Waiting in the Summer – Episode 1

So this is the first new series from the winter season I’m blogging: Ano Natsu de Matteru, or Waiting in the Summer. This is from the makers of the Onegai series, and I liked Onegai Twins, and there didn’t seem much better out there to watch, so I’ll give this one a shot.

A boy, Kaito is out filming a night when a giant energy beam impacts near him, injuring and throwing him into a nearby river. A hand reaches out to grab him when he suddenly wakes up in his room the next morning, just fine. The next day, a red headed girl named Ichika transfers to his school. Kaito’s friend Tetsuro invites Ichika to be part of a movie (that Kaito hasn’t even decided to make yet) they’re making that summer, and she agrees, with Ichika’s first friend Remon agreeing to direct. Kaito’s other friends Mio and Kanna also agree to be in the movie. After school, Kaito accidentally invites Ichika to stay over at his house for the night. There, Kaito has a flashback of the night before and has a large rash, and Ichika rushes to help him. Then Kaito’s sister and Kanna walk in on Ichika, in a towel, kissing an unconcious Kaito, with an alien energy field around them.

It's time to meet everyone!

It's time to meet everyone!

So that was a rather long description, but a lot kind of happened in this first episode. It was rather obvious from the start that Ichika is some sort of alien, with her not really knowing how to act or even look in the area. We have no idea for what purpose she has come to visit the area, however, though it seems to be on enough of a whim that she didn’t even bother to prepare a place for herself to stay.

We then have Kaito, who is somewhat reserved, but is pumped about video recording. He also appears to have been healed by Ichika, and process that appears to be imperfect. One has to wonder whether this will be a continuing problem through the series.

Then there are Kaito’s three friends. There is Tetsuro, who so far is your standard guy friend who causes Kaito trouble by getting him into situations. Then there is Mio, who as of right now appears to be your standard shy Moeblob, and then there is Kanna, who shows flashes of tsundere and who has a pretty obvious crush on Kaito, and is clearly not happy about Ichika’s arrival and Kaito’s immediate attraction to her.

The influences of the Onegai series are clearly here. We have Remon, who is clearly designed after Ichigo from Onegai, and there is Ichika’s alien friend, who appears to be similar to Marie from Onegai. In a sense, even Ichika is more than a little similar to Mizuho, the red-headed alien character from the Onegai series.

Overall, this first episode seems pretty promising for the series so far. We have appealing characters and a developing plot line that doesn’t seem all that bad right now. Hopefully it stays on this promising track.

Shakugan no Shana III – Episode 13

Sophie’s forces continue fighting off the Denizens while inside the Divine Gate, Khamsin continues to fight Sabrac. Meanwhile, Shana and Yuji fight, when Yuji reveals that he is willfully working with Silver. The Snake of the Festival then happens upon Sabrac’s battle, and he is so taken aback by it’s greatness that Khamsin and Rebecca are finally able to destroy him. Having sensed that the Snake has been revived, Sophia attempts to destroy the Divine Gate, but Fecor, who apparently was merely mortally wounded, but not yet dead, arrives and blocks her for long enough for the Snake to return, before finally dying.

I've watched enough hentai to see where this is going

I've watched enough hentai to see where this is going

Really, this as a pretty lame episode compared to the past ones. Sabrac was finally destroyed, but it was mainly because he was so distracted by the Snake of the Festival that he didn’t give a crap anymore. Most of the rest of the episode was basically stuff we already knew. We got a glimpse of just how powerful the Snake is, but one could have surmised that by him being the God of Creation in the first place.

Really, the main thing that happened is that Yuji and the Snake of the Festival – finally – exited the Divine Gate, which means we may finally learn what the Bal Masqué is up to in the next episode. And then presumably we’ll start the final story arc(s) of this series and approach the final conclusion.