We Were Supposed to Rendezvous
How I like to blog after all the fuss has died down about the ending of shows. There was lots of disappointment related to Natsuyuki Rendezvous. I can definitely understand the upset. The show was full of flashbacks and had very little to do with the present. Maybe the problem came with viewers such as myself expecting to see more of a love story bloom between Hazuki and Rokka. Instead we got a show that spent many episodes of Rokka lamenting the early death of her husband, her husband creepily taking over Hazuki’s body, and poor Hazuki relegated to a storybook environment with Rokka’s doppleganger. I found myself defending this show on Twitter even after seeing the ending though I agree that the disgust was valid. The show ended with a fizzle that should have been expected based off the monotony of the last episodes.
Atsushi was downright selfish and annoying and did not believe in the “til death do us part”. Hazuki was completely clueless and naïve but he gets a pass due to his age. Rokka was a sniveling, socially withdrawn woman but she also gets a pass because she could not let go of her grief. We were introduced to Atsushi’s sister which was an absolute waste of a character and didn’t add much to the story. In trying to think of where the show went wrong, I would say a missed opportunity on allowing us to see Rokka and Hazuki work it out. We were denied that and even with all the flashbacks and the time skip, that may have been the most troublesome aspect.
Atsushi should be allowed some understanding, though. He died way too soon and although expected, he nor Rokka were ready for him to go. The show never expounded on it but they were both each other’s first love. They were dependent upon each other even after his death. Atsushi had nothing to do after his death but become protective and obsessive over Rokka because that is where his ghost was centered, it was focused on her presence. He had no other connections that he truly cared for outside of Rokka and his shop so over time it became more and more difficult for him to let go. Instead of him wanting her to love again, he wanted to keep her for himself. It was a selfish love but it was understandable.
Would I watch this show again? No. I liked the show but I wasn’t impressed and I have no lasting memories. Would I recommend it to anyone else? Maybe to someone who is of the sickening romantic vein or someone who feels Noitamina can do no wrong.