Last year, I read the short manga Orange by Ichigo Takano, and absolutely loved the story. The manga is about Naho, the main protagonist, who keeps receiving letters from her future self. Naho’s future self has many regrets in her life, and feels that in order to remove her guilt, the letters she writes to her sixteen year old self will alter history for the best. Most of the story deals with Naho and her love interest Kakeru, who happens to be one of Naho’s regrets later in life. Kakeru is a boy that appears to be happy on the outside, but he is in a dark place and has to be saved.
I have to say the Japanese adaptation of the movie was spot on. I haven’t had the opportunity to watch the anime yet. I’m saving it for winter vacation. As for the casting, I really liked it and it was well done. Tao Tsuchiya was spot on as Naho, and the actress definitely knew how to portray Naho’s innocence and sweetness. I was highly impressed with Kento Yamazaki who played Kakeru. He was really convincing. I found myself crying through most of Kakeru’s sad parts. Kakeru is such a heart breaking character because of his circumstances. As for Suwa’s character, he is still one of the best characters for me. I was emotionally invested in this movie and I am pleased that there were a couple minor changes to the story. The romance was adorable, but most of all, I loved the friendship between the group of friends. Orange is light hearted, but it can really make you cry when you see Kakeru’s circumstances or how the others feel about saving him. I’ll keep this short and sweet, I highly recommend watching the movie, but do check out the manga first!