The film centers on junior high students Shizuku and Seiji who dream of becoming a writer and violin maker, respectively. As they follow their ambitions, a romance blossoms between the two.
Sweet story, right? Sure, for adults watching a coming-of-age tale, there’s always bound to be a bit of bittersweet nostalgia mixed in, but a little catharsis isn’t anything to get worked up over, right?
Apparently it was for some Japanese Internet commentators, who took to message boards immediately after the broadcast ended to share their despair with the world.