Natsuyuki Rendezvous 08
I think this might be my favorite episode of Natsuyuki yet.
Up until now, I felt bad for Atsushi and pitied him. But now it’s clear that I am solely on Hazuki’s side. I want him to be with Rokka, although I have a feeling that that won’t happen in the end. But more than that, Atsushi needs to let go. Honestly, he’s acting like Madonna. Yes, I just compared him to Madonna. Hear me out. Both of them are past their times. Atsushi is dead. Madonna is a pop star who is no longer a spring chicken and tries too hard to appear “hip” and “cool” to appeal to a younger generation who are far more interested in Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj. (Myself included.)
But back to Atsushi, the main reason why I’ve run out of sympathy for the guy is because Mini Rokka said that part of him wants Rokka to be free, yet he’s still clinging on like a selfish kid. And that part is probably what drove him to make all of his past flower arrangements for his wife as a bit of a hint.
However, Atsushi is the one in control, in both the real world and the fantasy world. It’s his selfishness that is driving the characters and the story. And has Hazuki suddenly becomes wrapped up in his memories, it seems like Atsushi’s control is becoming stronger the longer Hazuki is trapped.
Another thing is that it’s evident that something happened with Rokka, Atsushi and mountains. Perhaps they snuck out of the hospital and went there to get some fresh air. Or maybe they just hiked a lot. Whatever the reason, it’s most likely going to be tied in with Atsushi’s illness and I’m hoping it’ll be disclosed next week.
I wonder what fairy tale we’ll be in next week. Since both Thumbelina and The Little Mermaid were written by Hans Christian Anderson, it’ll more than likely be another one of his stories. The Steadfast Tin Soldier perhaps?