Posted 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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  • K-Off
    (Saturday, Aug 2. 2014 07:27 AM)
    @Emma My thoughts on it also.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Aug 2. 2014 07:26 AM)
    My favourite manga of all time however and its depressing as hell is gunslinger girl.
  • K-Off
    (Saturday, Aug 2. 2014 07:24 AM)
    Wicked, I think Tokyo Ghoul is a series that tried to be as you implied. It wanted to bring dark and mainstream together, but it ultimately felt cheap for the hardcore dark-fantasy/scifi fans, at least of 4chan. I don’t watch the anime myself, I prefer the manga. Good series though.
  • Wicked
    (Saturday, Aug 2. 2014 07:22 AM)
    One thing I got to give Tokyo Ghoul though, that artist does some of the most gorgeous color pages in manga.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Aug 2. 2014 07:18 AM)
    @K-off: When the manga finds its focus and gets to the action and the odd time it drops a revelation it works but its shounen masquading as seinen and the Shounen Jump aspect to it along with the exposition and uneven pacing let it down.
  • Wicked
    (Saturday, Aug 2. 2014 07:18 AM)
    Tokyo Ghoul is really not all that dark at all, except for the part where he was tortured
  • K-Off
    (Saturday, Aug 2. 2014 07:16 AM)
    @Emma I was talking about it on 4chan,and that seemed to be the consensus. It was said to me by one user that they felt like Tokyo Ghoul is “a wannabe dark series,” and I can see their point. Very weaksauce compared to the ones I’ve listed.
  • ninjarealist
    (Saturday, Aug 2. 2014 07:14 AM)
    @K-Off Serial Experiments Lain is one of my all-time favorite anime.
  • Wicked
    (Saturday, Aug 2. 2014 07:14 AM)
    Lain was that same time period as Eva, people were doing experimental existential stuff, especially cyberpunk, a bunch of them came out very close to that time
  • K-Off
    (Saturday, Aug 2. 2014 07:10 AM)
    @Emma Oh, I never warmed up to MC. He still pisses me off to this day.

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