Ano Natsu de Matteru Episode 12 – Final
After last week’s episode, I began to think to myself how this could end, when I began to realize that the possibility of this show being a direct sequel to Onegai Teacher (which I had kind of discredited in my own mind) was insanely high. And, in a way, it actually was. Perhaps it was my own fault, but for some reason I was expecting everything to mesh together a lot more than it did, or at the very least Remon was Ichigo from Onegai. After all, she looks almost exactly the same, and seems to know a lot about aliens. However she claims that Ichika was the first alien that she’s ever met, which flies in the face of that theory, as well as the concept that she works for MIB. After all, if you work for an organization that specializes in aliens, it would stand to reason that you would have probably met a few. And for that matter, does that mean that both of these series are cannon with the Men in Black movies?
But the fact that this series is directly related to Onegai kind of excuses the fact that it rips off that series. I still think that a larger effort could have been made to not have this show exactly like the original, but maybe the idea was to make this show an Onegai Teacher for the newer generation, while still allowing people who’ve seen the original to make connections and enjoy it. In that sense, it kind of reminds me of Gunbuster and Diebuster (or Gunbuster 2 or Top wo Nerea 2 or whatever you want to call it), though I think Gainax did a much better job at connecting theirs than this series did. However, even if you have seen the first series, there aren’t a whole lot of connections to make with this one. Really, the only thing that are related with both of the series are the facts that they’re both in the same universe and they both have similar circumstances, only being related by the fact that one happened before the other.
This episode also finally accomplished what I had wanted it to be the entire time – a kind of nostalgia-themed show about enjoying the time you have together with your friends. I think that if this show would have been more about them as friends instead of some sci-fi rom-com staring the two least interesting characters, then the scene where they’re watching the movie would have meant a lot more to me. Maybe it’s because I’m finishing high school this year, and I literally have less than thirty days of real school left, but that part of the series actually got some genuine emotion from me. Even since starting high school I’ve missed the summers of when I was a kid and had jack-shit to do except have fun and dump all of the knowledge I had acquired over the school year out of my head. But maybe that’s just because I’m lazy and don’t want to do anything, especially not finish the scenten-
Anyway, as for Remon, I guess I can accept the ridiculous explanation they gave as to why she’s been so weird throughout the whole series, mainly because she’s such a fucking boss. But really, that was pretty damn random, considering that this organization had never been mentioned, and also the fact that it kind of seems like a joke. And am I really supposed to accept that Remon, who is as far as we know a 17/18 year old girl, has enough clout amongst MIB to call dozens of members to simply aid her with helping a friend? I understand that it’s an organization focused around aliens, but the robots they attacked were just trying to save someone they assumed to be in danger, so does the MIB actually have to right to try to stop an issue that as this, seeing as how it doesn’t involve them at all? No wait… now that I think about… HOW THE FUCK CAN THERE BE AN MIB IN JAPAN WHEN EARTH SUPPOSEDLY HAS NEVER BEEN VISITED BY ALIENS?!?!!?!?!?! THAT DOESN’T MAKE ANY GODDAMN SENSE!!!!!!!! EARTH IS A CLASS F PLANET, BUT WE HAVE AN ORGAINZATION THAT IS BASICALLY THE PR DEPERATMENT OF HUMANS AND ALIENS?!?!?!? WHAT IN THE EVERLIVING FUCK?!?!?! ISN’T THE VERY EXISTENCE OF THAT FUCKING ORGANIZATION PROOF OF ALIEN CONTACT WITH EARTH?!?!?!!?!?!?!?
Okay, well, I’m sorry about getting angry there, but huge gaping plot holes like that piss the eternal hell out of me. Yet even though that makes my blood boil with confusion, I guess I’ll forget it, because this series wasn’t all that bad. It’s pretty damn generic, but I think most people could agree that they’d rather watch this than something like Zero no Tsukaima, Highschool DxD, or any other number of generic harem romance whatevers. Maybe the relation to the original caused me to accept it a little more than I would have originally, but I still don’t feel like it would have been that terrible of a show even if it didn’t have that connection.