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?
#1: "Dasshu do Cinderella (だっしゅどシンデレラ)" by Eriko Nakamura and Ai Shimizu (eps 1-9, 11) #2: "Water Lily" by Ai Shimizu (ep 10) #3: "Hoshikaze no Horoscope (星風のホロスコープ)" by Eriko Nakamura, Ringo Aoba & Ai Shimizu (Ep 12)
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[✓]
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,
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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.read more
Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi has somewhat a natural feel for being a harem anime, it is a harem, romance, comedy, and a little bit of ecchi making it somewhat an average harem.
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
Let me get this straight, the main reason I started watching this is because that picture reminded me of Shuffle!
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. read more