Disclaimer: This post is only 90% nostalgia.
I love this show already.
I’ll be honest, I’m not much of an oldfag as many would think. I only got in to my first real anime title in 2000, which makes this my 12th year since I started. Thus, my nostalgia factors aren’t tingled immediately by stuff like Cowboy Bebop, Evangelion, Outlaw Star etc. etc. I was more of a Love Hina, Mahoromatic and Scrapped Princess kind of guy. Which thus brings me to the Onegai series, which can be considered one of the best gateway drugs in to anime I’ve had.
The Onegai series is unapologetically a romcom. Even if it threw in some serious issues (alienation in Teacher, a longing to a happier past and sibling love in Twins), it remains a romcom at its core. However, its charm point lies in its presentation, with awesome side characters (Morino \o/) and a focus on the slow, rural side of life.
And so, Ano Natsu is truly a spiritual successor of the Onegai series. We’ve got the loss of parents as the serious issue here. All the character archetypes are represented here (and I’ll be damned if Remon is not actually Morino under an assumed name, she even has the ufufu laugh!) and of course, the rural town setting.
The awesome male friend, airheaded bimbo and osananajimi.
Of course, detractors might not like the almost wholesale copying of OneTea, but I do believe Ano Natsu is different enough that the show will is able to stand on its own. I like the usage of film as a plot device, which even extends to Ano Natsu’s animation style. It also does look like J.C. Staff really put all their efforts here too, because this is probably the most consistently well-animated show of the season so far.
I think I’ll end the post here since I’ve gone on long enough. Wouldn’t want to subject everyone else to me rambling nostalgically.
Also, lol Remon.
I guess now we know the truth behind those prequels.