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Natsu no Arashi! Akinai-chuu – 05

「ロマンティックが止まらない」 (Romantikku ga Tomaranai)
“Don’t Stop the Romance”

Meganekko and bishoujo henshin. I never knew the two of them were related. Normally you’d expect the magical transformation to happen after the glasses come off, but it’s the exact opposite with Kanako.

Despite Horie Yui‘s voice becoming higher pitch during her transformation, Kanako still looks like she’s being involuntarily possessed more than anything else. Instead of having rainbow-coloured ribbons wrapping around her Sailor Moon style, she’s engulfed in darkness at the center of the
pink explosion. Her emphatic “Uzumake, Summer Hurricane!” line and eventual outfit were the only things saving the transformation from looking completely evil. Surprisingly, the entire episode revolved around trying to get her to put on glasses so that she’d transform. While I didn’t mind that so much, the twenty minutes were over before I even knew it. I was expecting a bit more to happen when Kanako grabbed Hideo and timeslipped to “put an end to things”, but all she did was break Hajime’s glasses and erase his memories of it, causing his confusion at the beginning of the episode. Granted, Kanako couldn’t have really done anything to begin with since the timeline can’t be changed; I just didn’t expect the episode to end so abruptly without seeing what happens after they returned to their original time.

This week did have its moments though, mainly due to Sayako and Hajime’s mischief. Things were even more entertaining with Arashi getting in on the mix and being on the same page as Hajime. The whole transformation bit was just silly, but at least it gave everyone a reason to toy with Kanako. The part with everyone placing cups of water on her hands and forehead while Hajime goes in for the kill was particularly well scripted (…and animated). Also, if you like girls with the glasses look (which I do at times), then that was a plus too. Lastly, we also had the salt guy basically have a heart attack when Kanako brought some by, only to end up knocking it on the floor. Poor guy. He’s never going to get salt.

Production-wise, the artwook looked a lot better this time around and they didn’t rely on distant shots nearly as much. Given SHAFT’s track record though, I just assume that the animation will be pretty inconsistent for the rest of the season.



November 2, 2009 at 3:02 am
  • November 2, 2009 at 5:56 amAlec

    the salt part was hilarious…the best part of the episode (4 me that is)

  • November 2, 2009 at 11:39 amNaweG

    Thanks for continuing to blog this!

  • November 2, 2009 at 11:49 amisland esper

    Not enough transformations !!! Really the show was super fast there wasn’t time to mourn Nukadokonnu passing. It could easy last a full hour of madness. fun goes by so fast

  • November 2, 2009 at 1:20 pmShiroiRyu


  • November 2, 2009 at 4:26 pmJustin Olbrantz (Quantam)

    Please, for the love of Gord tell me that at some point very soon Hajime is going to find out Jun is a girl.

  • November 2, 2009 at 10:08 pmdivine

    You’re welcome, but not a whole lot of people seem to be interested in this series. I sort of expected that, but not quite to this degree.

  • November 3, 2009 at 12:13 amkwantum0

    I think this series is awesome. The time travel adds a whole other dimension to the plot that makes it unique. Definitely keep on blogging this.

  • November 3, 2009 at 2:11 amMeery

    That’s an awesome transformation, it fits Kanako pretty well. Overdramatic Kanako episode is a nice break from our usual reverse-trap happenings of Jun. Img-30: Not a huge fan of the spectacles, but I think she pulls it off nicely.

  • November 3, 2009 at 5:42 pmJustin Olbrantz (Quantam)

    Although I do have one good thing to say about this series: it provides an intelligent rendition of time travel. That is, time travel to the past doesn’t “change” the present, because the present is already the way it is because of what happened in the time travel.

  • November 4, 2009 at 12:18 amselo

    Just continue blogging mr divine, hopefully it’ll make people realize this series is great :p

    Sad to see that sora no otoshimono, white album, basquash and similar junkish anime have more viewers, oh well ;p

  • November 4, 2009 at 1:35 amBROOKLYN otaku

    glad i peeped this. me likey!