Now and Then, Here and There

Ima, Soko ni Iru Boku

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Shuuzou ''Shuu'' Matsutani lives his ordinary life in peace. He has friends, a crush, and a passion for kendo. Dejected after losing to his kendo rival, Shuu climbs a smokestack to watch the sunset where he finds Lala-Ru, a quiet, blue-haired girl wearing a strange pendant. Shuu attempts to befriend her, despite her uninterested, bland responses. However, his hopes are crushed when a woman, accompanied by two serpentine machines, appear out of thin air with one goal in mind: capture Lala-Ru. Shuu, bull-headed as he is, tries to save his new friend from her kidnappers and is transported to a desert world, unlike anything he has ever seen before. Yet, despite the circumstances, Shuu only thinks of saving Lala-Ru, until he is thoroughly beaten up by some soldiers. As he soon finds out, Lala-Ru can manipulate water and her pendant is the source from which she is able to bring forth the liquid, a scarce commodity in his new environment. But now, the pendant is lost, and Shuu is the prime suspect. Ima, Soko ni Iru Boku is the haunting story of a dystopian world, and of Shuu, who has to endure torture, hunger, and the horrors of war in order to save the lonely girl he found sitting atop a smokestack.

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English: Now and Then, Here and There
Japanese: 今、そこにいる僕
Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 14, 1999 to Jan 20, 2000
Premiered: Fall 1999
Broadcast: Thursdays at 19:00 (JST)
Producers: Victor Entertainment, Pioneer LDC, Rakuonsha
Licensors: Central Park Media
Studios: AIC
Source: Original
Genres: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Military, Sci-Fi
Duration: 25 min per ep
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
Resolution: 480p
Type: Dual Audio


Akitarou Daichi – Director, Script, Storyboard, Original Creator
Kazuya Tanaka – Sound Director
Hiroki Hayashi – Episode Director
Tadashi Hiramatsu – Episode Director, Storyboard
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Theme Songs

OP1: “Now and Then, Here and There” by Toshio Masuda
ED1: “Lullaby…” by Reiko Yasuhara

Episode List

01: A Girl Admiring the Sunset
02: A Boy and a Mad King
03: A Feast in the Dark
04: Discord
05: Murder
06: Disappearance in a Sandstorm
07: Night of Flight
08: Two Lone Souls
09: In the Chasm
10: Prelude to Chaos
11: Eve of Destruction
12: This Bloody Earth
13: Now and Then, Here and There



The bleak and fantastic grandfather of the isekai genre that is pissed off that you haven’t seen it but watched shit like SAO.


This show is a classic and I think it earned that distinction.


this one will make you very sad


Dark, depressing, powerful.


The heartwarming tale of a boy and his stick. While admittedly basic, it never fails to be trilling, poignant, and thoroughly enjoyable.


A harsh and hard-hitting watch that goes into some of the horrors of war. Good writing and a fantastic villain.


Superbly directed and presented with moments of brilliance. Let down by shallow characters and theme exploration.



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