Ano Natsu de Matteru – 12 (END)

「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.

Ano Natsu de Matteru – 11

「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.

Ano Natsu de Matteru – 10

「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.

Ano Natsu de Matteru – 09

「せんぱい」 (Senpai)

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.

Ano Natsu de Matteru – 07

「先輩の気持ち。」 (Senpai no Kimochi.)
“Sempai’s Feelings.”

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.

Ano Natsu de Matteru – 06

「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.

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.

Ano Natsu de Matteru – 04

「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.