Now I will show you the dance of my people.
|Please Ano Natsu, please … all I want this week is some love-triangle love. It’s probably the only reason why I wanted to watch this in the first place.|
Space girl problems.
This week’s episode of Ano Natsu (woah, I almost wrote Ano Hana) kicks off unexpectedly with Ichika and Rinon (the chubby, pink alien-thing) in a spaceship heading towards Earth, prior to giving Kaito his space hickey. Ichika left on a journey to find ‘something’, it’s not really said what, but I’m going to guess some man-candy … just kidding, you’ll find out later. Suddenly she runs into trouble when space debris appear out of nowhere, probably pieces of other harem-girls’ spaceships that just didn’t make it … not really though.
Back on Earth Kaito, Kanna, Ichika, and Nanami discuss what happened at the end of last week’s episode. Kanna exhibits a bit of childhood friend jealousy (yessssss), but Kaito stays on the defensive. As one would expect, everything turns out to be just one big ol’ misunderstanding. Yup! Ichika goes into a bit of detail about Kaito’s “ultorate”, which means absolutely nothing to me right now, but she quickly covers her unearthly talk and makes up an excuse.
Ichika goes into detail about another new lie of how she got where she is, and even kills off her pretend parents in the process, and Nanami/Kanna fall for the trap. Nanami, who is moving away on business very soon, decides Ichika should move in with Kaito because “a girl can cook and do the laundry” … They went there. Disappointment. Kaito walks out with Kanna, who is on her way home, and Kanna puts her trust into Kaito … who looks as oblivious as ever. Just Kaito being Kaito.
Kanna calls up Tetsurou and Miu to talk about what happened and Tetsurou decides that the next day they’ll pay Kaito a visit. Back at Kaito’s place Ichika cooks him a meal and Ichika goes into a bit more detail about what she was looking for, and we learn it’s a place. While Kaito’s bathing, Ichika looks at the overview of her ship which is too damaged to work properly.
The tears … my heart …
The next morning Kaito and Ichika see off Nanami for her flight and go shopping afterwards. When they return home they find the house infested with side characters, I mean, their friends are over. Lemon explains that she broke into the house so she could check out the place her ‘best friend’ will be living at. Creepy, if you ask me. The group gets down to business and begin discussing their film based on a story thought up by Lemon, however, her mecha/slice of life with zombies just isn’t working.
Ichika suggests a movie that uses lots of shots of the landscape and the group gives the OK. I think it should be mentioned Kanna is not pleased with anything, it’s the curse of the childhood friend. Lemon pulls out some suspicious looking yellow liquid that I’m assuming is lemonade and soon after the whole group is obviously intoxicated. Turns out the name, Dynamite Drink, is pretty fitting.
As expected, Kanna is an angry drunk. She questions Ichika’s feelings for Kaito, but she’s saved by the bell … or by the Rinon in this case, who is also trunk. D’AWWWW-s ensue. The day ends with a very sexual game of Simon Says hosted by the one and only Lemon. Turns out she was also filming the whole thing … ufufufufu …
This is what happens when the loli brings the beverages.
Kaito has a relapse of whatever it was last episode that made him pass out and once again Ichika saves him with a kiss and some unexplained powers from Rinon. Back inside Kanna mutters some “bakas” towards Kaito, but Tetsurou puts the blame on himself … possibly for setting him up with Ichika in the first place? Somehow I get the feeling these happy time will soon end.
Preview: More Rinon, wooo!~
This episode felt very slow, in the sense that there was a lot of talking, but nothing really going on. For example, the initial scene between Kanna, Kaito, Ichika, and Nanami felt really dragged out, but that’s not the reason I disliked it, I’ll talk more about that later. Anyway, I guess I would say this episode lacked substance. Almost half the episode was spent in that one four-way conversation alone, and it wasn’t all that exciting anyway. There were moments where it felt like it could get interesting, but then something or SOMEONE (lookin’ at you Kanna) kind of killed it, I’m mostly talking about the scenes between Kaito and Ichika.
SPEAKING OF KANNA. Initially she was like my favorite character, but after this week I’m sort of wishing she’d just admit her feelings and get it over with because we can all see where it’s going. Kaito is totally oblivious to everything anyway, so unless she says it directly to him I don’t think he’ll ever realize her feelings. Now on to Kaito! How old is he … ? I mean really, at what age can a guy wash his own clothes and feed himself without the need of constant female supervision? It pains me when male characters are depicted as so useless, but it pains me even more when female characters are depicted as the only ones who can take care of household chores, as if taking care of some angsty teenager is really what they want to do in their spare time. Meh. I’m probably making a big deal out of something really trivial, but really, was it necessary for Nanami to enlist the help of some stranger who she has just met for the first time, naked no less. I’d be a bit afraid to leave a kid (I don’t care how old he is anymore, I’m going to refer to him as a kid) with a stranger for who knows how long while I’m away in some far off country.
For me, Kaito is the weakest part of the show. I have no reason to like him, and that’s his fault. With, say, Jinta from AnoHana or Ryuuji from Toradora there were plenty of characteristics that made me truly like the guys from an outside perspective. I genuinely cared about what happened between them and the other characters and wanted them to succeed with their relationships or with just general life troubles. Kaito is just so … pointless? I mean … he has a camera, but is that really the only thing that’ll define him throughout the series?
I’m so ranty today … what’s up with me. Anyway, the episode still managed to be funny thanks to a little alcohol. If I take anything away from ep 02 it’ll be that Jenga is never fun. Ever. (Unless you’re playing with food.)