[First Impression] Natsuyuki Rendezvous episode 1

 

I know I’m very late with this, but I finally got around to watching this anime, and like Sakamichi no Apollon from last season, I can’t forgive myself for not starting it sooner!

What I expected: A bland shoujo anime with flowers blooming unnecessarily all over the screen to attract interest.

What I got: A very bittersweet romance with an interesting love triangle. Also, Hazuki confessed his feelings much earlier than I would have thought!

Since I expected… not so great things from this anime, it’s a given that this episode blew me away. I got way more into it than I thought I would. The love triangle is just so different from anything else I’ve seen, and presently, I’m not even sure whose side I’m on. Both Hazuki’s unrequited love and Atsushi’s (the ghost) literally undying love are both really sweet, and at the same time, so sad. This is really not a typical romance.

I have Van Gogh’s ear for music, but for some reason, the nice soft piano soundtracks in this anime caught my attention, and I love them. They fit the anime’s wistful mood very well. The opening and ending themes are both fantastic as well. I don’t mean to give Natsuyuki Rendezvous so much praise, but out of the animes I’m watching this season, I think it has the best op and ed.

A romantic walk in the rain talking about an ex-husband. Lucky for Hazuki.

There was just one little inconsistency in the anime that I’d like to address: when Rokka and Hazuki share an umbrella in the rain, Rokka starts talking to Hazuki about her ex-husband like Hazuki already knew. It’s true that Hazuki did learn about the marriage from talking to Atsushi himself, but Rokka wouldn’t have known that. With that in mind, Rokka jumping into the topic with Hazuki seems both a little strange and very, very sad – clearly, she’s nowhere near being over her deceased husband. Something tells me I’m going to be crying a lot.

Bottom line, if you like bittersweet romances, you need to take at look at this anime.

Episode rating: 8 / 10 (very good)

Review status: Episodic

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