2 Multiverse Anime Films Whose Ending Changes Depending on the Viewing Order, Released

At some point in our life, many of us have wondered, “What if we had taken a different path in our life? If we had studied hard in school to get good grades, or if we confessed our feeling to someone or something simpler like going to a different place to eat. What would have happen to us?

In modern anime and light novels, you can find multiple works depicting this “what if” scenario. As an example, consider the story of “Re: Zero, Starting life in another world,” in which the protagonist does something, dies, and then goes back in time to redo that thing.

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However, the twin films “To All of You That I Loved” and “To the Only Me Who Loved You” take a different take on this “What If” scenario. Both films have a boy named, Koyomi, who makes different choices following his parent’s divorce.

In one world, he chooses to live with his mother, and in the 2nd film, he chooses to live with his father. But this one choice will completely change how his life turns out, and that is what is shown in the film. Additionally, both films are connected, so the ending will change depending on the order you watch them.

“To All of You That I Loved” and “To the Only Me Who Loved You” were released on October 7 in Japan. The two movies are based on light novels with the same names. Yomiji Otono wrote both light novels, which came out at the same time on June 23, 2016.

Different animation studios will make the two movies. Bakken Record will do the animation for the first movie, To All of You That I Loved. To the Only Me Who Loved You will be animated by TMS Entertainment, the same studio that animated Dr. Stone, Rent-A-Girlfriend, and Fruits Basket.

International Release

Neither the official movie website nor the official Twitter account has announced any plans for the international cinema release. Since the franchise is not that popular internationally, it is highly unlikely that films will be released in Cinema outside of Japan.

Most probably, Crunchyroll or Netflix will stream the film to international fans. Netflix is currently investing a lot in the anime industry, the streaming giant recently outbid Black Clover’s upcoming film streaming rights, so don’t be surprised if these multiverse films also come to Netflix instead of Crunchyroll.

First Reaction To The Films

According to some early reviews on a Japanese blog, the films have gotten mixed responses, with a significant complaint being that they couldn’t keep up with the stories of both films. This is understandable because the Multiverse concept could be confusing for many people.

Other than that, watching 2 films consecutively can be pretty tiresome, and since both films are connected, you will miss a lot of clues if you are not attentive. Hopefully, Netflix will pick up both films to release internationally, so fans will be able to watch them at their own pace, and this will also give them the possibility to go back and rewatch the films.

Synopsis:

The synopsis for “To All of You That I Loved” is as follows:

A world where it has been established that people routinely swing between slightly different parallel worlds…

Koyomi Takasaki, who lives with his mother following his parents’ divorce, enrolls in a local university prep school. Due to the atmosphere concentrated on studies and his social awkwardness, Koyomi is unable to make friends. One day, he is suddenly approached by his classmate Kazune Takigawa, who tells him that she has travelled from the 85th world where she and Koyomi are lovers.

The synopsis for “To the Only Me Who Loved You” is as follows:

A world where it has been established that people routinely swing between slightly different parallel worlds…

Koyomi Hidaka, who lives with his father following his parents’ divorce, meets a girl named Shiori Satou at the research institute where his father works. They both have a little crush on each other, but everything changes when their parents remarry. Koyomi and Shiori, convinced that they will never be together, try to jump into another world where they won’t be step-siblings… There’s no meaning in a world without her.

Source: Official Website


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