Posted by psgels on 30 June 2012 with categories: Anime Reviews

By far the biggest surprise of the past season was Natsuiro Kiseki. I mean, it looked like an unoffensive series about four girl who live together, like a Tamayura light or something. The end result being so damn good though… I did not expect that. Natsuiro Kiseki turned out to be completely different from Tamayura. And even better.

So, this series is about this very sadistic rocks that takes the wishes of a bunch of teenaged girls and grants them in a way that troubles all of them. It’s pretty much a writer’s excuse to throw all sorts of wacky situations at the lead cast, like making them invisible or getting the literally stuck at each other. What makes this show so good is how well it makes use of this.

All of the rocks diabolical plans force the characters to develop, grow closer together, face things they have been avoiding, all sorts of stuff lfike that. It’s also a great way to flesh them out and makes for some really varied episodes in which there is always something interesting happening. This transforms a show that could have been just another group of stereotypical girls to a heart-warming full fledged character study with well rounded characters.

There are two main weaknesses with this series. The first is that it’s obviously forced: the characters are always put into the situations most convenient for their development. In this context, I didn’t really mind that though. No, the biggest flaw of this series that I can find is that it can be a bit overacted at times. The characters themselves are easy to create drama, and while they act very subtle on some occasions, on others they just try to hard. But heck, this was incredibly heart-warming in any case and a very enjoyable series from start to finish regardless.

Storytelling: 9/10 – A versatile series and uses its own plot devices wonderfully for the points it wants to make.
Characters: 9/10 – Well developed characters who are continually challenged and forced into coming to terms with their issues.
Production-Values: 8/10 – Sunrise solid animation and production values.
Setting: 8/10 – Juts based on one summer holiday and some local folklore. Works well though.

Suggestions:
Hana-Saku Iroha
Sasami Mahou Shoujo Club
Windy Tales

5 Responses

  1. davidvfx says:

    Subarasi!!!!!!

  2. du5k says:

    I thought that the biggest flaw is characters… which are really hard to like? I can’t really explain it, but it’s ironic that the four are really a group in real life…

  3. Zork says:

    Which of the four main girls is your favorite?

  4. Anca says:

    This is the first ‘four girls do stuff’ anime that I’ve liked.

    It’s interesting that the actual fans of that genre generally disliked it.

    • coconutHell says:

      hahaha…Anca i know rite…..been looking at other website review of the series most of the general fan of this genre disliked it….for me kinda like it a lot….

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  • Emma
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 07:31 AM)
    @Realist: I have come across that several times but never read it.
    I think I will read that instead of love tyrant as I tend to be disappointed by most shounen manga.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 07:12 AM)
    @Bam Ninja Gaiden doe.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 06:59 AM)
    @Emma YES! That looks awesome. I can’t get enough of dark high school romances right now. I’ve mostly been reading the shounen harem variety, such as all of those manga Aidan posted about and Love Tyrant, the manga I was telling you about. But I think I’m overdue for a seinen manga. Will probably read most of this ASAP. Have you read this one Emma: http://bato.to/comic/_/comics/mahou-tsukai-no-yome-r10801 ?
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 06:08 AM)
    @Realist: http://bato.to/comic/_/comics/kuzu-no-honkai-r7289
    Might be worth your time.
  • Friend
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 05:19 AM)
    @Bam I heard the second one was comparatively bad.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 05:12 AM)
    After all these years Dark Souls still throws the competition into dark holes.
  • Friend
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 04:57 AM)
    Doing client work on the side; a comic book store in my city commissioned a piece for their card game tournament and I’ve been watching some Dark Souls walk-through to get into the right headspace lol
  • Mikey
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 03:58 AM)
    Well looks like Fate HA got the 100% Edited and QC’d patch. So time to go play it.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 02:25 AM)
    @Wyatt: I believe initially I got a kick out princess lover then got bored when they did a piss poor job of trying to give it some kind of plot later on.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 01:59 AM)
    @Realist: I don’t believe I am familiar with that manga, love tyrant.
    @Wyatt: Been there, done that.
    @Realist: Luring the viewer into a false sense of security with a happy, deceptive start if done right can work.
    @Realist: Ergo proxy was atmospheric, creepy, well plotted, violent and well drawn and I still love the cyberpunk feel, the ending and silly episode however were a letdown.

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