Retreating from the unpalatable romantic scenes that occurred in the last episode, After the Rain this week returns to the sometimes discomforting, sometimes humorous dance between Tachibana and Kondo, the latter of which continues to emphasize a point he made after giving her an amorous hug in episode 7: the two are just friends. Friendship… Read More After the Rain, Episode 8: If You Were the Servant, What Would You Do?
One of the most controversial (and best) shows this season has been After the Rain, a seinen series examining a blossoming May-December romance between 17-year-old high school student, Akira Tachibana, and 45-year-old Masami Kondou, the manager of the restaurant at which she works. The question for a lot of viewers was similar to those for… Read More What Would it Take for You to Approve of After the Rain’s Romance?
Episode six of After the Rain was one of the best of the series thus far. In an episode where nothing much seems to happen, where people are mostly just walking around during the middle of summer, there’s a cacophony of emotions swirling that start bringing the past into focus as it collides with the… Read More After the Rain, Episode 6: The Past and the Present
Episode five of After the Rain begins as if it’s almost a throwaway episode, one in which Tachibana dreams of domestic bliss with Kondo. But it ends up being about more than that—episode five is an exploration of what it means to accept someone as they are, and how you have to push beneath the… Read More After the Rain, Episode 5: Take Me As I Am
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… Read More First Impressions: Koi wa Ameagari no You ni (After the Rain)