「夢見る紗霧と夏花火」 (Yumemiru Sagiri to Natsu Hanabi)
“Dreaming Sagiri and Summer Fireworks”
Man, each episode seems to be getting longer and longer.
At this point, I’m not really sure just where in the world this show wants to go and I can’t decide if that’s a good or bad thing. With an opinion that’s already a bit colored due to another show in this specific niche (I’m staring right at you Oreimo), let me try to dive into some general things that I’m feeling at this point in time (funny how it matches the heading for once).
I get that the point of the show is that Masamune and Sagiri are supposed to have a thing for each other. And seeing how they’re not related by blood, it doesn’t seem all that wrong for these two to be pursuing something like this minus the age gap which you could turn a blind eye too should push come to shove.
Except, the story seems to be confused on which direction it wants to be going in since it feels like it can’t decide on what it really wants to do. We have moments where you’d go “Oh, that’s Masamune and Sagiri finally going in the right direction” only to have the spotlight shift onto another girl (or two) who would be perfect matches for our boy Masamune. Leaving you with a sense of turmoil as you wonder how someone could turn down not one, but two different girls who both have such amazing qualities that would exponentially improve Masamune as both a person and a light novel author.
That said, even with the story sometimes being a little wishy-washy, it manages to keep things held together through the use of some stellar comedic timing combined with characters that have no issue wearing their heart on their sleeves. A combination of things that you think wouldn’t make a big difference in the grand scheme of things, but actually become really important when you realize how much time you spend laughing and not angrily yelling at characters for being complete failures at communicating.
Overall, I think the overall picture of what’s going on is slowly becoming clearer. However, with the frame still not completely in focus, I want to believe that just about anything could happen because going into each episode with a little fuzziness (until the end at least) leaves room for our imaginations to run wild (pun or dirty joke intended) and that’s probably where we get more than half of our enjoyment from the series.
Anyways, I’ll catch you guys next week! P.S. Sorry for the late post! I spent my weekend over at the San Jose Convention Center for this year’s Fanime convention and just got back. I appreciate your patience and understanding!
ED2: 「夏色恋花火」 (Natsu Irokoi Hanabi) by TrySail