By this word his friend asked during the school excursion, the protagonist, Kaizu Takumi, begins to aware of his interest in opposite sex. Of course, there are girls around him, for example, his childhood friend, Hatano Konami, his classmate, Ebizuka Shino, a school idol, Shimazu Kakana, etc. However, he himself hasn’t noticed his feelings until he is asked by his friend. He becomes anxious seeing his friend try to find his girl friend, and he resolves his mind to find a girl friend during the last summer of his high school life.
If you'd like to waste 60 minutes of your time, watch _summer. It's not even that it was that awful. In all honesty, there was just no point to it. The ending is just outrageously unsatisfying. They introduce you to some characters, hint at some chemistry between a few of them, then end it with a weak attempt at a moral message. After watching episode two, the first thing that came to mind was "Alright, where's episode 3?" It was as if they decided to simply not conclude it, for the sake of making me angry.
Aside from that, everything else was fine. Characters designs were
satisfactory, albeit a little stale. Animation was a little bad for an OVA, but whatever. Music wasn't particularly remarkable but it certainly didn't detract from the experience (although I have listened to musical works with a little bit more depth).
If the story had a definite ending with a little spark of drama (to say the least), it certainly would've been an enjoyable experience. However, due its lack of a clear conclusion, I recommend watching something else.
In confession - what usually catches my first glance when selecting Anime to watch is the title. and "_Summer" was such a unique title, I simply had to watch it - given it was only two episodes, as well. Being Swedish, at first I had some heck of a hard time understanding the alternate title "Underbar Summer", with "underbar" meaning "wonderful" in my language, until my slow brain realized that it was referring to the "_" in front of the title. -_-; "Huh, is the alternate title in German or something?"
If you're into Ecchi, then it's watchable. If you're not, there's not really much else
to gather from here. As others have already told, it ends too soon; it's a good setup for a harem kind of anime, and had it drawn on for some ten episodes more, I'm positive it would've gotten much more enjoyable, not to mention acquired much more recognition. But...
"Storyline"? Hahahaha. It's a setup for a storyline, and not much more. The rest is up for us to guess, I suppose.
No complaints here, though. Although I'm weak for these kinds of things - very few new shows have such art that I'd call "horrible" or even "bad". The animation is as neat as expected from Anime shows.
My only quirk is with the lead blond girl sounding just a tad whiny. Otherwise, the voices are fine, the music is fine. The opening theme is pretty; the opening theme carries a lot of weight, since it's supposed to introduce the series in a fair way, and I think it did a good job.
You have most of the stereotypes here. Quiet, pretty girl; energetic tomboy; silent, emotionless girl; perky little sister. And of course, the annoying sidekick guy who knows twenty times more about picking up girls than the lead character, but still never gets hooked up. Ever. So hey...
There are some half-naked sceneries, including the classical "outdoors bath" where the guys peek at the girls and the girls throw things at the guys. There are also hints at relationships, but they are oh so subtle and never progressed in the actual show. That's the enjoyment I got from it.
So as said...if you can't find anything else to kill time with, then by all means, I'm not one to stop you. It's only two episodes after all, and then you have another "completed watching" series that you can brag about. ;P Sure, I've seen better shows, but granted, I've seen worse ones as well.
People might think it's pointless, but I love this OVA!
_Summer starts of in a perverted way! (Ridiculous). Takumi was forcibly dragged by his friend to peek at the girls while taking a bath. (They got caught of course, hahahaha)......
The cast consist of wide variety of personalities. From the main guy who is clueless and slow. The bestfriend who acts cool, who is insearch for a girlfriend. The childhood friend that cooks for him every morning that's quiet. The sister that's outgoing and cheerful. The childhood girl's bestfriend who is agreesive,bossy,loud and shows no interest on guys (tomboy-ish) but deep down ya know. The school girl
idol who only talks to Takumi. Of course the most funniest of all, the weird/mysterious/robotic sounding girl, Chiwa (by the way she's my fave!). This might sound very typical but it works, great cast huh!?!
While the premise is about Takumi trying to find the girl he likes, but the show isn't about that, it's about the importance of friendship. (I think this is why people was put-off and mentioned this is stupid and pointless.)
I don't know why but I do LOVE this (for how many times now? LoL), it's very relaxing, cool, simple and great. I wish that there were more episodes but seriously I love this series!!!!! The story isn't original nor great but I love the atmosphere of it. The characters were fun especially Chiwa. It has 2 awesome episodes, even in it's shortness this anime has definitely earned a spot for my top ten list. Enjoyable episodes. Seriously I'm addicted to this! They need to do more episodes.
If your looking for a simple short series that is worth watching you'll find it in _summer. For me there is something special about this anime, that got me hooked hard into it.
I can't guarantee that everyone will like this same as me but hey give it a try.