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Ano Natsu de Matteru episode 1

OK fine, I admit it. I didn’t even try. I came into this with preconceived ideas of what this would be like and why I would hate it with every fibre of my being. But I must give everything that is not instantly identifiable as pedo-bait at least a chance to prove itself, because every now and then a Kannagi will show up and surprise me with witty writing and entertaining characters. All this anime did was made Ano Hana look great in comparison.

So we have the creator of Onegai Teacher, an anime about a boring feckless male lead and a hot alien MILF that falls for him for no apparent reason, causing a string of wacky romcom hijinks to ensue. But no, it’s not enough to just be a piece of blatant wish-fulfillment for every horny teenager who had a crush on one of their large breasted teachers. This is a serious anime, so we also have to include and heartfelt and melodramatic romance that clashes with the regular tone so badly that the reverberations caused the earth to shift slightly on its axis. It was awkwardly crowbarred in and had all the subtlety and grace of an elephant in your shower. It made Ano Hana’s melodrama look reserved in comparison

Oh come on, it can’t honestly be that bad

It included a scene in which the two main characters run in slow motion across a beach bathed in sunset while crying out each others names while in tears to the backing track of dramatic string music.

Point taken

However, instead of subjecting everyone responsible for creating that anime to 10 years of public service, JC Staff, in all their wisdom, decided the best thing to do would be to allow this guy to make another anime (not Another anime, where the slow motion beach scene suddenly cuts to a picture of a doll with no arms). Has he progressed in this time? Hahaha of course he fucking hasn’t. This anime is about feckless male lead #53828528 and a hot alien girl with tits made out of water balloons who happens this time, in a daring move of originality, to be his classmate. See? That’s not his teacher, it’s just his classmate. Fucking swimming in originality here!

So we have Feckless-kun, a bland spineless teenage boy, with no discernible personality beyond being ‘normal’. He likes taking videos though, which isn’t a personality trait. That’s just an arbitrary label attached to him. He hangs out with his perverted best friend who he embarrassingly stands behind but still goes along with everything he says. Then there’s The Girl, who wants to bone Feckless-kun so hard that it burns inside her tsundere flat chest. Oh, did you notice the joke about the size of her chest? Boy anime, we sure aren’t tired of tit-comparison jokes yet, are we? Oh yeah, and there’s The Other Girl, the shy one with big breasts who also probably wants to bone Feckless-kun. We have a harem before we even begin, because developing relationships between characters is for other anime!

But no! Remember, we are serious business here. So Feckless-kun occasionally has to break away from his banal conversations to narrate his life. Not that he’s doing any narration. Instead it’s throwaway sentences that are supposed to sound Deep and Meaningful but in actuality mean absolutely fucking nothing. We know they’re deep and meaningful because they talk about the magic of summer and how our life is only just beginning and characters toss their heads to one side while showing a warm smile, all while tinkly piano music plays in the background.

But we know this is all useless if we haven’t engaged in full blown shameless wish-fulfillment. So in strolls beautiful big breasted redhead who instantly moves in with the main character because why the fuck not. Don’t you wish you had a hot alien chick who came to live with you and had no concept of decency in regards to walking around naked and who will kiss you while pressing her breasts up against your face? And you know what gets to me? That someone out there, by the end, will honestly try to claim this is a touching romantic story and that they cried in the final scene where the two characters run along a riverbank towards each other to some orchestral score, embracing each other and finally having their first ‘proper’ kiss of the series, and how they were also extremely moved when, just after they embraced, her towel fell off.

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36 Comments

  1. Adamar
    Posted January 10, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    “All this anime did was made Ano Hana look great in comparison.”

    Jesus Christ, how horrifying.

    • Posted January 10, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

      “All this post did was made ANN writers look great in comparison.”

      Jesus Christ, how horrifying.

      • fathomlessblue
        Posted January 10, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

        I agree. Lay off the Ano Hana crowd already Scamp, they have feelings too…

        *smirk*

  2. Posted January 10, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    >allow this guy to make another anime

    The Onegai-guy is the scriptwriter, not the producer. The rest of the production staff is Nagai’s Toradora/AnoHana-crew, who had nothing to do with the original series.

    It’s a blatant remake of Onegai Teacher though, that much is certain.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 11, 2012 at 11:57 am | Permalink

      Nitpicking. Pretend I said the same guy who ‘wrote’ Onegai ‘wrote’ this

    • ~sky
      Posted January 11, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

      how is it an improvement to have the ppl who made ano hana make this, compared to Onegai’s?

      • Posted January 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

        Nobody said it would necessarily be an improvement. Scamp may say it’s nitpicking, but all I was concerned with was pointing out his lack of research.

        But to answer your question: It’s probably better in the sense that AnoNatsu has better production values, and a more seasoned director. Unlike most people seem to think, the scriptwriter isn’t calling all the shots to define a show. 10 minutes of clicking around ANN encyclopedia already reveals quite a bit of difference between Tatsuyuki Nagai and the Onegai-series’ director Yasunori Ide, in favor of the former. If the script is written by the same derp, than at least I would bet my money the more accomplished director to make up for its shortcomings – which is one of the main things directors do as a part of their job. Scriptwriter composes the script, but the director is the one who decides how it’s implemented.

  3. Posted January 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    I got this great comment on BnB’s winter season preview:

    “just finished watching the first episode of ano natsu de matteru and as expected from the director of onegai twins and onegai teacher he make the characters and all the things in this anime rialistic”

    Yep, sure.

  4. Suzushina Yuriko
    Posted January 10, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    “That someone out there, by the end, will hon­estly try to claim this is a touch­ing romantic story and that they cried in the final scene where the two char­ac­ters run along a riverb­ank towards each other to some orches­tral score, embra­cing each other and finally hav­ing their first ‘proper’ kiss of the series, and how they were also extremely moved when, just after they embraced, her towel fell off.”

    Yeah, I have to agree with you there. The moment the alien girl jumped from the shower to perform her magic kiss or whatever on the main character and his sister walked in on them was the moment I closed the video and facepalmed.

    I know everyone has different tastes and all, but I really wonder about people who actually and honestly think that this and crap like Guilty Crown are excellent shows that deserve the highest praise. Ano Natsu isn’t as bad as some other shows I’ve seen, but the cliches at the end were still pretty unlikeable.

    On a more positive note, I’m looking forward to your impressions post of Another anime. I quite enjoyed that one.

    • ペーパー先生
      Posted January 10, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

      Sadly, there are people who genuinely enjoy shows like Guilty Crown. They are the people who don’t care about story lines, characters or any depth. They want tits and explosions simply for the sake of tits and explosions. The only reason people like this even what anime is because it has an abundance of these. I tried talking to one of these humans, and barely resisted the urge to bash my face into the sidewalk when he said “The first episode of Guilty Crown was sooo good!”

  5. Posted January 10, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Has anyone here seen Kashimashi?

    If you substitute “camera” with “plants,” and “comes back to life with a hickey and an alien girl” to “comes back to life AS a girl” that was pretty much this episode.

    Only when the “likes plants” kid dies it’s because the UFO cold smashed into his face, which is way more awesome than over-dramatic sonic waves or whatever and blood and OMG broken glasses!

    My boyfriend *liked* Onegai Teacher and thought this was dumb. So maybe there’s hope.

  6. Posted January 10, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    I completely disagree that this is full-blown fulfillment though your points do make a lot of sense. In my opinion it just feels like a “what if To Love ru was done in a serious way” or something like that? Not the most original but definitely not unwatchable.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 10, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

      But that’s what makes it extra bad! It’s still wish-fulfillment, but one that’s also trying to crowbar in some awful heartfelt genuine romance and melodrama

      • Posted January 11, 2012 at 10:11 am | Permalink

        Well if they mesh well together and you take out the “awful”part in your statement about genuine romance and drama then no it’s not extra bad. In the end I still think its just your tastes not matching to the series.

  7. romulus
    Posted January 10, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    I feel sorry for you that you had to go through this. Really, If it weren’t for their semi-watchable Index and Shana series, I would never even think about watching anything from J.C. Staff.

    • fathomlessblue
      Posted January 10, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

      “semi-watchable Index”

      W-What????

      To each their own I guess.^^

  8. Posted January 10, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    From what you have written, it seems to me like some parody… Isn’t that a case?

  9. Posted January 10, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    Definitely the best show not-named-Nisemonogatari of this shitty season regardless of its cliched & cheesy tricks. Aquarion? Another? Lagranne? Mouretsu? Tsukaima? HS DxD? They’re all worse.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 10, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

      Hahahaha you’re funny

      • Posted January 10, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

        I-Im sure it’s a misunderstanding. He’s certainly referring to Natsume, not Natsu, right?

    • Posted January 10, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

      Daily Lives of Highschool Boys is better.

      • Posted January 10, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

        I haven’t seen that one yet, so there’s a slight possibility that my opinion may change.

    • Posted January 10, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

      I’ll be here all week.

  10. fathomlessblue
    Posted January 10, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    I was wavering on watching this prior to your post. I skipped it and watched AquarionEVOL instead… I hope you’re happy with yourself!

  11. SENSEISHUN
    Posted January 10, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    High school boys is worth the watch. Fuck Natsu.

  12. esha25
    Posted January 10, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    You summed up my feelings exactly. Yes it is over the top fan servicey and gimmicky, but the timing was wonderful. I too thought it was a parody of the rom-com genre.

  13. Mr. Anon
    Posted January 10, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    I refuse to believe this can be worse than Ano Hana. A horribly written ‘romance’ with tits can’t possibly be worse than a horribly written ‘drama’ without tits, right?

    • ペーパー先生
      Posted January 10, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

      Maybe Scamp just doesn’t like the word “Ano”

    • Scamp
      Posted January 11, 2012 at 11:59 am | Permalink

      Ano Hana had a lead character with a personality, so it automatically wins

  14. DarkEnergy
    Posted January 10, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    Hey Scamp, will you or have you played Katawa Shoujo? I mean, it’s totally free, so you should check it out…

  15. Erif
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 2:52 am | Permalink

    Tis a pity, but I’ll still have to give this a try.

  16. Someone Else
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 6:28 am | Permalink

    Leave Ano Hana alone! *cries*

    • Scamp
      Posted January 11, 2012 at 11:59 am | Permalink

      Nevar!!!

  17. elior1
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    actully about this show i want to say it continue the story of the onegai series becouse it in the same town and also the author of onegai teacher and onegai twins not doing retelling he alweys continue the onegai series

  18. Daniel
    Posted January 12, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Oh I thought it was fine. The part where she moved in was funny, and the most original “move in” scene I’ve ever seen.

    From realistic internal monologue to a punchline!

    PS: I’m starting to regert not watching あの花

  19. idiffer
    Posted January 15, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    lol, i thought it was similar to onegai teacher even though i watched it like 5 years ago. i remember that the first ep gave me the impression of being watchable and that the show has hope, but i don’t recall a beach scene. blad blandness. but still, i like wish fulfillment and boobs, so i’ll probably end up finishing the show…and roll my eyes 10 times an ep.

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