First Impressions: Koi wa Ameagari no You ni (After the Rain)

When a rain comes, it brings with it many things: memories from the past, encounters that wouldn’t occur outside a storm, and a clean chance at a new future. The rain and nostalgia motif plays strongly in Koi wa Ameagari no You ni, a series that’s taking the prize this year for most controversial material in a seriously good show. It features Akira Tachibana, a beautiful high school girl who falls for Masami Kondo, the middle-aged manager at her place of work.

The setup for this series is intentionally troublesome, but maybe one that an anime-loving audience will readily accept—it depends, I think, on how the blossoming relationship is presented. At least that matters to me. Will the series just tell a story, or will it romanticize this troubling relationship? All signs from episode one point to the latter, though there’s not telling how things will end. In the meantime, the quality of the series will carry it through. This is one of the most beautiful first episodes I’ve seen—there were so many beautiful moments (captured here, along with some funny ones and some that are, well, creepy), accompanied by sharp writing that feels fresh, and a beautiful OP and ED. The little flourishes are nice as well, like little moments that predict Tachibana’s injury, and the signs all around (ex. “Live Your Life Freely”). I’m mesmerized by the series—let’s hope it takes us somewhere worth going, rather than using a problematic twist to take us down the same old trail.


9 thoughts on “First Impressions: Koi wa Ameagari no You ni (After the Rain)

  1. This has nothing to do with the post, but is Mary And The Witch’s Flower a good anime/an appropriate anime for Christians? My dad might take me to see it on the 18th.


    1. I haven’t seen it and don’t know specifics, but it’s from a director and other animators who worked at Studio Ghibli, and he worked on some of the friendly family films there; I’ve heard that Mary and the Witch’s Flower fits that mold, both in content and in being an excellent film. I wouldn’t worry too much—have fun!


    1. As far as I know, it has yet to be picked up stateside. It may be a little too controversial for Crunchyroll…maybe Amazon will get it? We’ll have to wait and see.


  2. Personally, I just found this show to be a hilarious comedy.

    That’s probably because I’m more likely to enjoy a show featuring a problematic relationship (age gap, incest, etc.) if I don’t take the relationship seriously. So I can just have a good laugh when Akira is sniffing the heck out of the manager’s shirt or trying to win brownie points with his kid. Also, lots of “love bubbles” effects.

    Well, I guess there’s worse fates for a show than being an unintentional comedy. I’ll stick with this one.


    1. I thought it was quite funny, too. Akira is a GREAT character—so multi-faceted and not nearly as cool or uptight as those around her thinks she is. Love that. It should be a fun series.


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