Contrary to the title of this episode, I got no udon! Where is my food porn these days? Seriously missing the Shokugeki no Souma foodgasms in my life. Anyway, we don’t get any food, but we do get the formation of the Flying Circus team at school. The “team” at school was not so much a team before as it was one individual that hung out with his sister, but now we actually have a chance to see them go to competitions and train. Thankfully Misaki has actually played before and with a little coaching from Masaya (and hopefully his participation too), we’ll see Asuka get much better. Her performance last week looked like it was a fluke that she was able to do such an advanced turn. This week she proves that she does have the skill but she needs the proper trainer to help her harness it.
Not much flying this week except for the training and battle between Misaki and Asuka at the end. The slice-of-life and school-life portions of the anime are cute, but nothing substantial compared to the Flying Circus game. Misaki’s little follower goes by the name Arisaka Mashiro (Yamamoto Nozami) and although she gets on my nerve, she’s actually considered one of the possible routes in the game. Not sure how she develops a relationship with Masaya if she’s always around Misaki but that’s one of things we’ll have to keep an eye out for. I don’t generally gravitate towards the female routes that act too dependent on the MC or other characters for that matter. Out of all the possible routes, including Masaya’s neighbor, Ichinose Rika (Yonezawa Madoka), whom barely has any lines yet, my preference goes to Misaki. She’s definitely the type of that I would like… if I were into women. She has a good head on her shoulders, she’s not overly cutesy or fluffy or fanservice-y so I’d probably pick her route to cheer for. Unfortunately I also think that if Masaya does end up with anyone, it’d be Asuka since she’s clearly the canon choice.
All in all, Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm continues to be what I expected. It fits the stereotypical visual novel adaptation with cute girls, an MC with a past (in this case, he has experience with Flying Circus) with the school-life backdrop. There’s nothing that screams individuality except for the Flying Circus aspect which I hope gets expanded on next week (with the introduction of new characters and opponents). So far, Masaya hasn’t even played too large a role in the anime so he’s really taken a back seat to the girls who drive the show. I know this because I struggle to get even a handful of screenshots with his face. Unfortunately a poor male protagonist in a harem anime isn’t that fun to watch if he’s not doing much. I don’t get a sense of his personality, what he wants or who he is so there’s really no empathy from me at all. Shion does more and he’s a secondary character! Let’s hope that changes soon otherwise Asuka will continue to drive the show.
ED: 「a-gain」 by Ray