Ano Natsu de Matteru Group Picture (Waiting in the Summer Group Picture)
This was the surprise of winter 2012 anime for me. I was really skeptical going into this show, because it looked like it could have been quite a boring harem, or just bland overall.
But it didn't; it blew away my expectations for the better. And I'm here to explain why you should give this anime a chance. Here goes:
The story's development is really unique. It starts with a strange occurence: what seems like an alien ship crashes to Earth and the protagonist, Kaito, is of course in the mix of things. With this being said, the show starts out with an air of mystery. Apparently our other main character, Ichika, is from "out of the country" but we all know what's going on here...
The romance is thick in this show. This is evident from the second episode on. Many love triangles ensue. The thing is, this show does them very well. The story so far is paced wonderfully and every episode has a "cliffhanger" type feel to it. It makes you want to see the next episode immediately.
The story's main plot is one that focuses on a couple of friends spending a summer together to film a movie. Through this filming, many relationships are established as well as broken.
Furthermore, the romance is done very well - you won't see characters think only to themselves about loving/liking someone else. Instead, the characters ACTUALLY TAKE ACTION. This is hugely important and unique in a time filled with bland romance shows in which the main character is either in a harem and does not choose a lover at the end - or the romance simply develops in the final episodes of the show, creating a rushed feel.
This show is different BECAUSE it actually pursues each characters' feelings. Confessions actually happen in this show. And they are done fantastically. The story gets a 9 because it delivers romantically as well as comedically. The comedy is absolutely hilarious because of our troll, Remon. She is truly a devil, but more on that in the character section.
The overall feel of the story so far is a comedic, yet VERY serious romance in which each characters' feelings are explored very well. It should also be noted that there is a fair bit of fanservice in here.
Sound - 8/10
The opening to the anime is decent, but I usually skip it because I do not particularly love it. For me to listen to an opening, it has to either be catchy or just plain damn good. I recommend you listen to it though, because I am just too picky with music.
That being said, the music employed throughout the show is not necessarily memorable, but it is there and it can add to the mood (especially the comedy).
** Finally, the ending theme is great, which is a huge bonus. Once the episode ends, you are greeted with a nice soothing ending upon which you can reflect on what you just saw that episode. Typically the ending of each episode is full of romantic suspense and this ending adds to that feeling greatly. I can't say enough about how this ending evokes emotions from you and is REALLY well placed. Great piece of music.
Character - 10/10
The characters are great in this show. All of them are unique, although some can be a bit cliche. However, the fact that they all actually try to pursue their wanted romance really adds to it.
Anyway I digress;
This character is probably one of my favorite just because he is so realistic. He (of course as this is a romance show) loves one of the other characters, a childhood friend, but she is of course oblivious because she is in love with somebody else. He wants nothing for her to be happy, so he actually assists her in her pursuit of love.
What you would call the "protagonist" in this anime. He is a shaggy haired, big glasses, and somewhat awkward fellow - yet you can't help but like him. He is of course caught in a love triangle, but his love for one girl in particular is evident. Kaito turned out to be a fantastic character.
Mio is quiet and is unnoticed by the one she loves. Twists in the plot will frequently pair her up with her lover, yet she is too shy to do anything. She really starts to shine mid way through the anime and grows as a character.
The "other" protagonist of which we are introduced to in the first moments of the show. She is a peculiar character from "out of the country" and is immediately accepted at school. There is a notable shift in her maturity in the sense that she matures (mentally, of course) drastically and realizes that she must take action. She is really a great character as you will see for yourself later down the road.
She is also involved in a love triangle, and she too is a very likable character. At first, she seems to put lots of effort into making the man she loves notice her and to actually see that she loves him. But these are indirect attempts. She realizes this, and claims that she simply has to be herself. Her development as a character was heavy in the first episodes on the anime. She seems to like the spotlight and is always getting herself involved in situations. However, don't take this to mean that she is obnoxious. She is very tolerable and only really tries to take the spotlight so the one she loves actually takes notice of her.
She is the troll of this show and my favorite character. She is a favorite most likely because she is just so devious and hilarious. She is not involved romantically, but she really knows how to be a sort of cupid in this anime. She seems to be omniscient and manipulates all the other characters frequently and hilariously. She rules the comedy department.
Enjoyment - 10/10
I just really have enjoyed this show so far. The characters all seem real and are likable. The situations they find themselves in are also just hilarious. I can't say enough about how much I have actually enjoyed this anime. But I don't want to go crazy and go on a rant. Just know that this anime really is quite enjoyable!
Overall - 9/10
This show gets a 9 because it has delivered pretty well on all fronts and is definitely one of the better anime of the season. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Many compare this to "Onegai Teacher", but I have personally not seen that show. Therefore, my claims that it is unique may be slightly biased in a sense, but it really is refreshing to see a romance done so well and realisitically.
Those coming in expecting a drama similar to AnoHana will be disappointed. This show is a standalone and a whole different anime. AnoHana focused on the drama of letting a loved one go, while also incorporating romantic drama on the side. AnoNatsu is filled with romantic drama and is where it shines. Therefore, it is hard-pressed for one to compare these two anime so closely because they are so vastly different. One key point is that both of these anime incorporate drama heavily and fantastically. All in all, you must go into this show with a clear frame of mind, or at least an open mind to ensure maximum enjoyment.
With all of that said, alll comments, good or bad are appreciated. I'd prefer constructive criticism, but you can't stop the trolls haha.
Hopefully you find this review helpful - if not, be sure to let me know WHY so I can try and clear some things up.
Thanks and enjoy the show folks :)
Dafaq? this whole anime doesnt make fucking sense.
Apperently whenever someone confesses you just /ignore them and go on with your fuckin life as if nothing happened. story is pretty dead obvious from the beginning and they won't even give an answer as how the other characters actually ended up.
Barely feel like writing a good review about it because why not be as ignorant as the whole cast?
Only reason this actually got a 5 is because tetsuro was amazing. Really. Thats all.
So i really enjoyed this series, I really felt like it had a strong resemblence to Onegai Teacher which it does but this series is still very unique with a very loveable story and character that are memerable and developed extremely well. Great Animation, Voice acting was great as usual with japanese voice actors and you really get sucked in to the story and really develop feelings for the characters like you care. this really had the potentialt to be 24 episodes and i really hope they release a 2nd season even if its just pulling something out of there ass to entertain us. With all the series releases lately this was really a breathe of fresh air for me.
Final Words: Really great watch, my only complaint i could come up with is that it was just 12 episodes long which just leaves you wanting more and i was in tears at the ending. This series just really hits you in the heart which isnt a bad thing at all.
Score: Just cause i loved the series and cant come up with anything negative all 10's. =3
Ps i really hope this gets an american bluray release. =D
Watch the original
Ok, so bad reviews aren't really my thing, but since it seems this series has been getting a lot of attention (for understandable reasons) I figured I might as well give my two cents. So first things first I guess, my expectations going in... I expected more of an AnoHana-esque series. Obviously it was unrealistic to expect another AnoHana, but just something along those lines. I wasn't expecting a complete rehashing of Please Teacher. I know that it was a reunion of most of the Onegai staff, but a good number of them also contributed on AnoHana and obviously AnoHana being much more recent, it wasn't unreasonable this think that would be the direction of Ano Natsu. But as I've said, that was not the case. So now that you have my context, we'll get into some of the knitty gritty. Granted, I liked Please Teacher a lot (you can see my review), but I was very put-off by the whole copycat vibe through the 1st half of the series primarily (but throughout the series as well). That's a big reason for the (generously) chasming score on the story. It's one thing to copy a good series, it's another to be a much lesser copy. And that's what Ano Natsu is through the 1st half, a much lesser rehashing of Please Teacher. There's no argument. Zero originality through the 1st half. The 2nd half does bring in some originality and highlights the positive aspects of the series. That is with exception of the ending. But we'll get to that later. So it doesn't seem like I'm just a total hater I will take some time to go over the positive aspects of Ano Natsu. The series retains the strong animation and solid music of its predecessor. The voice acting is admittedly superior. That was certainly a weakness in Please Teacher which is why it was one of the very rare series I preferred the Dub. The characters become an interesting comparison. Same character archetypes are used in both series. The leads are far superior in Please Teacher. However, the secondary characters are far more significant and interesting in Ano Natsu. So there's more depth in that department. My fav character had to be Tetsu. Also liked Rinon's comic relief more so than Marie's (from Please Teacher). Hated the blue-haired girl though, as well as the Please Twins version of Moreno (aka Remon). I never understood why Moreno became a total creeper in Please Twins after being a respectable secondary character in Please Teacher. But I digress. So the biggest (and only) strength Ano Natsu has story-wise is the completely ridiculous romance polygon. It almost seems like everybody loves everybody else lol. And considering all I really got out of the series was comedic value, that was indeed a strength. And this ties back in to the greater character depth. The secondary characters do provide a good bit of substance to Ano Natsu. I get the feeling that most people cared more about the secondary characters than the primary characters in this series. And here's a little note before I get to the crux of the matter here. When it comes to opinions on Ano Natsu: If you watched Please Teacher (like me) you probably didn't like the 1st half of the series and liked the 2nd. If you didn't watch Please Teacher you probably liked the 1st half and didn't like the 2nd. But one thing both parties can/ should agree on is that the ending is absolutely terrible. One of the worst endings I've ever seen. Like going into ep 10 (yes, I'm going a little further back) given a reasonable ending I probably would've given this series a 6.5-7. Hell, if it was good maybe a 7.5 (not really). But this thing just absolutely tanked, so now we're left with a generous 5. So what happened? *Spoilers, if you really care* A bunch of random nonsense with Mechas and MIB and wtf. But the "best" part... You get to the actual ending. You're telling yourself, at least there's finally gonna be some resolution now for the main pairing. And for probably the first time in the series you actually care what happens to them and want them to be together. But NO. And it's not even like the ending's sad/ touching, it just makes you angry that you wasted you life watching the 2nd half of the series. So my immediate advice is in the title, go watch Please Teacher. But to be fair I will say, if you want something with a little more of an SoL vibe rather than a romance you may enjoy Ano Natsu. The thing is, you could classify both Ano Natsu and Please Teacher as rom coms, but Please Teacher is definitely heavier in the rom aspect and Ano Natsu is more SoL to me than com. But no matter how you look at it, Ano Natsu is a well below average series in my book, 5 out of 10.
Isn’t it lovely when the industry is not trying to make something new and just rehashes the same old stuff? Waiting in the summer (WITS) is an anime original, meaning it is not based on a manga. Original my butt if it’s basically nothing more than a remake/tribute of an older anime called Please Teacher (PT). Although the storylines may sound different, just looking at who made it is more than clear to see the similarities.
- A big busted female alien with glasses comes to Earth and after getting a secret identity, comes to live under the same roof with a wuss male teenager. Only difference, she is not pretending to be a teacher but a student.
- Ok, just sticking to this minor similarity is not much of a comparison. You can easily call it similar to “Boobshells in the Sky” if you stick to story details. But then you see how the character designs are pretty much the same (same character designer too). Or how the names of the characters follow a similar construction in kanji. Or some voice actors are the same.
Despite the differences, the two shows are not identical.
- WITS flavours the setting by adding an alien mascot, and the glasses the lead girl wears are not just for flavour but some sort of scouters. This offers some really cool visual effects when she uses alien technology. They even added a theme in the story so instead of having just an albino wuss who was in a coma for years and now looks younger (for real) he is now someone who tries to make a movie. There is also some Men In Black conspiracy going on later on. In this sense the premise is a bit more interesting and complicating.
- WITS is also animated by studio J.C. Staff and not by Daume, which means we get far better production values and far juicier fan service.
- The ending is terrible. PT is amongst the very few in the genre who offer a solid ending but WITS just takes the lame easy way out most others do.
And now let me tell you something it is not alike at all. Many compare it to Ano Hana just because there is an Ano in the Japanese title. GET REAL! Ok, the director and character designer are again the same but there are no ACTUAL similarities.
Enough with the comparisons; now let’s talk about the anime as a stand alone. It is… um… plain. Yet another romantic school comedy anime with a wuss protagonist and chicks who love him for that; the end. Despite being an “original” it has checked everything in the list of clichés and it doesn’t try to experiment with them later on. Random bumping on naked girls? Misunderstanding? Romance? Convenient solutions? It is all here. What is even worse is that the ending is completely lame and puts a shame to the makers who had the balls to do a proper conclusion in PT. So basically you are watching this for the same reason you would be watching any other average and throw away another romantic school comedy anime: Cheap laughs and softporn before you forget it in a few days and go look for something else to watch.
I find no value in this show, since it is not trying to show anything we haven’t seen before in a thousand other anime with similar themes. I am also not enjoying it at all since it is following the formula so tight, it feels like the nth rerun of a b-grade film. And guess what, it really is if you have seen PT or more than a dozen harems. So no, not good.
And now for some excused scorings.
ART SECTION: 7/10
Analysis: General Artwork 2/2, Character Figures 1/2, Backgrounds 1/2, Animation 1/2, Visual Effects 2/2
SOUND SECTION: 6/10
Analysis: Voice Acting 2/3, Music Themes 2/4, Sound Effects 2/3
STORY SECTION: 4/10
Analysis: Premise 1/2, Pacing 1/2, Complexity 1/2, Plausibility 1/2, Conclusion 0/2
CHARACTER SECTION: 4/10
Analysis: Presence 1/2, Personality 1/2, Backdrop 1/2, Development 1/2, Catharsis 0/2
VALUE SECTION: 1/10
Analysis: Historical Value 0/3, Rewatchability 0/3, Memorability 1/4
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 2/10