Natsuyuki finale, Imouto ga Iru 10, Binbougami 11

I shouldn't be surprised the Natsuyuki Rendezvous finale was different and a little confusing. We jump way into the future, where the daughter of Rokka and Ryuusuke is making plans for the shop now that her father has died, and we get a line on how he followed Rokka. So the two have passed on, … Continue reading Natsuyuki finale, Imouto ga Iru 10, Binbougami 11

Natsuyuki 10, Imouto ga Iru 9, Chocolate 9

The big line in Natsuyuki Rendezvous 10 comes at the end, where Rokka asks Shimao (still in Ryuusuke's body) where the Ryuusuke she fell in love with went. It's a nonsensical question because while Shimao told her that it had been him and not Ryuusuke for some of the events, he hasn't told her exactly … Continue reading Natsuyuki 10, Imouto ga Iru 9, Chocolate 9

Natsuyuki and Binbougami 9, Chocolate 8

Natsuyuki Rendezvous 9 is the most effective episode so far, though in a way it's the slowest-moving. There's only one event, but it's a big one. As we expected, Rokka encounters Shimao (still in Ryuusuke's body) up in the mountains. In the scenes that follow it becomes impossible for him to hide the switch, and … Continue reading Natsuyuki and Binbougami 9, Chocolate 8

Five episodes that more or less annoyed me

I'll probably watch Natsuyuki Rendezvous through to the end, but it gets harder and harder. It looks like Ryuusuke has found a way through the ridiculous impasse by the end of the episode, but his impetus, apart from scarily getting caught there forever by dwelling on the past, like Shimao perhaps, are unclear. Fairy Rokka … Continue reading Five episodes that more or less annoyed me

Natsuyuki 7 and two olympic refugees

Do I have to talk about Natsuyuki Rendezvous 7? Well, I'll say this. Shimao has completely screwed up the situation, but not in the way I expected. At the end he's given Rokka every indication that he's still around somehow, what with that ghostly appearance and the flower arrangements he left at the shop. Then … Continue reading Natsuyuki 7 and two olympic refugees

Sixes: Natsuyuki, Moyashimon, Binbougami

I have nothing concrete to say about Natsuyuki Rendezvous 6, instead all I have are questions. It's not fair play for Shimao to inhabit Ryuusuke's body and make moves on her in the first place, but is it really fair to present to Rokka a combination of the two? Rokka's falling faster for this dual … Continue reading Sixes: Natsuyuki, Moyashimon, Binbougami

Lots of shows, most of them silly, or at least surreal

Hatsuyuki Rendezvous 5 livens things up with some surrealism. I had dreaded this moment when Shimao used Ryuusuke's body; it was almost as troublesome as I had feared. Shimao gets a pass for fumbling around in this new body of his by the fact that he had been drinking, but you wonder what was going … Continue reading Lots of shows, most of them silly, or at least surreal

Quick fours: Natsuyuki, Moyashimon, Binbougami

Natsuyuki Rendezvous 4, once again, has them getting absolutely nowhere, well, at least until the very end. Ryuusuke and Rokka go on a date to an amusement park where, as Ryusuuke says, he tries his best but doesn't get anywhere. Part of the date reminds Rokka of the time she and Shimao went to the … Continue reading Quick fours: Natsuyuki, Moyashimon, Binbougami

Quick ones: Natsuyuki 3, Horizon II 2, Driland 2

So what we're going to get with Natsuyuki Rendezvous is a slow, internal process, where the living wife and/or the dead husband slowly let go of whatever is keeping him around, allowing Rokka to move on to another love if she wants. Or maybe it's Ryuusuke who's going to undergo something, or most likely all … Continue reading Quick ones: Natsuyuki 3, Horizon II 2, Driland 2

I zip through a number of episode twos of little value

Natsuyuki Rendezvous 2 leaves me a little worried. It looks for all the world that we're going to get twelve or however many episodes of the three unhappy people spinning their wheels. Shimao-kun will continue to interfere with Ryousuke's moves on Rokka, because he clings to her. Rokka will play around with the thought of … Continue reading I zip through a number of episode twos of little value