Sing “Yesterday” For Me is a currently airing anime this spring 2020 season. The romance-drama series blends the elements of past and future to bring the story of a convenience store worker trying to understand love. If you aren’t watching this anime, you are surely missing out.
Adapted by studio Doga Kobo, the 18-episode series will tug at the heartstrings of romance fans. As the series is still in its early episodes, it hasn’t been revealed how the title is incorporated to the story. Be sure to give this one a try if your looking for a slice of life series to invest yourself into.
10 Should: It’s Setup to Break Your Heart
Whenever you see the tags “Seinen, romance, and drama together,” you can probably expect there to be heartbreak somewhere along the series. If you’re unfamiliar with the Seinen tag, it is series targeted for males above 20.
This typically means you’re not going to get the classic high school rom-com drama, but rather a tale of more mature characters. Rikuo Uozumi is the main character of the series and just finished university. As a recent graduate, Rikuo is in his 20s matching the target demographic for the show.
9 Alternative: Scum’s Wish
For fans of series with complicated unrequited love, Scum’s Wish is the best place to look. The story follows Hanabi Yasuraoka and Mugi Awaya. The two are together but aren’t in love with each other. In fact, they’re both in love with other people. Hanabi is in love with her childhood neighbor and now high school teacher Narumi Kanai and Mugi is in love with his music teacher Akane Minagawa. To make matters worst for the both, Narumi and Akane are in a relationship. If getting emotionally invested into characters is a prerequisite to a series you’ll enjoy, Scum’s Wish is the series for you.
8 Should: It has a Love Triangle
Love triangles have been a concept in romance anime since the beginning but are especially effective when its unclear who the protagonist will end up with. Shinako Morinome and Haru Nonaka are the two love interests for Rikuo in the series. Shinako is Rikuo’s ex-girlfriend who he hasn’t completely gotten over.
The two understand that they may not be best for each other, but still help each other out when they can, such as making food for the other when sick. Haru was a student of Shinako and has a mysterious demeanor. Accompanied by her pet raven Kansuke, Haru visits Rikuo at work and wants to be number one in his eyes. Haru respects Shinako, but see’s her as her rival.
7 Alternative: Just Because!
Just Because! is a milder romance drama that’s easier to digest, but keeps the same themes. Adapted by studio Pine Jam during the fall 2017 season, Just Because! also has love triangles. The original series follows Eita Izumi who just returned to his home town. Eita’s love interest is Mio Natsume and he works hard at school so he can be accepted to the same college as her. Mio also has interest in Eita, but puts her studies first. Ena Komiya is a member of the photography club and develops a crush on Eita throughout the series, putting her feelings on the line multiple times. In the background of side characters, a second romance plot is happening between Eita’s close friend Haruto Souma interested in Hazuki Morikawa, a girl with no interest in love.
6 Should: Visuals
Sing “Yesterday” For Me may not be the most standout but fit the series very well. The dull colors fit the tone of the series. When watching there’s an underlying feeling that something sad is going to happen eventually and the feel of the setting gives that impression.
Whether is a rainy day or clear skies, the anime manages to keep these disheartening undertones. Of the three main characters, none of them have outlandish hairstyles or colors, breaking the immersion from the plot.
5 Alternative: Domestic Girlfriend
If you’re looking for a series that’s spicier, more eventful, trashier, then Domestic Girlfriend is the series you’ll want to check out. Similar in plot, Domestic Girlfriend has a love triangle between Natsuo Fujii and his teacher Hina Tachibana and Rui Tachibana a girl he meets at a mixer. Hina and Rui are sisters, but things get even weirder when Natsuo’s father remarries the sister’s mother making them all step siblings.
4 Should: Seasonal Romance Drama
As stated earlier, Sing “Yesterday” For Me is a series airing this spring 2020 season. Being a seasonal anime, episodes are aired weekly. If you’re not waiting for episodes to stack up or the series to finish, then the events of this anime are likely to sit with you for a full week.
The show is still in its early episodes, but as we build up to the climax the intense feelings of the characters are only going to build up more and more.
3 Alternative: Kaguya-sama: Love is War
If Sing “Yesterday” For Me is too immersive and you want a lighter romantic drama, Kaguya-sama: Love is War is the way to go. Kaguya-sama: Love is War is a battle between Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane, two tsunderes trying to get the other to confess their love. The series aired back in the winter 2019 season, but if you’re looking for a spring 2020 alternative the anime is airing its second season.
2 Should: Relatability
If you look at the tagline on one of the visuals for Sing “Yesterday” For Me, it states, “49% looking back, 51% looking forward. A tale of daily life.” The series is taken right out of what could be everyday life, possibly being a relatable story for many of us. The most far-fetched aspect of the series (Which really is not that far out there) is Haru’s pet crow Kansuke.
1 Alternative: Koikaze, Love Wind
Rounding out the list as the final alternative anime, Koikaze, Love Wind. Dating back to the spring 2004 season, the anime follows Saeki Koushirou, a wedding planner whose losing control of his own life. Like Rikuo, Saeki has broken up with his girlfriend and meets a high school student named Nanoka Kohinata. Koikaze, Love Wind was adapted by studio A.C.G.T. and aired for 13 episodes.
Sing “Yesterday” For Me is a great new title, but that doesn't mean there aren't alternatives out there.