Final Impressions: Ano Natsu de Matteru; Goodbye?

Goodbye? Yea, well, as much as this is an appropriate one-liner for the finale of the fantastic Ano Natsu de Matteru series, it also marks the unfortunate the end of my anime blogging “career” (or hobby, rather) and my leave from TheAkiba. But on the brighter side, Ano Natsu has more than exceeded my expectations, and as the series finale will attest, it’s a beautiful love story.

Final Impressions: Zero no Tsukaima F

Now after four seasons spanning nearly six years, Zero no Tsukaima has finally come to an end, though I would hesitate to say that it has come full-circle. And to keep things timely, I’ll spare the nostalgic reflection and delve right into the analysis. As far as the final battle against the Ancient Dragon is concerned, it was all executed fairly well considering the quantity of agonizing twists, close calls and fateful encounters.

Independent Anime Shorts

As of late, I’ve searched amongst blogs looking at some awesome independent anime films, and wanted to showcase a few. Because of this time of year being graduation season, many of the featured shorts are directed and produced solely by the talented, current generation of art and design graduates.

Megurine Luka Tony Ver.

The popularity of the Vocaloid franchise is certainly not to be underestimated, which is especially true of the most recent figure release featuring the eldest sister of the Vocaloid family, Megurine Luka. The stunning detail and unique design is modeled after the illustrations of famous artist, Tony Taka—whose designs were also employed in the making of the preceding Hatsune Mike figurine.

Upcoming Changes and Ano Natsu de Matteru EP 08 Review

As many of you have probably noticed, growing strain from external projects has prompted many of the series being reviewed to either swap hands or in a worst case scenario, be dropped completely, so we’ve discussed and decided to make a few minor modifications to the posting schedule of the site, especially to that of the episodic reviews—not to worry though, not that much will change!

Ano Natsu de Matteru EP 07 – Sempai’s Feelings

Well we seem to have hit that “climactic middle” where a series ties up its exposition and proceeds to charge forward into the core of the story’s premise—often times in a new direction than its preface, which can propel the show towards success or actuate its demise. Fortunately, Ano Natsu choreographed this one perfectly, and its reassuring to know that my read on anime hasn’t degenerated completely as Kaori’s reasons for making a brash move at Kaito were pretty much what I had predicted.

Ano Natsu de Matteru EP 06 – A Rival for Sempai

I continue to be amazed by the success—both by the story and the flawless implementation of fresh, unadulterated enjoyment—of season frontrunner Rinne no Lagrange, and if there’s a series that could match it perfectly by the following criteria, it would be Ano Natsu de Matteru hands down. Both have undoubtedly made a name for themselves in the short span since their debut, which only attests to their achievement.

Ano Natsu de Matteru EP 05 – Sempai is the Heroine

That’s three points for Kuroda Yousuke for employing yet another perfectly-timed and captivating cliffhanger. As for a solution to the “fifth wheel” dilemma, I’m beginning to believe the only way for things to end peaceably is to end the series as a harem with two boys and three girls. Why not?

Ano Natsu de Matteru EP 04 – Sempai Was Amazing

Simply walking away and acting like it never happened isn’t a terrible way of escaping that awkward moment when you find out that someone likes you. It may not be a permanent solution to the problem at hand, but it’s probably the best choice when your both living under the same roof.

Ano Natsu de Matteru EP 03 – Sempai Said it. . .

Ano Natsu de Matteru played a perfect hand this week in following up a heated night of drinking and games with a mellow, yet nonetheless hilarious day cast in all the right places in terms of setting. By now I have myself convinced that my knack for choosing the ‘winners from the losers’ each season on the first try is not much of a “knack” at all—I’m wrong nearly every time!