Like some other people who wrote a review I rented now and then here and there from a local blockbuster and if I didn't see the first episode on comcast I may have never seen this wonderful anime creation. This is one of the best drama anime series I have ever seen. This series is almost like Escaflwone but very depressing as in There Is No Hope. I don't like to spoil reviews by revealing things about the story so I only encourage readers to see it.
This is such a powerful anime show that it starts to make you feel for the characters right off the bat. Some things in this story are hard to understand like why lalaru acts the way she does even after act's of good she holds the same face only smiling here and there, and why shu will stop a nothing to protect her, he is so concentrated on protecting her that he doesn't think a lot about his parent's or sister but he makes you love and respect him for his strength and dedication.
Even though this is a depressing story Shu brings a little hope back when it seems to be completely gone. Now and Then Here and There will leave a very strong memory in your mind and make you appreciate life and see that there are things worse than death. Even though this is anime it shows what a lot of children in the world suffer and to see a child this brave and strong go through this and still keep the will to survive will inspire all viewers. The animation is a little old looking but that doesn't matter after you get hooked on the amazing story. The voice actors also do a great job by making you believe.
This would probably be the masterpiece that some claim it to be, but I have two problems with it; the main characters are too boring, so I did not care where they were going. And the themes were lost on me, because they would raise one hell of a fiery topic and simply dismiss it. Full review one of these days and my rating may or may not change.
Shuzo "Shu" Matsutani, a rambunctious adolescent kendo student, encounters a mysterious girl named Lala-Ru in an abandoned factory near his home. When she's captured by hostile mecha, Shu is taken with her to another world, to the unfortunately named fortress-ship Hellywood, ruled by the psychotic King Hamdo. The apparently ancient Lala-Ru can produce vast quantities of water, which Hamdo desires. Shu is imprisoned, beaten, and tortured before being inducted into Hamdo's army of child-soldiers. He doggedly insists that he must protect Lala-Ru, despite her great powers. They escape Hellywood, wander through the desert, and reach a pueblo-like village where they defeat Hamdo. The rambling storyline recalls bothEl HazardandEscaflowne. What setsNow and Thenapart is the gritty realism of the violence: unlike other anime characters, Shu seems to feel real pain when Hamdo's thugs beat him. Although the rape of the Earth girl Sara is suggested rather than depicted, she has to decide whether to keep or abort the child. These depictions of the brutality of war giveNow and Thena grim power many better-written and better-animated series lack. The most interesting segment on the "bonus disc" juxtaposes the animated version of the final episode with the storyboards. "From Then to Now" includes clips from the audition tapes of the actors playing Hamdo (Jack Taylor) and Shu (a surprisingly burly Ed Paul) along with interviews and standard behind-the-scenes footage of the recording sessions. ...