Kazuma Hoshino is preparing himself for a new stage of his life as a teenager. Because of his brother Ayumu’s weaker than average health, their parents thought it best for the family to move out from the city to a more rural environment. Now the two brothers are off to the Yorozuyo Inn where they’ll be staying until their parents can settle affairs back in the city and set up their new home.
Their arrival to the inn doesn’t go as planned though when they catch the wrong bus, wind up in the middle of nowhere, Ayumu gets his hat stolen by a wild monkey, and Kazuma gets lost in the woods trying to track the animal down. It all leads to a chance encounter with a spirited young girl named Ui, who Kazuma ends up accidentally falling onto and kissing while she tries leading him back to the bus stop. This hardly sits well with Ui’s friend Ibuki who swiftly kicks Kazuma and sends him on his way. Much to Kazuma’s continued horror, his bad luck is perpetuated at the inn thanks to its landlady Senka and her slightly perverted sense of humor, and then finding out that two of his classmates are the girls he embarrassed himself in front of back in the woods!
Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi finds Kazuma adapting to his new school, dealing with the multiple women who have entered his life, providing emotional support for his younger brother, and coping with living with his new landlady. However, for some reason, something about this place is bringing whispers of the past into Kazuma's mind. Small flashes back to a more innocent time and a friendship long forgotten. What could this déjà vu mean?
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Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi is an anime based off the visual novel of the same name. I haven't played that visual novel, more specifically I don't play visual novels at all, so I cannot comment on the coherence of the adaptation. Instead, I am going to analyze and critique this anime as a standalone work.
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.
This is a really cute romance show that I will probably want to re-watch again in a year or two (that way I forget the details).
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.
Even though people haven't given this anime very good reviews, I still liked it a lot. I just had a fun time watching it, and it'll be my Summer Anime to watch along with Air, so don't think that I'm overrating things, because I really loved this anime.
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.
"Dont judge anime if you havent watching all the episode" LESSON LEARNED~
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!