Ano Natsu de Matteru Episode 10 – Happy Ending?
Hey, look everybody! It’s… kind of like Ano Hana, except no one’s dead or dressing up as said dead person. But honestly, I’m glad to see this show beginning to pull away from the ho-hum rom-com it’s been for the past nine episodes. But still, it seemed kind of stupid to present the faux happy ending for all of the characters as if all their problems could be solved by creating even more awkwardness among them. It seems like a giant orgy would be the best solution; everybody would probably get some of what they want. And when is this show going to explain how Kaito knew Ichika was an alien?
So let’s go over this. Tetsuro knows that Mio likes him, Kanna knows that Tetsuro likes her, and Kaito knows that Kanna likes him. So how is that not going to be awkward as all hell? They still have to make their movie together, and they still have to go to school with each other, so I don’t really see how their lives are going to be any easier now that they know they all have someone who likes and that they don’t like them back. In most cases that causes a rift in friendship, unless we’re talking some hardcore bonds between the people. I could kind of see it working for Kanna and Tetsuro (if they’ve really been friends as long as they say they have) but for everyone else, it looks like long roads of awkwardness ahead. That is except for Remon, who couldn’t give less of a damn about anything, other than making sure all of those crazy kids have the proper protection while they have their fun.
Most of this episode centered around Kaito and Ichika being a couple, and everyone else angsting like it’s going out of style. Kanna has literally been crying for days over Kaito, Tetsuro is mad at himself for not liking the hot nudist girl, and Remon is still breaking into peoples homes in hopes of getting some footage to push her movie up to that “XXX” rating. Although Mio had one of her best parts in this episode. She finally called out Tetsuro on being a jackass and inviting Ichika to be in their movie so Kaito would get together with her, so that Kanna would be free for the taking. Although Tetsuro denies her claim, it was pretty obvious that was his idea all along, and telling Kaito that she liked him was his way of spurring his master plan into high gear. In reality, none of this would have happened if he hadn’t been so determined to get Kaito together with someone other than Kanna, so I guess he gets credit for the plot of the whole series. At least he realizes that what he did was retarded, and that it only screwed stuff up even more for her. But hey, now you have a reason to get together with the hot nudist girl, so you should probably get on that.
So, we’re presented this bullshit happy ending where everything is supposed to be fine and dandy now that everyone know how everyone feels. Well, that’s obviously not how this story is going to end, but if you say so, I’ll go along with it for the time being. It’s probably all just a setup for the new plot device that we now have – Ichika’s sister.
And with her appearance, that pretty much seals the plot of the last two episodes of this show. I imagine they’ll consist of her sister telling Ichika to come home and Ichika telling her sister that she wants to stay. Repeat about ten times and you have the plot for the last arc. I’m willing to bet that some bullshit something-or-other will require Ichika to return to her home planet, she’ll be sad about leaving her lame-ass generic boyfriend of almost three days and then she’ll probably return in some little epilogue scene. But really, how did she think this was all going to play out? If she was just going to earth for a trip, then wouldn’t she understand that someone would eventually come for her? Not to mention, deciding to live on another planet is a pretty big fucking decision, that’s like if you went on a vacation to France and liked it so much, you decided to live there; you didn’t bring anything form home, you didn’t tell anyone you knew – you just decided to live there because you liked some hot French girl. Someone would eventually find you, because you can’t just move to another country (or another planet) whenever you want. I’m almost certain that her plant, being as advanced as it is, would have some type of regulations and procedures for movie to another planet. But then again, Ichika is a stupid, stupid person, so maybe it all just slipped her mind.