Within the first place, for those who’re going to complain in regards to the ending of Summertime Render, extra energy to you however I actually don’t need to hear it. Everybody may have their very own opinions however for me, that is what dramas – particularly multi-cour ones – ought to at all times do. The manga apparently rushed the ending – happily the difference had a director good sufficient to repair that drawback. Tales – particularly ones this good – deserve a coda, not simply an finish. The characters’ lives go on and it’s necessary to decelerate and provides the viewers an opportunity to soak up what they’ve seen and replicate on it. Bravo, Watanabe-sensei – thank goodness it was you in cost.
My second take is that the timing for that sensible ending couldn’t be worse. This can be a present I actually sense must be re-watched and re-interpreted via the lens of figuring out what was occurring, and it actually ends on the day the busiest anime season in years begins. I do know each Tanaka Yasunori and Watanabe put a ton of Easter eggs in there that I’d choose up on a second viewing, and I really feel like I’m doing them an injustice not giving them one. Nevertheless it’s an impossibility for now, so all I can do is put it within the “sometime” file (which is getting so massive I could must lease it an house) and hope I’ve the inclination and impetus to return to Summertime Render after I even have time to.
So far as what really occurred, I don’t assume there have been (m)any surprises right here. However then, that’s precisely the purpose of a coda ending. With the re-rendering of the summer season of 2018 engineered by KageUshio, there have been no shadows. Meaning the next individuals are not lifeless: Shinpei’s dad and mom, Nezu’s, spouse, Ryuunosuke (a uncommon likelihood for Sanpei Yuuko to voice an grownup man), Karikiri Iwao, Shiori, the trainer, and a bunch of different islanders. And Hizuru in fact – she’s nonetheless round too. There are solely two free ends for me – why did Shinpei nonetheless have the bizarre eye when he awoke within the ferry, however not this week? And the way did the islanders survive the Kyouhou Famine of 1732, the entire cause they bonded themselves to the shadows within the first place?
There are nonetheless traces of that different timeline lingering on this one like- effectively, like shadows. Ushio and Shinpei each had a dream which contained parts of that timeline, and prompted them to fret about one another (and Shinpei about Hitogasima as a complete). That was why Ushio broke the coolness between them and referred to as Shinpei in Tokyo, and why he accepted her invitation. That dream was additionally why Shinpei knew Hizuru’s secret id, which annoys but additionally fascinates her, as she’s somebody who loves a great thriller. Sou continues to be in love with Mio, and Ryuunosuke has a daughter – named Haine.
Most significantly from an emotional standpoint, Ushio and Sanpei are nonetheless in love. She’s a complete tsundere about it however when push involves shove, she pulls her punch. It’s attention-grabbing to ponder what would have prompted Shin-chan to go to Tokyo within the first place along with his dad and mom nonetheless round, however Tanaka and Watanabe don’t actually broach the subject right here. Shinpei apologizes, he’s the one who finds Ushio’s misplaced pendant on the seashore, and in the long run the 2 of them are collectively as seemingly dictated by future. There’s a touch of melancholy within the air due to Shinpei’s sense of what’s been misplaced, however on the entire it’s a full-on good finish.
Shinpei makes reference to a guide he’s heard about which appears paying homage to his dream – Unusual Lifetime of Ivan Osokin by P.D. Ouspensky – which Hizuru identifies earlier than he may even identify it. And his unusual story is the inspiration for her to write down the guide we’re led to imagine tells the story we’ve simply seen – “Summertime Render” by Minakata Ryuunosuke (which jogs my memory – if her twin continues to be alive, why is she utilizing his identify as her pen identify?). So, fittingly, in each the literal and figurative sense we’ve come full circle. It looks like the precise place to finish this story, even when it does have a sequel manga with a novel scheduled to observe.
There aren’t a variety of anime which finish with me saying “I wouldn’t change any of that” however Summertime Render is one among them. It’s a rattling good story, and all of the credit score on this planet to Tanaka-sensei for doing the heavy lifting of making a posh supernatural thriller which is mainly watertight and will get the place it’s going with out dishonest the viewers. Nevertheless it’s Watanabe Ayumu that’s the magic ingredient of creating this work as completely because it does in anime type. Every thing feels precisely proper – the pacing, the exposition, the narrative movement. “Seamless” is the phrase I’d use to explain this adaptation – when it comes to execution it’s shut sufficient to functionally excellent as to be indistinguishable from it.
I’ve been ready for a present like Summertime Render for an extended, very long time. The anime graveyard is filled with examples of this type of sequence that flew too near the solar and plummeted again to Earth, their waxen wings melted to soup. Merely put, that is rattling troublesome to drag off – shortcuts and lazy writing doom any likelihood of success. There are none of these right here – simply rock-solid writing and excellent course. I’ll at all times be ready anxiously to listen to what Watanabe-sensei’s subsequent mission is, however the identical applies to Tanaka – I hope Summertime Render isn’t the final time we see his works make their method to anime.