“First a nudist and now an alien … what’s next, a mahou shoujo!?”
|I’ve been eagerly waiting for this week’s episode, dorama will definitely unfold now that Ichika’s secret is out. (If you don’t count Rinon that is … I thought that would have been a dead giveaway. xD)|
Still kneeling in tears in front of Kaito, Ichika continues to apologize. The rest of the group, Kanna, Tetsurou, Remon, and Mio, approach them confused about what went on. As she starts to come out with the confession that she’s an alien, Manami calls out. Before she can notice them Ichika teleports the group away. The group is now on a field near the bridge where Kaito was almost killed in episode one. Ichika teleports in front of them with Rinna (the spacecraft from last week) and her ship behind her. Her yukata fades away revealing a glittering space outfit as she tells them she’s not from Earth, leaving the others speechless.
Now inside the ship the group begins to question Ichika. Remon, sitting in the cockpit, asks her if the ships broken and Ichika says that it has lost its ability to fly. Tetsurou brings up the space pod and Mio wonders if it was a bad idea to destroy it, however Ichika says that she wanted to stay on Earth because she still hasn’t found that special place from her memories. One after another everyone agrees to keep everything a secret, much to Ichika’s relief.
I wouldn’t trust Remon behind the wheel of a car let alone a spaceship.
The group splits up and they head home. On their way Kanna says she was surprised, however Remon and Mio both had their suspicions. Tetsurou on the other hand wonders what Kaito will do now that he knows. Ichika reveals the second part of her secret to Kaito, telling him that she’s saved him from death on more then one occasion, however Kaito only wants to thank her. Now inside her room, Rinon apologizes to Ichika. She’s afraid however that the security service from her planet will send someone to Earth, which might put the others in danger. She also is reminded that her time on Earth is running out.
Mio sleeps over Kanna’s house, in the nude of course, and they talk about what’ll happen to Kaito once Ichika has to leave. Mio also reveals to Kanna that she knows she is in love with Kaito, to Kanna’s surprise. Mio thinks it’s obvious. That night Kaito also has a dream about Ichika leaving, though a space-train is pretty inaccurate.
I’d ship it.
HOW DOES SPACE WORK? hurr
The next morning Ichika quickly leaves the house alone to look for the special place, but she also wonders why she hasn’t called for a rescue yet. Mio and Kanna arrive at Kaito’s house and Mio is pushing Kanna into telling Ichika about her feelings. Kanna thinks something has changed in Mio, blaming her haircut, which prompts Mio into remembering her kiss with Tetsurou. When the arrive Kaito tells them that she’s out and instead they do some filming for their movie.
During filming Kanna is reminded of when she first met Kaito in grade school. She remembers that despite losing both his parents he still wore a smile on his face, and that’s when she decided she loved him. However, she sees similarities in his smile from back then to his smile now.
When Ichika arrives home Kaito tells her he wants to help, but she turns down his offer for assistance, her reason being that she doesn’t want to cause anymore trouble for him. The next day Tetsurou arrives with a watermelon to cheer him up, but Kaito is already on his way out. Soon after Kanna and Mio show up with another watermelon to find Tetsurou watching old clips of Kanna from when she and Kaito went shopping together. After those shots a clip of Ichika and Kaito at the train station plays, but Kanna tries to appear unaffected.
Remon suddenly appears next to Kaito who sits on some stairs. She asks him if he wants to go on a date, but he declines. He talks to her about Ichika not understanding his feelings, but Remon believes it’s him who doesn’t understand her feelings. She tells him he should think about he could and should do for her.
Remon pep-talks are the best pep-talks.
On a rainy day sometime after Tetsurou tries to call Kaito, but he doesn’t pick up after what sounds like many attempts. Elsewhere Kanna follows Kaito and learns that he’s been spending his time taking pictures to try and find Ichika’s special location. Later on Ichika leaves the house ready to look at more spots, however she’s stopped by Kanna. She starts a bit of an argument accusing Ichika of not considering Kaito’s feelings. She then goes on to say it’d be nice if she left because one part of the love triangle would be gone and accuses her of running away, which Ichika replies to saying she has no choice. Kanna however believes that there is a choice and that Ichika has a chance she’ll never have, a chance to be in love with Kaito and to have him love her back. Before leaving Kanna also tells her she has no idea what Kaito is even doing for her.
The dorama is strong with this one.
As Kanna is running away she realizes Tetsurou is behind her, calling him out angrily. He holds her close and comforts her as she cries. Further down the road Mio sits crying as she listens to what’s going on. Ichika approaches Kaito and realizes he’s been searching all this time for her special place. Finally, they both confess to each other and kiss for the very first time. In the distance Remon gets it all on film.
When it comes to Ano Natsu each week seems to surpass the last, though of course that’s only my opinion, but for that reason it’s been such a great experience to watch. The way the characters actually change and develop week to week feels so natural (most evident probably in Mio), and relateable characters are one of the major reasons I watch anime. I love being drawn into the lives of these fictional people I’ll never actually know, cheering them on and relating their lives to my own. (I guess I’m just nerdy like that!)
Anyway! This week had no shortage of important developments, from Ichika revealing she’s an alien to the confrontation with Kanna. I was pleasantly surprised by the reaction from the group when Ichika came out with her secret. Though it’s only been a short time since they all met her, she really has made some great, accepting friends.
(I for one would have probably fainted.) *ahem* It’s not like they’ve been completely oblivious though, Remon had obviously caught on weeks ago and even Mio admits to having some suspicions. I thought it was funny how Kanna was the only one taken aback by it all. Ichika’s premonition after revealing her secret was a bit worrisome however, if someone from her planet really DOES come to get her, what would that mean for the group? Would it be a MiB scenario where they wipe their minds of all their memories, or even something worse? The way Ichika said it made it seem pretty involved. (Which I suppose is possible considering just the pod alone almost killed someone …)
The Ichika/Kaito relationship got a lot of positive attention this week, finally setting their relationship in stone with the double confession. I for one was more interested in the other side of the drama though with Kanna, Tetsurou, and Mio. They’re like a marching line of unrequited love and it’s so sad to watch. Tetsurou has been getting on my nerves a little lately, which is probably because I think Mio and Kanna are both so awesome and he’s sort of wedged between their emotions. I’m depressed knowing that at least one of them will probably be hurt in the end, if not already …
My favorite scene this episode had to be the argument between Ichika and Kanna. After all these weeks of emotion boiling inside Kanna she finally let it all out in one really dramatic burst. It was so unlike her to confront her own feelings like that out loud, but I applaud her. The whole idea of loving someone who’ll never love you back always makes me depressed for a character, sure it’s been done hundreds of times but I think it’s something we can all relate to at some point in our lives, even if it’s not something romantic like in Kanna’s case. That flashback scene only made me feel even worse for her.
I think I got everything I wanted to say out of my head, I was thinking about the episode a lot today in class … it beats learning about physics I guess. xD Oh and remember everyone, Remon is always watching …