Story/Art: Matcha Hazuki
Translation/Adaptation: Amanda Haley
Lettering: Bianca Pistillo
What They Say:
Rebuilding her friendship with Hajime is what would make Kaori happest…or at least that’s what Yuuki’s convinced himself of. If it may help get her memory back, there’s no chance Yuuki will stand in the way. But the sudden switch from his usual enthusiasm leads his friends to notice something is off…and more than that, Kaori comes to realize that she can’t seem to get Yuuki off her mind…
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
There’s only one volume after this one, and that means the story is moving ever closer to its climax and end. Hase is still struggling over the relationship between Fujimiya and Kujou (his jealously seeps through basically every action they take together), but he just wants Fujimiya to be able to work through her memory loss issue before he truly does anything.
This may be an act of kindness of Hase’s part, but he’s executing it very strangely. In his attempts to forcibly make everything normal, he’s just making everything much more weird. Kiryuu catches onto this immediately (as does everyone else…), and they more worry for him than wonder what’s going on. At the heart of everyone is kindness, and that kind of message is very needed. Instead of just allowing things to go on as normal, Hase tries to distance himself from Fujimiya when they’re in the presence of Kujou. It’s just weird.
Kujou’s elder brother debuts in this volume as well, providing maybe the last piece of information needed to fill in why Fujimiya is ailed with this memory loss to begin with. He appears to be older junior high or high school age at the time that Kujou was moving away from Fujimiya, and he’s just joking that he should call in some friends to bully Fujimiya so Kujou can swoop in and play hero. Fujimiya, of course, only hears the worst part of this, and runs away before Kujou’s repudiation. Both were hurt by this action, but neither really knew the full circumstance until now. Only the final volume will tell how this plays out.
The reveal of how Fujimiya may have lost her trust in friends is believable enough, if not kind of cliché. Thinking back on everything that’s happened in this manga, and what I really enjoyed about it, I think I’d be more ok with Fujimiya just waking up with her memories back one day and having it just be a result of that freak accident rather than some sort of traumatic event. What I love most about One Week friends is these folks just hanging out and being kids. It’s cute, and I don’t need more.
Content Grade: B
Art Grade: B
Packaging Grade: B+
Text/Translation Grade: A
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Yen Press
Release Date: March 19, 2019