Natsuyuki Rendezvous episode 04: My Young Part-Timer Can’t Be This Horny

Rokka was clearly facepalming already.

Well… Hazuki certainly doesn’t beat about the bush, does he?! And, thankfully, neither does this show. Four episodes in, and great to see such significant character and plot development, plus some very fangasmic moments courtesy of young Mr. Carpe Diem. And when I’m referring to a 22 years old man as ‘young’ in anime, you know this show has depth and subtlety in its characterisation. In short, a great episode with some quietly intense, but pretty romantic moments, and some rather funny and dramatic ones too. In not as short, read on…

You say it like it’s a bad thing, Rokka.

Firstly, knowing that the all important amusement park/ first dayto moment was coming, it was nice to see the flashback of Shimao’s date with Rokka from his point of view. Not least of all because it was a welcome change from his face-pulling antics from previous episodes, which were in danger of becoming a bit old, but this was also interesting because of our discovery that Shimao didn’t originally want to go and Rokka seemed to be the more pro-active one in their relationship. Unless, of course, Shimao was feeling progressively worse due to his illness. Either way, Shimao’s uncustomary silence while Hazuki arranges the date and then Hazuki’s nervous smoking were a good way of building tension and conveying their anticipation.

Moving on to the date itself, this was the focus of most of the episode, which was peppered with flashbacks and more lighter/ squeal-inducing moments. I particularly liked the random hats, which clearly meant more and less to Hazuki and Rokka respectively, and the hand-holding. Given the significance of the idea of taking someone’s hand, Hazuki’s active desire to take Rokka-the-grieving-widow’s hand was a bold, and thankfully reciprocated, move. And, er, a lot smoother than some of the other things Hazuki did/ said:

The merits of dating younger guys.

Anyway. Going back to the ‘willyouhavesexwithme’ comment… Um, yeah. Wasn’t sure what to make of that at first, given how unromantic and rushed it seemed to me at the time, but, on the other hand, it clearly shows how passionate Hazuki is about Rokka. On the flip side to such OMG/ facepalm/ comedic moments, Rokka’s quieter observations and memories conveyed a more thoughtful undercurrent to the proceedings, with lines such as these adding more of a sense of reality, or of a ‘reality check’, as it were:


Finally, the pair, of course, return to the flower shop and it all seems to get a bit too much for Hazuki, to whom Rokka has made it clear that she isn’t going to have sex with him… and yet invites him back to her place for a cup of tea… all under the watchful gaze of a moody dead ghost-husband. Well, perhaps you can’t blame Hazuki for requiring a bit of Dutch courage at that point. As for Dat Ending, it remains to be seen what satisfaction (if any) Shimao expects to get from Rokka while possessing his young rival’s booze-soaked body. However, hopefully the silver lining will be that Rokka decides to encourage or reject Hazuki’s advances, and not just hold on and be held back by her memories of Shimao…

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  1. Posted July 31, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    On the plus side, the booze-soaked Hazuki has plausible deniability for whatever antics arise from the possession. “I was drunk” always seems to work as a good excuse anywhere, anytime.

    • Posted September 17, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

      Oh man, I hate that excuse… Though, yes, it would be a pretty good one in that case…

  2. Dein
    Posted July 31, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    The logic behind some of the decisions on Hazukis part in this episode is not quite clear to me. I get that he’s trying to make Rokka happy and help her move on, but… “Oh, she’s crying? Time for some action!” What the hell, man?

    Awkward advances aside, I don’t get the park thing. Not only it was obvious from the start that Rokka will mostly dwell on the past there, but trying to overwrite her memories with the late husband seems somewhat unpleasant. Moving on doesn’t mean she suddenly has to forget her husband even existed. But I guess this all works into the theme of lingering that the show has set so far. On the other (more optimistic) side, letting something go is easer when it’s closer to you. Intetionally or not, Hazuki brought some part of Rokkas past right back into the present, giving her a more physical way of moving on from her past, The part where she looked back and said she wasn’t planning on taking Shimao with her illustrated that idea quite well, I think.

    As for Rokka herself, I don’t think she’s all that interested in Hauzki as a person yet. This episode especially gave me the impression that so far she sees him more of an opportunity/exmeriment, to see if she can get involved with someone again, and how far it can go. Nothing wrong with that, I guess, but hopefully Mr. Smooth can light the spark of passion in her in the next few episodes.

    • Posted September 17, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

      Awkward advances in anime, Dein? I’d’ve thought you’d be used to ‘em by now. :p

      I didn’t get it either, seems like a rather violent way of trying to put/ force yourself into someone’s affections… What you say about the theme of ‘lingering’ is interesting, it’s certainly a nice way of putting it; with ghosty-Shimao as a symbol of Rokka’s being in an emotional ‘limbo’… Though yes, it Hazuki’s actions certainly forced Rokka to deal with her sense of stasis and remind her that she needs to move on…

      As for Rokka, as you suggest, she hasn’t been that interesting yet up to this moment… Which, I guess, may be the point… Either way, she seems a fairly realistic character so far, defo one with whom you can empathise. I like her mixture of sweetness and assertiveness… :)

  3. ectholion
    Posted July 31, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    A 22 year old referred to as young in anime i love this show for that alone. I don’t really care for the idea of an amusement park date but the show did it quite well. Showing memories of the past at the same time as showing the present. Then there were those hats and that hand holding. As for Hazuki his “will you have sex with me” question, I think that was possibly his best move yet. i mean at the very least it will make her feel good to be desired, she hasn’t had sex since she husband died so im sure she misses certain things. All and all i really really like this show.

    • Posted September 17, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

      So young, haha! I guess the amusement park date is a rather ‘young’ thing to do too… And rather than just pointing out how awkward it was (though it really was, haha), that’s nice what you say about Hazuki’s request making Rokka feel good about herself – it’s about time, after all!

  4. Lexi
    Posted August 1, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    I’m surprised you missed the point of Hazuki asking her to have sex with him.
    The whole episode was a lead-up to Hazuki realising how selfish he was to take her to that amusement park, and that he couldn’t make her smile like her husband did – he couldn’t replace her past memories. And accepting, then, that the only way to make her smile like in the photo was to let her be with her husband again – to let the ghost take over his body, and be with Rokka again. Hence the question about sex. It wasn’t for him, but for her husband.

    That’s also why he got drunk at the end of the day. It’s the easiest way to pass out without whacking yourself over the head. So he made it back to shop and collapsed there, so husband could take his body.

    • Posted September 17, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

      Hmm… Maybe. Though, I was pretty sure that Hazuki was adamant that there was no way that he was going to let Shimao ‘keep’ Rokka, and thus his letting him borrow his body was just a slip-up during a moment of tiredness/ melancholy from the day’s events in general. Either way, clearly a good way to move the plot forward…

  5. hipster
    Posted August 12, 2012 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    I thought Hazuki asked the sex line just to shock Rokka out of her sadness… but I like Lexi’s interpretation too. :)

    • Posted September 17, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

      Clearly, the direct approach works! Well, eventually…

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