One day, while testing out his new video camera on a bridge in town, Kaito Kirishima sees a bright blue light in the sky and is inexplicably knocked over the side, awakening the next morning in bed with no memory of the event. But upon heading to school, the boy notices a new face that’s familiar to him somehow - her name is Ichika Takatsuki, and she’s new in town. Kaito’s friends, noticing his interest in the girl, all resolve to make a movie this summer and cast her as the lead, to which she immediately approves. Now, the group embarks on what will be a truly memorable summer that no one will forget, as Kaito and Ichika slowly, and clumsily, begin to fall in love.
Shinichiro Nakagami is an everyday high school student, with the exception of having his beautiful and athletic childhood friend Hiromi Yuasa living in his household after the death of her parents. Unfortunately, their relationship is cold at best - Shinichiro can tell that she is suffering, but she acts coldly and distant from her foster family and so he is unable to help ease her sadness. His family is also forcing him to practice a traditional Japanese dance that does not interest him, adding to his frustration. On top of that, he is cursed to misfortune by another girl in school, the eccentric Noe Isurugi. Shinichiro juggles all of these problems on a day-to-day basis as he learns about love and the sadness of those around him.
Beside the fact there are great comedic moments, confusion, and one-sided love interest, the plots were well written, and the animation was great. Perfect for Romance fanatics.
Otona Joshi and 5cm/s are two anime which, in my opinion, function primarily as reflections on the possibilities of love in the treasured past of adults. The same sorts of feelings permeate the atmosphere in both shows: melancholy, loneliness, nostalgia for the innocence of childhood, and observation that the responsibility of adulthood takes precendence over the past.
Death and reincarnation are inescapable, but what happens in between? Without warning and without his memories, a boy who only recalls his last name - Otonashi - wakes up next to a girl named Yuri who offers him a gun and tells him to shoot an angel. Assuming it must be a misunderstanding, Otonashi is then almost killed by the angel and is drawn into Yuri's army to battle to delay the beginning of his next life. Immortality is within reach, but if Otonashi remembers how he died, will he keep fighting or allow himself to vanish?
Both series have an alien that came to Earth from another planet. They both fall in love with the main character, and both have difficulties along the way. Both these series have love, drama, and a series of problems the characters must overcome, and both are very enjoyable to watch. Ano Natsu de Matteru has more of a romantic feel to it, while Asobini Iku yo! has more of an ecchi feel to it. Both however have a similar feel and if you liked one, you would most likely like the other.
On a day that seemed ordinary, a spaceship crash landed in Tokyo bay, filled to the brim with beautiful aliens that would come to be known as DearS. Since that day, though all of Japan seems to have gone DearS-crazy, one high school boy named Takeya it still not impressed by the phenomenon. But things change for Takeya when he finds a lone DearS girl on the side of the road, who forces herself into his apartment, and his life! Now, he must brave a plethora of complications, misunderstandings, and embarassments, when all he wants to do is be left alone!
Both series are alike due to their obvious love polygon and the drama that arises from the forbidden love spotted in both series. Nagi no Asukara is more dramatic while Waiting in The Summer is a bit more comedic. If you loved one of these series, you'll definitely love the other.