Anime

Winter 2016 Anime Awards – Best of Season

With the winter wave of anime arriving at shore, I feel it’s appropriate to reflect on the impact it had. I’ll be making discussion and an in depth analysis about it all here! Warning: contains spoilers.

Winter Anime includes any anime that have begun airing, continued to air, and/or finished airing some time within the Winter Term. As well, if you feel your favorites were excluded or somehow misrepresented, do leave a comment. I’d be happy to hear about it!

Top 5 Favorite Anime of the Season

  1. Hai to Gensou no Grimgar
  2. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
  3. Boku Dake ga Inai Machi
  4. Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri 2nd Season
  5. Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm

The criterion for selection here is simple. What shows were most enjoyable to watch? It could be out of raw emotion, or for more objective reasons. It really depends on the person, but for me it’s a combination of both. Just because something is critically stellar, doesn’t mean someone is obligated to like it. Conversely, just because something is technically bad, doesn’t mean someone can’t love it. I’m sure everyone can name a few that fit the bill.

Hai to Gensou no Grimgar

Hai to Gensou no Grimgar Anime

After much debate, I decided that Grimgar was my favorite anime this season. It’s got a good balance of everything I look for in an anime such as depth of morals, good artwork, attractive character designs, story, pacing, and emotion. It’s commentary on human nature. It’s commentary on how people find it hard to move on from traumatic experiences. How we grow from these traumatic experiences, as well as how we can only truly change when we experience deep emotional pain.

It deviates from the norms you would expect a “stuck in a game/rpg world” type anime like SAO, DanMachi, Log Horizon, .Hack//Sign, etc. to have because it’s not even really about that. It’s closer to being a slice of life than it is an action adventure genre. It transcends the tropes that typically get slapped onto these like the harem you are totally expecting and not at all looking forward to, but in this case it never actually comes to be. Despite not centering all of the attention on one main character like you do see in such tropes, Grimgar still did an excellent job capturing the characters importance quickly enough so that we start to develop some reasonable level of attachment. For example, something I noticed was that with Manato’s abrupt death, we actually gave a shit (and I usually don’t). I notice that when a character dies in most other anime, I’m not particularly phased by it because they were such a side character that didn’t really have time to develop or create significance with the rest of the cast. It was only the second episode and we already felt the effects of the tragedy starting to metastasize.

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You can see that Haruhiro (protagonist) still has tinges in his heart even months post death of Manato. This is so human. Even more human is him seemingly reaching a point of acceptance, when it’s more likely that he is merely distracting himself by diverting his attention to the current responsibilities he was forced to assume. It’s like mourning, without actually having the luxury of free time to mourn. Any outlet to ease the pain of loss generally seems appealing. Maybe it was intentional, or it was a side effect, but either way he didn’t have much of a choice in the matter because life doesn’t slow down for anyone. It’s hard to move on, but you will. I feel is one of the recurring messages the creators were trying to deliver.

One of the particular quotes that resonated with me was:

“I’m different from who I was yesterday. I wonder what I will be like tomorrow. Day by day, we live in the today and keep living to meet our future selves.”

Change is the only constant in life. We can’t escape that inevitability no matter how much we might try to resist it. That includes good times coming to an end, but likewise the bad ones. It includes seeing ourselves become the bad guy in some cases, and in other cases the hero. We make decisions based on some combination of rationality and emotion, and from those we take action, and our actions ultimately shape who we are. The thing we can’t see is what situations we’ll experience in the future, which play a role in dictating how we form our decisions, and therefore we need to live today in order to see who we become tomorrow. I’m really big on introspection so I appreciate the depth of philosophy put into this show, on top of everything else.

You’ll also notice that just due to the nature of circumstances, they had sought refuge in each other over time. People often grow close through constant exposure to others in close proximity, which in this case happened to be our party members finding themselves together in this strange world of Grimgar. It can be difficult to take on emotional burden alone, so to confide in your friends and have that shoulder to lean on during times of distress is the natural course of things.

tumblr_nz7puq03Lk1uduiqro1_540This anime was also very pretty. The backgrounds were gorgeous with the rough and somewhat detailed sketches and watercolors, which worked really well since they contrasted with the crisp artwork and animation of the stuff happening in the foreground with the characters. It was different. It was fresh. It worked. A-1 did a real doozy with this one. The OST was not very memorable, however, and it can do wonders to set the mood and evoke feels from the viewers. In these types of anime it makes big difference because it’s intended to play with your feelings, and music is a very powerful tool for this purpose.

The characters are memorable. Haruhiro is a seemingly vanilla main character because at first he’s just kind of a weakling with a good nature and kind tendencies towards his peers. You would normally expect someone like him to just have things conveniently fall into place for him over the course of the show so you can track progress of character development. But it’s actually not like that at all. Shit keeps piling up for him and his crew with no relent in sight, but they are able to deal with it because they have a sense of solidarity with not wanting to let their friend’s sacrifice be in vain. He gets forced into the leader position out of circumstance, and at first he struggles to actually deal with this responsibility, but eventually he comes to realize he wants to protect and empathize with his friends that he comes to care about very deeply. The point is that he’s a believable character.

We don’t see a ton of Manato throughout the series except for the first couple of episodes and a few flashbacks. He’s the priest that doubled as the guild leader for the short period he was alive. He had a very calm and collected demeanor, which helped immensely with keeping the team calm and focused in the heat of battle. Everyone trusted him and was very reliable. Truly the teams greatest asset, as modest as he was about it. More importantly though, he is a motif. His death seemed to fuel the story just enough to reach the 12 episode mark without that theme becoming stale. He also symbolized the inevitability of death, particularly when you least expect it, which is how it generally works. He also heralded the introduction of Mary, another super dynamic character.

tumblr_o4vli43np21scr8d9o1_500Mary, or Merry as they used in the adaptation to more closely resemble the Japanese pronunciation, was the member that replaces Manato’s priest role in Haruhiro’s party. At first she seems very cold, and at times just flat out rude to the rest of the party. Of course, this serves as the perfect platform for explaining her past, and yet another reason I feel this anime is so realistic. When people are hurting, they tend to lash out and not see the world as such a colorful place anymore. Even when people are there to offer their support and empathize, it’s not always easy to accept that outstretched hand so readily.

Losing people that you care so much about often leads to self-hatred. It’s as if you were personally responsible for it because you didn’t do enough, didn’t say the right things, or just could have done anything differently to change the outcome. In the case of Mary, after the tragic events of her former party, she goes from being a kind, cheerful, and playful person to more of an ice queen of reservation. This transition felt accurate and natural. When you have love for someone, you expose the most vulnerable parts of yourself. When you get hurt in those places, you will be much less willing to subsequently open yourself up to others, as shown with this character. “There are some wounds that even magic cannot heal.”

ezgif-685959537As with many mysteries of the heart, time is the slow remedy. Eventually Mary allows herself to trust the others through their repeated attempts at making her feel welcome and valuable. She becomes closest to Haruhiro as he discovers her past and is able to confide in him. The mine they elected to go to in order to make gains ended up being a trigger for Mary because that’s where she lost most of her former guild. However, she wanted to face her PTSD-like fear head-on so she could come to accept all that which had burdened her heart. The closure became more apparent when she encountered her deceased guild mates in the form of spirits in the mine before they disappeared forever. That was an opportunity for her to apologize for something she felt responsible for. It was a very emotional scene.

Ranta is the hot-headed, rude, and obnoxious Dread Knight of the party. However, he is not without his self-awareness as one may think he would be. He knows how he is, and he later on explains to Haruhiro that he knows that he’s hated for it, but he’s more or less deliberate with it so the rest of the team can have some constant sense of unity through a common hatred. It’s like how an enemy of my enemy is my ally. It’s easy to bond with people who see something the same way as you. He boasts about himself every chance he gets, and isn’t very careful when flailing his weapon around, much to Haruhiro’s misfortune. Though he isn’t a liability. He does put in work when it comes to their daily combat regimes and acts as a second tank next to Mogzo.

Mogzo, Yume, and Shihoru didn’t have that much depth I found. It felt like they were just there to fill the different party classes with faces and names. Mogzo was the friendly, soft-spoken giant (formally a Warrior). Yume was the foxy Hunter who could wield a bow and arrow but preferred close combat. She was everyone’s friend, and somewhat of an air head and care free. Shihoru was the shy Mage who ended up developing a one-sided crush on Manato despite her aversion to the opposite gender.

tumblr_nz7puq03Lk1uduiqro2_540There is some fan service but it’s mostly with Yume, and her good looks are arguably part of her character. Even then, it’s not a lot of fan service, but enough to draw your attention. I’d say it was due to her outfit and physical assets it exposed at some camera angles. She also caters to people who enjoy feet. She’s fun to be around, dependable, and cute. The kind of girl you’d probably stutter talking to in high school. Perhaps she’d be able to tell that you had a crush on her, and even playfully tease you about it until you spilled the beans. Apart from that though, she’s normally got a friendly smile on her face although it may be a mask because like Shihoru, she’s not adept at sharing her feelings.

Though there was also Barbara who felt a bit excessive in this department. For those who already forgot who she was (I don’t blame you) she was that one girl who trained Haruhiro by bending his limbs around as if he were a figma. My complaint with this character was that it seemed a bit unconventional how she conducted herself, both in appearance and operation. She’s part of a guild of thieves for Christ’s sake. Successful thievery, at least according to my limited knowledge on the subject matter, entails being subtle and stealthy to secure your target. Covering 13% of your well-endowed body with actual clothing is on the cusp of doing it right, but some may argue. I just feel that she was being over-sexualized, more so than she needed to be to communicate her role in the anime to viewers. Call it what you will. I blame the source material. In the end, she’s a side character and doesn’t even appear very often at all so it hardly even matters.

Melancholy, regret, and anger fester in the heart and we seek ways to relieve ourselves of it, even if they actually drive us to be a better, stronger person, as evidenced in Grimgar. Again, this is what people do. You see it in breakups, you see it with loss of loved ones, you see it when you get 2nd place in worlds because you misplayed. The fact that the entire team has this looming sense of grief serves as a reminder that it all mattered. It mattered a lot. It’s so real, and hit so close to home that I just had to give this show mad props for expressing this in such a bittersweet, beautiful way.

We cry our tears, and with time we become more jaded and resistant to pain. The reality is that life is unkind, and in order to survive we need to know how to cope when tragedy strikes. Grimgar was truly a story about this. A de facto slice of life if you will. It’s not riddled with saccharine happy endings, nor is it depression inducing. Not without it’s flaws, it was simply an excellent show, and relatively easy to get into even if you don’t normally watch anime. Some may find it boring with all of the dialogue during times of rest and inactivity, but that probably means you don’t like the genre to begin with.

Hai to Gensou no Grimgar   -   9 / 10

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!

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I’m not entirely sure why or how Konosuba ended up being so good, but I can at least explain what parts of it I liked. First of all, it’s a parody of the whole action adventure RPG genre of anime that has been on the rise over the past couple of years.

Now it does have a harem, but it’s a harem of misfits. That is the whole point though. It’s part of what makes this show so charming. Initially you think it’s going to be the standard five course meal of female protagonists that end up all fancying the main character, but then you realize they are all kind of nuts. For this reason though, the anime feels new and different. You don’t get textbook character tropes that you struggle to sit through every so often.

The main parody aspect of Konosuba is the fact that nothing in it is supposed to be taken seriously. Every single villain is juxtaposed with a very irritable and temperamental personality. The main characters are so hilariously incompetent but still manage to scrape by with a hair’s breadth. They get eaten by giant toads, and live in a barn for a portion of the show. The way they take on their supposed-to-be-taken-seriously quests so haphazardly only serves to perpetuate this brilliant formula. The show is anything but cocky, so it’s hard to criticize something that doesn’t seem to care. But the creators clearly knew they were onto something, and capitalized on it.

So anime comedy. It’s actually surprisingly rare that I find anime so genuinely funny that I burst out laughing against my will. Gintama, One Punch Man, and Konosuba are some that come to mind. Yeah, not too many I can actually think of. As a tangent, I do love puns, and I think they don’t translate very well from Japanese to English, especially when get butchered by the sub group most of the time. So sadly a lot of the humor is lost in a great deal of comedy anime before it makes it’s way across the Pacific.

Puns aside, Konosuba doesn’t rely on them to be funny. It’s honestly just so silly how all of the characters conduct themselves. Kazuma, the main male lead, openly expresses his disapproval with the rest of his useless team members, even if futile. He’s portrayed as your typical male, who has dirty thoughts on his mind all day, and just wants to live a quiet, comfortable life as an otaku, without the drama. This works because it’s so unlike your typical “hero” characters that move up in the world through chivalry. It’s unexpected.

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The female characters are the real stars of this show though. Aqua is a beautiful goddess of water who ends up causing more trouble for Kazuma than she does help him. She’s very self-serving and flippant towards most things, complains, but somehow ends up being useful in one way or another. She’s a giant air head and not self-aware, so even though she seems like an unpleasant person to be around, she’s super innocent, and that’s an endearing quality.

Megumin likes explosions. Nay, she loves explosions. She’s the resident chuuni. That’s pretty much her thing for the majority of the series. As unreliable as she appears to be in many instances, she has her clutch moments. What’s not to like about a cute loli mage obsessed with explosions? In her chuuni mode, she’s this badass mage who doesn’t afraid of anything and can confidently take down any opponent with a single strike, but in normal mode she’s just a meek, cute little girl. Just talking about it doesn’t do her justice, and only those who have seen it themselves would understand why Megumin is so great.

As for Darkness, or Raratina as she has a complex about being called, she’s the masochist. This was fucking great. Not only do we get to experience Kayano Ai play a masochistic crusader, but she gets off to Kazuma literally just being Kazuma and yelling at her for being masochistic. It’s a cyclical combination that compliments the two characters back and forth for good comedic synergy. The fact that she’s a crusader, and is designed to take hits only serves to add to this. There was also that one episode, and I think everyone remembers that episode with the dream succubus. So yeah, there’s that too.

Obviously there isn’t a great deal of depth to the story, but there isn’t supposed to be. It’s just supposed to be entertaining to watch, which it definitely is. The characters are so easy to love because of how genuine they are. While rather laughable in most of the things they do, you can feel their personalities bursting with earnest. It’s a nice break from all of the two-faced people out there, and doesn’t attempt to turn it into an actual harem where everyone slowly starts to have feelings for Kazuma. It feels like you’re watching an action-adventure story but you don’t have to get invested into anything because it’s so lighthearted. It’s such a treat.

Highly recommended to anyone who hasn’t already seen it! I warmly await the second season.

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo   -   8.5 / 10

Boku Dake ga Inai Machi

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Erased was a season favorite for a lot of people, and I can understand why. It was the best mystery series to come out for a while now unless I’ve been missing out, in which case please put me in my place. There weren’t any major issues I had with this show except for it being a tad bit too predictable with who the culprit was. I’m big on symbolism even if it’s unintentional. I tend to extract meaning from literally everything. For example, in just the second episode after Satoru time leaps to 1988 when he was in elementary school, you’re introduced to the man in question.

This was his grand entrance:

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But I mean, not everyone would think to look at these things on first glance when we are still just trying to figure out what the hell is going on. So it’s not so much of an “issue” but more of just a personal comment. I may even also give props to them for including these things in the animation since it all adds to the overall feel of the anime.

Down below, you can see Satoru opening up a glove compartment in the vehicle he gets in with Sensei. Candy everywhere! Obviously the teacher is a diabetic, I mean what else could it possibly indicate? The show is littered with hints as to who the villain is, so again, I feel that some of the build up was lost. I could go on to list the dozens of other not so subtle clues that all point to the same thing, but that wouldn’t really serve any purpose for this review.

ezgif-1612528825Despite this though, the way the actual mystery unfolds was clean. Not clean as in everyone comes out happy and smiling, but clean as in it was well executed in terms of delivery. It never really stagnated at any point which I find is the case with some mystery anime. It had excellent pacing over the 12 episodes. Sometimes the crime just isn’t severe enough to really make you care, or sometimes the clues they give you are so ambiguous that it goes unnoticed and feels like you just don’t understand what’s going on. Each of the episodes in Erased left on a very suspenseful cliffhanger, and it was difficult to wait for the following Thursday’s episode as it created all of this pent up anticipation. The clues were all there, but hidden in plain sight. You just needed to figure out how they were all connected. It provoked a lot of thinking, and development of your own theories. As for the severity of the crimes committed, missing children and domestic violence is something that typically doesn’t sit well with most people. So it was provoking enough that people wanted to keep watching.

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It was extremely uncomfortable to watch how Hinazuki was being treated at home. It was apparent how all of this was affecting her psychologically and emotionally when you see indications of her hating everyone through her language arts assignments, and wanting to distance herself from people, even those who wanted to help her. It’s not like she wanted any of it, it’s just that she’d been so damaged it became a natural reaction. This became a lot more apparent when we see one of the more heartbreaking scenes in the show, where she starts crying uncontrollably because she’d never had a decent meal made for her before. Experiencing this warmth and unconditional kindness was something she was not used to, let alone the feeling of what it’s like to be part of a real family that cares about her. All of the emotions came rushing in at once. The memories of being fed nothing but a cup noodle from her mother, and eating a croquette from the convenience store alone on a bench in the park for supper flash through her head.

As for the characters themselves, the main ones made up for the side ones that were rather lacking in dynamics. I don’t even remember their names except for Kenya because it’s said slightly more often. They are relevant as far as having a circle of childhood friends goes. They are used as a pretext for making Hinazuki as well as Satoru (to some extent) feel like they have somewhere they belong and can feel comfortable around, as well as supporting Satoru’s grand plans. They are also used as a backdrop for a birthday party, as well as something to mark the passing of time. Each of them pursue their own professions which we see nearing the end of the series after Satoru has gone back to the present. While the professions themselves were not pertinent to the story in any way, the fact that they were all still that circle of friends over a decade later serves to illustrate their importance.

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Something to note particularly about Satoru’s time spent in the hospital, is that Hinazuki comes to visit him. He discovers that she is now a mother. This has a double meaning. First, he was successful in saving her despite not remembering. Secondly, the fact that Hinazuki has a child goes to show that she was so grateful for being granted a real life, she wanted to become the mother she never had.

Satoru himself was a great protagonist who you actually root for. He was framed for the murder of his mother, and constantly on the run. He did all he could to make sure his friends were safe, without doing anything stupid. Even when you’re first introduced, he’s a failing manga artist working at a pizza shop, so he’s likable from the start since people relate to the harsh realities of working life. By the end you’re both happy and sad for him because of his physical condition, and the fact that he completed his mission and saved everyone he had set out to.

Highly recommended, even if you’re not normally one for mystery.

Boku Dake ga Inai Machi   -   8 / 10

Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri 2nd Season

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The second season of the GATE anime really picked up on the action from the first. There were a lot of really awesome battle scenes, especially the one where the team takes down the massive dragon using quick wits, and a combination of all of their resources and abilities. We get to see a fight with Lelei and her older sister because of the inevitable sibling rivalry. This show doesn’t pussyfoot around the fact that war happens, and people die. Although it’s not like any of the main characters outright die, the show doesn’t hesitate to get pretty damn close. However, it suffers from lack of urgency.

tumblr_nuxvqpWhLE1r60zuio1_500At one point we see this 19 year-old tropical beverage get locked up in captivity, presumably to be used as a sex slave based on her very dramatic, desperate reaction. Even so, we see that help is on the way immediately following, and we know just based on story mechanics that she’s going to make it out alive. While I did feel a bit bad for her, I wasn’t really that worried. Moreover, her well esteemed position as the empire’s princess was heavily tainted by the otaku subculture, so it was difficult to take her concern for political unrest seriously.

The thing that really appeals to me about these kinds of shows is that they have a lot of leg room for expansion. While there is an overarching story of wanting to maintain peace between the two worlds, there isn’t necessarily a specific way it needs to be done. New events and conflicts can arise that were unanticipated that can essentially create an infinite number of “side quests” for the team to pursue. For this reason, it felt like enough variety of content was being brought to the table throughout the series so as to avoid the risk of one becoming bored of slogging through one mission for 5 episodes in a row, more commonly known as filler.

One of my gripes with this anime in general was the fact that the SDF side has firearms. I mean seriously, is anything anyone does in that alternate world even relevant if they are at such a huge and obvious disadvantage? Obviously swords and shields don’t stand a ghost of a chance against guns and modern explosives. Even at the end where Zozal sends out his “last ditch” attempt at stopping Itami and crew in their tracks with a giant ogre thing, it gets taken down in two shakes by Lelei and Rory. Some last ditch effort that was. It just feels like the main characters are way overpowered, like they are facing the first gym leader with a team of Lv. 50 Pokemon. Again, it really removes any sense of urgency.

Unfortunately this anime was not spared from the harem route. We can feel it in the first season, and we feel it even more in the second. There are times when the three female leads outwardly claim Itami as their husbando, and even go as far as to get contentious over it. Very standard, and very textbook. Though to be fair, Itami actually is a pretty likable character and does deserve recognition for the missions he carries out successfully. How often do you meet an otaku military commander that isn’t a wife beater? Pretty well rounded if you ask me.

tumblr_o2uk10oOr21u0xk60o2_540As for the George Foremans themselves, I found I could only really get into Lelei, but that’s just me. Without going into a deep character analysis of everyone, I found Rory to be a bit too aggressive for my tastes. I’m not huge on the Gothic Lolita design either, but I’ll admit it suited her personality perfectly. Tuka seemed more of like an accessory than a companion. She was so far gone that she felt the need to pretend that Itami was her father, although understandable, it felt a little excessive. Lelei was the most intelligent character in the entire series, clearly very talented both academically and in combat, and was especially adorable for the rare moments she breaks out of her normally impassive self. It’s difficult to talk about this critically because it’s a matter of personal opinion.

Overall, I thought the series was entertaining in general, and although it never really felt like a chore to watch the next episode, I wasn’t really that excited for it. The fact that I know with 99.9% confidence that all of the main characters are going to be okay by the end of the series makes me less invested in what’s going to happen. Despite the aforementioned flaws though, it was certainly a very original concept and I felt it was well done, and a solid entry for this fantasy-war, political genre.

Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri 2nd Season   -   7 / 10

Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm

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Finally, we have Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm. In all honesty, this was my fifth anime pick for the season because while I didn’t think it was particularly good, it was more entertaining to me than the rest of the alternatives I saw this season. It was tied with Dimension W, but I decided that I really disliked the last stretch of Dimension W and that they screwed up with that one. But this is not an article about why, I just wanted to mention that.

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So I’ll cut right to the chase. This anime was my guilty pleasure. I may or may not have a thing for the main female character. Asuka is less of an object of affection for me as she is the type of person I would admire. I think that someone who can keep throwing themselves at something they love with a full heart and a smile on their face despite repeated setbacks is an incredible strength. She’s also pleasantly friendly and easily entertained. She’s a child at heart and kind of an air head, but I have a soft spot for girls with such a nature because of how blissfully ignorant they can be. It compliments who I am because I think about everything far more deeply than I should, and sometimes it gets the better of me. I digress.

The characters are pretty much your standard, garden variety cutesy types but they are surprisingly not annoying. In fact Misaki wasn’t even of that type. She was very relatable in the sense that she became really defeatist after losing one of her big matches. She is the contrast to Asuka, which is essentially the other type of reaction to setbacks. I’m sure more people are able to relate to this as it’s definitely easier to quit everything and feel sorry for yourself when things don’t work out as planned. Though eventually she does come around, and gains a new perspective on what’s really important to her. Not giving up is a pretty traditional moral, and certainly not foreign to anyone watching this show, but it was enough to carry the 12 episodes. Being based off of an eroge, it’s understandable that one wouldn’t look far past the character designs and personalities, but still worthy of mention.

tumblr_o4xsjevcB71sudffgo2_400The story is very basic. There exists a new technology that lets you fly through the air with hover boots as a means of convenient transportation, which also happens to have a competitive sport associated with it. The main character, clumsy as fuck, starts off completely incapable of operating such a contraption. She joins the school team for this competitive sport and over the course of the show becomes better and better, learning from her mistakes. Eventually she goes on to win the entire inter-school tournament and in the process inspires others around her to take it less seriously, and understand that it’s better to do it because it’s fun. Crazy.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be off to eroland! (●♡∀♡)

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Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm   -   6 / 10

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