At 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.
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.
Hopefully this review can convince you to give this anime a chance, despite its low rating.
Natsuiro Kiseki is a combination of my favorite genres: slice of life and supernatural. It deals with a story of friendship, and this circle of four girls experiences a tremendous amount of growth and maturation throughout their summer adventures.
The story is amazing. I would even dare to say that it parallels that of Anohana. These four girls all start their journey as a circle of friends, but really not more than that. They have fun together, but they also argue and disagree on many things. Throughout the course of their last summer vacation together, they experience a wide variety of supernatural occurrences that causes them to become even closer friends. They grow up from acting like children and transition into adulthood, with a mindset of understanding and acceptance.
Some may argue that the story isn't well written, due to the second half of episode two (you'll know it when you get there), and several other awkward developments. However, I believe that the values of friendship that this anime teaches far overrides those scenes. I am judging the anime holistically, so I can only speak for the overall effect of the story, which was amazing. These scenes were not bad either; they added weight to the importance of friendship, and increased the connection between the watcher and these four girls. As a whole, this anime taught a profound lesson about friendship and selflessness that is far greater than a few weird scenes.
The art for this anime is absolutely stunning. I mean, completely brilliant. Every little detail in the art is picked up and magnified even further. The dancing scenes, the flowing hair, the magic-- it all just works beautifully and harmoniously. Everything is smooth, and the art style is great; everyone and everything is properly proportioned, and looks normal.
The sound is just as incredible as the art. Just search up the OP or ED! The soundtracks are all beautiful, and the amount of background music in this anime is appropriate. It always matches the mood, and serves to intensify the situation, and not distract from it. I am especially obsessed with the OP because it is just amazing. The ED is just as breathtaking, if not more.
The character development is definitely where this anime shines. Each girl is unique, so much so that they don't really fit into a category at all. They each have their own special quirks and personalities. It just goes to show that best friends don't have to all be the same. As the story progresses, they all become closer, but at the same time, their characters become more and more different. They mature in their own directions.
I thoroughly enjoyed this anime. It dealt with issues in friendship that I'm sure a majority of us can relate to. From a few naive girls in the beginning to a close-knit group of best friends in the end, the characters completely transform.
This anime truly was a Summer-Colored Miracle.read more
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. read more
Friendship and miracles. Most have them, some treasure them, though four tell a story of them.
Natsuiro Kiseki shocked me in all honestly. People have told me this series was average, weak characters, could get corny. Well, a miracle happened everyone. After finishing this series, I could feel chills around my body that was once experienced by having the pleasure of watching Aria the Origination. Natsuiro Kiseki is a gem, a gem that will be forgotten by the majority if not already, but for me it will be a long lasting memory, a memory much like the four girls in Our Summer Color Miracle had through hardships and bonds. This is Natsuiro Kiseki, a Summer Colored Miracle:
Right away, Natsuiro Kiseki drew me in. It has an opening that I'd say is one of my favorites of all time and it had a feeling of greatness. The story of friendship is honestly not a new theme, but it is also very relatable. Through our lives, we make friends and sadly we lose friends. No, you haven't clicked on the Anohana page by mistake because this is exactly what the story of Natsuiro Kiseki is, a story of friendship. Meet Natsumi, Yuka, Rinko Saki. Natsumi is best friends and next door neighbors with Saki and is also gifted in Tennis. Yuki is an enthusiastic girl who loves idols and is best friends with Rinko. Rinko is the reserved type who has a recipe for a great future when you look at her. Saki also is great at Tennis, though is forced to move away from her friends once the Summer comes to an end. Though, it develops into one crazy summer when the four friends are forced to say goodbye and even crazier when they stumble across a stone that contains the power to grant miracles to those and touch and wish for them. Saying goodbye is painful, but saying goodbye is needed for that moment to become a memory. Memories themselves are miracles, miracles of life.
The art in Natsuiro Kiseki was really good, not jaw-dropping or stunning, but it surely was appealing. With appealing art luckily comes an appealing soundtrack. The Opening itself is fantastic, though the soundtrack itself delivers. If you like good art or a fine soundtrack, this anime is for you.
Now, the characters in Natsuiro Kiseki might be hit or miss. Some may find them generic, while others might be drawn to them and the miracles they have. I happen to be the latter with my favorite character being Rinko, though all of them were worthy of being called good. I feel they represent real girls with real hardships and real dreams, so girls or even guys with friends may relate.
Did I enjoy Natsuiro Kiseki? Certainly. While you could argue it isn't groundbreaking, though it was still very enjoyable and had me interested from start to teary finish.
Overall, watch Natsuiro Kiseki if you adore slice of life or sad while happy stories. Who knows? Maybe you'll create a memory? Maybe this anime will create, a miracle.read more