Posted by psgels on 29 June 2009 with categories: Anime Reviews, Natsu no Arashi



After all of the shows that he’s been directing and will be directing in 2009, it’s safe to say that Akiyuki Shinbo has been the most prolific director of the past decade: I can’t think of anyone who directed as much series as he did, especially in the past five years. Natsu no Arashi started out as one of the many dark horses of the past Spring Season. At first sight it looked to be full of your usual shounen clichés and all, but it turned into a very interesting and engaging series.

At first sight it’s easy to label Natsu no Arashi as one of those moe comedies around high-school girls, but that’s only half of the series. The other half is a surprisingly serious and deep storyline about time travel, World War II and people who are deeply affected by the past. For once in one of Shinbo’s series, the characters have strong personalities and yet are more than a bunch of paper bags. Hajime may seem like a bit of an oddball here, but his purpose in the series really is to act as the straight man, compared to the issues and stories that the rest of the cast has, and he pulls this off really well as the main character.

On top of that, this series also has a very inspired sense of humour. As this is a series about time-travel, it really makes the most of it by including jokes that can only be shown in this kind of series. This leads to priceless discussions about a rotten fish, among others. It also likes to poke fun at one of its on-going plot threads, in which one of the characters (Jun) is a cross-dresser. A number of absolutely hilarious episodes are centred around all sorts of crazy situations in which she has to try and keep her secret and pretend to be a guy.

Overall, this series is really well balanced, with the serious and silly episodes alternating so that the end result is a very varied series that grabs the best of both. The only downsides are the first and last episode. The first episode really gives a wrong image of what the series is going to be about, while the last is mostly a rehash of jokes (something that the other episodes managed to avoid so well), and carries Shaft’s style a bit too far. nevertheless, if you’re looking for a series that has both light and dark parts with engaging characters, then this is a show you should check out.

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

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  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 04:03 AM)
    @Bam, prepare yourself. It switches between good 2d to awful CGI and the first episode is essentially a bad paced stitching of 2 story arc in a attempt to rush straight into the conviction arc.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 03:25 AM)
    @Aidan: haven’t seen the ep, but well, chapter 344 just got translated. Maybe that’ll help a little bit.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 03:23 AM)
    @K-off: that’s such a weird dumb way to get back at somebody that it confused me. I’ll let it go tho, just grief and headache.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 03:15 AM)
    You could read the lost children Arc of the manga, seeing as the current anime isn’t going to cover it.
  • mamamoo
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 03:03 AM)
    I would read the manga if it ever reaches a conclusion. I can’t start stuff that I know doesn’t have an end yet (personal problem)
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 02:57 AM)
    Berserk is a series of quality. It anime adaptions however, not so much.
  • mamamoo
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 02:50 AM)
    Aidan, I’m halfway through the episode lol this is definitely something….I’m just gonna stay for the muscles and gore tbh. I loved the first series but I was like 14 when I watched it so that was years ago now.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 01:53 AM)
    Nearly 20 years and this is the berserk sequel we end up with.
    It’s better than nothing I suppose.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 12:35 AM)
    But it’s basically been released netflix style.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 12:35 AM)
    Oh wait it’s not on netflix.

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