While testing out his camera on a bridge one summer night, Kaito Kirishima sees a blue light streaking across the sky, only to be blown off the railing seconds later. Just before succumbing to unconsciousness, a hand reaches down to grab ahold of his own. Dazed and confused, Kaito wakes up the next morning wondering how he ended up back in his own room with no apparent injuries or any recollection of the night before. As he proceeds with his normal school life, Kaito and his friends discuss what to do with his camera, finally deciding to make a film with it over their upcoming summer break. Noticing that Kaito has an interest in the new upperclassmen Ichika Takatsuki, his friend Tetsurou Ishigaki decides to invite her, as well as her friend Remon Yamano, to join them in their movie project. In what becomes one of the most entertaining and exciting summers of their lives, Kaito and his friends find that their time spent together is not just about creating a film, but something much more meaningful that will force them to confront their true feelings and each other. – My Anime List
Based on 16 review scores:
All in all, if you’ve ever even remotely been interested in the romance genre of Anime, or if you liked Onegai sensei (Please teacher) at all, then you’d be hard pressed to not pick up this series and experience it. And if you’re not a huge fan of what the romance genre seems to do these days, then DEFINITELY give this series a go. At 13 episodes, the series is a thrill ride through a wealth of emotions that will leave you gasping for air and yet pleasantly satisfied.
I knew nothing about this show when I started it, other than that it involved aliens. It turned out to be a very good romance. The characters were engaging, and the visuals were great, even if the plot was sometimes slow enough that my attention wavered. If you like romance anime, I would recommend this.
Anime GG Roll
If you haven’t had a chance to see Waiting in the Summer then I think that this is the time to discover a series that is warm and friendly with layers of strange goings on. If you are in the mood for a easy going anime that has plenty of fun and oddities in it then Waiting in the Summer is for you.
You’ll laugh and you’ll cry as it toys with your emotions – this is a love story done right and its story-telling, characters and emotional payload will all drill into your soul. A must-own.
Overall, it was an enjoyable show, but it plays things safe and doesn’t really do anything new. I feel like I’ve seen this before. Twice.
Monkeys Fighting Robots
If anything is a let down from this entire anime, I would have to say it is the characters. The characters are a bit generic, but the way the story is told makes up for it. Not the best, but definitely a must watch.
Yet, I liked this show, and you can definitely see that a lot of attention went into making it work. The romance that works really works here, and it’s got a healthy amount of character development. The animation is also consistently vibrant, successfully bringing these characters to life.
The Online Anime Store
I’m happy I decided to finally watch this anime. It was amazing from start to finish and always left me entertained. Also, the best part of the entire anime is the last 5 seconds of the anime. Don’t forget that. If you do watch this anime, watch every last bit of it or you will have different thoughts on this anime. Watch it.
Anime News Network
The theme of this show is pretty heavy on romance, and most of the scenes involve heavy emotion. Added to this are a couple of slightly risque scenes in the mix that lend flavor to all the drama. Given these factors, it would be best for mid-teens and up to view this. In terms of what interests this show appeals to, fans of romance/comedy/drama/and maybe even sci-fi will find a home here.
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AnoNatsu is imperfect, but it adds to the charm when I think about it. I’m a filmmaker and I know most student films suck. There are lovely shots, but everything else like story is terrible. There is beauty in creating imperfection though; the strengths are worth remembering for and we make nostalgic memories out of filming. We brush away the bad spots and think about the good things that happen; for example, there are scenes that has Kaito filming Tetsurou parodying Ultraman and Godzilla. They know it’s fun and games. There is something magical with the camera rolling when you see your friends acting; the fun of that is presented in the smiling faces of the characters.
The production aspect of Waiting in the Summer is mostly a strong argument to give the series a chance at watching. The episodes find their groove with progressively better writing, as well as nice opportunities to witness some very beautiful animation. Almost all of the characters have bland characteristics, but some (like Kaito) are simplistic yet detailed enough to enjoy. The dream-like sequences are some of my favorite animated moments of the series, and the cinematography is rather strong because they took a film inspired approach for the general art direction. Every chance to see Kaito’s home and surrounding property were such detail specific inclusions, I never grew tired of the recurring frames or scenes. The Japanese voice cast made the series a fun anime, focusing on the more loving or comedic tones it hoped to target. Overall, Waiting in the Summer succeeded with developing an array of characters, and some nice production choices – so if you aren’t afraid of getting into a romantic sci-fi drama series, check out Waiting in the Summer, available now!
CTRL Geek Pod
This anime is one of those anime that requests you to be patient with it, and once you’re done settling in the slow-paced flow of the anime, it should ought to kill time and satisfy your lust for school/romance stories.
While it’s not nearly as plot less as K-ON!, the rather too straightforward and derivative narrative of Ano Natsu might turn off certain viewers; I sort of considered quiting near the beginning. Still, Ano Natsu was actually worth 12 episodes for me. It’s not the best show I’ve seen this decade, but it’s my number 1 anime of the year so far (considering this is the only anime I’ve seen from this year). Recommended, especially if you liked Ano Hana.
HS Media Nerd
Overall, I think Waiting In The Summer does its job as an emotional pick-me-up anime perfectly. It’s hilarious, dramatic, has fantastic characters, contains some creative science-fiction elements later on, and it just overall a great show. It’s worthy of Key in my opinion, which is something that I do not say very lightly.
You’ve probably seen this before, and the result this time is a mixed bag of beautiful visuals and trite storytelling. If you obsess over anything Please!-related then this may merit another star, while folks who are done with teenage melodrama should pass on this and move to a different genre of romance.