Posted on 25 September 2008 with categories: Anime Reviews


When I first learned about the second season of Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto, I really didn’t know what to expect, having never seen the first season. Especially because the stories you heard about said first season ranged from “dull” to “awesome”. What I got was a wonderful short slice of life series that sparkles with originality.

I love it when the creators of an anime go “screw conventions, I want to do things my way!”. Natsu no Sora immediately sets itself apart from nearly all other anime with its visuals. The very simplistic character-designs form a stark contrast with the realistic backgrounds, even though most of them are simply photos with a small filter run over them. It’s a neat way to save budget, and when put into practice, it really works.

But what really stands out (or doesn’t, if you want to be literal) in this series is its specific style of storytelling. Think of Beck, but going even further. The creators have put a lot of subtlety in the storytelling. This series doesn’t care about overblown climaxes, and instead continues to keep a quiet mood, even when the characters themselves are going through some pretty difficult times. In some cases, you really need to be paying attention, because the big moments will be over before you know it. Because of this, the characters have no trouble connecting to the viewer at all. Every single one of them is just charming in his or her own way, and a lot of fun to watch.

My only point of criticism is the way this series starts. The first few episodes feature a few plot twists that make you wonder what the heck the creators were doing back then. The entire series is so subtle and realistic, so what are these Deus ex Machina doing there?

Thankfully, Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu Na Koto – Natsu no Sora is the perfect example of a series that gets better as it progresses. Especially the final bunch of episodes are wonderfully written and convey the characters’ feelings perfectly. Natsu no Sora is an excellent series for those who want something to relax to, and yet characters that they can care about, and those who want something different and are tired of anime’s nasty tendency to be a bit too overdramatic than what’s good for it at times.

Storytelling: 9/10
Characters: 8/10
Production-Values: 9/10
Setting: 8/10

2 Responses

  1. olivia says:

    so… I’ve watched about 3 episodes…and I still don’t know what the focus of the story is…

  2. Ez says:

    I liked the original better. If i would use anything to describe the original season, sincere would be it. =)

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  • Emma
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 07:24 PM)
    I enjoyed Pacific rim once it got going and the action scenes/visual end of it were impressive, but the first half was dull, the acting was mediocre for the most part and the dialogue was poor, the cheesiness/camp factor didn’t always work for me.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 07:20 PM)
    I never really gave the live action turtles adaptations much attention when I was younger but I do remember a turtles arcade game.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 04:38 PM)
    @K-Off, I don’t know about that. I watched Pacfic rim and that was a show about giant robots fighting monsters. And that bored me to tears.
  • K-Off
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 04:28 PM)
    @Aidan Now, there’s a series Del Toro should have been in charge of; Transformers. His campy style of directing would have really complemented the G1 transformers.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 04:26 PM)
    I thought the first transformers movie was nice popcorn entertainment. But it did not deserve three goddamn sequels. Should have just stuck with one and left it at that.
    As for the TMNT movie, the minute I saw it was live action I thought “Not a hope in hell of this being remotely good.”
  • K-Off
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 04:08 PM)
    I grew up watching the cartoons as well, but my main interest were always the video games. Turtles in Time, ftw.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 04:05 PM)
    @K-off: I grew up with the 80s cartoon of that also =)
  • K-Off
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 04:04 PM)
    @Emma He’s now raping Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles too.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 04:02 PM)
    I haven’t seen the fourth transformers movie but those film scrape mediocre at best if I’m being generous.
  • Vincent
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 03:59 PM)
    Michael Bay f**ked up the dinobots too… And Galvatron. If you’re going to include Galvatron, YOU NEED UNICRON. Dumbass.

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