Natsuyuki Rendezvous Review

Natsuyuki RendezvousStory:
Rokka’s husband died young, leaving her his flowershop and numerous sad memories of promises left unfulfilled. When a young man joins her staff and falls in love with her, she has to reevaluate if she wants to try love again or remain a widow… Having her dead husband’s ghost hovering around her all the time, unbeknownst to her, isn’t helping things for her new love interest either. He can see the ghost. And the ghost isn’t pleased with his wife being hit on.

Violence:
Pretty much non-existent. However, death is a big element of this story so keep that in mind.

Language:
Another section that isn’t too bad. A few d-mns and a rare b-word but overall gentle on the language.

Nudity:
This is where the rating comes in. Although full on nudity doesn’t really happen, it’s super obvious that two characters have sex at one point and one character even straight up asks another for sex. It’s not done in a gross manor, but this show is definitely not shy about this topic and thus I feel it’s really best suited for older audiences.

Theology/mythology:
Ok, we can’t get around the ghost thing. Rokka’s dead husband shows up immediately and the idea of being possessed and such plays a huge role in the plot. If themes like death and ghosts and spirits make you uncomfortable in any way, skip this.

Personal impression:
This is a slow but very sweet show. And I don’t mean sweet like My Love Story or Snow White with the Red Hair. I mean sweet as in gentle and soft. The romance takes time and, because it’s between two adults, one of whom has quite a bit of baggage, it’s rather mature. Commitment for the long haul is a huge aspect of this romance, rather than the usual focus simply on feelings alone.
My big negative on this show falls under the typical romance stuff: male characters who feel like forcing themselves physically on a female is sweet or “decisive” and get frustrated when the female doesn’t “just choose already.” Yeah. Not cute. But something I’ve sadly come to understand isn’t going to end in this genre any day soon soooo yeah. These scenes don’t last long but they’re obnoxious.
The art and music are solid fits for the tone of this show, soft and mostly cheerful, though surprisingly somber when needed.
Overall I think this is a solid romance title. While the supernatural aspect of it made the drama a biiiit thick at times, considering how hard it is to cover grief over lost loves accurately, I feel like this show did a decent job of it. If you want a more mature romance and/or some adult leads for once, this show might be a good one for you. Just remember that action is not to be found in this one. At all.

Personal rating: Young adult

Episodes: 11
Languages: sub and dub
Official rating: TV14
Genre: Romance, drama
Company: Dogakobo
Production: Fuji Creative Corporation/Sentai Filmworks
Official streaming: Crunchyroll

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Gabriel Dropout Review

dropoutStory:
Gabriel is a perfect straight A student in heaven. Until she goes to earth for her studies on humans and discovers gaming.

Violence:
Slapstick stuff only in here. Some comedic nosebleeds is as graphic as it gets.

Language:
Pretty tame for TV14. Sh-t is the most common, often said by the lead or her “rival.” Can’t recall it getting much worse.

Nudity: 
Considering episode one opened with a joke about our lead’s underwear transporting to class without her (and all the boys praying to it), I expected this show to be far more of a fanservice mess than it actually ended up being. Actually, the worse pantyshots and such occur in the first few episodes. After that it tappers off and… it stops. Which I’m grateful for, but just goes to show that they probably didn’t need it in the first place.
Ah, there is one episode in which one of the big breasted of the cast goes through her day terrified her bra will snap because she’s outgrown it (dear men: we usually know something is getting tight far before it reaches this point, just sayin’). Nothing is shown, but it makes her chest a focus for much of the episode.

Theology/mythology:
Considering the setup, religion is definitely an unavoidable aspect of this show. There are “angels” and “demons” and zero commentary on actual religion. The closest you get to any kind of discourse on such things in a Christmas episode where jokes are made towards the demons about celebrating the birth of Christ and it is countered with “Christmas is more of a commercial holiday in Japan.” Which is funny because it kinda is in the US at this point too. Anyway, that’s as “serious” as it ever gets. Don’t expect any religious realism here. This setup exists for the laughs and not for any other purpose.

Personal impression:
This is one of take it or leave it shows for me. It had a few chuckle-worthy moments, but not enough for me to say it was actually funny. But it was cute and upbeat and had the best coffee shop owner ever, so I’ll give it a pass for how dull it ended up being overall. In fact, some of this show’s run-on gags were the best gags (see coffee shop owner), unlike other comedies this last season *cough*DragonMaid*cough*.
The art and music match the overall result of the show: nothing insulting nor compelling to report. All in all, this show was more of a filler for me to watch between other things. Though, again, it was nice to get that break from hardcore fanservice, given the moe cast and all.
Clearly directed and made by men though, as evidenced by a big breasted girl going through gym in a normal bra versus a sports bra. Seriously guys, we don’t do that. Unless it’s laundry day/we completely forgot. But we typically don’t forget those things. We just don’t.

Personal rating: 10+

Episodes: 12
Languages: sub
Official rating: TV14
Genre: Fantasy, comedy
Production: Doga Kobo
Company: Kadokawa Pictures
Official streaming: Crunchyroll