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  1. Triple_R
    2012-03-09 17:16
    I have to thank Demi Soda (and by extension you, Guardian Enzo, and totoum) for persuading me to give Ano Natsu another shot.

    After two episodes, I had some significant misgivings with the show (comedy seemed a bit too standard harem anime-esque to me, sci-fi elements threatened to undermine the overall mood of the show imo, etc...) and so I stalled it, but without much intention of ever getting back to it.

    Thanks to Demi Soda's rave reviews, I'm now giving Ano Natsu another shot.

    I thoroughly enjoyed Episodes 3 and 5, and I mostly enjoyed Episode 4. I still have some catching up to do, but I'm relieved to see extremely well-executed romantic comedy in this show. The romance bits feel very sincere and heartfelt, while each episode has at least one big, literal "laugh out loud" moment for me, and that's good for anime comedy for me, lol. The comedic daydreams of Ano Natsu have been comedy gold, especially the "Men in Black!" jokes pertaining to Ichika's alien origins, lol. I'm glad to see that, through 5 episodes at least, Ichika's alien origins is mainly just a good catalyst for tiny bits of comedy, and nothing too sci-fi.

    Anyway, just wanted to thank you for getting Demi Soda back into Ano Natsu which indirectly caused me to get back into it, lol. I might update you on this again after I'm fully caught up.
  2. Pocari_Sweat
    2012-03-08 08:12
    Btw, do you have AIM or MSN account?
  3. Pocari_Sweat
    2012-03-07 21:17
    Up to date now. I want more . Cliche bits and pieces there but I don't mind, because it's damn well executed for a romantic comedy.

    Talking about Okadiam... to hell with that. If Jiromaru from HSI was a personification of Yakaman, then Remon is a personificiation of Okada. Remon is one [fantastic] troll. I bet you Okada is watching this show and going "Hey! They put a character that is exactly like me! Damn wanna-be trolls!"
  4. Pocari_Sweat
    2012-03-07 20:21
    Talking about beach episodes, Another also had great utilization of a beach episode.
  5. totoum
    2012-03-07 19:29
    Well to be fair pretty much nobody has been as active as Okada these past few months
  6. totoum
    2012-03-07 17:11
    I'm actually kind of glad to see the show turned out so well without her involvement though, as it's nice to see more talent emerge in this segment.
    "more talent emerge"?

    You know writer Kuroda won himself a kobe award long before Okada came to the scene Urobuchi mentioned him as one of his mentors.
  7. Pocari_Sweat
    2012-03-07 11:40
    Ok, I've watched 5 episodes of Ano Natsu, and now I'm beginning to see what people mean by a excellent romance. All of the main cast are somehow involved in some kind of romance or romantic feelings (some more obvious, some more subtle) and the writing is pretty solid. Definitely better than 95% of romances out there, and if this aired in 2011, it would have won the romance slot by default assuming it maintains quality. In its earlier eps, I thought the characters were generic archtypes (oblivious male lead, magical girlfriend, best friend figure, tsundere, kuudere, moeblob etc), instead they have been developing into decently written characters with none of the "tropes" being too overwhelming.

    Spoiler for Ano Natsu & Ano Hana Spoilers:

    You were right about this is getting quite good now and although I haven't reached a "whambam" episode yet, but I'll take your word that it will soon come. Definitely a good thing that I gave this a second chance. Guess I shouldn't doubt Negai and Kuroda's directing and writing skills respectively .

    For now I am getting more enjoyment than I did from Toradora, but less than say Ano Hana. But I do understand Ano Natsu is more akin to a Toradora type of drama and comedy level so it's not entirely fair to compare. One hope I do have though is that hopefully they will keep the sci-fi elements to a minimum until near the end of the series, where it will eventually needs to be wrapped up. They were a huge turnoff for me initially, but I managed to get over it finally .

    Skyrocketed to being my 2nd favourite of the season after Another now. Such a 180 change after initially ragequitting .

    P.S. Why is Okada not writing this show, seems like her "subtle" style of writing for this will be perfect. Guess she's too busy having fun and being a perv with Aquarion EVOL
  8. Pocari_Sweat
    2012-03-06 14:35
    In regards to ano natsu, I've decided to give it a second chance since a lot of people have been praising it as an excellent romance. However, for now and what I've seen (3 eps) it has been largely unimpressive. The whole magical girlfriend and sci fi/alien hijinks were an immediate turnoff and the fact that the characters has been very archtypical and generic. Fyi I actually wasn't that big of a Toradora but considering I don't tend to like romcoms much, toradora was actually pretty good for what it was. In terms of subtlety... well the only recent okada involvement that possessed this was wandering son (and bits of hsi). I mean how over the top brs is with its melodrama, I'm not surprised ano natsu is more subtle.

    As for negai and yousuke, they are both talented director and writer respectively (on the noitamina slot too), with the duo having made my favorite anime of all time, honey and clover, so I was immediately hyped when I learnt they were doing a project together. Unfortunately, ano natsu hasn't caught my attention yet but I will see after my second chance. After all negai is a big shot in the sol genre and yousuke was the first recipient who got the individual award for the animation Kobe awards that wasn't a director, with okada last year being the second.

    In regards to anohana, my main problem was that it got too melodramatic towards the second half. It had way too much crying that made even key subtle in comparison. Also the fact that the anohana forum was a epeen contest on how much people cried didn't help either. In the end it was still a great show but definitely not favorite worthy. In fact as shown on my blog (which I hardly update) I placed hsi over it in my top 2011 list.

    True tears was one of a kind in its respective genre in the anime medium, whilst sola/ef is not, although it is still very rare in the anime medium. Hsi was the potential true tears spiritual successor but ended up instead being a great coming age story instead with several inconsistencies making it clearly inferior in my books. The fact true tears was referenced multiple timed within hsi also highly indicates that pa intended it to be somewhat of a spiritual sequel imo.

    In regards to vn adaptations and akabesoft2, I agree that sharin definitely needs one. And like we mentioned before, kyoani (despite my cynicism regarding the studio) would be ideal. Key doesn't have jack when comparing it to sharin or g senjou.

    As for the new naoki project... One can only hope...
  9. Triple_R
    2012-03-05 10:40
    Oh, I've definitely had that writing experience, yeah. Although, in my case, it's often intentional. I often will use anime characters as inspirations for the characters I do come up with.

    And yeah, the latest Guilty Crown episode was a good one for Ayase too. I thought she had a lot of nice scenes in it (the escalator one being both dramatic and a bit funny).
  10. Last Sinner
    2012-03-02 02:01
    Last Sinner
    Well in terms of abstract art and classy flirtation, The Tatami Galaxy had that and there's plenty of other examples.
    Harems have been around in droves since the days of Tenchi Muyo.
    Hnnng moments have been around since Cutie Honey.

    *shrug* Whatever. If that's what people want these days, they can have it. I simply reply that I find Nise exactly how I did Bake and Madoka - 100% pure boring.

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