While testing out his camera on a bridge one summer night, Kaito Kirishima sees a blue light streaking across the sky, only to be blown off the railing seconds later. Just before succumbing to unconsciousness, a hand reaches down to grab ahold of his own. Dazed and confused, Kaito wakes up the next morning wondering how he ended up back in his own room with no apparent injuries or any recollection of the night before. As he proceeds with his normal school life, Kaito and his friends discuss what to do with his camera, finally deciding to make a film with it over their upcoming summer break. Noticing that Kaito has an interest in the new upperclassmen Ichika Takatsuki, his friend Tetsurou Ishigaki decides to invite her, as well as her friend Remon Yamano, to join them in their movie project.
In what becomes one of the most entertaining and exciting summers of their lives, Kaito and his friends find that their time spent together is not just about creating a film, but something much more meaningful that will force them to confront their true feelings and each other. — MAL Rewrite: My Anime List
To be perfectly honest, I find the overall plot predictable and the characters unimpressive. The series has shaky foundations in its story line. The plot makes at least one weird reveal that leads to nothing and the character development does the same thing. It seems to me they really wanted it to be different they tried to throw in plot twists but it turned nothing special.
Also, for me to fully enjoy watching I must be able to relate or understand the characters, but I just can’t make myself to be fully engaged to the characters in this series. I think the best aspects about the characters are how they interact with each other. The adolescent love and the confusion was portrayed realistically to a certain extent, and also allows the viewers to connect with the characters on a personal level.
The art was the best part for me, I guess — set in the far reaches of rural Japan, a landscape dominated by forest-covered mountains, vast plains and skies of deepest blue.
It might just be me and my mood, but I have no plans of rewatching this anime. It’s not all that bad, but it lacked the emotional-manipulation I thought I would get in watching the series as it’s usually recommended along Anohana. Ano Natsu de Matteru is one of those anime that requests you to be patient with it, and once you’re done settling in the slow-paced flow of the anime, it should ought to kill time and might satisfy you.