|Created by||Max Matsuura|
|Written by||Rin Eto|
|Directed by||Kozo Nagayama|
|Theme music composer|
|Opening theme||Friends (フレンズ) by Ai Otsuka|
|Ending theme||To Me by Boo Bee Benz |
Kimi to Iu Hana (君という花) by Boo Bee Benz
Yumekui (ユメクイ) by Ai Otsuka
|Country of origin||Japan|
|No. of episodes||5|
|Camera setup||Multiple-camera setup|
|Running time||46 min. (approx)|
|Original release||June 3, 2005|
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The Tokyo Friends Premium Box was also released which includes all 5 episodes, a bonus DVD, and 12 postcards. Although this is a very typical Tokyo-story and was never aired, it was quite successful probably because it was Ai Otsuka's debut as an actress.
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Rei met other girls also working in the restaurant, Hirono, Ryoko and Maki, all in pursuit of their own dreams, and became good friends with all of them.
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