Posted by psgels on 31 August 2012 with categories: Natsuyuki Rendezvous

Natsuyuki Rendezvous, I applaud you! That was magnificent!

Now this is really how you do a dramatic climax. There was so much emotion in it, yet it was wonderfully restrained. The acting here was just brilliant. Everything in this episode was just leading up to that one moment in which Rokka would realize that for some reason Atsushi is back in Hazuki’s body, and they did so brilliantly.

The way they built it up also was amazing. Whilst Rokka was catching up to Atsushi (which is believable considering his mind has no affinity with being fast in any way), this episode kept showing flashbacks of the most memorable moments that the two of them shared together, which this series very nicely saved specifically for just this moment (now that I mention it: we never saw the flashback of the actual moment in which Atsushi died, right? That’s a wonderful touch right there for this series).

Beyond that I also really want to applaud the dialogue for this episode: that was some really well written stuff, miles away from the usual cliches. It felt fresh and captured the characters perfectly in how it described them. It also flowed so well with the actual animation. This episode didn’t feel like “okay, and now we have a bit of exposition”, but all the scenes flowed into each other, and did so incredibly smoothly. Dogakobo, where have you been hiding this talent for all this time?
Rating: 7/8 (Fantastic)

7 Responses

  1. RABUJOI says:

    Agreed – this was an excellent episode that flowed beautifully from beginning to end and brimming with grief, joy, love, and warmth. This series never had a problem breathing life into its characters, and this episode puts on a veritable clinic.

    Hazuki’s Snow White scenes were almost an unnecessary distraction, representing a change of heart on our part, since in past episodes we yearned for Hazuki to “wake up” and take back his body, and got frustrated when he couldn’t.

    But that simply wasn’t the first concern for the series it was for us, and now we see why. We’re now glad Hazuki stayed put a bit longer, allowing Rokka and Atsushi their tearful, wonderful ‘rendezvous’ – a big step towards ending Atsushi’s wandering ghost plight.

  2. wicked says:

    There will be a bit of surprise in the end, it’s nothing that turns the plot on its head, but it’s something outside of expectation

    • Raggers says:

      I’ve never been able to predict this series – part of why I enjoy it so much. I’m sure the end will be satisfying, but I couldn’t tell you what’ll happen 5 mins into the next ep – let alone to the end.

      The writers have done a brilliant job with this – every scene plays out realistically (assuming it was all possible) and develops both plot and character – absolutely wonderful. Visual, audio, story, characters, originality – this series has em all (I’m predicting at least 95/100 for it).

  3. Immelman says:

    I don’t agree with you. I think all the flashbacks we see in this episode are useless, because we’ve already seen those scenes in the previous episodes (and it adds nothing to the characters, except that Atsuhi runs in a weird way). So of course the end is really good, but I didn’t like the building up.

    • Raggers says:

      Nah, these flashbacks are different – the deeper, buried feelings are beginning to come out, and the characters are remembering the sense of despair they felt previously – these were by no means useless and were actually very well done.

      • kero says:

        I agree, I think every flashback reveals more about why certain things are important to them.

        Through seeing Shimao through Rokka’s eyes, we empathise more with him and their situation, and I also think it’s about Rokka recalling more about Shimao. It’s developed further motifs that have been mentioned burial/roots/eating/ burying memories, and a literal burial of his bones.

        I loved the bit about the flowers being an expression of Shimao’s inner feelings. Last week’s bouquets were all so beautiful!

        The running serious was terrible though and just made me laugh. How can anyone run like that?!!


        Hazuki really needs to come out fighting, as the audience sees more of Shimao and Rokka, his part also gets less significant. I do wonder if they intentionally decided to reflect how Hazuki was losing (in terms of his importance to Rokka) by reducing his screen time as well.

  4. Bunny says:

    so this is one of those rare amazing episodes like that ep of simoun and the other shows

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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 09:02 PM)
    One-Punch Man’s pilot was almost adapted flawlessly. It straight up uses the manga panels as it’s main storyboard, but added just enough new touches to improve the action instead of ruining it. Now let’s see how they animate the mosquitos and all the lasers for the next episode.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 08:57 PM)
    And that’s why Madhouse is one of the few respectable studios left. I thought that they will be seriously diminished after Masao Maruyama took some of its key members and funded MAPPA, but One-Punch Man showed that they are still one of the best in the business.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 08:51 PM)
    @Kaiser The anime industry isn’t advanced enough in CG to make it look good, is all it is.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 05:51 PM)
    @K-off: Your not wrong, it certainly looks poor but some of the old gonzo animated stuff was far more woeful looking. Stellvia, which was done by xebec was another example of old anime cgi which was quite ugly to look at. Just as I prefer traditional effects in film I also prefer traditional animation techniques to cg.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 05:42 PM)
    Lately, the use of badly integrated cgi have been making my eyes sore,from the obviously cgi background characters in Asterisk to the overly fluid mech movements in Aldnoah. I still remember the shitty cgi piano hands in Kimi no Uso.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 12:04 AM)
    On the note of good balance between humor and drama- I think BoJack Horseman is an example of a show that executed that almost perfectly in both seasons. You are laughing one minute and amused by the hijinks and silliness and the next minute you are actually moved and shocked by the honest introspection. Too be honest BoJack is more a tragic character then a goofy one, and his struggles are deeper and more existential than they have any business being in a show with anthropomorphic animals.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:56 PM)
    The changes in the setting actually made me more excited for season 3 then what I felt the past few weeks, since now the plot needs to move forward from the cliffhanger and hopefully this translates to more cohesion and refocusing on what mad the show great in the first place. I’m pretty sure S3 will also be a blend of episodic and arch story elements tho. Overall a few ups and downs but still a great show.
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    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:52 PM)
    The finale also had some of the most overall arch story elements featured in the season. Earth joining the Galactic Federation is a big deal story-wise from now on. Also the use of a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” (not the Nine Inch Nails one clearly) was a nice fitting yet surprising touch. The throwback to Mr. PB after the credits was a good idea, but felt flat in it’s actual execution.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:49 PM)
    I thought R&M had a pretty good finale. The episode achieved what was missing from most of season 2, and that was a balance of randomness and meaningful bits. What made Rick Potion #9 and the previous season’s finale and general tone great was a sense of humor that was combined with more sincere drama and character developments; a sort of sweet melancholy.
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    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 09:51 PM)
    @K-off, not having too much trouble with the interface but I still cannot create categories.

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