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English: A Bridge to the Starry Skies
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 11, 2011 to Jun 27, 2011
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: R+ - Mild NudityL represents licensing company
Score: 7.151 (scored by 25382 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
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Feb 13, 2012
Like most men I enjoy watching harem animes because, even though I know a harem scenario would not happen to me in real life, I like to pretend that I'm the male lead in a harem anime. Virtually all straight men will tell you the same. One guy, dozens of girls, what more do you want?
Well, I'll have to disappoint you because Hoshizora is not exacly a harem anime, despite the tag telling us it is. Okey first then, the story - medicore at best. An extremely handsome guy called Kazuma with a brother who looks like his exact yet younger copy, decides to move into a small village. Once there a Japanese macaque grabs his brother's hat and runs off into the forest. Our heroic Kazuma runs after the monkey to retreive the hat. To our suprise he gets lost in the forest and doesn't know what to do. Miraciously, he happens to come across a good looking, pinked haired girl, around his age. Right. That's not all, read on. They start walking together and engage in a casual conversation, and then decide to cross a river(?). To cross it they have to jump on stones and the girl, predictably, makes it to the other side without a problem. The guy though, even though he's evidently stronger somehow manages to "trip" upon landing, pushes the girl over and... "accidentaly" kisses her. Apart from the fact that accidental kisses are cliche in anime, I've seen hudreds of them, the whole scene just seems so nauseatingly unbelievable, that you want to beat yourself on the head with a wrench until the memory of it goes away.
After that little incident, or shall I just say - the next day, the male lead is introduced to the town and the dozens of good looking girls that inhabit it. I thought that this was the moment where the story was going to take off. I couldn't have been more wrong. Literally nothing happens. In most animes, we'd have some sort of development involving other girls and the male lead but for the larger part of this series, Kazuma is fixated on just one girl - the one he accidentaly kissed. I mean yeah some girls like him, some more than others but there's no harem feeling to it. There's no passion, like in Yosuga No Sora. There's no drama, like in School Days. Girls don't fight over him, like in Nagasarete Airantou. The male lead is not forced to make any decisions whatsoever. It's just dull. I daresay even, that watching this anime is like watching the bold and the beautiful. Dull, boring... not interesting and it's going to be like that right to the very end.
I really wanted to give this anime a way lower rating, 4 or 5 perhaps but one good thing about this anime is the art. It's extremely good. I also watched the 1080p version which was, breathtaking. Yes, the art is definitely something the studio worked on and to see movie-grade graphics in a TV series is rare. Also the sounds were very authentic and the voice acting was good and it was thanks to a combination of those two that I was able to endure the horrendous story to the end.
With all that in mind and wanting to be fair, I added 2 extra points to the score and that bumped it up a bit. Summing things up, if you're looking for a harem anime with a decent story I guarantee you that you're not going to find anything remotely interesting in here. This is more of a vanilla romantic story involving two characters only. However, if you enjoy good voice acting and brilliant graphics, well give it a shot. read more
Jan 18, 2012
Series was bland, cliche and overall just a bit crap. It's a harem anime, you know what to expect. Don't know why this is tagged as seinen as, baring some nudity in episode 6, it was a very basic, somewhat childish story. Nothing that's not been seen and done better before. Protagonist not completely stupidly ignorant of all the girls' feelings which was good. There's a shota bias, which I find annoying. Watch it if you have nothing better to do, but there are better harem ones if that's your thing. Art good, music meh, characters pfft. Ending predictable. Really, you'll probably be bored.
Done. 5/10 read more
Jun 24, 2011
_The story follows a tried and true path that was taken by dozens of animations before and probably hundreds of manga. If you are ever surprised at one of the "arcs" it must be because you just started watching anime.
_It is enjoyable, in the exact same measure a bowl of corn flakes (or other plain cereal) is enjoyable. It's a product you know; you don't think about corn flakes, It does not fill you, nor does it provide any long term sustenance. It continues to exist for the sake of going through the motions in your routine.
About the characters:
__At first the relationship of the siblings appears to open for oportunities to question the status quo, (Yes there is some hints to an incestous relationship between brothers.) But hoshizora quickly realizes this, and changes to a classic Harem anime. And so that no one feels challenged it comes complete with the mandatory beach, confession and shopping date scenes.
_One thing to commend: At least the main character is not totaly oblivious and dense (thank Dog for the small miracles), at least he understands how his actions affect the other charachters.
__Both in musical score and sound effects is nothing to write home about. The BMG tries to match the rural, mountain effect, ends up being dull and lackluster.
The Seiyuu's selected for the show are mostly new voices (or at least voices with few known parts). Some have experience mainly as support characters.
_Insert songs are enjoyable, but not something you will find yourself downloading (much less buying) soon.
This series might have been a big hit 10 years ago, now it barely blips. This series will be seen and quickly forgoten by everyone except those for whom this is their first harem. read more
Dec 23, 2013
i have to say, when i finished this anime, i didn't go rushing to find a season 2, or some kind of continuation of the story. not because i didn't like it. in fact, i LOVED it. i did not, however, want more, because, really, i didn't need more. the ending was perfect. it was everything i had hoped for, and more. this is possibly my first time finishing an anime and feeling genuinely fulfilled, rather then sad, or half glad that it was finally over. i still pine for the characters, as i always do when finishing a great anime, but at the same time, i'm happy with what i was left with. all round, this has to be one of my favorite anime of all time. read more
Dec 6, 2012
the story of the show is about a guy named Kazuma who move's from the city to a country town with his little brother and they end up on the wrong buss and Kazuma end's up running around the forest try to find his brothers hat that a Monkey stole from him and after getting it back he meets a girl named Ui and he fall and end up kissing her and Ui's friend for what ever reason was going the same way as them she see's them kissing and she kick's him "IN THE FACE".
and that's the first episode for yeah.
now like most harems there is like 1 or 2 guys and like 5 girls that's is true of almost any harems but the girls are not like crazy in love or any thing but the one's that are in love with him all have there reason's that i don't won't to tell you because that like "spoiler alert' stuff
the bad stuff about this show is that it's kinda predictable.
and the ending felt rushed
and most of the romance stuff does not happen until near the end
the animation is great
but the music is great
the characters are a bit stereotypical but still good
so all around a good show to just seat back relax and watch
Jan 25, 2013
A typical harem genre story: Boy who lives without his parents moves to a new city, where a large group of attractive females fall in love with him. However, Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi goes a little beyond that. The viewer is actually presented with a legitimate reason for Kazuma Hoshino (our protagonist) to have moved to his new home. On his first day he meets Ui Nakatsugawa in a most unusual way, and this is when the story truly begins. The story is not completely predictable, but you won't be utterly shocked by most of the events. There wasn't as much "romance" as I usually prefer in an anime like this, but there was enough to keep me interested.
This is where the anime truly excels. It may just be my personal preference, but the bright, colorful, and lively art style used in this anime is one of the best I have seen. Characters, as well as the environments, are represented quite well in this style. Every main character stands out from one another and their environment, but not so much so that they are the only thing you can focus on. The "sharpness" of the images makes it seem like your watching it in great quality every time, even if it isn't in HD.
The opening and ending themes were quite fitting for the type of anime this is. The opening is light and enjoyable, with just a hint of seriousness. I actually found myself going back to listen to it a few times purely because I enjoyed it so much.
Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi has a large list of character types including: A loli, a tsundere, an incredibly shy girl, and an airhead. These different character types actually work well to complement each other. My problem with the characters was the lack of development. Each character only had a few episodes in which to develop. Some characters don't even get a chance to be developed either. Also, at some points it seemed like some of the characters were forgotten and simply put in later episodes to let us know they are still there.
Despite my complaints, I actually enjoyed watching Hoshizora e kakaru Hashi. There was an episode or two I didn't care for, but for the most part I really had fun watching this anime. It doesn't need to get a 10/10 to be enjoyable.
Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi wasn;t the greatest thing I have ever seen, but it was actually pretty good. These are just my opinions though. This anime may end up being your favorite of all time. I recommend that you at least give it a chance. read more
Jan 25, 2012
Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi is possibly the most tragic rom/slice of life i've ever seen.... Not that it was overly dramatic but the story really didn't measure up to my expectations.
Now I personally like the story regardless of the cliches. It wasn't spectacular but it wasn't so awful i had to up and quit the show.
I loved the art. It was a little too glossy for my tastes but it was well done and the characters looked nice :).
The sound was great. Not horrible, Nothing that would bug you during viewing.
I'd have to say even though the characters seemed to just be like any other characters from any other harem, they had this feel to them as if they were each unique in their own sense.
The story line was your run of the mill harem. You had your karaoke and your beach seen. They also included the other events you usually see.
Now i'm not gonna say this was the worst anime I've ever seen but it was far from the best. The twist at the end will leave you puzzled thinking. "WHO THOUGHT THIS WAS OK?" The story up until the last 2 episodes was pretty genuine though. I thought it was going for a feeling sort of like AIR or KANON. Don't be too judgmental though and pass up on this anime due to the reviews or forum posts. It's not as bad as it seems. The reason the anime probably got the awful reviews was due to the ending. Which I'll leave you to critique yourself. If your gonna give this a shot though make sure to be prepared because your either gonna hate it or your gonna love it. read more
Jun 12, 2012
I only made it up to episode nine and after that I could not bring myself to watch anymore. I don't like how two of the girls gang up on the guy and are so shocked to find out he has a brother who is all child like and looks sweet and innocent. They act like those brothers are twins and if you are related then you automatically is suppose to have the same personality.
Ui, the main female lead, she is okay. She is cheerful and sweet, but her friend annoys me, she is that bitter cold girl that I dislike in harem anime. And there was a green haired girl who was also like that and she was annoying too.
I also can't stand how guys in these harem anime are still so nice to these girls when they don't deserve it.
But like I said it is a harem and if you like that genre you might like this one. read more
Feb 14, 2014
if you love someone enough, you can force yourself to do anything.
Jan 14, 2014
The romance could have been better, its pretty twisted, I don‘t know how he ended up with her, there was no concrete reason for this...
The story was really good before it entered the final arc...
Jun 30, 2013
This show is one of those simple harem style anime, where you have that standard plot based around standard characters. Nothing exciting particularly happens but you do get that massive feel good sensation when the inevitable conclusion to the plot occurs. In regards to what’s bad about this anime it’s hard to say, because nothing really stands out, the whole anime is rather average so there aren't really any high expiations to start off with. It’s the kind of thing you would watch whilst waiting for the next episode of (in my immediate case) Shingeki no Kyojin to come out. It’s a bit of fun, but it’s nothing special.
I suppose the main problem with this anime is the characters and plot, because everything else is actually quite good. The plot is that basic “A handsome guy moves out the country side and suddenly Girls! Girls everywhere!” I mean seeing as the anime is based on a gal game you can’t really expect more, but I digress. Although the plot is basic and relatively boring you do find yourself getting attached to the characters somewhat. This is probably because the anime does a fantastic job of centering the large chunks of the episodes on the feelings of the girls involved. The same girls that happen to be going after the previously mentioned lucky b*****d that somehow managed to move in to “hot single girl central” oh Japan we love you. Aside from this, however, the characterization is lacking a tad also. The girls presented are the usual line up of fetish, the quiet one, the strong one etc… The anime had been made well enough for it to want more but it has been bent rigidly around the harem, gal game, genre resulting in some of the characters coming across as forced. I’m aware, by the way, that that’s kind of what it’s supposed to be but the anime, at points seems to want to be more than just a tacky standard harem anime, and it could have been.
Now regardless of the fact that there is no way this anime could even be compared with the giants like Gurren Lagann, or Cowboy Bebop, in terms of my personal enjoyment, and to some affect production quality, it’s done pretty good for itself. To this extent I mean the animation is actually pretty good, it’s not Guilty Crown blow your face off good, but it’s not bad. The music of the entire thing fits quite well too, so it makes you feel the right things at the right time. Overall I rather enjoyed this short little piece, it may be a standard one of a thousand anime that are all basically the same, but it’s a bit of fun you know?
On a final note because of the spectacular averageness this anime has managed to achieve it’s difficult to say much more about it, so I apologise for the short review. This anime is by no stretch of the imagination a really good anime, but neither is it really bad.
The idea this anime is based around is incredibly mundane and has been done a thousand times before, but it manages to pull it off in its own way.
Plot Development: 6/10
The plot development is okay, but not brilliant. It’s slow going and you only start to feel that the anime is progressing in the final few episodes. But those final few are very entertaining indeed.
The animation for this anime is surprisingly good considering its roots, however because of a lacking of any times where the animation could be put to the test there is no real proof of it’s worth.
The characters in this anime is one of its strong points because it manages to fit in the usual line up of boring harem figures and then puts a slightly different spin them and even explores their personality allowing you to become somewhat attached to them at times.
Character Development: 6/10
The character development in this anime is surprisingly good, because the anime manages to start off with the staple line up of characters in the beginning and end up with a group of characters you’re emotionally attached to; having said that it’s incredibly slow going and only seems to work on one character at a time.
This show flows quite well; there are no dodgy jumps in the story line, and you’re never really left feeling like you’ve missed something.
The music is very good but not very diverse. The correct thing always seems to be playing at the right time, setting the scene perfectly. But at times you feel like it’s the same few tracks being played over and over again.
The intro for this anime is fantastically done and it possibly one of the best features of this anime. Everything from the music to the animation seems to fit very well and puts you in the perfect mood for watching the episode.
The outro is quite disappointing compared to the intro because nothing really happens; it’s just a series of credits and pictures, having said that the music is upbeat and very nice to listen to.
Personal Enjoyment: 7.5/10
I enjoyed watching this anime rather a lot, and the ending is quite nice. I only wish it was a bit longer and had a more in-depth story-line seeing as it has a lot of potential.
Total: 6.8/10 (Fine)
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