Kaito Kirishima is testing out his camera on a bridge when he sees a blue light streak across the night sky. After an explosion which blew him off the bridge he looses consciousness only to wake up in his bed at home with a faint memory of a hand catching him. Kaito and his friends decide to make a movie during the summer and after noticing Kaito’s interest in his upperclassmen Ichika Takatsuki his friend Tetsurou Ishigaki invites her to join them. Only Ichika is an alien who has crash landed on Earth and is trying to avoid being detected by the men in black. During this summer Kaito, Ichika, and their friends find that this has become one of the most exciting and entertaining summers of their lives. The time they spend together is meaningful as they must confront the true feelings they have for one another.
This anime is in a slice of life anime which later becomes a full blown romance. It also has elements of science fiction in it which it never fully explains. What is most important in Ano Natsu de Matteru are the characters and the ways they interact with each other. There is a love triangle but the way the writers wrote it makes it interesting because there are multiple love triangles interlocking with different characters. There is a hint of mystery as well which you may or may not overlook on your first viewing.
The humour of this anime is like what you would see in any other decent slice of life series. It uses many common tropes, but this does not make it a bad anime. There are many touching moments where characters confess their feelings to one another, explain some of their motivations, and do other things. One of the first moments like this is at the very beginning where Kaito explains his reasons for capturing the world with his camera.
I recommend that you watch this anime if you enjoy romance and slice of life anime. If you want to watch it it’s available for streaming on Crunchyroll. While Ano Natsu de Matteru isn’t my favourite anime ever, I enjoyed it quite a bit.
Final Rating – 41/50