Created By: Raso on June 27, 2011 Last Edited By: Raso on October 27, 2011

Japanese Summer Setup Weather

In anime there is the same shot of same types of clouds to indicate its summer

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Want to set up that its summer in an anime? use a shot of large poofy high clouds extending deep in the sky with sounds of Japanese cicadas as noise. Common in Slice of Life anime.

A form of Atmosphere Building Suspiciously Apropos Weather and maybe a form of Scenery Porn.

Compare Cicadian Rhythm.

Needs a Better Description, Needs a Better Title

  • Nichijou has featured 3 of them during the two summer break episodes.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya every episode of the notorious eight Endless Eight episodes features one during the intro or during the Public Pool visit.
  • A Channel's summer break episodes feature one in the intro. The clouds are suspiciously gone later in the episode for the fireworks festival.
  • K-On! features several during their summer breaks.
  • Several Yotsuba chapters feature long pans during summer where such clouds are visible.

Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • June 27, 2011
  • June 27, 2011
    It isn't that weird given that those types of clouds indicate rains and are common in Japan during summer... Why is this not People Sit On Chairs?
  • June 27, 2011
    Its a setup shot to show that its summer and uses that specific cloud formation. But its always boiling around with people complaining how hot it is, there is not actual rain in any of these.

    I can grab more pictures of said cloud formations if ya want.
  • June 27, 2011
    Pretty sure AIR does this at some point.

    And come to think of it, it's a bit weird how little it rains in anime/epiosdes set during the summer. In my experience, in summer in Japan it's not so much a question of if it will rain on any given day, but when and for how long. But then, anime summer is usually pretty idealized.
  • June 29, 2011

    May be related to Scenery Porn, when it provides an excuse to display exquisitely beautiful outdoors shots.
  • July 22, 2011
    Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei uses this at the beggining of Episode 7 along with the Cicadian Rhythm to set the scene.

    Also for the trope description perhaps we could mention that they are Cumulonimbus clouds
  • October 25, 2011
  • October 25, 2011
    "There Are Clouds In The Sky"

    People Sit On Chairs.
  • October 26, 2011
    ^ Not really. If the cloud shapes and sky color is used to indicate time of the year, then it's a valid trope.
  • October 27, 2011
    ^ not if they are naturally connected to the respective seasons IRL, which they are. It's not a trope, it's realism.

    "Snow on ground means it's winter" is not a trope. "Summer clouds on sky means it's summer" is not a trope.