Natsu e no Tobira

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Synonyms: The Door Into Summer, Opening to Summer, Natsu he no Tobira, Door to Summer
Japanese: 夏への扉


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 20, 1981
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Source: Manga
Genres: Boys LoveBoys Love, DramaDrama, RomanceRomance
Demographic: ShoujoShoujo
Duration: 59 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.001 (scored by 17721,772 users)
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Ranked: #85922
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Popularity: #6908
Members: 5,053
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Marion is a young schoolboy who prides himself on his adherence to a philosophy he calls "rationalism". Because of his disdain for emotional display, he ignores anything remotely akin to affection. But when he's entangled in a romantic affair with an older courtesan, his rationalism is revealed to be little more than a cover for his own emotional immaturity. Learning to love, Marion blossoms under his older lover's care but unfortunately, Marion has yet to learn the true price of the affair.

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Dec 21, 2018
mpdissonance (All reviews)
Warning: This review contains some major spoilers

Natsu e no Tobira holds a rather interesting place in anime and manga history. Its source material was a short manga written by Keiko Takemiya, an important forerunner in shounen-ai and romance. In fact, it even features one of the first male homosexual kiss scenes in shojo anime and manga. It was one of the first films from the legendary studio Madhouse, who collaborated with the equally influential studio Toei. Further, it was the first film directed by the obscure, yet low-key highly influential director Mori Marasaki most famous for his work on Barefoot Gen. That alone makes it read more
Jun 5, 2015
Haneken2086 (All reviews)
Adolescence has always been a turbulent time. It marks the no-man's land between childhood and adulthood, where you have to balance your desires and needs with your obligations and responsibilities. Anyone too repressed is bound to crack, and anyone too carried away is bound to do something irrevocable. If you don't learn to maintain balance, you could change things forever.

This is the lesson four schoolboy friends on summer vacation – Marion, Claude, Lindo and Jacques - learn the hard way. The stoic and firm Marion is seduced by an older woman, which teaches him about emotional balance; his devoted friend Claude strains under a secret read more
Oct 17, 2015
Arsene_Lucifer (All reviews)
Natsu e no Tobira/The Door Into Summer in English is an animated film from 1981 based on the manga of the same name by Keiko Takemiya. A pioneer of shonen-ni/yaoi manga in the early 1970s whose short story, Sunroom ni te, contains the earliest known male-male kiss in a shojo manga. She’s an accomplished mangaka whose contribution to her field is far more interesting, and engaging than this Madhouse and Toei produced animated hour-long film. It’s a relic of the past that is better left collecting dust.

Natsu e no Tobira attempts to be a coming of age story tackling the idea of raw read more
Dec 17, 2020
AniRose (All reviews)
This was such a gorgeous movie. I was caught off guard by how much I actually ended up enjoying and getting emotional over this. It's certainly not the best story, but despite that the visuals and sound design were amazing. Even in the short span of time of this film, I found myself becoming invested in the story of the characters and not even realizing how much time was passing. Rather than feeling rushed with its limited time, there was a bit of a slow start, but I think it worked for the energy of this film.

Very much a dark story, it's important to read more

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