Natsuyuki Rendezvous

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  • TV-14
  • 2012
  • 1 Season
  • 7.2  (198)

Natsuyuki Rendezvous is a romantic anime series that aired in the summer of 2012. The anime revolves around the life of a young man named Hazuki who falls in love with a woman named Rokka, who owns a flower shop. The twist in the tale is that Rokka's husband had passed away, but his spirit continued to linger in the flower shop, making him a part of their love triangle.

The story of Natsuyuki Rendezvous begins with Hazuki, who is a hardworking young man that has an obsession with flowers. One day, he walks into Rokka's flower shop and is immediately smitten with her. To Hazuki's surprise, Rokka is also attracted to him, and they begin to date. However, as their relationship begins to blossom, Hazuki learns that Rokka's husband has passed away. Although Rokka wants to move on from her husband, she can't seem to let go of his memories, and his spirit continues to linger in her flower shop.

The most significant plot point in this anime is the presence of Atsushi, Rokka's late husband's spirit. Atsushi is still attached to Rokka even after his death and continues to interfere in Hazuki's attempts to woo her. The love triangle between Rokka, Hazuki and Atsushi forms the central plot and is similar to many other classic love triangle played out in Japanese romantic dramas.

The series showcases the complicated emotions of all three characters, who are struggling with their feelings for each other. Rokka is still grieving, but she's also attracted to the new man in her life. Hazuki is fighting for Rokka's attention, but he's also aware of Atsushi's presence. Atsushi, on the other hand, has his own reasons for not wanting to leave Earth despite being a spirit. Each character’s emotional conflict adds a layer of complexity to the show's story that makes it all the more engrossing.

Natsuyuki Rendezvous is a story about love in its purest form, but the series approaches it from a different angle. It is about conquering love's obstacles and ultimately achieving that pure love. The anime does an excellent job of balancing humor and heartfelt moments. The characters are well rounded, and their emotional struggles are well executed, making it easy to empathize with them.

The series pacing is relatively slow, and there aren't many action sequences. Instead, the anime focuses more on the emotional journeys of the characters. The show's animation is visually striking and has an almost ethereal feel to it, which adds to its romantic aura. The music is also well suited for the show, fully complementing the themes presented.

One of the most notable things about Natsuyuki Rendezvous is its inclusion of spiritual and supernatural elements. The inclusion of Atsushi, Rokka's departed husband, adds a unique twist to the show that is not often seen in romantic anime series. The creators found a way to make the supernatural elements of the show work without overpowering the romantic storyline, and this was a credit to the writing.

Overall, Natsuyuki Rendezvous provides a fresh and unique outlook on the classic romantic anime. It delivers an emotional, heartwarming storyline that is bound to appeal to the audiences. The love triangle in the anime is well executed, and all the characters involved are easy to root for, which makes the series very engaging. The animation is beautiful, and the background music is well suited. If you're a fan of romantic anime, then Natsuyuki Rendezvous is an excellent choice.

Natsuyuki Rendezvous is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (11 episodes). The series first aired on August 5, 2012.

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Episode 11
11. Episode 11
September 13, 2012
In this final episode, Rokka chooses whom she's going to spend the rest of her life (or life in death) with: Hazuki or her deceased husband, Shimao.
Episode 10
10. Episode 10
September 6, 2012
Hazuki finally makes it back to the real world, only to find himself a ghost, floating by helplessly as Shimao (in Hazuki's body) rekindles the romance with his wife!
Episode 9
9. Episode 9
August 30, 2012
While Hazuki's spirit takes the plunge from one fairy tale to another, Rokka finds Hazuki's body... and finally realizes that her dead husband is possessing it!
Episode 8
8. Episode 8
August 23, 2012
After leaving a revelatory "message" for Rokka, Shimao goes on the lam with Hazuki's body. Meanwhile, the bodiless Hazuki gets some unsettling news from the Rokka simulacrum that spurs him to action.
Episode 7
7. Episode 7
August 16, 2012
While Shimao in Hazuki's body takes his widowed wife, Rokka, to the beach, Hazuki's spirit is at the bottom of an ocean with a simulacrum of Rokka in mermaid form.
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
August 9, 2012
A lost soul contemplates the consequences of his lingering, while in the world of the living two souls find themselves amidst a grey area in their budding relationship.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
August 2, 2012
Shimao is in Hazuki's body, trying to woo his widowed wife back, and starts by giving Hazuki a radical makeover. Meanwhile, Hazuki's "spirit" seems stuck on a magical deserted island with a fairy-sized Rokka for company.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
July 26, 2012
Hazuki takes Rokka on their first real date to an amusement park, but without the ghost of Shimao looking over his shoulder, will he overplay his hand? And can Rokka forget about Shimao for one day, or is it impossible since they had gone a date at the same amusement park years before?
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
July 19, 2012
Rokka is still down with a cold, so Hazuki and Miho have to mind the store and take care of Rokka. But when Shimao gets depressed, it triggers a scary phenomenon that goes beyond his usual immaterial existence...
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
July 12, 2012
Hazuki wants to have a follow-up date with Rokka, but Shimao, her ghostly husband, literally keeps getting in the way. Will Rokka be able to move on with her life? Will Shimao be able to move on with his death? Will Hazuki be able to make his move?
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
August 5, 2012
Hazuki has fallen head over heels for his boss, but his chances of getting the girl are virtually nonexistent due to his shyness and the ghost of her dead husband.
Where to Watch Natsuyuki Rendezvous
Natsuyuki Rendezvous is available for streaming on the Anime Network website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Natsuyuki Rendezvous on demand at Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    August 5, 2012
  • IMDB Rating
    7.2  (198)