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A lovely story!
on 23 June 2013
I didn't realise when I ordered this series, that is written by Yōsuke Kuroda, the guy behind the excellent 'Please Teacher!' and 'Please Twins!' animes of a few years back, but within a very short time, I knew it was by him; there are too many similarities for it to be a coincidence. That is not a criticism, but his style is so recognisable, and even some of the characters are dead ringers for those in the 'Please!' stories; if you watched and enjoyed those stories, you will love 'Waiting...' Even some of the locations in the story (in and around Karuizawa) are recognisable from 'Please!' as well.
This story follows a group of high-school friends who decide to make a movie over their summer break. Kaito Kirishima discovers his late grandfathers 8mm movie camera, and decides to use it to film the movie. He is out one night testing the camera with some new high-ISO film, when he is fatally injured by something that falls out of the sky. But, he awakens to find everything is OK, so he assumes he must have dreamt it all. However, unknown to him, he was accidentally killed, and then resurrected, by an alien girl called Ichika Takatsuki, whose damaged spacecraft crashed to earth, and she then used her alien nanotechnology to restore him to full health. Said alien girl, the pretty, bespectacled and red-headed Ichika, then joins Kaito's school as a transfer student, basically to keep an eye on him and make sure he is OK. He doesn't remember her, and through a sequence of events, she ends up staying with him in his home, as she has nowhere else to go, and Kaito's big sister Nanami, with whom he shares the house, following their parent's deaths years before, has to go away on business for some time, so she entrusts Kaito to Ichika's care while she is away. Needless to say, love blossoms between the two, complete with lots of blushes, heartache, misunderstandings, (near) kisses, and angst from some of the other girls, who like Kaito, and become jealous of the 'new girl's' growing closeness to him.
I won't say any more, so as not to spoil things, but the story is cute, innocent, and heart-warming, the group of friends being, in the main, caring and selfless, and always on the lookout for one another. It is emotional, and very good fun. Cue the inevitable beach days, festivals ('matsuri') complete with cute 'yukata' and too much to eat, school culture days, embarrassing incidents involving underwear (or rather, the lack thereof!) and guys getting slapped, and called 'baka!' by the girls! There is little in the way of 'fan-service'. I hope there will be a sequel; I would love to know if Kaito and Ichika do end up together forever (as they promised each other), and if the others in the group sort out their feelings for one another (there being several love triangles going on amongst them!).
Picture and sound are excellent; there is a 16:9 aspect ratio, and the soundtrack is Japanese language/English subs only. Even the music is great! If you liked the 'Please!' stories, and other similar ones, you will love this. Just buy it; it's excellent!