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Winter Watch: Waiting in the Summer #4

What is it with these characters and their overactive imagination?

Welcome to Winter Watch, a look at the latest anime season. The third installment of the Please Teacher franchise continues with some rather romantic developments.

Episode 4: Sempai was Amazing
Summary: Kaito and Ichika try to act like nothing has happened, but it proves hard. After school, Kaito is picked up by a dark haired beauty. Ichika’s imagination goes into overdrive and she becomes fiercely determined to save Kaito!
Air Date: Feb. 01, 2012 / Available on CrunchyRoll for Free Users: Feb. 08, 2012
Run Time: 23:42

Warning: This article may contain spoilers. We recommend watching the episode HERE first.

HOTD cameo!
HOTD cameo!

Finally! This episode is exactly what I have been waiting for! Continuing from the last cliffhanger, this episode creates an awkward environment between the two main characters. In very few words, Kaito admits to Ichika his feelings for her. This leaves Ichika confused segueing to the rest of the episode's huge amount of jealousy, awkwardness and hypothetical situations. Both Ichika and Kaito feel confused on how to proceed with their relationship. This is more so, since they live together. Therefore, they go to their friends for help. Set in hypothetical terms, they explain to Tetsuro and Remon their situation. 'A likes B, but B doesn't know how she feels about A'. Yet C is helping them grow closer together, even though C is unaware of her participation (C being Kanna). Manami Ogura, Tetsuro's older sister, is introduced in this episode. Ichika is the last to know who Manami is, so she only sees her as the competition for Kaito's affection.

Near Death Experience
Near Death Experience

Once all of the confusion and misinterpretations are resolved, Kaito and Ichika rekindle their friendship by simply studying for their school finals and not focusing on their feelings for each other. Setting stage for the summer. This episode ends on a high note. Not only because it hints at what might happen in the rest of the series, but because the introductions are finally over.Rinon gets some pretty funny scenes and a near death experience. I'm finding this anime a lot more comfortable with the comedy, but the overactive daydreaming still bothers me.

There was no mention of the movie that they are filming. This however is okay since summer had not yet begun. I still don't understand why Mio is in the series. I found it weird that Kanna's overactive jealousy departed from her character altogether. I like her better this way. Too bad this makes her oblivious to what 'A' and 'B' are feeling. Now that I am comfortable with all of the show's characters, I can't wait to see what they come up with for the movie in the next episode.

Verdict

Last week I mentioned that so far the episodes felt like the characters were still being introduced. Now it's clear that the creators were aiming for that. After four episodes in, the summer finally begins. The title "Waiting in the Summer" makes sense now. I can't wait for the next episode.

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FriskyBaton Feb. 9, 2012 at 5:32 p.m.

Have to give this a go!

buhssuhton Feb. 9, 2012 at 7:57 p.m.

since this is part of Onegai franchise, has any of previous serious made a cameo appearance yet?

sora_thekey moderator on Feb. 10, 2012 at 8:24 a.m.

@buhssuht: Not really. I did hear a rumor that this could be Please Teacher's prequel since Mizuho was half-alien/half-human. Kaito and Ichika could potentially be her parents... Of course, that's unlikely since Mizuho's mother appeared in the series back when and her name was Hatsuho and she wasn't a redhead,she had purple-ish hair.

AURON570on Feb. 23, 2012 at 7:31 p.m.

I'm with you with the daydream stuff, there were some parts in this episode that had me rolling my eyes asking, "omg, are teenagers really this oblivious?" There's almost no subtlety in the plot. I'm still holding out for the series though. I'm looking forward to whatever is so "unforgettable" about this summer, hopefully it doesn't end up being cheesy.

Daniel_Newton moderator on Feb. 25, 2012 at 2:15 a.m.

The Highschool of the Dead cameo made me grin like an idiot when I watched this episode. Brilliant.

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A group of friends have the idea of shooting a film during summer about an alien coming to Earth. Ichika, an female humanoid alien visits Japan, searching for a place. She falls in love with a boy, Kaito.

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