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Winter Watch: Waiting in the Summer #9

We have reached the climax and some characters are bound to end up heartbroken!

Welcome to Winter Watch, a look at the latest anime season. The Ano Natsu de Matteru story continues with tons of sci-fi and romantic revelations.

Episode 9: Senpai...
Summary: Now that the secret is out, Ichika has been avoiding Kaito. But with advice from Remon he tries to understand what Ichika is going through. Kanna bares it all to Ichika knowing in the end, she will be the one heartbroken.
Air Date: Mar. 7, 2012 / Available on CrunchyRoll for Free Users: Mar. 14, 2012
Run Time: 23:43

Warning: This article contains spoilers. We suggest you watch the episode HERE first. Afterwards, come back here and share your thoughts.

Inside the Spaceship
Inside the Spaceship

The secret is out: Remon is actually part of the secret Men in Black organization! Not really, but there are some aliens involved. After last episode's epic, extraterrestrial battle,Ichika has no choice but come clean about her immigration status. After telling Kaitoand the others that she's an alien and the machine Rinon just exceptionally destroyed was her "rescue pod", she shows them around her spaceship. Her feelings for Kaito are not in question here, but should she really trust this group of humans with such a extensive secret?

(Wo)Man in Black?
(Wo)Man in Black?

Afterwards, Kanna realizes that, between her and her senpai, she has no chance with Kaito. The embarrassed Ichika avoids Kaito for the rest of the episode because she doesn't want to admit she is staying on Earth for him. Kaito, instead, believes she wants to find the place that she had talked about before. So he takes it upon himself to look for it; leaving their film on temporary hiatus. By the way, I thought we were done with the awkward dream sequences. At least it was kept at a minimum in this episode, which allowed me to overlook it. The "future literary fantasy" aspects of the show doesn't predominate this episode. The reality of the situation is that, although their romantic feelings have been made apparent, Ichika's alien nature affects their group dynamic.

Someone is Bound to Get Heartbroken
Someone is Bound to Get Heartbroken

Hearts are broken and some are fulfilled, but what intrigues me more is Remon's "joke". After Ichika reveals her extraterrestrial nature, Remon tells Mio it is unsurprising that her fellow senpai is an alien because she is part of the Men in Black. Even though she said it was a joke, is it possible that Remon is in fact part of some kind of alien hunting organization? She does give the impression of knowing more than the rest of her friends. Remon also continues to enroll herself in high school for no reason. According to what she told Manami in the last episode, Remon is forever seventeen. Maybe she was searching for Ichika in the first place...

Verdict

Tatsuyuki Nagai and Yosuke Kuroda, the anime's creators, have thought me to never overlook the little details. Past, overlooked events have played large roles into what happens in the last two episodes. Like Rinon's sudden technological reaction inepisode six or Kanna's confession to Remon under the influence of Dynamite Drink in episode seven. That's why you'll see me try and figure out Remon's dialogue or Tetsuro's actions toward his childhood friend. This brings me to believe that Remon is more than she is leading the audience to believe. This episode was a great resolution to the previous' events. Now, we are at the climax of the series. Are you ready for this anime's impending conclusion?

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metalsnakezeroon March 20, 2012 at 2:37 p.m.

Lots of interesting chemistry in this episode.

Daniel_Newton moderator on March 20, 2012 at 3:12 p.m.

I thought Kanna really took the spotlight in this episode, I feel so sorry for her. I think a lot of people can relate, poor girl.

The series only get better from here, the latest episode is crazy.

asian_prideon March 20, 2012 at 3:37 p.m.

I wouldn't be surprised if Lemon is really part of the Men in Black. Or an organization much like it with a possible different name. Hell I don't know.

colorbrandonon March 21, 2012 at 11:15 a.m.

I haven't seen onegai teacher in a while, maybe this is my excuse to revisit it.

AURON570on March 26, 2012 at 6:36 p.m.

I've come to the conclusion that this series is a subtle parody of the romance genre. Having Remon constantly around recording what's happening, adds a meta layer to the storytelling. I wouldn't be surprised if at the end the characters reveal themselves and say "SUPRIRSE, we were all acting this whole time, that story was made up and Ichika isn't really an alien." Which in reality is true... we're watching a made up story, with made up characters, and people providing voices for those characters.

Before I've said how the story is fairly straightforward and conventional. I think that's the point though. By highlighting the artificiality of the story, and having it recorded, then, if we sympathize with the story and the characters we're merely buying into the conventional romantic story.

Remon is like the antagonistic director, who wants to control everything. She also does not seem to have any motivation for doing so other than to satisfy her desire to control other people and situations. The weird thing is, she doesn't really do much in the series. It's more like the director that inserts little cues in his work and then sits back and watches the effect it has on the audience. I almost feel like Remon is smiling at us and saying, "Hey you love this romance that's playing out, don't you? Yeah you do, keep watching!" This is, I think, why this series is so twisted.

Also I don't want to get too socio-political, but I just want to comment that we could also read Ichika as a comment on immigrants in general. When I sympathize with Kanna, there is the feeling that living and being there with Kaito since she was a child, counts for something. I cannot be the only one to think that Ichika needs to take a hike, she is right when she says she has caused so much trouble since she arrived. But if she didn't arrive as an immigrant, we wouldn't have this romance story...

So if you're like me (maybe you're not and that's fine) and think Ichika is a space bimbo and needs to take a hike, then really what I'm saying is I want this story not to have happened. But that's what's so crazy about this series, here I am watching this series, in all its awareness of its own romantic conventionality, and I really want to see how it all concludes.

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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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