Kirishima Kaito is an Ordinary High-School Student who likes to film things with his grandfather's old super 8 movie camera. One night while he was out trying new high speed film something terrible happened to him... but when he woke up the next morning, he was in his own house without a scratch on him or any idea how he got home. That same day, a new student transfers to his school, and he can't help but feel that she's familiar somehow.Ano Natsu De Matteru is a Twelve Episode Anime and the latest installment in the OnegaiFranchise.If you live in North America, the series can be legally watched at Crunchyroll or at The Anime Network, under the title "Waiting in the Summer".
The series show examples of:
Accidental Kiss: Tetsurou and Mio after being scared by Manami causing them to fall on each other.
Beware the Nice Ones: Rinon seems scared of Ichika after the latter accidentally drops a knife in front of it. She also later calls Rinon to help teleport her to spy on Kaito when he's hanging out with Manami, and threatens to do something if Rinon doesn't comply.
Sorta. In episode 7, she confides to Ichika that she was dumped by her boyfriend and was on the trip just to get over him, and was mostly on the rebound with Kaito.
Clingy Jealous Girl: Kanna towards Kaito, especially when she hears about Ichika living with him.
Ichika gets quite jealous when she sees Kaito with Manami, Tetsuro's sister in episode 4. Manami decides to tease them a little bit afterwards once Ichika shows up in the apartment.
Both girls decide to question Kaito together in episode 6 after Kaori shows up claiming to be his fiance. Even Rinon seems a bit uncomfortable around the two women in that scene.
In episode 5, Tetsuro tries to help Kanna get closer to Kaito. Kanna responds by saying that he'll find someone too, but he mentions to himself that it won't happen. Mio, overhearing this, and massaging Remon's shoulders at the time, suddenly presses a bit too hard after hearing him saying that.
Mio managed a Megaton Punch to knock off Chiharu who tried to force herself on Tetsuro.
Cool Big Sis: Nanami, though Tetsuro's sister Manami is a subversion.
Ichika's older sister Emika counts as this when she shows up in the eleventh episode, as she ends up trying to help Ichika and Kaito find a loophole in the alien's law that will allow them to remain together.
Ichika looks very obviously like teacher-mode Mizuho.
Kanna shares a very similar attitude, hairstyle, and hair colour to Akane Tendou.
Fanservice: Downright subdued compared to other modern works, but still there.
The Federation: Inverted: we are the primitives who must be protected by their prime directive... even if it means tearing the young lovers apart.
First Kiss: Kaito and Ichika in episode 9. Ichika counts it as her fourth as she's done mouth-to-mouth on him three times before for Intimate Healing. When he murmurs about how unromantic that is, she gives him a "Shut Up" Kiss, which she counts as her fifth.
Hand or Object Underwear: Whenever we see Mio at home, she's nude with her naughty bits covered with a random stuffed animal (usually a giant panda).
Hard-Drinking Party Girl: A blink-and-you'll-miss-it shot in episode 6 has Manami passed out on Tetsuro's table with something like 10 empty cans of beer next to her. She's at it again at the end of episode 12.
Imagine Spot: Kaito, Ichika and Kanna get some based around the events of the previous night. Kaito lampshades this with, "Why am I having such unfortunate fantasies?"
A reoccurring theme with Kaito. He also has a tendency to accidentally act out his side of them in real life, such as the time he prompted an "I don't swing that way" response from Tetsuro, or when he accidentally invited Ichika to live with him.
Intimate Healing: Ichika does this to Kaito after he passes out at the end of episode 1. She gives him a kiss just as Kaito's sister and Kanna arrive home...
I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Tetsuro in episode 3 seems to be heading this way with Kanna, but Mio, who likes him, calls him out on it, saying messing with others love life will come back to bite him. He does it anyway.
Kanna in episode 5 seems to be heading towards this trope, until Tetsuro straight up tells Kaito at the end of the episode that she likes him. Played Straight in episode 9.. She falls into this trope again in episode 9, although she's not very happy about it.
She invoked this trope's name almost word for word twice in episode 11.
Similarly, Mio seemed like she was going this route until Tetsuro points out that as her friends, she needs to trust them with her worries and feelings. She immediately confesses.
Kaori towards Kaito. She tells Ichika she was on the rebound from getting dumped by another guy. But Kaori also warns Ichika that if she doesn't take him soon, she will.
Love Dodecahedron: Mio likes Tetsurou who likes Kanna who likes Kaito who likes Ichika who is a Human Alien and wasn't even sure what was happening.
A major part of the character development is people finally getting up the courage to confess, or otherwise pull the strings of the dodecahedron — namely, Tetsurou told Kaito that Kanna loves him, and Mio finally confessed to Tetsurou after he didn't react with disgust at finding out she's a nudist.
Love Epiphany: Ichika showed signs of it in earlier episodes, but seems to finally come to terms with it in episode 7.
No Romantic Resolution: Not for the main couple, but Tetsuro still seems unattached at the end, although Mio doesn't seem to mind it.
Not What It Looks Like: When Nanami and Kanna walk in on Ichika's Intimate Healing for an unconscious Kaito, the towel she was wearing begins to fall down. Ichika instinctly moves Kaito's head to cover it, giving off a worse impression to both girls, and causing Nanami to faint in the very next episode.
One Dialogue, Two Conversations: In episode 2, Kaito seems ready to say something to Ichika. However, she stops him before he can say it. Then in episode 3, they sort of realize they both had the wrong idea about the attempted conversation. Kaito thought Ichika was going to tell their friends how she rejected his attempted Love Confession. Ichika, on the other hand, thought he figured out she was really an alien and was going to reveal it to them, and didn't want him to say anything about it, lest she gets taken away and therefore wouldn't be able to find the location she came to Earth for.
Race Against the Clock: The group needs to find the place Ichika mentioned earlier in the series before rescue comes because there's possible evidence of First Contact and if they could find it, it could get Earth upgraded from a Class F Planet (Protected by a Alien Non-Interference Clause) and so Ichika wouldn't have to be forcibly rescued again.
Romantic Runner-Up: Kanna towards Kaito, and Mio towards Tetsuro. Made more painful by the fact that Kaito was told Kanna likes him, and Mio outright confesses to Tetsuro, and they still end up rejecting the girls.
Running Gag: Tetsuro always dies a few seconds after appearing on-screen in the movie they're filming. Lampshaded when Kaito asks him how many times he's died in the movie.
Scary Shiny Glasses: Happens to Ichika when she strangles Rinon helping her follow Kaito around in episode 4, and again when Kaito finds her standing behind him while at Tetsuro's apartment with Manami later.
Scenery Porn: The attention paid to the backgrounds can not be ignored.
Secret Keeper: All of the main cast promise not to reveal that Ichika is an alien, although they're not really shocked by it at all either when they first find out.
Sempai Kohai: Ichika and Lemon are always referred to as "sempai", which one would expect at a Japanese school. But things get interesting when Manami calls Lemon Sempai too.
Sequel Hook: Lemon studying Rinon, who is technically a spaceship. Then immediately averted, see The Stinger below.
The Seventies: though the actual time period is not specified, you'd be forgiven if you thought this series was set in the seventies. Manami's car, film cameras instead of video, (can one even get Super-8 film anymore?) the dial phones, the apparent lack of any computers or cell phones, and the complete lack of all non-alien high tech all appear to place this work in the late seventies or early eighties at the latest, an impression reinforced by Ichika's and Kaito's "back then" past-tense narration. Only Tetsuro's caller ID phone seems remotely contemporary.
If we assume that High School of the Dead as show in the movie theater is the real-world show, that would make 2010 the earliest possible timeframe.
Shameless Fanservice Girl: Deconstructed with Mio. She's a modest Shrinking Violet who was raised as a nudist, and tries to hide this fact from others due to her feeling that this makes her a weirdo. Some of her beliefs still leak out, however — she has a tendency to forget about panties, she can't sleep unless she's nude (even in a group), and her idea of a "modest bathing suit" was a bikini more daring than even Ichika's (which she hid with a hoodie).
"Mio is a nudist" was a popular fan theory given how frequently she was shown casually nude at home in previous episodes, until she outright confirmed it in episode 7 in response to Tetsurou's stalker calling her an exhibitionist.
Shipper on Deck: Kanna attempts to do this in episode 5 when Remon suggests that Tetsuro and Ichika be the main actors. It backfires horribly on her though, as he gets himself "killed" twice in the film (the second time claiming to be the brother of the first guy who "died"), and Kaito is forced to take part in playing the new male lead.
The region of Japan that AnoNatsu is set in is Iwate Kitakami, though shown from different angles the school that the cast goes to and some of the surrounding areas match the same locations used in Escaflowne (the scenes set on Earth anyway) almost exactly.
The Stinger: A blink and you'll miss it one in episode 7. There is another ship en route to Earth.
A second one after the credits of episode 10. Ichika's sister comes to rescue her.
A third one at the end of 12. The movie is being watched many years later, and has one more scene: Ichika is seen wearing the outfit Kaito's sister bought her, and she mentions that her ship broke down again.
Strange Minds Think Alike: Both Kaito & Ichika use a "Boy A/Girl B" analogy to describe their problems to Tetsuro & Remon. Not long after, Tetsuro & Remon themselves both call Kanna "C".
The Tease: Manami in episode 4 does a smirk on her face and starts teasing Kaito and especially Ichika when she realizes that Ichika showed up in the apartment and was trying to drag him out of there.
Throw It In: In-universe example. When Kaito and his friends start filming in episode 5, Remon has a basic idea of what to film, then has the actors ad-lib lines and improvise. Tetsuro uses this opportunity to jump into the frame claiming to be part of the Men In Black, and promptly gets "shot" by Ichika's gun. He does it again in a later scene, this time claiming to be the first guy's brother, and once again gets "shot", this time by Rinon. Later they add a Kaiju, a Kaiju-sized super sentai (Tetsuro again) and the model airplane Tetsuro was shown building earlier. Lampshaded when Kaito asks him "Do we even know what this film is about anymore?"
Remon later uses Kaori in the film as well in episode 6 when she shows up. Both Kanna and Ichika are not pleased about that.
Tsundere: Kanna mostly, Ichika falls into this trope a couple of times early on.
Undead Tax Exemption: Ichika's unique quirkiness in cooking, unfamiliarity with Japanese society/culture, and different hair color is attributed to her being a Foreign Exchange Student. (and without documents, how did she get into school in the first place?) Rinon also largely gets Hand Waved as a result of this trope as well.
It turns out this is a result of Lemon using her Men in Black connections to help out.