Do the Rinon dance!
Wow, I didn’t expect JC Staff to produce two enjoyable shows this season (sorry Zero no Tsukaima, not you), it’s like they pooped in the fridge and ate the wheel of cheese. There’s a lot to like about Waiting in the Summer (Ano Natsu de Matteru). One, it returns most of the staff, notably director Tatsuyuki Nagai and character designer Masayoshi Tanaka, from the excellent slice-of-life Friendship Anime (or as the less cool kids call it, Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai). One of the things I wish I had time to do was write a proper post about Friendship Anime… highly undervalued show and probably best slice-of-life anime that I’ve seen in a while.
Two, it’s got the setup of Birdy the Mighty crossed with Super 8. Which was pretty much revealed to us in the first 22 seconds. I think the prime directive of anime is that if any cute alien crash lands on earth killing a poor high school student, she’ll share her life force for him.
Three, the main character, Kaito, has Hosaka-class delusions where he’s the socially awesome penguin– being smooth and scoring chix0rs while videotaping it… only he’s the exactly opposite socially awkward penguin instead. I know this setup is used a plenty in anime, but Kaito executes it well. And all his delusions involve scoring a girl while videotaping it. Swiftly approved.
(And, yeah, the point is that Kaito did get Ichika into his house. So, yeah, maybe he’s not as awkward as he think he is.)
(I like the ED too. It reminds me a lot of Friendship Anime‘s, which isn’t a bad thing, since it fits for this series as well. Except it’s sung and written by Nagi. If Waiting in the Summer is the spiritual successor show a la Guilty Crown and Code Geass, I’m fine with it. I just hope we don’t have a Manma moment here. Goddamn, nothing as disturbing as seeing Manma cosplayers at AX last year.)
Rinon is cute. It’s the best mascot character since Kyubey, except it acts more like R2-D2 than the Prince of Lies. Also, I like how the plot involves Ichika and Rinon crash landing into earth because they collided with our space junk. Maybe we should keep more space junk out there as some sort of barrier shield for earth.
Remon is awesome. She is such a rabble-rouser. I really enjoy her “fufufufufu” after she hatches a plan.
(She wrote a screenplay about giant mecha and zombies and sent it to George Lucas? Awesome. Except I think she should have sent it to Sunrise.)
I am enjoying this show quite a bit. Waiting in the Summer doesn’t break new ground in the slice-of-life genre, but it does it well. There’s just the right amounts of sappiness, comedy, fanservice, exhibitionism, intrigue, and cute mascot to keep my attention.