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: 7.091 (scored by 8118 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
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After watching the anime I think it's rated well below where it should be, so I thought i'd try to write a review to show how I felt towards the anime. This is an anime where you just relax and watch the friendship grow between the characters and laugh at the situations they get themselves into.
If there's one thing that this anime does well, its character development. It's very character driven and lots of drama in a way. The first episode is 90% drama, I won't lie and say I enjoyed it, it almost made me want to drop the anime, but as the series progressed the anime got a lot better.
Overall - 9/10
The story is nothing new, but it isn't something to overlook. While the art looks like nothing spectacular the background is really nicely drawn and one of the best qualities of the anime. The characters are all drawn nicely and does a good job showing realism in their surroundings. The sound was one of the best parts and always had background music to fit the mood and a voice acting cast to portray all of the emotion. The characters were all different and the interactions they had all led to different situations that they got themselves into. Overall this is an anime that is very character based and shows lots of drama, while maintaining comedy.
Story - 8/10
The story follows four friends: Natsumi, Saki, Yuka and Rinko. At a shrine there's a rock that is said to be able to grant wishes for four close friends. They use the rock to try make their summer as best as possible since Saki is moving at the end of summer.
The story is driven off the rock and the wishes that the four make. It was something I was looking forward to and it wasn't what I expected. The wishes can be accidental and have a twist to what you say. The wishes they make are nothing too fancy, being a slice of life anime.
Art - 9/10
The art is really good and was something that I enjoyed the entire anime. The first 1-2 episodes I didn't enjoy the characters due to the faces not showing the same emotion to what they were saying, but it got much better after. The background and scenery was just spectacular. It was really nice and always maintained a good quality. The art was great 99% of the entire series and even did a good job with little touches here and there to make it even better.
Sound - 10/10
I think the sound is the best part of the anime. The opening and ending were really good and just gave you that relaxing feel to the anime. The background music was always something I liked about it. It has that vibe that just really makes the situation a lot better than it actually is. The voice cast were nothing less than great. They portrayed the characters really well and really gave the anime life.
Character - 9/10
The characters are what drives all slice of life anime and this has nothing short of that.
The anime starts off with two of the main four in a fight and neither of them are apologizing. This develops into a great make up that they have and makes the rest of the anime feel a lot better. Some situations are cliche, but its nothing bad.
The characters all are different and it gets them into situations that you wouldn't expect. Each of them interact with each other in a way to show comedy, but also a serious tone when things go bad. You can feel the friendship that all four of them have for each other and it gives you that feeling of warmth. No matter what situations they get themselves into, they overcome and learn from it.
Enjoyment - 9/10
Overall I really enjoyed the anime. The start was making me give it second thoughts, but it really picked up and did well after. The art was nothing less than great, and gave the anime a better feeling. The sound always was spot on and gave emotion to the anime along with complimenting the cast. If you're looking for a good relaxing slice of life to watch, I recommend this! read more
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.
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.
Both anime have a very nice and unique atmosphere that makes you relax.
a heartwarming feeling that comes with the friendship between the main characters.
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.
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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