Ano Natsu de Matteru
Upon reading in the anime winter season line up that part of the creative team behind “Ano Natsu de Matteru” also brought us the romantic comedies “Please Teacher!” and “Please Twins!”, my interest was piqued considering I enjoyed watching those shows when they aired near a decade ago.
Kuroda Yousuke returns as story writer along with original character creator Uon Taraka, luckily the characters in “Ano Natsu de Matteru” look contemporary, no doubt the influence of character designer Tanaka Masayoshi who also worked on “Toradora!”. Similarities in character styling between the two series will not go unnoticed.
What also raises my hope the story in “Ano Natsu de Matteru” might be more potent than “Please Teacher!” or “Please Twins!” is that director Nagai Tatsuyuki also directed “Toradora!”, “Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi ha Mada Shiranai” and “To Aru Kagaku No Railgun”.
Who knows, this series might even be one of the better romantic comedies to air in recent seasons. The first episode promising plenty of light-hearted comedy and sweet romantic moments, definitely am hopeful it will turn out to be a great show.
The animation by JC Staff was excellent, from busty alien Ichika to diminutive yet feisty twin tailed Yamano the girls are all incredibly cute. The summer scenery is colorful yet not overly bright, with the lush and rustic backgrounds depicting an idyllic Japanese rural region.
Ichika is voiced by Tomatsu Haruka, who previously voiced characters like Manami in “Asobi Ni Iku Yo!” or Maria in “So-Ra-No-Wo-To”. In Yamano one can recognize Tamura Yukari’s work, she has voiced characters like Nanoha in the various “Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanaoha” series and movies, Suzuha in “Steins;Gate” or Rika in “Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni”.
Shy-to-a-fault Mio is voiced by Asumi Kana, who handled roles like Poplar in “Working!!”, Narumi in “Mayo Chiki!” and Karou in “Tamayura ~hitotose~”. Hisakawa Aya voices Kaito’s sister Nanami, she’s done a plethora of roles like Skuld in “Ah! My Goddess”, Nyamo in “Azumanga Daioh” or Haruka in “RahXephon”.
Do have a lament stemming from pure nostalgia, the opening track ‘Sign’ is not sung by Kotoko, however Kotoko is responsible for the lyrics, which may explain why the song’s overall atmosphere is close to that of ‘Shooting Star’, ‘Love a Riddle’ and ‘Second Flight’, the opening songs that Kotoko contributed to “Please Teacher!” and “Please Twins!”.
Looking forward to the rest of this series which could be a successful modernized version of “Please Teacher!” with an animation style fit for the current anime era and a classic yet sweet love story peppered with some humor and perhaps light drama.