Get set, go!"  December 28, 2017
Eita fails his entrance exam. He receives a text from Mio telling him she passed the test for her first choice. It's graduation and everyone says their good-byes. Eita tells Komiya that he was happy when she confessed to him but still, he can't go out with her because there is someone else he likes. After he left, she is seen crying in the club room. Eita runs into Mio at Joei; he confesses to liking her and she reciprocates. 

Novel[edit]

A serialized novel adaptation of the anime was launched in Kadokawa's Da Vinci magazine starting October 2017 issue (released on September 6). The first chapter tells the prologue anime's plot. Atsushi Kobayashi is illustrating the series.[14][15][16][17]

Web manga[edit]

A spin-off web manga series illustrated by Kamaboko RED is updated every day the anime's official Twitter account. Each chapter is two pages long.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hajime Kamoshida and Kiseki Himura Team Up For Original Anime". Crunchyroll. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Licenses Just Because! Anime For Anime Strike Stream". Anime News Network. September 28, 2017. Retrieved September 28, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Pet Girl of Sakurasou Creator, Sword Art Online: Progressive Manga Artist's Original Anime 'Just Because!' Revealed". Anime News Network. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "'Just Because!' Anime Reveals 5 Main Cast Members". Anime News Network. July 28, 2017. Retrieved July 28, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i "'Just Because!' Original Anime Reveals Additional Cast". Anime News Network. September 15, 2017. Retrieved September 15, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Anime/Manga/Game Industry Celebrates April Fool's Day 2017 - Part III". Anime News Network. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  7. ^ "Pet Girl of Sakurasou Creator, Sword Art Online: Progressive Manga Artist Work on New Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved 29 May 2017. 
  8. ^ "【鴨志田一×比村奇石】オリジナルアニメ「Just Because!」の詳細きたぞおおおおおお". オタク.com (in Japanese). Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  9. ^ "'Just Because!' Original Anime's October Premiere Revealed". Anime News Network. June 29, 2017. Retrieved June 29, 2017. 
  10. ^ "'Just Because!' Original TV Anime Premieres October 5". Anime News Network. August 18, 2017. Retrieved August 18, 2017. 
  11. ^ "2017年10月放送開始のオリジナルTVアニメ『Just Because!』、OPテーマはやなぎなぎ、EDテーマはヒロインキャラクターたちが歌唱". moca news (in Japanese). Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  12. ^ "Just Because! Anime's Trailers Preview Opening, Ending Theme Songs". Anime News Network. October 2, 2017. Retrieved October 2, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Just Because!" (in Japanese). Tokyo MX. Retrieved October 26, 2017. 
  14. ^ "鴨志田一×比村奇石「Just Because!」10月放送决定 「ダ・ヴィンチ」では原作小説連載". アニメハック (in Japanese). Retrieved 29 July 2017. 
  15. ^ "雑誌『ダ・ヴィンチ』にて原作小説連載決定!". 「Just Because!」公式サイト (in Japanese). Retrieved 29 July 2017. 
  16. ^ "'Just Because!' Original Anime Gets Serialized Novel". Anime News Network. September 7, 2017. Retrieved September 29, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Licenses Just Because! Anime for Anime Strike Stream". Anime News Network. September 29, 2017. Retrieved September 29, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Just Because!短編スピンオフ応援マンガ". Just Because !公式 on Twitter (in Japanese). Retrieved 10 October 2017. 

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