March 26, 2012 at 11:31 pm Comments (314)
「あの夏で待ってる。」 (Ano Natsu de Matteru.)
“Waiting in the Summer.”
Multiple times during this final episode, I thought I had figured out how everything would end. Every time, I was wrong. But I’m okay with this, because the end result was perfect for what this show has always been – a beautiful love story. Final impressions inside.
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March 20, 2012 at 12:45 am Comments (224)
「行かないで、先輩。」 (Ikanaide, Senpai.)
“Don’t Leave, Senpai.”
No matter how much it hurts, no matter how much it lessens the chance of them being with their beloved, these six friends always do what is best for one another. If nothing else, I think that’s why this show is amazing. Friendship, through thick and thin, no matter how weak or hopeless each of them are alone. A beautiful love story. A beautiful friendship story.
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March 12, 2012 at 8:01 pm Comments (248)
「先輩と僕らの。」 (Senpai to Bokura no)
“Sempai’s and ours.”
This is, simply put, one of the best love stories I’ve ever had the extreme pleasure of experiencing. The earnest feelings, the fragile first loves, and each and every character doing their best to reach for their dreams and stay true to themselves…it is fantastic. I don’t think I can say that enough. Truly fantastic. Truly.
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March 5, 2012 at 10:45 pm Comments (122)
Anime romances can be aggravating due to their tendency to dissolve into an endless chain of misunderstandings in order to stretch the story out. Yet, as anyone who has been in a romantic relationship for more than three-fifths of a nanosecond can say, misunderstandings happen. A lot. Ano Natsu once again shows us the way by having our two potential lovers misunderstand one another, but instead of just laughing it off once the misunderstanding is resolved and returning to the status quo, they grew closer.
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March 1, 2012 at 4:12 am Comments (96)
「先輩がPINCH.」 (Senpai ga PINCH.)
“Sempai’s in a PINCH.”
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Evidently, so is an alien rescue robot that leads to the earlier than expected slip of Ichika’s secret…
- Full post to come. Feel free to comment first.
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February 20, 2012 at 8:58 pm Comments (74)
「先輩の気持ち。」 (Senpai no Kimochi.)
Well it’s reassuring to know that my read on anime hasn’t completely deteriorated over the years and that I can still pick up on some subtle signs when I see them, as the reason for Kaori’s sudden feelings for Kaito was pretty much what I was thinking.
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February 16, 2012 at 7:06 pm Comments (67)
「先輩にライバル。」 (Senpai ni Raibaru.)
“A Rival for Sempai.”
If there’s a series that’s right up there with Rinne no Lagrange in terms of sheer unadulterated entertainment, Ano Natsu de Matteru would be it. The two are quickly becoming some of my all-time favorites in their respective genres — mecha and romantic comedy — which actually says a fair bit in my case since they happen to my two favorite genres too.
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February 8, 2012 at 12:08 am Comments (76)
「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.
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February 1, 2012 at 9:20 pm Comments (66)
「先輩はすごかった。」 (Senpai wa Sugokatta.)
“Sempai was Amazing.”
The “walk away and pretend it never happened” approach isn’t a terrible way of getting out of an awkward moment when you find out that someone likes you. Whether or not it’s a permanent solution is another matter, especially if you live together under the same roof.
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January 24, 2012 at 1:52 am Comments (84)
「先輩が言っちゃう…」 (Senpai ga Icchau…)
“Sempai Said It…”
Ano Natsu de Matteru is getting really dangerous — dangerously close to becoming one of my all-time favorite romantic comedies that is if things keep going the way they are.
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January 16, 2012 at 11:48 pm Comments (89)
「先輩といっしょ…」 (Senpai to Issho…)
“Together with Sempai…”
Judging from her performances in Rinne no Lagrange and Ano Natsu de Matteru this season, Ishihara Kaori will be a seiyuu to watch for in 2012. Here, she’s already provided me with oodles of jealous goodness care of Kanna, and held absolutely nothing back either when some good ‘ol underage drinking came into play.
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January 9, 2012 at 9:24 pm Comments (81)
「困ります、先輩。」 (Komarimasu, Senpai.)
“That’s Troubling, Sempai.”
I was hoping to be reminded of the Onegai Teacher/Twins in screenwriter Kuroda Yousuke and producer Ogura Mitsutoshi’s new romantic comedy, but wow, I wasn’t anticipating almost an exact copy of Teacher, right down to the alien girl. This should be interesting.
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