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「君たちキウイ・パパイア・マンゴーだね。」 (Kimitachi Kiui Papai Mangoo Da ne.)
“You Guys are Kiwis, Papayas, and Mangos.”

It’s the return of Hajime’s spicy food pranks. This time it’s a “Cutie Kiwi-chan” topping out at two million scovilles, which would make it two times hotter than the hottest pepper in the world, the ghost chilli. This isn’t quite the way I imagined them to conclude the second season even though it’s similar to the first’s, but the salt guy did get his salt!

Admittedly, they faked me out for a bit by opening the episode with a scene between Arashi and a five year older Hajime. Unfortunately, that all turned out to be one of the stories Hajime was trying to write, much like in the first episode. While I would’ve preferred seeing more of the drama in his scenario unfold, we have Kaya creating a blatantly obvious kiwi bomb to get back at Hajime for something he didn’t even do instead — getting her to drink something mixed with spoiled milk. Meanwhile, Hajime’s scheming the same thing for Yamashiro after failing to get him with a “Cutie Cherry-chan” at the end of season one, and Arashi gets involved too after discovering what he’s up to.

This leads us to the eventual mix up and traveling back in time to retrieve the dangerous kiwis just so that Kaya can be reassured that the kiwi-filled cream puffs are safe to eat. Despite bringing back two of the three kiwi bombs though, Kaya still ends up eating one that’s extremely spicy, because no one’s aware that Kanako and Yayoi inadvertently spiked Hideo’s kiwi sundae with some extra green colour (i.e. wasabi and jalepenos). Hilarity comes full circle when Hideo gets Hajime back with his concoction, a “Cutie Papaya” that he shoves down his mouth.

 

This episode was a classic example of the idiom, “you reap what you sow”. Since things were primarily comedic-focused, the two-part mini arc with Hajime traveling back in time and becoming Arashi’s first love ends up being the highlight of the season. Seeing as I rather enjoyed the development in those episodes, I don’t particularly mind that being the case. They also re-emphasized their relationship at the end of the previous episode with Arashi kissing Hajime’s forehead. My only real complaint is how they introduced the whole disappearing at the end of summer bit this season, yet never got around to addressing it. As such, they’ve left the door wide open for a third season should one get greenlit.

On the flip side, I did enjoy how they wrapped things up with a talk between Hajime and Arashi, with the former stressing that everything past, present, and future may not be set in stone. Sure, Hajime’s timeline theory was only thrown out of wack because of a fourth source that he never accounted for, but I like how he hinted at the possibility that they may not be tied down by predetermiend destinies. If anything, this might have something to do with Arashi and the others’ fates down the stretch should a third season be produced. Following that, it was also cute seeing Arashi get an indirect kiss from Hajime by drinking from his cup.

Looking back, this second season has been a lot like the first. We often had completely non-sensical episodes, filled with Kanako and Yayoi’s mini skits about food and movies, and it wasn’t until the latter half of the season did we finally get some good character development. If we assume that was the rough outline they had planned from start to finish, things went according to expectations. In the bigger scope though, the series was pretty average much like the original, simply because the percentage of random episodes heavily outweighed the plot-centric ones. It’s a bit of a shame, since a lot of viewers would probably lose interest before they get to the good stuff. Sometimes, the good parts are things that you’d least expect too, such as Kanako and Yayoi finally getting an order right (and setting up the ultimate trap) and the salt guy finally getting his salt.

Given the unassuming nature of this series, I find it’s rather difficult to recommend based on any set criteria, however I will say that you have to be patient with it to get the most out of it. Saying it’s a story about a time-traveling ghost from 60 years ago only scratches the surface, as there are so many character and story nuances you discover along the way. Natsu no Arashi is definitely not a series to write home about (especially with SHAFT studios’ lackluster animation work this time around), but it’s enjoyable on various inexplicable levels depending on the viewer.

December 28, 2009 at 12:54 am
17 comments »
  • December 28, 2009 at 1:02 amcutemi2

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    never picked a food on the floor, it’s dirty….

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  • December 28, 2009 at 1:30 ammadzo

    ah a lot of shows ended no?
    divine, are you blogging any of the january anime? like durarara or something…

  • December 28, 2009 at 3:11 amdivine

    cutemi2:
    You must’ve mistaken us for reporters or something. Well I’m sorry to inform you we’re not blogging as a full-time job, but as a personal hobby. It takes time to screencap, write, and edit a post believe it or not.

    madzo:
    I purposely went for the one cour/season shows so in my case, yeah. I’m undecided about blogging anything new in January for now. Durarara does look interesting though.

  • December 28, 2009 at 4:05 amAlec

    The salt guy, getting his SALT is the most IMPORTANT part of the whose series xD!!!!!

  • December 28, 2009 at 4:16 amKam7r

    btw happy new year all from france

  • December 28, 2009 at 6:04 ammadzo

    @divine yeah durarara has got quite a cast, and plus it’s by the makers of baccano! so im looking forward to it.
    i think even dance in the vampire bund might be interesting because i read the scanlated chapters of the manga and its good.

  • December 28, 2009 at 7:36 amAlec

    d trailer of d vampire bund looked interesting ( It COULD be the only best part of the series)….. hope it wont dissapoint me when it airs…

  • December 28, 2009 at 7:36 pmJCDRANZER

    I really really really really really WANT A 3RD SEASON!!!!!!!! XD

    I hope it will because SHAFT do like making multiple seasons for their series like Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei and Hidamari Sketch……I bet we will get a 2nd season of Maria+Holic in the next year like Fall or Summer 2010. =) If this series was to get a 3rd season, it will most likely be somewhere between Fall 2010 and 2011………I really hope this will be the case. Bakemonogatari (Nisio Isin) will most likely get a 2nd season. 3 confirmed SHAFT’s series for 2010 are Hidamari Sketch×☆☆☆ (3rd Season – Jan 2010), Dance inthe Vampire Bund (Jan 2010) and Arakawa under the Bridge (April 2010). The 2nd episode of Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei Bangaichi gets released in Feb 2010. =)

    The manga has about 30 odd chapters (34 to 36) or something and there’s about 14 scanlated.

    Member of FTV and an Editor at Sudoi Desu! Webzine.

  • December 28, 2009 at 9:40 pmChaos

    The beginning really surprised me. I thought that was a real 5 years later XD

    And finally, he gets his salt…

  • December 28, 2009 at 11:59 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    definitely gonna super-chunk this as my next DL, seemed like a “must check” series. @JCDRANZER..interesting good points maybe they are on some “dole out ration type shit” and that’s cool, as long as we get OUR CRACK!!! ZETSUBOU Bangaichi!?!?! i don’t even know what that means..but u know I’m IN!

  • December 29, 2009 at 7:42 amviral

    ZETSUBOU Bangaichi: A 2-episodes long Zetsubo Sensei OVA.

  • December 29, 2009 at 9:43 amIsland Esper

    The beginning of the show was too serious !!! My heart skipped a beat; lucky by time time I was about to choke they switch to the real thing. I have watched both seasons and I like the series. The milk, the salt, the bombs are part of the magic. As for a possible third season I just have a shiver down my spine. I’m a Jun x Hajime shipper; but those ten initial seconds of the show; made me so sad for Arashi I couldn’t bear seeing that plot line developed. Yes I know all of them are dead; demo they are part of me and will hate to see them gone with the summer. I’ll say this is the only flaw of the show mixing fun and drama.

  • December 30, 2009 at 12:07 amSplash

    This series was average with a few gems thrown in with a few stinkers. I would have liked to see a bit more plot development episodes and less of the stand alone “travel back in time to fix the outdated item of the week ones”. The series definately has potential. Its worth a 3rd season and maybe in the 3rd season we will find out why those ghosts are able to time travel and Hajime eventually find out that Jun is really a girl. If nothing else happened this year at least that dude finally got his salt.

  • December 30, 2009 at 12:49 amcheesecake

    guy got his salt!!! woohoo!

  • January 2, 2010 at 10:21 amthe story you don’t know

    okay this one is done… i hope they get back on track in the last 2 episodes of Bakemonogatari and hopefully a second season :D

  • January 3, 2010 at 10:26 pmMark

    I thought the stories that were unrelated to the main plot really added a layer of depth to the story. It gives the impression that there’s a lot being left unsaid, which leaves it up to the imagination, and that the characters were being developed in very subtle ways. You can learn a lot about people by how they interact in mundane settings.

  • June 17, 2010 at 8:18 pmjun

    is there any season 3 for this anime..???