Monday, 26 October 2009

Natsu no Arashi - Episode 17

After what seemed like a rare break last episode, this seventeenth instalment of Natsu no Arashi returns us to the familiar story of Jun trying to hide his true gender from Hajime. This time around, her dilemma comes to an invitation extended by Kaya for Arashi to come and visit as they all have a day off, but needless to say Hajime also decides to tag along.

What follows is probably one of the most highly improbable episodes of Natsu no Arashi thus far (and yes, I know it's a show about time-travelling ghosts so I can't exactly go too harsh on it in the improbability stakes), punctuated by Jun looking for something to wear in a panic, but ending up in a wedding dress. I think it's fair to say that the likelihood of doing that in any kind of panic when you were trying to cover up your gender is highly unlikely, but oh well.

I suppose the real problem here is that Jun's dilemma regarding Hajime has been done to death by now, and it's really reached the limit of what you can do with this particular story line - A bit of a shame as the entire scenario and the pair's relationship was evolving quite nicely, before being thrust back into the realms of cheap comedy.

That isn't to say that there aren't some good moments here - There's a neat little twist towards the end of the episode, and there are some genuinely funny moments, so this instalment isn't exactly a complete write-off. However, there's still so much more that this series can, and has, offered in the past, I can't help but feel that all of the obsession with Jun for the second season is wearing a little thin.


Scamp said...

Wearing a 'little' thin? God, this in the only thing this series has done so far. It's episode 4 now and I'm sick of the bloody thing

Hanners said...

Perhaps it was just the break between seasons, but I quite enjoyed the first couple of episodes even though it carried on with the same old "Jun dilemma" - I think if there's any more of the same (and I have a horrible feeling there will be) "thin" will become an understatement for me. :p