Natsuyuki Rendezvous is a beautiful romance anime that is regarded as a more grown-up story (josei) about the amorous feelings between a florist and his boss, a pretty lady; feelings, which are interrupted and obstructed by her old love in the face of a spiritual presence.
Episode 1 of the anime is coming out this July 6, so be sure to keep an eye out for it!
The story of Natsuyuki Rendezvous centres on the love of Ryuusuke Hazuki towards the manager of his workplace. Unfortunately for him, after being invited to her place on one occasion, he discovers that with lives another man. Even more unfortunate – it is not a live-in partner, but the living spirit of her late husband, who has died three years prior to him meeting her. Oddly enough, the spirit is visible only to Hazuki. This development startles the ambitious man, but he is obviously in love and will not give up just because of this. Even if he is going to have a supernatural obstacle as this handsome man, he decides to not give up of the feelings he feels for the manager.
Originally a manga by Haruka Kawashi it was published in Shodensha’s Feel Young Magazine. The story has been running since 2009 and finished in the January 2012 issue of the magazine. It has been published in 4 compiled manga volumes and it now being adapted into a television anime series. The josei anime has had a huge success even before being officially out. Sentai Filmworks has licensed it for the North American audience just recently and Crunchyroll will be showing the episodes as they air in Japan. CR will show it in United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Central and South America.
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Ryuusuke Hazuki is a man with poor eyesight who is working part-time at Rokka’s flower shop. Voiced by Yuuichi Nakamura (Fairy Tail’s Gray Fullbuster, Guilty Crown’s Gai Tsutsugami).
Rokka Shimao is the manager and owner of a flowershop and former wife of diseased Atsushi Shimao. Voiced by Sayaka Ohara (Fairy Tail’s Erza Scarlet, xxxHOLiC’s Yuuko Ichihara).
Atsushi Shimao is the late husband of Rokka Shimao and late brother of Miho Shimao. He is still living in Rokka’s home as a spirit that can be seen only by Ryuusuke. Voiced by Jun Fukuyama (Starry☆Sky’s Azusa Kinose, xxxHOLiC’s Kimihiro Watanuki).
Miho Shimao is Atsushi’s big sister. Voiced by Yumi Touma (Ah! My Goddess’s Urd, Tales of Symphonia’s Refill Sage).
Director: Kou Matsuo
Music: Ken Muramatsu
Original creator: Haruka Kawachi
Character Design: Junichiro Taniguchi
Chief Animation Director: Junichiro Taniguchi
Animation Production: Dogakobo
“Mune Kyun-kei no Ballad” by Yuuya Matsushita
“Anata ni Deawanakereba ~Natsuyuki Fuyuhana~” by Aimer
Images: (c) アニメ「夏雪ランデブー」Production committee Shodensha
Trailers can be seen here: !!!VIDEOS!!!