「飛んでます、飛んでますよっ!」 (Tondemasu, Tondemasu Yo!)
“I’m Flying! I’m Actually Flying!”
It’s been a long long time since I last blogged anything that was more chill and relaxed; not to mention a romcom harem series with some ecchi. Once in a while you need a break from all the psychological thrillers and dramas and Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm is that perfect fit. Don’t get me wrong, the show isn’t mindless with over-the-top cute girls. I actually think it has a good balance between klutzy newcomer and ”Oh, that’s kinda cool!” elements.
Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm is an anime adaptation based on a visual novel of the same name and it starts with a new transfer student by the name of Kurashina Asuka (Fukuen Misato) bumping into our male lead, Hinata Masaya (Osaka Ryota). Tobisawa Misaki (Asakura Azumi) bumps into Masaya on the way to school and offers to fly Asuka to school. Fly! Yes! They can fly with awesome shoes in this anime! Asuka is so in-love with the idea of flying that she asks Misaki and Masaya to coach her after school. The next day, Asuka (and company) spot Satouin Reiko (Taneda Risa) laughing at Aoyagi Shion (Kondou Takayuki) after defeating him in a game known as “Flying Circus”. Due to a misunderstanding, Asuka jumps at the opportunity to challenge Reiko without knowing what she’s getting herself into. “Flying Circus” is essential a sport played over the water flying between “posts” elevated in the sky. You gain points by either touching two posts in a row or touching the opponents’ back. Asuka struggles initially and Reiko (to no one’s surprise) gains 9 points easily. In the last stretch of the game though, Asuka manages to come back and touch Reiko’s back with her own willpower and skills. This marks the start of her career as a Flying Circus player!
So a little unconventional but also very true to the visual-novel-esque appeal, Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm is a nice school-life romcom after a tiresome weekend. There’s not even much romance or comedy in it so far, it’s more about cute girls flying and I mean, who hasn’t dreamt of flying right? If I had a super power, it’s my childhood dream to fly (and telekinesis!). Unfortunately like a lot of visual novels, there’s normally only one or two quirks about the series and that dies quickly after a few episodes. I hope the fact that there’s an actual “sport” made around the Flying Circus means that the series will be more centered around that and less around cute girls doing cute things. The school-life and slice-of-life moments will add more value if it wasn’t all I saw. Not to mention that it would make the characters more developed. So far it looks like Asuka is the “canon” choice for Masaya, but if you ask me… the lack of focus on Masaya has led to a larger focus on the girls as individuals. Masaya seems like your typical male lead with a bit of bite, but not enough to really stand out. Asuka has stolen the spotlight and with that, it becomes less romance focused and more about her flying.
Overall the story has me enticed and like I said, it’s a nice break after a weekend of drama and intense concentration on so many other shows. The show doesn’t scream top tier for me, but it’s been a while since I’ve been interested in a harem romcom at all so maybe this will reignite that passion for me. That animation is cute; I love the overexaggeration of excitement and fear (which I haven’t seen recently) and the watercolors used in the backgrounds and prologue. It reminds me a lot of Special A (also done by Gonzo) in style and flare, but not in plot. I’d recommend you give this a shot if you’re looking for an above average harem this season. The romance will envitably come into play but in the meantime, we have shots of girls in their underwear, girls flying around playing games and how does one not notice that they’re wearing short skirts if you’re looking up? o_o
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Man… I forgot how fun it is to watch a romcom harem. This awakens my inner childhood dream of flying. Every once in a while, it doesn’t hurt to watch something more cheerful and easygoing. #あおかなアニメ #AonKana
Full-length images: Oh! I haven’t made one of these in a long time.
OP: 「Contrail〜軌跡〜」 (Contrail ~Kiseki~) by 川田まみ (Kawada Mami)