First impressions on Asatte no Houkou and its quasi-summary

Warning: a part of the post is blatant fanboying, so you could just skip that part.

/fanboy rant mode on

OMG WTF WAS THAT EXQUISITE AND EXCELLENTLY WELL-MADE FIRST EPISODE OF ASATTE NO HOUKOU OMG NEW FAVORITE ANIME OF THE SEASON FTW. OMG OMG OMG CHARACTER DESIGN FTW MEGANEKKO PRESENCE IS HAWT ANIME IS DIRECTED BY KATSUSHI SAKURABI OMG JC STAFF STUDIO OF HONEY AND CLOVER AND SHINGETSUTAN TSUKIHIME AND ALSO WAS DIRECTED BY MR SAKURABI OMG PERFECT OP AND ED MELANCHOLIC STORY MADE ME SMILE ALL THE WAY WAAAW YEY OMG SUPERIOR VOICE ACTING OMG OMG

/fanboy rant mode off

Now having got that off my chest, I see Lunar chooses the anime that they sub well. I was first introduced to them through the now decaying epic of Bleach, but they have also subbed good (if not great) titles like Suzuka, Ouran High School Host Club, and even Kimi ga Nozomu Eien. And now they’ve come up subbing Asatte no Houkou. To tell the truth, I didn’t even know or care about this anime until Matrim of Die Fanboys! (kill me too!) coerced me to check it out with the story’s synopsis. I’m extremely grateful to him that I did because the first episode was enough to let me sink into a fanboy mode: not many anime can do that, but this series did.

The story starts when a beautiful meganekko (!) passes by a girl praying for something in a shrine. When she asks the girl what she was wishing or praying for, the girl replies that it is a secret. The meganekko, whose name was Shouko, asks if she could pray along with the little girl, whose name was Karada. They meditate in prayer until Karada’s brother arrives, and Karada welcomes him. Shouko, however, is frozen in shock – she has known this Hiro-nii from the past, and they were once lovers (in a non-carnal and non-sexual sense). This drives her into a state of melancholy, however. Later on, when Karada asks if they had something to do with one another, Shouko replies that they were mere acquaintances. When Karada invites her to go with them to the beach, however, she unwillingly says yes. Life is fun at the beach, but not so for Shouko, who stays in the shade while the others have fun. (Karada has two friends; one is romantically interested in her, while the other is the sister of the former – I still don’t know their names, but a re-watch will clear that up. So it’s Touko-san for the sister, and Amino-kun for the peer of Karada.)

Later on, as they part, seeing that Hiro takes care of his sister by buying her beautiful ribbons, she pointedly that it looked very good, but in a childish kind of way. Among Karada’s values is that she doesn’t want to be treated as a child, so this cuts her deeply. Hiro perceives of this and later talks to Shouko regarding her insult. It is then revealed here that they were lovers (I spoiled you earlier; I’m sorry, but I’m too lazy to even go back and edit that) some years ago; however, Hiro just disappeared from Shouko in a moment, and was never to be seen by her again until that fateful meeting. When asked what the reason was for his abandonment of her, he replied that it was because of Karada – that she was his only little sister. When Hiro asks her if she still liked me, he received a slap from her; then she ran away. She later tripped near the shrine where coincidentally Karada was praying for her wish, and there and then, as the moon disappeared in the effluvium of clouds, they underwent a bodily transformation: Karada became taller and older (definitely adult-looking and definitely HOT too), as well as Shouko becoming akin to what Karada once was in terms of body structure.

It is interesting to note that this anime is similar in how Kawabata wrote (as I could see it). Both utilize a brush-stroke suggestiveness – what is unsaid can be seen in the imagery and the picturesque landscape that the faces or the environment or background creates. Seeing Shouko’s reticent yet pensive face as she looks at Hiro or asking if he’s dating anyone else was simply masterful. The beautiful direction (as I saw it definitely helped), as well as the apt OP and ED of the series. With Honey and Clover having finished, I look to this series as somewhat a replacement for that exquisite beauty, and it is a Really Really Good Thingâ„¢ if I make it through a whole episode simply smiling at its being well-done.

I’m pretty happy that I’ve found another show I’d probably stick with as long as it maintained a decent quality – and I hope it will.

4 Responses to “First impressions on Asatte no Houkou and its quasi-summary”

  1. Heterochromia » Asatte no Hôkô Ep.1 Says:

    […] After hearing so many good things about this series, I wonder if I will like it too. It seems to be a slice of life series after all, and as you can see, I like most of them *g* […]

  2. Ryan A Says:

    Definitely slice of life. Really looking forward to it! The setting is fantastic I wonder if it will only be set in the summer months? I’m sure the other seasons could be presented great as well, so either way it works. ^^ cheers

  3. Pod Says:

    Watch episode three. Shouko’s true connection to Hiro will be revealed
    as will the true nature of what happened with their relationship.

  4. Seduction Techniques Says:

    get laid…

    Even when I was talking to a girl and it was obvious she was flirting with me I wasn’t sure how to make her really interested in me….

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