Ano Natsu de Matteru – 05
「先輩はヒロイン。」 (Senpai wa Hiroin.)
“Sempai is the Heroine.”
This series sure takes me back — back when I watched romantic comedies and was anticipating heartbreak from all the teenage angst. Now that I’m older and (arguably) wiser, I know of a better solution to the problem — a harem ending with two guys and three girls. Problem solved. I say, why not? It’s the only way everyone can be happy with where things are headed. If not that, there needs to be a lot less pushing away and a lot more pulling in if anybody hopes to leave this series happy. Ichika has the right idea, but the same can’t be said about Kanna unless she’s already resigned to being alone in the end. It’s a lonesome sight indeed, especially for a “Girl C” fan such as myself, though I can’t really blame Kanna for feeling annoyed around Kaito and Ichika and unknowingly lashing out at Tetsurou in the most inconsiderate way possible. From an outside perspective, this series is almost depressing to watch at times, as I can’t help but feel for all these characters who understandably can’t get their feelings across. That is, unless you’re Remon and just enjoy trolling hard with haphazardly written movie scripts, aimed specifically at messing with everyone and telling Ichika, “I know you’re an alien, ufufufu.”
Of course, that’s not to say that I’m not enjoying every minute of Remon’s “directing”, as her perceptiveness and meddling make it feel like I’m watching a viewer who didn’t want to sit around and let everyone’s feelings amount to nothing and decided to jump into the show to stir things up. To that end, Kuroda Yousuke continues to work his magic, coming up with an ingenious script that doesn’t shy away from putting characters on the spot, unlike most romantic comedies these days that purposely avoid series-changing moments in order to preserve the premise. The dialogue is sharp and provides oodles of meaningful yet hilarious moments that I absolutely revel in. The jokes keep pouring in as well, from the impeccably timed one-liners that are targeted at us viewers to the M.I.B. parodies that have become an ongoing gag. Best of all, the writing really surprises me at times by being so bad for the characters but so good for us, like in the aforementioned scene between Kanna and Tetsurou, which finally burst the cap off the latter’s bottled-up feelings.
It may have been largely jealousy-driven, but I suspect Tetsurou’s actions were at least partly because he couldn’t bear to see what Kanna was going through any longer after seeing her forced smile. Either way, I’m glad he decided to stick his nose in, because no one’s going to benefit from not being clear about how they feel, not even Ichika. It’ll be interesting to see how hesitant she remains now, knowing how Kanna feels. What better place to make a stand than at the beach. I’m still waiting for Mio to speak up too, because that panda bear is in dire need of some competition.