Waiting in the Summer begins with the protagonist, Kaito, filming at night. As he records the night landscape around him, he has an internal monologue in which he discusses his theory of life after death, and its relationship to memory. He believes that the dead live on by entering our hearts, essentially making homes there, and only fading when they are forgotten. At this point, Dear Readers, I am hooked. In those opening scenes as Kai stands on an empty bridge at night looking down into the darkness (an old Super 8 clicking and whirring in his hands) he thinks of not only the mother and father he lost so tragically, but the end of the school year and the life-lessons and changes it implies, and as a result I sort of fall in love with this introspective and odd character.
Then BLAMMO--Alien ships, explosions, a shock wave that tosses Kai's shattered and bloody body from the bridge into the abyss below.
Good thing it was a dream...or was it? (DUN-dun-dunnnn! That's a dramatic bit of old timey music and I wish you could hear it, but you cannot...DUN!)
Kai is starting up his Junior year, and heading into summer break*--he's at a crossroads of sorts, not yet an adult, and certainly no longer a child. He is a filmmaker, and as such records the dramas he claims to "already see in motion" around him.
|This is drama I am familiar with.|
My friends cockblock me all the time.
Shakespeare may be cockblocking me as you read this.
One of my strongest first impressions of this series is that it is beautiful. I've never heard the illustrator's name, Pepako Dokuta, before in anime or manga, but wow, just WOW! And the writer, who goes only by Ichika (incidentally the same name as our female protagonist), seems unfamiliar as well, but WOW! So far, so good, Waiting on the Summer. Now, just keep it up.
|Kai and Kanna (one of the group) walk home at night.|
Look at that scenery?
|Ichika being filmed on the train platform. |
SPOILER ALERT: She's an alien!
|Agreed, friend of Kai's whose name I cannot remember at the moment!|
Aliens ARE usually a huge plot twist.
Very M. Night Shalyman (except not at all)!
|Magical Space Thingamahoozit, Rinon |
is perhaps the unlikely product of an illicit hamster/peach love affair.
*The traditional Japanese school system graduates students between grades in the Spring, before Summer break.