English: A Bridge to the Starry Skies
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 11, 2011 to Jun 27, 2011
Premiered: Spring 2011
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Doga Kobo
Source: Visual novel
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
Score: 7.091 (scored by 40,437 users)
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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 tells the story of two brothers who are in the process of moving homes. As they're looking for a place to stay, the older brother (Kazuma) gets lost in a forest. He meets a girl, and of course, he ends up "accidentally" kissing her. This is the beginning of the girl, Ui, and Kazuma's romantic relationship. They also happen to go to the same school; good lord, the coincidences. And that's about it. The entire story is about how Ui and Kazuma will manage to confess their love for each other; exactly why I give the story a "5". Not surprising, though, as this is a visual novel adaptation after all.
This isn't to say that the story is completely smooth as I made it out to be; there are a few edges in this anime's romance, it isn't just a straight line. In the end, you could see where the story was going, and the characters were fairly easy to read. To be honest, Hoshizora could've been something great if it weren't so linear. It has beautiful art, an amazing opening, and a likeable set of characters. It's just a shame that its story is so bland; don't expect too much when you're watching this anime. There is also never any sort of major conflict. Despite that, it is still a refreshing anime that you can unwind and relax while watching. Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi is not a bad anime in the slightest, and there are some bright moments within it. Overall, an enjoyable watch that is unfortunately shallow. read more
As seen in the sypnosis the main character Kazuma moved to a small town from the city. And he accidentaly kisses Ui and Ibuki saw them and so Kazuma's new life begins in the school where he transferred and make matters worse Ibuki and Ui is his classmate .
Art. Some people don't love the design of the arts in other anime but Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi is one of the best art i have ever seen the background is nice it's well detailed and because it's a small town there's not much building you will see in this anime.
Really love the sound. Sound effects is nice. The opening song is one of my favorites really nice. Also the voice in each character for me fits really well for them. Each voice for each character make me think that somewhat it's their natural voice it really fits them well.
The design on the characters is really unique. All i can say about them is their really cute. You'll really fall for them.
Yes, I enjoy watching this anime the story keeps getting better as more episode are release, more lovey-dovey are unravelling, more flashback are surfacing. So yeah you'll enjoy it.
Yes i give it a 9 because the design on the characters are unique. The sound is nice. The anime is well detailed. The story keeps getting better as more episode are release. more romantic moments so it's really enjoyable.
This is my first review that i have ever written so i'm sorry if there is some mistake that i have written really sorry and i'll try to be more better as i write more reviews. Thanks!! HOSHIZORA E KAKARU HASHI IS REALLY ENJOYABLE! read more
Hate it or love it, Shuffle! is among the best harem shows I've ever seen.
But that's not all, when I saw that it's a Seinen, I imediately thought that I'd see something even more mature that Shuffle! (and more down to Earth - not that the angel/demon thing bugged me too much).
The first episode was astounding, the art was the first thing I noticed and let's be honest, it desevers a 10.
More importantly, the art is similar to Studio Key so my hopes increased tenfold
(Think Kanon 2006, Clannad, Air...See what I did there?)
High hopes heh?
Well let me tell you that my sweet little dream about a more realistic and mature Shuffle! was crushed to smithereens and thrown into the deepest pit of Tartarus.
No plot, no character development, not a seinen (FAR from being a seinen), no nothing except free fan service. If you're denying this fact, you're just lying to yourself.
I honestly gave it a 3 just because of the art, otherwise this show can be labeled as an epic failure or a big pile of rotten shit.
Am I mad? Oh yeah I'm mad, wasting a potentially kick ass anime just for this? Definitely the worst let down I ever experienced.
For me its the first time the guy falls over the girl and kisses her (accidently). And I've seen many Romance Series..
It's another romance with some Comedy. I'm starting to see less and less unique ones.
KEEP IN MIND Only 2 episodes have been released which this review is based on.
(For a quicker review, check Overall)
He accidentally trips and falls over her and gives her a good sweet accidental kiss while Ui's best friend Hinata sees this. HENTAI!
Comment: This was not very original at all, but the story gets more interesting. And many might thinks prob "Ui is gonna be the love of his life in the end, BOORING" but no, as you watch, he meets a lot of girls that gives impressions and you are never sure, trust me.
It's not bad. I'm always interested in seeing if the Writer will end it with the first most obvious (the kiss), or totally blow my mind when perhaps a guy get feelings for the one you did not expect.
And I love the conflicts and the humor from these.
It does not have Comedy added to the Genre in Info, but there is full of Comedy in here.
This art is similar to Clannad, or Kanon 2006. Bigger eyes and huge hair.
It's nicely done with many colours. I think the school suits are pretty cute and nicely formed. And the characters look good and matches personality with the art.
I mean wow. This Opening theme sounds better then most i've heard. Love the flute. Its not totally original but its a lot better then some series out there that sound exactly the same.
The voices on girls are OFC typical high pitch. Witch I have nothing against, i think its cute if its just not overused. Which this series doesnt :) Thumbs Up.
Whats funny is Ayumu has the same voice and is supposed to be an onormally cute little brother that does not seem to be Kazumas brother at all.
Even tho you might have seen this type of Romance Comedy Harem before, it's actually hard to compare it. All the characters have unique sides which surprises me because it wasn't expected.
I like the little super cute brother thing he got going on, and Hinata is one special girl being best friends with Ui.
I enjoy it a lot. I'm very interested in Romance Comedies and have seen a lot.
So far, the beginning was just great with the kiss. It usally stopps before he reaches all the way. But not here! It WANTS you to keep watching and you prob will at least for a while since cmon, something more gotta happan! Is what you would think..
Overall: 7 or 8
7 or 8, depending on how it continues.
I'm enjoying it and this series is good. It's short and prob wont have a sequal. So it's just one more nice little series to be watching.
If you like Romance, Harem, Comedy with added Romance, you will love this.
If you have High Anime Compatibility with me you will probably like this.
*The story is typical for RomCom but surprisingly have unique sides. (Story does have comedy)
*The art is very well done and gives a feeling of Clannad or Kanon 2006.
*The Opening was surprisingly better and more original then most ones. Cute and fitting voices.
*Characters have personal and unique sides. If you have seen RomHarem before you prob will not like it as much. But give it a shot.
*I enjoyed it. This is one of the more compelling ones.
The story evolves around a boy named Kazuma who once visited this small town and now, 10 years later, has to live there, but the only memories he has of this small town was his short time that was spent playing with a girl. On his arrival to the town, his little brothers hat gets stolen by a forest monkey and Kazuma then chases it far into the forest. Finally, getting the hat he stumbles upon a girl name Ui, who was out gathering vegetables in the forest. On the way back to the bus station, they had to cross a small stream and the only way across is to hop on some stones, but when Kazuma tried to cross the stream, he slips and lands on top of Ui effectively stealing her first kiss.
And that's how it all starts.
At first, I thought it was kind of lame, but I guess the beginning could've been worse.
Overall, the story isn't unique, but it has it's good points to it. A boy going around proving his worth to several girls in his school and to turn around and not realize any of their feelings... sounds quite familiar.
But I still cried like a baby and laughed occasionally.
The art isn't something worth jumping off a cliff for, it has flaws here and there, but overall I would give it 7/10. The backgrounds were well drawn and I didn't get blurry vision (like I do watching some animes), so that's a plus. I guess the art is like the music, easily forgettable. The art has its own tone and gets the story across quite well.
This is where the originality completely disappears. The characters you'll see in this anime are the same characters you've seen a million times. 2 stubborn athletic girls, one who is extremely shy, one who is shy because of her height and another shy girl who (happened to be the girl Kazuma met 10 years ago).
So, the characters are either the two extremes, shy or in-your-face. If you can find some originality in that... I'll cook you dinner.
Overall, I give this a 9/10. I enjoyed this show and I do recommend it. My review cannot simply tell you the experience I had watching this show. I just hope others find it as good as I did. The first episode might seem like a big disappointment because of how the story starts, but after that, the story doesn't seem so bad.
It's worth giving a shot. read more
Why would i say that? First, like the other reviewer said, the first impression that you will get was "Incestous Homosexual" but praise to the lord and the creator of this anime, the anime wasnt about that.
Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi or A Bridge to the Starry Skies (kinda weird name) is like your usual generic harem anime which we have a bunch of cute girls and one boy that being liked by many girls. what means "like your usual generic harem anime"? USUALLY or we can said ALWAYS, harem anime didnt have any romantic ending or get laid (based on all harem anime that i have watched). and not just that, USUALLY my perspective about harem anime was :
- Have a little sister that have brother complex
- Being liked by ALL of the girls in anime itself (sometimes they liked without any logical reasons)
- Surrounded by beautiful girls
- The girls usually have their own uniqueness (tsundere, dandere, and kuudere) (if you're looking for yandere, then it wouldnt be a harem anime, it would be a horror anime) LOL
- The MC usually at the end didnt get laid or girlfriends (For all the harem lover will know what i mean)
And why i am saying all that meaningless words? FYI, HoKaHa (since the title is so long) is really crossing my perspective about harem anime. its something unique yet its not so amazing too. Why? for the first i have a problem with the story itself, while watching this anime episode after episode, many question clinging into my mind "What is the actual story/main story?" "Did this anime focus on the LUCKY BASTARD kiss incident or about the MC's little brother sick?" and until the last episode i still dont get what this story about, what i know is the last episode is really surprise me. A LOT.
"Oh so this anime didnt have any main plot, so whats so good about this anime since you rated it 7?"
Calm down, yeah it doesnt have any strong plot or main plot, and just what we know is when we're watching this anime was the MC moving to that village because of the little brother (he is have some MYSTERIOUS disease that until now i dont know what disease that he have) and then he got a kiss incident with a stranger girl. Ok you can imagine that.... i give you a time for imagining it.
Done? lets process to the reason why i think this anime was good, for the first HoKaHa really suprise me in many ways, it crossess all of my expectation about what harem anime was (see all the list that what my perspective about harem anime in beginning of this review). then HoKaHa was surprising and sometimes it have a touchy and some moments that will make us smile or maybe jiggle a bit. i must say it was amusing and really worth of my 300 Minutes or 5 hours (12 episode x 25 minutes).
After we talk about the story, lets talk about the other aspects, Art. I can't say to much about this one, but for sure, the quality of art in this anime was so amazing, On the first episode we can see a beautiful drawing in the forest, amazing scenery and even the water flows was like the real one. Well, its not the best, but atleast it will not make your eyes bored.
Moving on to the sound section, well it was so - so. since i dont find any amazing sound that happen in this anime, from the OP, the ED or in the voice actors it was like any other harem anime, it was not really good and it wasnt really bad either, so we can said "normal". LOL
And for the closing, i must said it was very amusing harem anime, what else do you need?
- Harem,check ; romance, check; comedy, check; dere girls, check; GET LAID; check!
if you're looking for an unusual harem anime, this maybe the right anime for you, cheers! read more
Story of boy meets girl, so pretty normal, but the entire anime is full of comedy, romance, you know, normal stuff for harem animes. But I was amazingly satisfied with the ending, so watch it, you'll know what I mean.
I loved the art, in fact, this anime had the best artwork I've ever seen in an anime. I love the design of the characters, but their eyes were beautifully drawn, multicolored, which was more realistic, and prettier to look at, and then the scenery was realistic too, the streams and trees looked real.
I love the cast, because they act out the characters so well, and then there's the music, which I'm a huge fan of, especially "Mighty Girl Power de" and "Horoscope Nomico". Both really good songs.
There are almost always characters in animes that I can't stand, such as Renge from "Ouran HighSchool Host Club", but this anime had no characters that I wanted to beat up. I loved every single character, and I'm a huge fan of Ui and Ibuki. The characters are all fun to watch in action, and I love their personalities.
Easy 10. I didn't hate any of the episodes at all, and I've rewatched the series numerous times. It never gets old.
The story could have been the slightest bit better, and that's pretty much the only reason it doesn't get a 10 from me. Don't get me wrong, this anime is in my top 10. I recommend it for almost all people who liked Negima!?, Maburaho, Nagasarete Airantou, etc. read more
Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi starts out like most harems, the protagonist has just moved into a new town and then has the accidental kiss with the main heroine of the story. After getting introduced to all the characters, the protagonist gets one on one time with each girl and helps solve each of their problems. Finally, the main characters realize their true feelings for each other and that's pretty much the whole series. This series is pretty cliche after cliche after cliche, nothing special ever happens (a problem that many harem series suffer from). Another problem is that the feelings that the main characters have for each other seem to come out of nowhere .The reason for this is that there is very little development between the two main characters because most of the time is spent on the other girls. At least the ending offers closure instead of leaving the ending up in the air. There really isn't anything else to say, everything about this anime has been used in many other harem series already.
The characters are also very one dimensional and generic. The main hero of the series, Kazuma, is very kind and always helps others with their problems, and this turns into the quality that makes others fall for him, very much like many other protagonists in other harem series. A positive about the main character is that he is not extremely dense making him more likable. The main female in this anime, Ui, is actually the most unique character of the bunch because she has more traits than the rest of the cast, but that really isn't saying much. Her character is still very generic and not that interesting at all. Also some of her features may turn some people off.
The other characters pretty much have the same personality as the characters in many other harems, give or take some minor features. They are all likeable in their own way but again nothing stands out.
The art and sound are fairly good, everything is certainly colorful and backgrounds are pretty nice. The sound is what you could expect from other harems, an upbeat and catchy opening and ending.
Enjoyment all depends on the viewer, if you don't mind watching a harem then this would be another one to check off the list. It is still mildly enjoyable as long as you aren't looking for too much.
Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi is the very definition of a generic harem series. Has nothing unique about it and if you have seen even one harem, there is really no point in watching this.
Thanks for reading. read more
The anime is a cliche of romance and harems, as this is an adaptation from a game, therefore should be expected. Even with this, the anime does well, as the beautiful visuals is very appealing and quite outstanding in any standard of anime. The characters are different and varied enough that the heroines don't seem dull, therefore bodes well for a romance anime. I must however say, that as expected from a game adaption, it isnt the greatest or the most outstanding romance anime, however it does well as a harem, and EXTREMELY well as an adaptation, compared to other game-to-anime adaptations.
All in all this anime is worth a watch if you like romance and comedy, it is quite cliched in many parts, however it works well with this. If you really like this anime, i recommend you try the game, as the stories of the other heroines are quite interesting. read more
Okay then, after I watched this and seen the genres, I have to say it's a bit inaccurate. This isn't more of a harem then Toradora. Yes, there are more than one girls who gets to like the main character and it starts up dangerously close to a harem anime but at the end, the MC end up with only one of them and until then, noone else. Maybe it'd be different if it's longer than 12 episodes, but it turned out this way eventually. And yes, it does contain some ecchi elements but the fanservice doesn't feel that much overused. Besides the two pure fanservice episodes, it's rather moderate and mostly in the first half of the show. There are like three of those typical ecchi accidents and even those aren't that awkward like they used to be. Like if it can't decide if it wants to be an ecchi or not. Oh yes, the MC slipped and fell on a girl, and he grabbed her... shoulders. There he goes again and... they are not even on top of each other. Oh yes, they are on top of each other, and... it's not even provocative and the girl admits, it was just an accident. It's quite refreshing.
FROM THIS POINT, its SPOILERFREE again.
The art style and animation is nice, the characters are looking cute and the backgrounds are well detailed. Not really unique, but the overall impression is good.
The story is a cliché. We have the Gary stu main character who doesn't really interested in any of the girls, but the one he met first, and even with her mostly subconsciously. All members of the cliché squad reunite again, there are the airhead, the childhood friend, the tsundere loli and the classmate guy. Don't expect any deeper characters or development. And they put together a very generic rom-com. Nothing special, but enjoyable.
Overall I can recommend to give it a shot, even if you are not into ecchi. It might surprise you.
I'd rate it slightly above 6 read more
Story has nothing new to offer and is highly predictable in fact the synopsis given for this anime itself tells the whole story.
It has a high quality art and you can watch this anime for it.
Sound is also one of the positive aspects of this anime. Starting theme is really a nice one.
It has all the characters of a classic harem. Male protagonist is somewhat better in the sense that he is not indecisive so it is not as frustrating as other harems turn out to be.
Though an average anime but enjoyed it since i like animes of this genre.
It is a lighthearted anime and does not get tense at any point. So if you are bored of watching serious animes and just want some typical harem, itchy, romance you can watch it. But don't watch just for romance genre as it never gave that feeling of a romance anime.
The story revolves around male lead Kazuma Hoshino and is pretty much your usual slice-of-life romance although there are its little differences here and there. For one, the cast are in a small town rather than a large city bustling with all sorts of things to do. Rather, their town is quiet and very open with forests and other nature-like things.
Kazuma Hoshino and his little brother Ayumu Hoshino are moving to a small country town to settle in before their parents do. However, as shown in the beginning, this is not Kazuma's first time in this town. He went there for a day as a child and befriended a purple haired girl and promised they would always be friends.
Since they're from a large city it causes many rumors to spread around amongst the people, mainly all the females. His accidental kiss with Ui in the first episode doesn't help with the rumors much either. Kazuma later befriends the cast and enjoy activities with them. It's a very basic slice-of-life romance and the you will see that it will revolve around the same scene time and time again.
Unfortunately, because it is only 12 episodes it suffers from the lack of character development time. I found myself disappointed at how they rushed the ending and hoped they had more episodes. I felt that the ending was very forced due to the lack of relationship development as well which really brings the score of the story down.
The art is excellent. The characters are very easy on the eyes, have fluid motion and the scenery details are beautiful.
The opening and ending are very catchy and although I didn't fall in love with them at first like I do with most openings and endings, I grew to like them. I didn't really notice the background music but I didn't find any tracks annoying. Overall the sound was pretty decent but nothing special.
The characters are very one-sided. Once you see their personality that's all you will get. Ui loves food, Ibuki is protective and doesn't like perverts, Hina obsesses over cute things and Tsumugi acts as the motherly figure. There's nothing particularly memorable of any of these characters and it becomes a little boring how many times they rinse and reuse the same jokes or events. As mentioned before, there is hardly any time for character or relationship development so what you see is what you get.
To be honest the only reason why I kept watching was to kill time. It's not a bad anime, but it's not that great of one either. I mildly enjoyed it but I can't be sure everyone else will. There's not much of an incentive to keep watching other than the very small plot device they implemented in the first episode which I will not go into too much detail of.
Yes, overall... it was below average. The entire time I found myself ranting in my head about nearly everything. The forced ending just fueled the fire and it's a shame things turned out they did in my opinion. If you see the ending you may feel the same disappointment I feel. This anime felt like an RPG where right from the start everything is unlocked. There's nothing really fun in that, now is there? I'd only recommend this anime if you're looking for a quick sol romance harem. If you decide to watch it, don't expect much. read more
Overall, I enjoyed this show immensly and will definitely watch it again at some point. Would recommend to fans of romance! read more
Art: The character design again really similar to many harem genre where the girls are cute and the guy is like dense. There is however a lot of scenery because the setting is in the countryside so you can expect scenes of beautiful sunsets, star filled skies, clear rivers, etc.
Sound: The sound track is really suited for the anime. The character voices are pretty well suited for each character though some were not so well suited.
Character: Since this anime is another harem genre type, the male protagonist is of course dense, though they do tweak the genre up a bit by adding a younger brother figure. This makes Kazuma seems like an even more caring person because he constantly cares about his younger brother due to his bad health. The other characters in the harem are like the generic ones, like the childhood friend, the female protagonist's best friend, the cool girl, the caring and sweet senpai, etc. So the character variation is not that creative.
Enjoyment: Overall I thought it was a pretty good anime. It was like a short romance/comedy type in my opinion and I thought that it was pretty cute how Kazuma really wanted to take care of his younger brother. Though it was really short and you might feel that it went by pretty quick. There were some funny parts and some cute parts, however it does create the feeling that the anime was kind of slow. So if you are looking for a serious romance anime this is not for you. It is mainly a short funny and sweet story about a city boy slowly falling in love with a countryside girl and making new friends in his new hometown. Well hope you enjoy!
Our lead Kazuma is pretty standard. He returns the countryside after a long time due to his sickly little brother. Kazuma is not horribly dense which is a relief, but he doesn't have any redeeming qualities other than the typical kindness towards others. As usual it is up to other parts to pick up the slack. Thankfully the story is well done, incorporating three town events. The rest are everyday stuff which leaves it up to the characters to make it interesting.
Nakatsugawa Ui is even worst than Kazuma. Of course, the show starts off with a accidental falling kiss and you have two reactions. One is that it is incredibly cliché and stupid, but two you are horrified that she is going to be one of the main girls. While at least Kazuma is strong and kind, Ui acts like a five year old, treating Kazuma as a onii-chan, and all of her scenes consist of her being hungry or eating.
A bit better we have Madoka who is androphobic. She the local shrine maiden and does make you want to root for her as she actually tries to get Kazuma's attention. There is also the senpai Hina whom for some reason is horrible at communicating. While there are a few stupid moments her arc is rather funny and enjoyable. Finally we have Ibuki whom is Ui's best friend and an archer. A bit tsundere at first personally I found her the smartest and most worthy in the entire show.
The comedy isn't half bad in Hoshizora, and when the focus was on others like Koyori, self proclaimed ninja, it improved my impression of the show greatly. His little brother gets as much fanservice time as any of the girls as he is 'so cute' that he even cross dresses for us.
Hoshizora will stay in my mind as an enjoyable show. As I write this review I can't help but realize that it was rather average, and it was rather disappointing in the end. There are better harems out there so I don't think I would recommend it unless you are looking for 'just another.'
Questions and input on my review is welcome and accepted! read more
Now, let's talk about the girls. That's what a harem is all about, let's not fool ourselves. (besides, girls aside this anime is empty and there is no plot development otherwise) The main problem with this particular harem is that every single girl besides the chosen girl has actual plot development. The MC inexplicably likes the main girl, there is no rhyme or reason for it, he just does because he does. That's fine I guess, but it's all dependent on the circumstances. There's at least 4 girls with more air time than the main girl and the MC helps them out with their girl issues, all of which is kind of fun to watch until he rejects their advances, hard. To it's credit, when the girls are rejected they move on with their lives like normal human beings but even still I just don't see any good reason FOR the MC to reject those girls. Every single one had a better relationship with the MC than the main one. Every. Single. One.
Girl #1 (Hinata, Ibuki): She's my pick, anyway. She's Ui's best friend. She interacts with the MC in the most interesting ways and has the most fun with the MC out of all of them. In the time they gave her on air, I can't say I disliked it. She's competitive and the MC distracts her with his swag and causes her to sometimes mess up (seen about halfway through the series), toward the end she loses a tournament (MC's swag didn't do it this time) and the MC helps her cheer up, they get closer and she asks the MC to call her by her first name (this bothers Ui, but screw her anyway, you'll know why when you read my description of her). She wants to date the MC, brings it up and is laughed at. Yeah. She's such a bro the MC doesn't see her as a serious love interest (ouch) but he apologizes and rejects her properly! (Hooray, fuck you MC)
Girl #2 (Sakai, Hina): She runs away from home after a dispute with her parents to the MC's house, her father shows up at the MC's house and the MC gives him shit for being a bad father, then the father challenges him to a competition and the MC wins. The MC helps her fix her soft-spoken nature and basically her life in general.
Girl #3 (Koumoto, Madoka): Childhood friend, made one of those lame marriage pact (lol tropes) that you see in every harem anime ever. She's androphobic (lol tropes? it is a pretty common thing these days I guess) but she's soft spoken and she gets the MC to remember their times together only to be rejected coldly and bluntly (owned, seriously).
Girl #4 (Toudou, Koyori): Yes, I went there. Even Koyori is a better love interest than Ui. MC Helps her win a race for a sick boy, she loves helping people and loves how nice the MC is.
Girl #5 (Nakatsugawa, Ui - Main moeblob): She's hungry a lot, she eats a lot, she does things that can be interpreted as cute. Oh, she's also a brocon whore. That's just about it.
Are you beginning to see the problem here? That is seriously the only development Ui gets, her job is to get over the love of her brother so she can date the MC. How is this likable? Why does the MC like her at all? It's bizarre. They have hardly any interactions and she's borderline unlikable. This isn't just an issue of me liking one girl over the others, it's an issue of the main one being AWFUL and ANY alternative would have been better. Any. Single. One.
Anyway, that's basically it for the review. Skip this hunk of garbage unless you like suffering. read more
Well, this anime rise in the art. After all, this is 2011 anime isn't it? The character, animation and background is very beautiful. Two things that catch my eyes in the entire anime is that the cute girls and beautiful BG. You will attached to this anime art, i swear.
The music in this anime is okay. The OP was good but, i don't think with the ED. You can hear cheerful song and beautiful song from this anime.
The Character. I don't think the character is a good thing in this anime. They just stay like the beginning to the end of this anime. Not a single character development (maybe sakai hina's father?).
One thing that have been entertaining to me is cute girls and beautiful BG. The story is fine but its just too ordinary. Love story? A little boring. you know that she love MC for the first time they meet each other. And their relationship isn't progressing at all in the anime except just for the last episode. A rushed conclusion. So i recommend it to you if you like an ordinary love story and a cute girls. This anime will entertain you. read more
Hoshizora e kakaru Hashi I liked this anime to some degree i would have liked to have seen more character development and more parts where Kazuma tried to interact with everyone. from the start i knew he was gonna get with ui i would have liked to have seen more dialogue between them
STORY: to my extent there was really no story other than madoka and kazuma were friends it disappointed me that there was really no story just a bunch of random events that happened. i thought that the fact that kazuma would get with madoka since that's the only knowledge we were given in the start of the show
Art: i will say i was pleased with the anime and the looks of the characters and how every character looked different from one another they could have probably made the characters breast some normal size that's my suggestion
Sound: the voice acting was nice and the soundtrack was good for the intro i liked the fantasy hip intro that it had it really sounded mysterious and dramatic the voices matched the characters quite well if i do say so myself
Character: the characters all looked different in there own ways i would have liked to have seen them maybe heightened there relationship with each other because you really don't know any of the characters background except for ui and i would have liked them to have all had there moment of shine
Enjoyment: i enjoyed the anime with laughs here and there but it was more of something i watched when i didn't have any other anime to watch but the anime did have its ups and downs but i enjoyed the anime to some extent
Overall: i would have liked there to have been more story and more of a background to each character or at least something to have made them stand out in there own specific way other than looks read more
Hoshizora is a fair looking series with minimal CGI elements and some pretty good looking water effects. It uses a pleasing color palette ranging from a slightly under-saturated base appearance to heavily-oversaturated scenes (such as sunsets). The backgrounds are also quite good; in fact they are so detailed at times that the less-detailed characters look comical when superimposed in front of the background. While lacking in details occasionally, the character styling is fairly good. All important characters are easily distinguishable, including siblings with impossibly different hair colors. My only major critique is Ui; the real world is not so forgiving to those who gorge on monster parfaits and snacks on a daily basis. The series could have also done with a better QA as there were instances of mysteriously, instantaneous costume changes.
This is a relatively calm series where the highlight in terms of action is a school race. There's no hint of magic (other than Ui's metabolism) in this series as well. What you will find, instead, is a fairly generous portion of ecchi panty shots and naked scenes full of god rays and mystic mist. The series' overall approach is a bit more conservative than 30-sai in terms of sexual references and the characters are (thankfully) a bit more mature in feel than those in R-15.
Each episode starts with a progressive but melodically challenged OP. It starts as a calm lullaby but then evolves into a frantic-paced jpop song. I can't put my finger on it but I didn't particularly like the singer's voice. The main ED is a fast and playful work that sounds as if it served as the baseline inspiration for Nichijou's OPs. It heavily relies on synthesized sounds, which makes it blend with the BGM quite well. The 10th episode is special in that Madoka gets her own fitting ED, you can probably guess why. The BGM is unusually limited in variation so be prepared to hear the same playful synthetic songs over and over.
At the time of its release, the voice cast for this show isn't what I'd consider an all star team. While the VAs gave an adequate performance, I think the script severely limited them at times. Consider the following example from the first episode:
Kazuma (with an incredulous tone): "Hey... you're a girl?"
Ui: "Yes, I'm a girl."
I still can't quite grasp what the scriptwriter was thinking at some points. Script aside, I was also a bit annoyed at how girlish Ayumu sounded. Overall, don't expect this to match the level of drama in other shows such as Ano Hana.
Kazuma and his weak brother, Ayumu, move in with a family friend in a quiet, rural town, where the residents gloat about their convenience store that closes at 8PM. Soon, Kazuma starts bumping into girls (literally) left and right and before you know it a harem has developed.
The story is told in a slice-of-life, episodic manner with only minimal connectivity. It's a bit strange in that episodes sometimes end abruptly, not at cliffhangers but just as if the director decided to chop up one long movie into chunks. The overall pacing is a bit slow and, with the random episode transition points, the series doesn't really push you forwards.There are a handful of episodes where the ending isn't so arbitrary, specifically episodes that focus on a particular harem candidate. The story doesn't really have any rising action until the last two episodes, which builds to a predictable but satisfying climax and conclusion.
Overall, the plot is extremely predictable and closely follows established harem patterns. The majority of the involvement comes as a big lump towards the end of the show so pace accordingly. Compared to other shows in its season, the story is a bit boring and overly conservative. Luckily the characters bring a bit of life to the series.
Kazuma is your typical harem lead, a nice dude who is oblivious to girls' feelings and who blushes at anything ecchi. He somehow miraculously adapts to the slow pacing of rural life after having living the majority of his life in "the big city" and is shortly somehow surrounded by all the school's idols. The series makes use of a lot of established character patterns (useless comic-relief guy friend, a bunch of tsunderes to spice up the mix, etc.) but successfully presents them in a mostly plausible manner. Though, honestly, the bulk of the juicy, drama-filled interactions occur very late towards the end of the show. This is where you'll find some decent character development and some hard choices. If not for this last glimmer of inspired presentation (similar in feel to the better parts of Mashiro-iro Symphony), I would have called this series a flop as well.
Overall, the series had some decent comedic scenes as well as some solid development late in the season. If you can deal with some minor inconsistencies and some shamelessly haphazard episode transitions, this series is a fair watch. It treads on very safe grounds using existing cliches and harem patterns but is brave enough to at least forces a conclusion that may disappoint some fans. This is by no means an outstanding harem, but seeing how bad some of the other 2012 harems have been, it seems directors ought to be looking back in time for some much needed inspiration. read more