Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2012 to Jun 29, 2012
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.101 (scored by 7544 users)
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SynopsisAt a Shinto shrine in Shimoda, there is a large rock. It is said that if four close friends gather around the rock and all wish for the same thing, that wish will come true. As four friends, Natsumi, Saki, Yuka and Rinko, gather around the rock like they used to in their childhood, they soon find the rock can indeed grant people's wishes. With only a short amount of time before Saki is due to transfer schools, the girls spend a summer filled with magic.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Natsuiro Kiseki
Sequel: Natsuiro Kiseki: 15-kaime no Natsuyasumi
Characters & Voice Actors
I don't understand the low score for this one, so I'll write a review based on my special feelings for this series.
There are so many mixing of genres these days that pretty much anything is possible. However, very few actually succeeded in my opinion. I'm someone who goes for the plain bread when there are too many deserts in front of me. Anyone who can make bread taste better among the mountain of deserts deserves a lot of respect.
Natsuiro Kiseki is that piece of bread I've been looking for.
Upon first impression, there is really nothing special about it. It's just about a group of friends spending time together doing things that everyone in the world would do. But there is something unique in the plot that elevated the story without transforming the basic storyline. I like how subtle it is, and yet how effective it is at bringing out the layers to the story that would normally lie hidden. By layers, I don't mean the amount of mysteries or the amount of plot twists. An ordinary life has many more layers than a life spent in a maze. The maze is a trap that simply confuses the mind, and people think they can sort it out by thinking it out. The ordinary life sorts it out by living it out, and this is exactly what natsuiro kiseki does.
I am probably most attracted to the characters. They can't be more normal, but I find them extremely interesting. There isn't a character "design" feeling to the characters anymore. I don't think I encountered this kind of feeling in the past.
Another thing is the story. The story is clever in that the usual "main events" are down played while the "trivial" in-betweens end up taking the stage. It's more than simply showing the means to an end. It turns the backdrop to the actions into the main events. That to me is both clever and effective.
I think some people are afraid to like it and rate it high because the subject of this series is too ordinary. I rather think it is both special and very well made.
Another Slice of Life, another gimmick. But is a miracle granting rock enough to set Natsuiro Kiseki (Summer-Colored Miracle) apart?
As always my reviews are spoiler free.
Stop me if you've seen this one before: four high/middle school girls are just going about their lives. There are no sinister plots or world-saving hero required. The viewer is asked to sit back and enjoy as nothing of particular note goes on. There is always some theme that sort of keeps the anime moving along, whether it be music, photography, gondola rowing, or in Natsuiro Kiseki's case, a miracle granting rock. It's a slightly different take on a familiar idea. It had a lot of potential, but did it live up to expectations?
Story - 6/10
Four middle school girls come together at a boulder near a shrine. When it is touched, it is able to grant wishes. With Saki, one of the four girls moving away at the end of the summer, they use the rock to make the best of the time they have left together.
I really thought this could be a cool premise. With the ability of having your every wish granted, you could do anything. Herein lies the problem with Natsuiro Kiseki: it totally wastes potential.
Let me talk about some of the other issues with the magic rock. First, its wish granting ability is somewhat vague. While it leads to some undesired (albeit wished for) outcomes, that's fine. However, this rock seems to have some consistency issues to make up for plot conveniences. At first, it is implied that it can grant any wish, as long as the four people touching it wish for the same thing. However, throughout the series, many new "rules" are introduced at just the right time so that the plot takes a certain direction. Some may not be bothered by this, but I feel like the rules were being made up as the game was being played. And don't worry, if the girls can't get to the original rock, one of its "cousins" will always be close by.
The biggest issue in my opinion is how the girls utterly squander the opportunity the rock could give them. How many amazing things could you do in a summer if you had no limits? Not much for them; it is spent on singing, swimming, a short vacation, and a visit to a haunted house from their youth. The majority of the series was the exploration of how vague wishes go wrong and how the girls respond to the following incidents. So much more could have been done.
Animation - 6/10
Animation is very average for the time. There were never any outstanding problems, but nothing worth positively noting either, aside from some nice character designs for the leads.
Sound - 6/10
The soundtrack was nothing special. There are a few insert songs sung by the characters that were okay, but again not very noteworthy. On the other hand, the characters had a good voice cast who fit the personalities perfectly.
Characters - 6/10
Another selling point of a SOL series is the characters, and the studio does a solid job here. They are likable, but as with so many SOL characters, they are cookie cut archetypes with no development.
We have the lead, Natsumi, who is the athletic and capable girl of the group. Saki is quiet and cool, but passionate about her friends (as the series often says directly, but I'm not so convinced). Then we have the over-the-top energy ball Yuka, who has big dreams but low motivation. Finally, the quiet, silent type Rinko with obscure interests rounds out the group for the full 4-girl SOL cast.
To me, they cause a lot of easily preventable problems for themselves, are oblivious to solutions, and are an all around pretty unintelligent lot. I understand they are just in middle school, but it still is a little troublesome. Otherwise, they are likable enough, but you've seen them all before if you've watched more than a few series.
Enjoyment - 6/10
This was the type of show where you want to scream at the characters not to be stupid. It had its charming moments, but by the "touching" end I had unplugged all emotional investment and was ready for it to stop. It is somewhat saved by the couple of episodes in which situations arise that show the (somewhat lacking) character of each girl, and how they think among themselves to achieve the best outcome.
With sixes across the board, I recommend looking for another similar series to spend your time on. Natusiro Kiseki is by no means bad, but it just isn't that good either.
Both have the same protagonist lineup (four girls), and both shows are slice of lives which emphasize in the depth of the story about friendship, family, etc. Similar character design also (Rinko has similar hair with Ohana).
Life is not always simple especially during years of puberty involving the characters in both of these two series. As such, there is no doubt in my eyes that both of these series has some similarities:
*Both series has that slice of life feeling revolving cute girls doing cute things
*Both series has a dominant female cast with similar artwork
*Both series has realism although Natsuiro Kiseki seems to fall out of that phase later on
*Both series contains comedy and drama
*Both series presents various scenarios of every day life and the troubles we may face
*Both series has friendship as one of its major themes
Overall, these two series are for viewers interested in a relaxing anime that lacks the typical shōnen action, mindfucks, or ecchi but rather a slice of life style theme.
Both have the same slice of life feeling to them. Hanasaku Iroha has more romance as of now and Natsuiro Kiseki has more friendship. I love both of them and If you like one , you will like the other!
Very similar genre and very similar art. Both focuses on four girls.
Life is very simple, at the same time it’s very hard. Protagonists of Hana-Saku Iroha and Natsuiro Kiseki, however, never lose their hearts. No matter what, they move forward.
Both Hana-Saku Iroha and Natsuiro Kiseki follow a slice-of-life route. Both series feel much less fluffy and meaningless than most of slice-of-live anime. Both have themes of friendship and overcoming hardships.
These two are ‘must watch’ for all slice-of-life lovers.
Sweet tales about ones dreams coming true. Slice of life that deals with the bonding of friendships and that also have similar art styles and similar feeling to the story.
Follows a group of friends that go through many misadventures and many troubles that more often than not leads to funny results. Over the course of the series their friendship is tested and eventually grows stronger than it was at the beginning.
Both series contain the slice of life theme with characters doing things with their friends on a daily basis.
Both series contain a cast of characters with interesting personalities.
Both series has comedy, drama, and similar styles.
Just the whole thought of this being their last summer brings them together. Many of the characters also have similar personalities. The two shows do have their minor differences but in the long run it is both about people who want to enjoy their summer.
Opening Theme"Non stop road" by Sphere
Ending Theme#1: "Ashita e no Kaerimichi (明日への帰り道)" by Sphere (eps 1-6, 8-12)
#2: "Minamikaze Dramatic (南風ドラマチック)" by Four Season (Sphere) (ep 7)
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