Ano Natsu de Matteru 01

Disclaimer: This post is only 90% nostalgia.

Ano Natsu de Matteru

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.

Ano Natsu de Matteru

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.

Ano Natsu de Matteru

Ano Natsu de Matteru

I guess now we know the truth behind those prequels.

17 Comments

  1. ewok40k Said,

    January 10, 2012 @ 8:05 pm

    here goes away my New Years resolution…. this will be second monday show to watch along the Other!

  2. Crimson7 Said,

    January 10, 2012 @ 8:32 pm

    Ah, nostalgia… I remember the time when Onegai Teacher was showing on cable (56k internet at the time), and I would “prepare” to watch it by buying a box of Pocky. Yes. And I’d eat it while it was airing. I knew not of fansubs and broadband back then.

  3. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    January 10, 2012 @ 8:58 pm

    I once racked up more than 200 dollars worth of phone bills because of downloading Onegai Twins over 56k.

    Needless to say I got banned from the Internet after that, but it was worth it.

  4. Noidnil Said,

    January 10, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

    I had little expectation for this season, but it seems to turn into a good one for comedy anime.

  5. karuroso Said,

    January 10, 2012 @ 11:03 pm

    I had the feeling through the ep I was watching Onegai Teacher but in 2012 and in hd =D

  6. Benigmatica Said,

    January 10, 2012 @ 11:58 pm

    Damn, I remember Onegai Teacher… Watched it on my local cable back in the day (I don’t have internet back then) and it was awesome!

    Maybe I should download that series and rewatch it… after watching AnoNatsu!

  7. EXM Said,

    January 11, 2012 @ 1:03 am

    Weird. Why is it that JC Staff is better at doing originals than adaptations?

  8. suguru Said,

    January 11, 2012 @ 2:00 am

    I had the same nostalgic feeling watching this – I started watching anime in earnest in ’99 and have fond memories of watching Onegai Teacher, even if it was crappy DivX 3.11 quality and my computer at the time could barely handle that. Awesome cast and animation quality so far – one thing about both Onegai series I liked was the attention given to background and the setting, and they seem to be pulling out all the stops animating this too. Wonder if we’ll have a renai doumei this time too…

  9. AidanAK47 Said,

    January 11, 2012 @ 5:27 am

    Ahhh…the nostalgia. Please teacher was one of the first animes I watched. It’s great that I can still appreciate a series like this. I thought that after all those harems and cheap fanservice shows that my love for please twins and teacher had diminished. Now I see it still the same as back then.

  10. kanikami Said,

    January 11, 2012 @ 8:22 am

    Woah, I started getting into anime the same time as you! FMA and Love Hina bit me and dragged me for a ride. I agree about the nostalgia thing but that’s the thing about nostalgia; it never ends up being as awesome as you once remember it. Lucky for me, I don’t remember liking Onegai Teacher too much (or was it Onegai Twins that I disliked?) so I’m hoping this is the end of the nostalgia trip and we get a great story that hasn’t just tacked on the alien theme like it feels like it did right now.

  11. GDX Said,

    January 11, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

    When I saw it, then went to search for info off this series because it reminded to much to Onegai Teacher, and it wasn’t part of the franchise but for my surprise the character designer and the and the writer of the screenplay are former member of the Onegai Teacher team. I think that I’m going to go as is the red-air girl is the daughter of Kei and Mizuno.

  12. Alcren Said,

    January 11, 2012 @ 3:38 pm

    Onegai teacher brings me back, I also remember burning the series on cd’s (remember those?) It was on 56k so I was happy as hell I downloaded it in a week

  13. Mentar Said,

    January 11, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

    Reminiscing time ^_^

    But yea, watching anime has come such a long way…

  14. nostalgia Said,

    January 11, 2012 @ 11:40 pm

    ahh it seems almost every anime fan was born from that time..oohh we are getting so old…me too..im watching anime since… 1999 or 2000..dont remember exactly..mirc was the only way to download anime…ahh crap..anyways..great show..

  15. Jaysus Said,

    January 12, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

    Dynamite!

    Best line in that entire episode.

  16. sage Said,

    January 13, 2012 @ 12:52 am

    I guess now we know the truth behind those prequels.

    Actually, Remon’s script was just fine. Lucas later added Jar Jar and all the extra faggotry and The Phantom Menace was born.

  17. Phazeshift Said,

    January 16, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

    Love this so much, Nostalgia overflowww!

RSS feed for comments on this post