Anime of the Year 2012 (and All Years): Ano Natsu de Matteru (Waiting in the Summer) This entry was posted by brainchild.
It’s a metaphor about fighting for love. Ichika asked Kaito, “What happens if we get in a fight?” Kaito responded, “We’ll make up. No matter what.” If you hit a rough patch with someone you truly love, you have to listen to them, compromise, and make things work. Nothing will happen without action, either from yourself or maybe someone you know. Kaito and Ichika’s determination, their friends, the MIB, etc. all symbolize that.
Ichika is probably the most well-written female humanoid alien ever. Kaito isn’t your typical useless protagonist either. Maybe he needed some prodding from his bro Tetsuro, but when it comes down to it, his devotion to Ichika is unwavering.
From my second watch through, even Kanna has some redeeming qualities. She’s the one who inspired Ichika, after all. Lemon is obviously famous for her trollish ways, but in the shadows, she acts as a mother figure for Kaito and Ichika. Mio’s a nudist. That’s a new one, right?
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“Vidro Moyou.” That is all.
Overall: S++ (Fucking masterpiece).
Ano Natsu de Matteru (Waiting in the Summer) came out Winter 2012 and has remained my favorite throughout the year. Nothing else comes close, though there were still many great shows like Sukitte Ii na yo (Say “I love you”), Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (My Little Monster), and Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo (The Pet Girl of Sakura Hall). Everything else sucked.