“First the beach and now a festival …”
“… Hot springs next, okay?”
|Ano Natsu has made it to the top of my list of shows I look forward to watching each week. It only makes me sadder to think we’re two-thirds of the way done already though! I’m going to be a wreck when it’s all over.|
Now back from their Okinawa adventure, both Kaito and Ichika are lost in thought about their almost-kiss. Kaito accidentally knocks down a picture of the group and notices Kanna’s innocent glare. In her room, Ichika attempts to access the terminal (Is that what that crazy thing is called?), but fails to do so when Rinon doesn’t appear. Stressed out of his little round head aboard Ichika’s spaceship, Rinon tries to get sudden warnings under control.
Yup, looks like a quality action film to me.
New Mio, new ‘do.
Kaito watches a short clip of their film, but it makes little to no sense what with the MIA, a giant dinosaur, and badly timed sound affects. At least they tried, right? Ichika brings Tetsurou and him some drinks, and under Tetsurou’s watchful eye he notices a bit of awkwardness between the two housemates. Outside, Ichika finds a tired Rinon and questions him, to no avail. He sneaks away while she looks at a shirt from the trip.
Downstairs Kaito spills the information about what happened between Ichika and him, but Tetsurou still wants to get him together with Kanna. (Or rather, wants to know if there’s any chance between them?) Kanna and Mio arrive on cue and the boys are surprised to see Mio sporting a new shorter, confident haircut. After some compliments Ichika invites them in for some refreshing ice cream and Mio secretly tells Tetsurou she came prepared this time … you know, down below.
I’m honestly worried about what else could possibly be in this notebook.
At a nearby cafe Remon meets up with Manami, Tetsurou’s sister. It’s revealed that they know each other from some time ago, and may have even gone to high school together. (“You’re still in high school?” is a pretty sketchy question after all.) Remon shows her a chart of the love interests in the group and then enlists her help in an unannounced plan.
Walking home Kanna and Tetsurou chat about Mio’s new appearance, and the new confidence that came with it. Afterwards, Kanna says she’s excited for the upcoming festival. While looking over some old film, Kaito notices a strange light in the pictures from the night he was first saved. Before he gets any farther however he is called down for food. Back aboard the spaceship Rinon is faced with a new dilemma.
At the festival the group meets up, minus Remon, and Kanna feels a bit down after seeing how Ichika looks in her yukata. Ichika gets to experience lots of new “Mwunderful!” things, like traditional food and catching goldfish.
From the depths of hell From out of nowhere Remon appears, she announces that it’s time for the test of courage! The six of them split into pairs by random draw, which end up being Tetsurou/Mio, Kanna/Kaito, and Remon/Ichika. (I’d ship it.)
I lost my courage at about this point …
… and then this happened and I lost it all over again.
Each of the pairs wander up the rocky path to the temple, their target. Kanna expects something good to happen with Kaito and Mio is already scared out of her mind, meanwhile Remon sneaks away from Ichika and pulls out her camera. Mio and Tetsurou make it to the temple first, but they soon find their not alone. A strange apparition, aka Manami, appears and scares them. The two fall over and end up with their lips locked. Manami reveals herself to a now annoyed Tetsurou as Remon gets the whole thing on film.
Kanna begins a, most likely, confession but can’t get the words out. Ichika suddenly screams and Kaito runs off to find her, leaving Kanna behind with the flashlight. Rinon appears to Ichika and reveals that a distress signal was called, and out of the sky a rescue pod appears to take Ichika back. Kaito appears and helps Ichika escape. They near a cliff and Ichika warns Kaito to run, but he stays and fights against the rescue pod. It throws him off the cliff, but Rinon saves him with Rinna, a small flying vehicle. They fly Rinna straight into the pod as Kaito jumps off to cover Ichika. They land on the ground, but Kaito is surrounded in blood, wounded (or possibly killed, I suppose) by the impact.
Ichika saves Kaito once again using the same technique she used many episodes back. The rescue pod deactivates, destroyed during the impact. The group runs up to where Ichika and Kaito, who is now healed, are and Remon films them as Ichika apologies over and over.
Preview: With Ichika’s secrets out in the open, how will her everyday life change?
Ano Natsu has been so eventful these last couple weeks and I love it! It’s about time we revisited the supernatural aspect of the show and they did a wonderful job of blending it with the romance side. Though things are looking more and more bleak for Kanna, I think I’ve found a newly sparked interest in the Ichika/Kaito relationship. For me it hasn’t really been a driving force in the show so far, but it’s nice to see Ichika finally trying to be honest with her feelings and Kaito being more assertive and direct.
With Ichika’s secret out in the open things should definitely pick up in the coming weeks. With the “federation” hot on her tail it’ll be interesting to see how far they’ll go to get Ichika back, perhaps even sending another person from wherever Ichika came from. Ano Natsu might not be an “action” series, but the fight between the pod and Kaito/Rinon was surprisingly impressive. With all these new supernatural developments, I’m really hoping for some light to be shed on Ichika’s story, like what her home planet is like and why she’s so dedicated to finding that special place.
I don’t understand Remon anymore … at all. I mean, I never really did, but now we learn she might be older than we thought, like close to Manami’s age if it’s true that they went to high school together. The special uniform has always been weird enough, but what is she doing hanging around high school, and how does she not get in trouble for being there or for wearing the uniform in the first place? Ugh, the producers must REALLY want us to have to keep guessing!
Mio and Tetsurou did a good job of stealing like 2/3 of this episode for me, I’m completely infatuated with their relationship. Every week something happens to make me want to ship them even harder, this week being the “kiss”. I want them to be together so bad, but then where does that leave Kanna? I’m torn! Speaking of Kanna, that poor girl, when Kaito ran off during the middle of her confession my heart sank. I just want her to be happy, but nothing seems to ever go her way …
I’m so caught up in this show it’s crazy. I love watching the relationships develop and the whole alien concept makes it like 10x more interesting as well. Ano Natsu is definitely not your typical romance, though I’m speaking from only a few years of experience here, but yeah, no romance show has ever made me feel so involved as a viewer, except for maybe Toradora and Nana.