Kaito, a boy with ambitions to become a filmmaker, begins summer vacation only to have a spaceship crash land on top of him. A beautiful girl walks out, and she moves into his house. A summer of romance and drama begins.
If you’ve seen either of them before, this show is basically another repacking of Onegai Twins and Onegai Teacher. A dramatic story of high school romance unfolds in a rural setting as we follow a close group of friends through many twists and turns and shipping wars. We’ve had aliens before, and even Remon (the most entertaining character) is nothing new.
But Ano Natsu de Matteru makes one major improvement on its predecessors: there are no teacher / student relationships or incest! This seems like such a no-brainer, but… Japan. This allowed me to enjoy the story much more than the previous two.
Regardless of my feelings toward their choices of romantic partners, the Onegai series both did an excellent job at setting the atmosphere, and Ano Natsu de Matteru continued that trend. The characters are all likable, and these are people you can bring yourself to care about. It has high school drama, but it’s limited to bearable levels (not nearly as bad as an actual high school). The characters are rivals in love and so they fight, but they still remain friends so it isn’t painfully obnoxious.
Overall, it was an enjoyable show, but it plays things safe and doesn’t really do anything new. I feel like I’ve seen this before. Twice.
- Storytelling – B – Nothing new, but extremely solid storytelling.
- Voice – A – I love the rural, nostalgic atmosphere for both this and its predecessors.
- Characters – B – Good, but Kaito is a bit on the dull side.
- Attention Grab – C – There’s a reason I’m writing this review weeks after it ended.
- Production – B – I liked the animation style.
- Overall – B