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  • Audio Rating: NA
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  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Region: All Region DVD
  • Released By: Crunchyroll
  • Running time: 25
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Natsu no Arashi

Natsu no Arashi Episode #03

By Chris Beveridge     April 19, 2009
Release Date: April 19, 2009


Natsu no Arashi
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How best to prove who she is to Hajime than a trip to the past? Of course, January 1945 may not have been the best idea…

What They Say
Hajime and Arashi are flashed back to a world of the past, and Arashi still cannot believe that she is a ghost.

Now, even though weird things are happening at work, all Arashi could do was think about what had recently happened. In the meanttime, Hajime advises Jun that there it's strange that a freeloader has all of a sudden appeared and that they should keep a close eye on her, as Arashi becomes increasingly more immersed in her thoughts about earlier....

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Natsu no Arashi managed to get me to stick around a bit longer after the second episode where they went back and told a problem introductory story. No exploding strawberries to be found there but rather the details of how Hajime ended up in the village and working at the Ark where he’s now with a slightly off kilter crew of casual friends. And it also explains how he came to have Arashi living with him and his grandfather as well as highlighting the fact that she’s a time traveling ghost from the past who is just enjoying her days doing simple things. Including travelling backwards in time for extremely silly and pointless reasons.

With the third episode, it’s still back a way from when I think the opening episode is as Hajime is still in the mind that he needs to be convinced that she’s a ghost, which doesn’t fit with the infamous exploding strawberry incident. Hajime is certainly enjoying the time he gets to spend with Arashi as she’s fun, quirky and definitely attractive. And she seems to like him quite a bit, but it does seem to be a bit more of a sisterly way than anything else at the moment. The two have a connection of some sort that’s yet to be really explored. But they have some fun in the first half where he gets to be jealous with all the university guys asking her out and seeing how she reacts. He gets to win in the end though as the two of them already have a “date” of sorts which has him taking her to an arcade for the first time, a truly quirky series of moments as they battle using the crane to get a stuffed animal.

When Arashi does try to convince him that she’s a ghost from the past, it has her suddenly bringing them to a cold January day in 1945 when the village is about to be hit by a raid. She’s able to seem prescient because of that but it causes a lot of trouble for the father and son she informs about it so they don’t end up getting killed. For Hajime, the whole experience is somewhat surreal as he can’t believe he’s there and then has to cope with the danger that arises from it when he realizes it. It’s a curious piece as you wonder what the deeper connection will be here with these two people she saves, if any, and how it may impact things in the future/present. Unlike previous episodes, her use of her powers doesn’t come across as completely frivolous, but you can also imagine that she could pick out something better to do for a place to go.

In Summary:
Natsu no Arashi still confounds me a little as I wonder where it’s really intending to go. I dislike the first episode but the second one redeemed it a bit as it worked through the background material to help make sense of the first episode. This one continues with expanding the way Hajime and Arashi have come together but it’s feeling very much like a basic slice of life kind of show with a time travel/supernatural element to it. There are hints of something bigger going on, mostly from the first episode, but it hasn’t really capitalized on anything that says you must come back next week to see more. It’s very light, slowly paced and has the odd feeling to it with its “classic” designs for the characters. There are little things that intrigue and you have to hope and wonder that there’s more to it, but it hasn’t really shown much of a hand yet outside of being a simple little mildly romantic comedy.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment

Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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