According to the official website, the movie of TV Anime Anohana (Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai.) was announced and will be premiered in 2013. Directed by Tatsuyuki Nagai who’s also the director of Ano Natsu de Matteru and Toradora!, the movie appears to retell the story from Menma’s perspective.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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 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!
Using her alien vocabulary and impressive sempai-maturity (… and class-act sob story), Ichika has managed to make the transition from seductress to house-sitter while Nagami is off on business. And there to make sure things remain uneventful and PG-rated is the jealous and accusatory Kanna-chan.
It’s time to make some recommendations. We have around 20 series this winter and judging from the first one or two episodes, most of them are quite above my expectation. And of course, some are way below but it is all depends on whether you like it or not. If you haven’t started to follow the new series, maybe you should check out our winter Anime list.