Reliving the clichéd yet timeless touch of Romeo and Juliet storyline may not be that captivating in the first place. The space girl can’t be together with human boy because they are not of the same species is a somewhat blunt and overused conflict. Even more, the blatant fanservice might be off-putting for some in the beginning. However, regardless of its imperfection, Ano Natsu de Matteru wonderfully captivated its audience by delivering a fun series with the clever used of gag and nostalgic summer youth life.
Nostalgia and adventure are two of human’s most shared experiences, and these are what Ano Natsu presented so well in keeping the series interesting and enjoyable. The natured-rich rural setting, clear blue skies, and lively coloured ambiences welcomed its viewers with a friendly summer atmosphere. Moreso, the characters sensibly showed the excitement of being in-love but more importantly the value of friendship, reminding us the beauty of being adventurous as we enter the grown-up life.
Truly, I enjoyed how this series engage its audience with its drama without any hard-feelings, negativity and deception. However, this is not to say that this anime is boring and lacking intensity because it managed to tailor a knotty love fiasco without printing any mark of hatred but instead appreciation on how balanced the gender tension is and how the characters prudently and realistically handled the situation.
Further, although Kaito and Ichika are the main characters, I’m glad that the show didn’t just revolve around these two. Every character has its own moment and left a special mark. Personally, the supporting leads, particularly Kanna and Lemon, grew more in me than the main leads. Their lessened screen time was more filled with fun and stirring moments compared to the main leads.
But I guess, above all, what I truly love about this show is the affection and sentiments that it brought out especially when you talk about summer and high school life. Ano Natsu de Matteru epitomized the joys of connection, pains of disconnection, and delights of reconnection and poignantly presented these in a pleasingly light-hearted manner. Also, it may not be that obvious at first, but the essence of the camera being a memory storing device is so wonderfully showcased—the summer that was burned in film and what comes after it.
Overall, I would recommend Ano Natsu to anyone who enjoys and seeks a romantic comedy anime. It may not be as impacting as the other the series but by the end of the show it will subtlety and affectionately embed a priceless feel-good-feeling.