8 Feb 2012

Ano Natsu de Matteru 5

This show continues to surprise me with unexpectedly straight forward characters and revelations. And I'm suspecting that they are doing this on purpose... but more on that at the end of this post.

You know the writers love their movies when they start referencing auteur Hong Kong film director Wong Kar-wai, infamous for only showing up on the morning of the shoot with the script or asking the actors to improvise as they go along. Director Nagai Tatsuyuki probably got the idea for this show after being inspired by Super 8.

Kanna is definitely the star of the show for me. She's the only character among the entire cast that has a weak resolve in keeping her feelings hidden. Her internal conflict is interesting to watch and borders on being unravelled.

It wouldn't be a AnoNatsu episode without ending on a bombshell. While scenes like these might be a little too straight forward (especially after Tetsuro and Kanna's talk in the rain), the producers made sure to swerve us into another direction before dropping this on us. I present to you the evidence:

Kaito's monologue about how he doesn't know anything about Tanigawa Kanna's feelings, and then he finds out about it 50 seconds later. They have done this for practically every episode so far. It's pretty well-executed so I don't mind, but I'm not too sure how they are going to top this in the later episodes. Will there be a moment that can top AnoHana's fireworks/waterworks scene? Or Toradora's emotionally-charged Taiga VS Sumire battle? Valentine's chocolate classroom showdown? Minorin's in-direct kiss? AnoNatsu has a lot of expectations to meet.

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