English: A Bridge to the Starry Skies
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 11, 2011 to Jun 27, 2011
25 min. per episode
R+ - Mild Nudity
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Score: 7.151 (scored by 18147 users)
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SynopsisKazuma has moved to a small town in the country. On his first day at school, he meets Ui when he is lost his way. They go to school together, but Kazuma accidentally slips and kisses Ui.... To make matters worse, Ibuki, Ui's close friend, sees it.... Well, what will happen to his new school life...?
Related AnimeOther: Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi OVA
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T'Was my first impression on this anime but fortunately it has none of that.
Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi or in English, A Bridge to the Starry Skies, or in the French, Un pont vers le ciel étoilé (everything sound sexier in French) is based on a visual novel made by Feng whom I'm not familiar with any other works. (Known for making the visual novel Akane Iro, which was then adapted into an anime, that was a disaster) Having finished this galge using a lousy translator program that killed every emotional scene that the eroge had to offer (Yes, you know I'm talking about you ATLAS and AGTH!) I've decided to watch the anime to displace that horrible, horrible visual novel translations with better subs.
So if you're a hardcore follower of "Way of the Harem" you should know by now that every typical Harem lead must somehow "dispose" of his parents. This statement stands true for Hoshino Kazuma, our Harem lead. But unlike other harem animes, his parents absence is actually feasible. They're not on a world tour or fighting aliens or working overseas... Kazuma and his younger brother were sent to the countryside because of his younger brother's health condition and it was mention in the anime that his parents "will join them eventually.." Sounds plausible.
In this new town, he met a girl, fell on top of a girl, kissed a girl, called a pervert, caught naked, got teased for a small d*ck and the list goes on. A cliche harem story you say? NOT SO FAST! (Feng apparently have a fetish for accidental kiss. Nothing wrong about it. That's as close as you can get to non-jail-able sexual harassment)
I've decided not to review this anime based on the visual novel. In defense of harem animes being critized by it's cliche-ness and never ending quest to satisfy our "fan-service" needs, I shall judge a harem anime as a class of it's own, not to be compared with other types of genres. Thus I present to you, "The Harem Deviation Calculator"
Using the following formula
H= 3/(n-2) x (N!/n) x (Y)^1/2 - TKρ
H represents the Harem Score
n represents the number of girls in the harem
N represents the number of different type of girls
Y represents the dependency of the male harem lead
K represents the magnitude of “cockblockers”
Ρ represents the dense-ness of the male harem lead
T represents the cohesion of the fellow female members
Let's begin shall we?
Number of girls in the harem:
A total of six main girls and two subs. And one little brother.
Types of girls: [This will be a simplified version]
Airhead[✓], Big Appetite[✓], Older brother complexity[✓], First Kiss[✓]
First Girl Rule[✓]
Archer girl[✓], Possessive[✓], Anti-Pervert[✓], Tsundere[✓]
Miko[✓], Androphobic[✓], Shy[✓], Childhood friend[✓], BOING![✓]
Yuri-able[✓], Elegent[✓], Soft toy fetish[✓], Enjoys talking to in-animated objects[✓], self-conscious[✓]
Older Sister[✓], School Idol[✓], Clumsy[✓] , hard working[✓]
Strong will[✓], energetic[✓], kind[✓], tomboy[✓], Innocent[✓]
Wait hold it... Oh thank god. I almost mistaken his younger brother into his harem..
Well as you can see the characters are greatly varied however I am shocked that a glasses girl isn't present. It's a great loss for glasses fan everywhere...
Well Kazuma is reliable enough to take care of his younger brother, thus gives him a significant amount of credit for this. Although he does not have any super power or super human abilities, he is athletic so I guess that counts in a way towards his dependency score.
Yorozu Senka, the lady in charge of the inn where the Hoshi brothers are staying. Probably the first non-blood relative to have saw Kazuma's other little brother (You know what I'm talking about) Although she supports Kazuma having healthy relationships with other girls, her positive attitude might just instill more awkwardness between the Kazuma and his "choosen" girl. Other than that, he does not have a younger sister which would mean less "caught in the act" events. (Though I rarely see a younger brother in harem genre before)
Moderately dense. He is aware of some of the girls' feelings for him. (But not all of them)
All the girls are on friendly terms with each other. Well yeah, this is quite common in a harem. But the plus point is that if one of them got into a relationship with the main harem lead, I can assure you, yanderes won't be present. (Which means no severed heads and boat rides) nor would he have to cut ties with any of them.
So overall, what is the verdict?
[HAREM EXPECTATION INDEX METER]
-HOSHINO KAZUMA- HAPPY HAPPY FUN TIME
Positive but still a cliched harem (low deviation score)
So there you have it. Fairly nothing exceptionally interesting ever happened in the anime. Art and sound wise is just slightly above the average line. Characters do not really have a noticeable impact on the audience. There's also a lacking amount of fan-service thus reducing the enjoyment score for those who actually was hoping for it. But if you find yourself wanting to contribute to the research of harem genres, then go ahead and watch this.
Thanks for reading,
Signing off! read more
Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi or HoshiKaka, A VN by Feng w/c was also the one behind the mediocre-VN Akane-iro Somaru Saka or AkaSaka, did suprised me with a very nice impression. Don't get me wrong here. I was impressed by its first few episodes. Though the premise we have here is generic, it's simply the one you expect from harem titles.
Honestly, I didn't love nor hate how the plot moves around Hoshino. I mean, a harem anime needs a harem plot w/c is so generic that it becomes a custom to the harem-type animes, but with the plot of HoshiKaka, I did sense the lack of its originality from the first-kiss incident to the indirect kiss incident. In fact, that's all harem-type animes lack.
Whilst the lack on its story, HoshiKaka manages to pull something interesting - its nice catchy art. The character designs have been appropriate with the anime's genre... you know, big-breasted gals like Tsumugi... but what HoshiKaka stands out from others is its unique coloring. Bright colors fit on them and it did give a refreshing look to this anime.
Sound is also the other strong point that HoshiKaka has other than the art. Certain BGs did fill the need of a certain atmospheric mood. Its opening and ending themes are quite upbeat and catchy.
This is one aspect the HoshiKaka failed most. The character personalities have been so generic and quite overused... from the tsundere (Ibuki) to the perverted sidekick (Daigo) to the osananajimi (Madoka)... nothing has been really outstanding. Sure, Ui has a very unique personality but that doesn't mean they don't fail in this aspect. To summarize it in one word: BLAND.
Personally, I felt OK after finishing HoshiKaka but boy the past 12 weeks of waiting and watching HoshiKaka did get me the nerves... I felt the romance was forced (and it did...) and was too obvious. One word I felt after witnessing its ending: CORNY. And that word pretty sums up how I felt on HoshiKaka.
Watch this... as long as you have a light schedule. Don't expect something new from HoshiKaka because nothing new stands out from it. God, it was annoying for me to swap Deadman Wonderland with HoshiKaka. I demand a time travel back to April. Seriously. read more
all the female likes the male protagonist
Both has the same school, harem and romance genre, with a little bit ecchi, checked.
Both main male charaters have a dude who serves as their bro, checked.
Both male lead have met the female lead prior to being their classmate in school, checked.
Both also features a high school senior who is frendly with the male lead, checked.
Both male leads were living with their sibling, checked.
Both male lead begun their school year with a rocky start, checked.
In HKH the main bitch is the female lead's friend, while in MS the female lead is the bitch, checked.
The sibling in MS is a girl who is part of the male lead's harem, while in HKH the male lead's sibling is a boy, checked.
Though, the male lead in HKH is living with his sibling, they also have a guardian looking after them, while in MS both male lead and his sister are living alone, but they were on the same year level and both attend the same school, checked.
The art are quite same.. Both are about Harem and romance..
Multiple girls like the main character. Similar art.
Yeah.. Pretty much the same
Very similar anime. Love story and drama.
The plotline is kinda similiar in aspect to a sibling moving to one place or changing their "surroundings" to another school. They discover their common intrestest amongst friends and eventually find love
Both are dull to a sense, and nothing really happens in either of these anime..
Both are Harem with generic and cliche plot+characters
Mashiroiro has more drama though
Opening Theme"Hoshikaze no Horoscope (星風のホロスコープ)" by Nomico
Ending Theme#1: "Dasshu do Cinderella (だっしゅどシンデレラ)" by Eriko Nakamura and Ai Shimizu (eps 1-9, 11)
#2: "Water Lily" by Ai Shimizu (ep 10)
#3: "Hoshikaze no Horoscope (星風のホロスコープ)" by Eriko Nakamura, Ringo Aoba & Ai Shimizu (Ep 12)
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