Red, or blue?
|The previous episode of Ano Natsu was amazing, and I feel like I’m finally getting into the series! The end bit really left me curious and I’ve been looking forward to this all week. I’m still rooting for you, Kanna!|
When you wake up in the morning what’s the first thing you see? Is it a red-headed alien girl doing your laundry? No? Oh … Anyway! This week’s episode starts off in the usual comical fashion with Kaito being “on the edge” about living with Ichika. A little later they sit at the table together and Kaito shows her his video camera. A wild Remon appears, followed by the rest of the gang, and she tells them it’s time they start filming.
While Kaito sets up the camera with Tetsurou, Remon shows up with the script. It’s not much of a script though because it was decided the lines would be improvised to fit the story she wrote. Did I mention she writes the story the morning of filming? Ichika, Kanna, and Miu arrive and Ichika is wearing a leather outfit with a nifty gun holder, which was provided by the cosplay club. Lemon reveals the story, a romance about an alien girl who meets an average boy. (Sounds familiar, right?) Tetsurou steps up to play the role of the boy, as Kaito will be busy with filming.
The first scene starts with the alien girl (Ichika) arriving on Earth and spouting some, as pointed out by Kanna, pretty realistic lines. The boy (Tetsurou) appears and reveals himself to be a member of the Men in Black with some cool shades. But no worries, the alien girl’s gun comes in handy dealing with him. (As you can see, the pacing of this film is quite fast …)
Directing is srs bsns.
Killing the main character in the first scene, what is this!?
The group takes a break and Kaito compliments Ichika on her improvisation. Meanwhile Miu gives Remon a much deserved back massage as she considers the new MiB plot. Kaito tells Ichika that there’s a lake nearby that may be the place she was looking for, but it turns out that’s not the right location. Kanna watches on as the two playfully talk, but Tetsurou interrupts her with some teasing. She asks him if he knows about her feelings for Kaito and he says yes. Kanna asks if he’ll be rooting for her, and of course he also says yes to that. She then asks him who he likes, but all he can say is “That won’t be possible.” Miu hears this and becomes a bit flustered.
Lemon brings in a new cast member, Rinon, to act as the alien ship’s terminal. Ichika and Kaito seem surprised, but everyone else seems pretty indifferent … aren’t they even the slightest bit curious about Rinon’s strange form? Scene two of the films picks up with Tetsurou confronting Ichika, only to be shot again, but this time by Rinon. Scene three introduces a new character played by Kaito, who tells the alien girl he can stay with her. (Boy-meets-alien girl show inside a boy-meets-alien girl show with the same alien girl playing the alien girl and the same boy playing the boy … Rinception!)
It’s your friendly neighborhood Rinon!
While Ichika changes out of her costume Kanna asks some vague questions about the alien girl’s role and how she wants the story to play out between her and the boy. Ichika says she wants them to be happy. Later that night Ichika asks Kaito a similar question regarding the characters, only this time about how he thinks the boy will react if the alien girl reveals she’s from another planet. He seems very optimistic about the idea, saying the boy would want to go to outer space. She follows up with a few more questions, which are obviously not just about the film.
Kanna calls up Miu to remind her there’s no filming because of the rain and then has a flashback to yesterday where she watches as Ichika and Kaito have a friendly conversation revealing their growing closeness. She decides to visit Kaito with the excuse that her mom made some food. Ichika calls for help in the background because there’s a bad leak. Miu tries to call back Kanna, but obviously she’s not there. The three eat lunch together and share some conversation. In the end Kanna asks Ichika when she plans on leaving.
Realizing the rudeness of her comment she leaves embarrassed back into the rain with her panda umbrella. (I want one!!) Miu had called Tetsurou after she found out Kanna wasn’t home and he ends up meeting her out in the rain on her way home. They take refuge at a bus stop and she tells him about her jealous feelings towards Ichika. In the end Kanna decides to go back to being her “usual self”.
Tetsurou goes over to Kaito’s house and sneaks in through the back. Rinon detects his arrival and Ichika goes to investigate. Tetsurou surprises Kaito when he reveals that Kanna’s is in love with him, and outside the room Ichika hears it all.
And the drama begins!
Preview: Beach episode!! I’m sure we all saw it coming at some point.
If you’ve been worried about the somewhat standstill status of the relationships involved in Ano Natsu, have no fear, Remon is here! I have no idea who that mischievous loli is anymore, or how she seems to know EVERYTHING. Whatever her source of information is we should be thankful because she’s really pushing things along. For the rest of the group the film project might just be a fun summer activity, but I have to wonder if there’s a deeper meaning behind her story’s plot. “Alien girl meets boy”, coincidence? I think not. She even knew about Rinon being the ship’s terminal! (Oh, and I wonder why nobody finds Rinon even the slightest bit strange …)
Kanna was so lovable this week, but unfortunately she’s still not taking that much initiative towards showing her true feelings for Kaito. Her jealousy towards Ichika is obvious, but who wouldn’t be when the person you like is living and getting along with some other attractive person? Her comment towards Ichika towards the end about when she’s leaving came off as brash and a little rude, but it seemed like more of an impulse than an intentionally rude remark. Knowing Kaito he probably took nothing from it, considering he can be pretty oblivious.
The person I feel worst about though is Tetsurou. Most of the time in anime it’s the female childhood friend getting the cold shoulder, but that seems to be the opposite when it comes to Tetsurou and Kanna. It’s not to say that Kanna doesn’t love him, but not in the same way she loves Kaito, she even called Tetsurou a “little brother”. It’s cute that he wants to help Kanna with her relationship “issues”, but I wish he’d stop being a coward and confess his OWN feelings! By the way, does anyone else think telling Kaito about Kanna’s feelings was a bit … two-sided of Tetsurou?
I wasn’t paying too much attention to Ichika this episode since I was pretty enthralled by everyone else, but I’m curious about how long it’ll take before she comes clean (or is forced to come clean) about being an alien. From what we’ve seen Kaito’s “ailment” can hit at any random time, so if it happens in public … yeah. Anyway, now that she knows Kanna is in love with Kaito I’m interested in whether or not she’ll try to create more distance between herself and him. More interesting is what Kaito will do, since now he’s faced with a problem.
Beach episode next week! From the series I’ve seen the past couple seasons, beach episodes seem to be getting less and less trivial (which is a good thing most of the time), and in a rom-com there are so many possibilities for developing the relationships between the characters. Hopefully it won’t disappoint, after all, it’s the “unforgettable summer” and what’s more summer-y than the beach!?