「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. That may not mean much since I don’t keep a running tally on what my favorites are, but it does imply that it would be somewhere among the top five if I did. The series doesn’t even have to bank on the nostalgia factor anymore, as it’s really coming into its own with its perfect blend of romance and comedy that always seems to be on cue. From the characters’ wild fantasies with hilarious scenarios to Remon mischievously calculating how to get the most personal amusement out of everyone’s unrequited loves, the witty dialogue just came in droves. All the while, the romance remained the driving factor behind it all, and picked up right where things left off with Kaito trying to confess to Ichika. The “anime result” if you will, is something pleasantly similar to what I’m seeing in both Aquarion EVOL and Rinne no Lagrange, except Ano Natsu is a sheer unadulterated romantic comedy at its core (even if you count the alien spin on things). I have no idea how I gave the other writers first pick on shows this season and wound up with all three of these shows to myself, but I’m not complaining when it feels like I’m getting away with highway robbery blogging-wise.
Thus far, I’m really taken in by how the series didn’t hesitate to build up the romance element all fronts, as those subtle looks of concern and attempts to confess are already commonplace. What’s more, the extremely one-sided love pentagon that spans almost the entire cast — Mio –> Tetsurou –> Kanna –> Kaito –> Ichika — has been more or less confirmed and is so “painfully good” to watch that I find myself reading heavily into just about every character interaction, right down to subtle changes in their facial expression. It’s almost as if I’m watching a really addicting live-action drama that I can’t turn my eyes away from, whether it’s because of the embarrassing moments that I can’t get enough of or the deadpan humor care of Remon. Ano Natsu’s formula just works as a believable high school romance — and one that’s spiced up by someone who’s well beyond her years. I’ve taken an immediate liking to all the characters for being very perceptive of everyone else’s feelings. The show isn’t beating around the bush by making the realization the hard part, and is instead giving us very interesting looks into how Kaito and the others deal with having their feelings known. (E.g. Running the hell away.)
To that end, words can’t describe how glad I am that they only teased us with some confusion over Ichika’s secret and Kaito’s feelings for her instead of dragging out the misunderstanding and stalling any further development. The way Ichika quickly figured out that Kaito likes her pretty much sealed the deal on a series that I was already pretty sold on. The cast also continues to impress, particularly newcomer Shimazaki Nobunaga as Kaito and Tomatsu Haruka as Ichika, the latter of whom continues to show that she can play all types of roles. Then there’s Ishihara Kaori whom I’ve said more than enough about, plus Asumi Kana in a very timid role as Mio. Even the lesser known Ogihara Hideki’s caught my attention, thanks to how Tetsurou continues to put Kanna’s feelings before his own. And yes, there are veteran seiyuu Tamura Yukari (ufufufu) and Hisakawa Aya to take into account, even though Kaito’s sister didn’t make an appearance here. Bottom line with Ano Natsu de Matteru: I like what I see and I can’t wait to see more of it.
ED: 「ビードロ模様」 (Vidro Moyou) by やなぎなぎ (Yanagi Nagi)
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