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Orphan Kohei Orihara lives with his aunt and suffers from memory loss, in particular with regard to a childhood friend who was a great help to him in a time of crisis (the death of his sister). Now, in the style of Love Hina, he is trying to work out which of several neighborhood girls is The One, although the prime candidate actually turns out to be Mizuka, the surrogate sister who has known him for so long that he has not realized she has become a beautiful teenager. So, that would make her a "childhood friend," then? Based on a 1998 game from Tactics, the anime version constantly returns to Kohei's childhood-an interesting way of approaching the multiple routes of computer games, but also of recycling footage.
The action, such as it is, spreads out across the four seasons of a Japanese school year in the style of Slow Step, beginning with the rains that herald the end of summer vacation, and taking us through fall winds, winter snow, and the inevitable cherry blossoms that signify spring and Graduation. This sounds like a rerun of a number of other anime because it is. Director Morino has handled the premise of childhood friends separated for years in Masakazu Katsura's I"s. Note that there are two versions of this series-a mainstream one released by KSS in 2001 and the later Cherry Lips erotic variant released in 2003. Technically, the subtitle "True Stories" only applies to the second series, which is the one released in America. N