If anything is a let down from this entire anime, I would have to say it is the characters. The characters are a bit generic, but the way the story is told makes up for it. Not the best, but definitely a must watch.
When we were younger our summers were always different, usually a one of a kind experience that we would never expect. Whether it be filled with love, heartbreak, or tragedy, each was unforgettable. Sometimes it was these summers that defined who we are now.
Waiting for that Summer:
Kaito has always has his camera on him,
taking videos of sights, sceneries, and people. When taking a scene at a local dam in the middle of the night, however, the impact of a large object hitting the ground sends him spiraling towards the ground. When he wakes up, he is unharmed as if what happened was just a dream. With the arrival of new transfer student at school as well, what is in store for Kaito.
At First Glance:
The first time watched Ano Natsu de Matteiru, it had many characteristics of drama/romance anime to date. A beautiful girl, a love-struck boy, a childhood friend, other love interest, etc. Yet it takes a turn that many other anime within the genre don’t take. It gives you a resolution and fairly early on in fact. Even if the anime is 12 episodes, it is my firm belief that there should be a start, middle, and end assuming it is a standard story. That is exactly what you get, so expect a clear cut story from start to finish.
Ano Natsu de Matteiru has flown under almost everyone’s radar. Does it deserve this lack of recognition? Without a doubt, no. I would easily place the title in my top 10 of romance/drama anime to date. It is more natural (despite the setting), more appealing (a complete story), and time efficient (12 episodes). For me, this is a must watch for anyone who wants a short romance anime. Take the time to watch it and you won’t regret it.