That Summer Just Became My Summer

I don’t remember my summers as a high school student. More so than the passage of time, there simply is little to write about them. I didn’t belong to any clubs, I didn’t have friends whom I could go out and have fun with, and I didn’t have anything worthwhile doing. Oh, I went out of town a couple of times with my family, but those are vague, too. The clearest memory? Watching anime in my hotel room.

I merely let the days pass by. Fair enough, right? This loose group of friends in this anime I just started watching are doing exactly that. Frankly, they’re boring people. Heh, I’m one to talk. Maybe Lemon is too weird. (Who the hell makes spiked Mountain Dew?)

And then it came. The boy’s hesitation betrays his feelings. A confession without words. My internal defense mechanism kicks in. Teenagers are so dense, it says. Too late for that.

This has happened to me before. Less embarrassing, as she wasn’t the one I was talking to, but I can’t forget the incredible disbelief I had had towards someone’s blithe ignorance of my feelings for them. I forget why I even liked the girl in the first place, but that moment, this moment, stays with me.

Powerlessly, I cringe at the screen, at these blind, foolish young souls.

I don’t know if it’s a carefully-engineered trap by the creators of this show. These forgettable teenagers could be anyone, so I have become them. The boy, as I mentioned. The one who wishes happiness for another. The one who warns about getting in the way of another’s love. I am them. Bit by bit, I remember myself, summers or not.

It’s when I realize, this summer cartoon just turned good.

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6 Responses to That Summer Just Became My Summer

  1. Mike says:

    That’s pretty much what it did to me too. 🙂 Now if only the SF plot didn’t get in the way sometimes…it was otherwise a perfect distillation of not exactly the experience of many a teenage summer, but the memory of it looking back. It felt much more painful while I was living it. This show, unlike most, takes that seriously and plays it straight. Would more do that!

  2. Digibro says:

    >>spiked Mountain Dew

    what episode this in I must see

  3. Mushyrulez says:

    I remember my summers as a teenager in high school.

    I talked to random creepy strangers who watched disgusting pornographic Chinese cartoons and wrote about them in tasteless bland websites. And then I started writing. And now here I am, with another few summers to go, with no life to boot. OH WELL

  4. Emperor J says:

    My summers in high school were just tragically depressing. Like going 3 months without seeing anyone in my age group until school started up again. Maybe that’s why I found this series very hard to relate to. It felt manipulative and also the ending had a gigantic plot hole that I just couldn’t take seriously.

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