I don't think I've ever seen an anime with as many blatant plot holes and as much inconsistent writing as Aoharu x Kikanjuu. Now that doesn't mean it's the worst anime ever made (it definitely isn't), but it has a huge amount of wasted potential due to its weak story, horrendous characterization, and the fact that the author is seemingly completely clueless about how airsoft works.
Initially the anime feels like something quite similar to Ouran Koukou Host Club as the protagonist is a girl (Tachibana Hotaru) crossdressing as a boy who ends up becoming indebted to a popular guy (Matsuoka Masamune) who works as a
host in the city. This notion is then quickly proven highly inaccurate as Matsuoka forces Tachibana to come join his "survival game" team and participate alongside him in an upcoming tournament. I say survival game, but that in and of itself is completely wrong; it's actually just competitive airsoft that we're talking about here. I don't know if it's a mistranslation or whatnot but either way if you're expecting some sort of thrilling life-or-death drama here you're going to be sorely disappointed because there is absolutely nothing lethal in this anime.
So what exactly is it that makes Aoharu x Kikanjuu such a trainwreck then? Well there are many reasons but they can be roughly divided into three categories:
1. The plot
The writing for this anime is bad. Terribly bad. The games themselves make no sense whatsoever (more on that later), but even ignoring that part the overall plot progression is simply all over the place. Initially, Tachibana thinks the airsoft games are childish and stupid. Then after playing *one* game she suddenly thinks they're the greatest thing ever and has become a full-blown addict. Sounds believable, right? Oh and you know how she originally joined the team because of a debt? Yeah that plot element is just handwaved away in a split second as if it never existed to begin with, completely ruining the entire premise of the story, yet it just keeps on going as if nothing ever happened.
There are also all kinds of forced drama which feel completely unnecessary, totally out of place, and oftentimes insanely predictable. Time skips are pulled haphazardly which renders the pacing very inconsistent, and above all, there seems to be no semblance of coherence in the writing whatsoever. Let me just describe a certain scene from episode two here in order to make an example (minor spoilers I guess, but certainly nothing important): there is a segment where Tachibana is surrounded by her three opponents at only a few meters range. Then in the next second they're suddenly all standing on the same side of her, yelling "corner her!", as if implying that they hadn't already cornered her a second ago? Immediately thereafter, Tachibana's teammate suddenly appears next to her and they have a loud conversation for about two minutes. What happened to their opponents? They were standing right next to her just a moment ago! How could they possibly have lost track of her, let alone be outside hearing range? I mean seriously just what happened here, did the producers accidentally put the scenes in the wrong order or something? These kinds of elementary mistakes should be impossible to make. It's so blatantly illogical it feels like it was written by a 12-year-old.
2. The characters
Aoharu x Kikanjuu is pretty blatant fujoshi bait; that much is obvious from the get-go, but even so the character cast is still a disaster. First of all, we have our main character Tachibana Hotaru. Mother of god is she annoying. About once per minute she has to remind the audience that despite her appearance she's actually a girl, she's always referring to herself in third-person and her sole personality trait is seemingly that she firmly believes in "justice". Yeah justice; hence why she goes completely berserk when playing airsoft and behaves like an uncontrollable animal; sounds just like a knight in shining armor, doesn't she? In the first place what does justice have to do with playing games? Are your opponents supposed to be "evil" just because they're playing or something? In that case Tachibana is obviously equally guilty of that crime. There's also the obnoxious truth that despite being a really bad player, Tachibana always ends up spontaneously gaining super powers whenever the plot feels like it, solely for the sake of convenience. The anime never shuts up about her so-called "bloodlust" which is the ability she uses to magically paralyze her opponents just by looking at them and make them cower in fear, as well as enable her to run faster than a speeding bullet. But there's nothing supernatural about this or anything, it's just her "talent".
As far as the rest of the characters in this show goes (essentially all male), they're basically all cardboard cutouts as well. Matsuoka is the typical noble bishounen with a "dark past", Yukimura (the third team member) is quiet, depressive and honestly kind of creepy, and then there's the overly-generic villain Midori who's just an all-round douchebag that enjoys hurting people. They all feel like they're solely there for the sake of being there, but without much thought put into it whatsoever. And the way they behave towards each other is completely unnatural. At one moment Matsuoka is almost pissing himself with fear just by looking at Midori, and in the next he's being super cocky and confident. Again, consistency please. There are also quite a lot of soft Yaoi vibes every here and there throughout the show, which I guess is to be expected given the fujoshi pandering but it still feels very out of place story-wise.
3. The "survival games"
Everything I've stated above is certainly problematic, but without a doubt the nail in the coffin is the execution of the so-called "survival games" themselves. Honestly I don't think the author has ever played airsoft before, or even studied up on how it works properly. I'm going to be very direct here: airsoft is primarily a game of tactics, stealth and precision. It's a game where you attempt to predict the opposing team's moves ahead of time, try to hide and ambush them by sniping them from the shadows, etcetera. I don't even think you need to have played the game before to understand that much. So what does Aoharu x Kikanjuu do then? Well... it basically treats airsoft like a battle shounen.
Do you know what you do with guns? You shoot each other with them. Yeah right, not in this anime; here you avoid using them, charge straight down the barrel of your opponent's rifle, *paralyze* him with fear just by looking at him and thus render him incapable of pulling the trigger, then run into melee range and finally bludgeon the guy by using your submachine gun as a club. Excellent work Tachibana; you were even able to outplay the guy using a freaking minigun by using this incredible strategy! Truly a job well done. While we're at it we should start teaching the military that there's no need for guerilla warfare any longer; simply running up to your enemies and punching them in the face sounds like a much more humane way of fighting.
Of course that's far from the only problem when it comes to how these games play out. People refusing to shoot when they have their opponents in their sights for no apparent reason, people having to hold cliché speeches and punchlines before pulling the trigger, people revealing their positions completely needlessly in order to have a "fair fight" with their opponent instead of just shooting them from cover, etcetera. The list goes on. Even more disturbing though, these games are seemingly completely unmonitored. Despite playing in a high stakes tournament, there are no cameras or anything inside the woodland battlefield. In other words there's barely even any point of having rules for this game; you could basically cheat as much as you'd like and no one will ever know. But I guess that's just another plot hole which we shouldn't think too much about and instead just pretend it isn't there.
So with all that said, is there anything good thing about this show? Well if there's one thing it'd be that despite everything it at least isn't boring. Incredibly annoying yes, but twenty minutes of Aoharu x Kikanjuu per week was not really a problem. It's kind of like watching a very low level football game; even if the content itself is lackluster, you can still probably find some enjoyment in it just by being a football fan to begin with. In the same way, despite the cringeworthy execution, Aoharu x Kikanjuu is so far the only anime I've ever seen about airsoft, so it gets some plus points for originality and for having a fun concept at least. But even with that taken into account it doesn't change the fact that it is still a very sub-par anime at best, and not one I would particularly recommend to very many people.
Aoharu x Kikanjuu is a action, comedy, shounen genre anime about a girl named Tachibana Hotaru mistaken for a boy. This anime has personally exceeded my original expectations since the first episode. Just a quick warning this is my first review.
The story mainly follows Tachibana Hotaru's point of view. The episodes have a smooth flow in them, it always kept me on my toes(engaged) and loves making me scream at the screen for another episode. As everyone might know this anime is being compared to 'Ouran High School Host Club’ and I have to say I agree. Aoharu x Kikanjuu really does have
that Ouran feel but since there two complete different anime’s don’t expect the same storyline. The storyline is very easy to understand because as the story begins to unravel you can tell where the story will be headed, it was very predictable at times but even so it was still very enjoyable to watch. There is a bit of a rush in some episodes but the story really recovers from those rushes. As you all know this anime is also a comedy anime, this scenes always seemed to make me laugh a lot and it really made my day a whole better.
The animation is very not that realistic but it very good to the extent that you can see everything clearly. The animation is unique because it really achieve certain moods throughout the series. I personally think this is the animation that would be the best for Aoharu x Kikanjuu i wouldn’t ask for a better animator. The character designs are very fitting, for example Matsuoka, Masamune is a host they have deliberity made him really hot and his friend Yukimura a very indoors looking character.
The voice acting of the characters were really good they all matched up perfectly. Tachibana Hotaru’s voice actor was really amazing personally because her voice really did sound a lot like a boy’s voice at some points and it really made the character fit in to her role perfectly. The opening to Aoharu x Kikanjuu is great especially how the actual characters are actually singing the opening which makes the voice actors and opening in this anime the more better. If this were to be dubbed I think it wouldn’t be to the standard of the original voice actors. During the scenes that unfolded during the anime, OST’s were played and they all absolutely fitted into the scene and mood and the soundtracks was also one the aspects the exceeded my expectations for this anime, I would love to list to the OST’s if they are released soon. I loved both opening and ending because I just liked the songs that played especially the opening because the voice actors actually sang it.
As every anime has are characters. The characters in Aoharu x Kikanjuu were really well-rounded they all had their strengths and weakness. The characters had the right reaction to every problem that popped up in a realistic way. I can really relate some characters from this anime to other anime’s as well and I have to say they really had some character development, you won’t notice it at first but you will. I would remember all the main characters in this anime because they all had their different personality’s and it was very enjoyable to see them slowly change.
I’ve already recommended this anime to many of my friends and it’s been positive feedback from them, how can you not enjoy a anime like this? It keeps you engaged, it makes you laugh and even makes you scream at the screen sometimes. Non-anime fans would probably enjoy this anime and as well as manga fans, anyone any age would. In future I am going to re-watch this anime again because it really makes my day watching it I would skip certain parts but not all of it. It was unique I don’t get this engaged with some anime’s most of the time.
Overall I give this anime a 9. To summarise the story is very engaging it keeps you on your toes. The animation really fits in with this anime because it pictures the characters with their personalities really well. The voice actors are just perfect they even sang the opening theme to the anime and you don’t see that much with most anime. The characters really develop during the series at first its not clear but at the end you can see they definitely changed a bit. I enjoyed this very much my friends did too so I think everyone in the whole world basically would too.
Aoharu x Kikanjuu is those stories that may be hit or miss, for some it might be annoying, for others it may be the start of something good.
I fall in the later category.
It may be annoying because there's no development of characters, for me Tachibana Hotaru is a promising main character, but there is a lack of background story, or intentions, that make her character quite annoying or plain. For example her sense of justice would be enjoyable if there would be a reason behind it, a story to tell us why this character think that way, but, as the story progress, it tell us
that her sense of justice is not what we all think of, hence the lack of explanation. But, Tachibana is also someone who stick to her ideals, values friendship and inspires others to go on; which makes her someone to admire, in some kind of way.
But, not every character lack a past of some kind, Yukimura is an example, you can watch him grow as a person and actually be fond of him as he helps each of the main characters to do what is right for the team, he has a background that explains his insecurities. Though sometimes his character might be annoying because of the unnecessary ero-anime love he has.
As for the story, it needs a second season, definitely. There's some parts of it left open that needed explanations. But, for twelve episodes, there's a rush in the story that kills it a bit, Tachibana's love for survival game is an example of it, since it grows from "I hate this, I just want to pay my debt" to "I need to play this game forever, I'm never going to stop" from one episode to another; also, there's quite the plot hole going on with the antagonists, since there's no reason behind their behaviour. However it also has points to love, for example the friendship between the protagonists that grows with every episode and, also, it kind of surprise that some characters are not what they seem, there's more than meet the eye!
The art is great, the colors from certain scenes left me breathless! there's nothing to complain there; also the OST is quite nice, I'm loving the opening song!
Overall, I recommend watching it because you may enjoy it, is not an anime for everyone, that's for sure, but you need to be patient with it, also the whole idea of survival game is really refreshing and unique, the art is well done, and the story is not so bad, so why not give it a try?
I first started watching Aoharu x Kikanjuu simply because I thought the art was beautiful. I had no idea what it was about at all.
And thus, I can easily say that the art is one of the best points of the series (in my opinion), along with the soundtrack.
After the first (few) episodes, I was surprised to see that I actually enjoy a series with 'survival games' as its theme/plot/however to call it.
In my opinion, the story itself could be much better if the pace were slower. If the actions, games and such were more detailed, with more depth.
Still, I liked the
general idea of the survival games and tournaments and such.
Like I've mentioned above, the art is the reason I actually started the series and of course, there are many animes with outstanding art, but in my opinion, Aoharu x Kikanjuu is one of them.
There were a few scenes where I just sit there, stare at the screen and think 'wow, that's drawn so beautifully'.
I liked the soundtrack - whether we talk about the opening/ending or in-between. It matched whatever was happening and yeah, I simply enjoyed the music.
It would have easily gotten a '10/10' from me if one actually got to know more about all the protagonist (and of course, the other characters as well). I am pretty sure that the characters could have an interesting past, relationship to each other and who-knows-what, but apparently, it's not shown.
There are many interesting ones and, in my opinion, also quite a few really likable/lovely ones.
Some might turn out weird or the 'development' is kind of... unnatural/too fast, but overall if I thought about 'why did they do that?' the answer/reasoning usually comes to me rather quickly.
Although I am sure if one doesn't give much thought about the 'why', the characters might just appear as 'ridiculous'.
I'm pretty sure that I would have marathoned the series if all episodes were out already when I started watching the anime.
There were still times where it was kind of 'normal'/'slow' compared to the usual pace of the series and some episodes were full of excitement.
It was funny, sometimes you might even get goosebumps or just excited/anticipating to see what would happen next.
Most of the time, I thought that it was amusing and enjoyable.
The part which I'm disappointed about is the fact that there was not enough 'character development' and 'story depth'.
Also, if the series had a few more episodes to spare, I think it would have gotten a lot better (more time for the events, games, characters etc.).
But apart from that, I still adore most of the characters shown, even the antagonist(s) are fascinating and the mixture of different personalities is interesting.
Blah blah, Ouran High School Host Club, blah blah. I haven't even seen that one, so I don't care and went in expecting nothing. That aside, Aoharu x Kikanjuu is one of the worst anime I've seen in a long time. I cannot say anything good about this one.
The story follows main character Hotaru Tachibana, a reverse trap with a strong sense of justice. Hotaru is put under the impression that her friend Kanae was treated badly at this host club she visited. She goes to investigate and gets into a survival game (airsoft gun fight) with the place's owner, Masamune Matsuoka. The place gets
damaged in the process, and Hotaru is forced to join his survival games team, Toy Gun Gun (a really dumb name that they even point out as being dumb), in order to pay off the damages. This ends up just being an excuse to bring Hotaru into survival games as the paying off the damages part is hand waved pretty shortly afterward. Hotaru soon meets Toy Gun Gun's other member Tooru Yukimura. He initially hates her for no reason other than the fact that she's getting between him and "Mattsun" (his nickname for Matsuoka). However, he gets over it really quickly, within the course of one episode. After the team is together, they make it their goal to be the best in Japan. At this point, everything is relatively inoffensive, but the one-dimensional cast of characters and relatively unintersting story aren't earning it any points.
The anime goes downhill very quickly. There are two main conflicts in the show, one of them is incredibly pointless, and the other doesn't really go anywhere. First is the issue of Hotaru's gender. Her teammates (and pretty much everyone who doesn't know her) are under the impression that she's a guy. Not too much of an issue at first glance, but it turns out the Matsuoka doesn't allow girls on his team for reasons that you eventually find out, but it ends up not being something you can more or less figure out way before they actually tell it to you near the end of the series. Ultimately, this does nothing but stir up pointless drama. My issue with this is that they could have easily made Hotaru a boy, and the series would have been exactly the same. The issue of her gender is rarely addressed in a meaningful way. They almost came close in one particularly annoying episode somewhat centered around Kanae in which Hotaru is urged to be more feminine and avoid survival games, but what could have been something to address gender stereotypes in a thought provoking way ends up being nothing more than an episode where Hotaru strengthens her resolve through her friend. It's annoying enough that the point of the episode could have gotten across in a much better way if this was done through Hotaru interacting with her teammates, but it's even more infuriating that Kanae's character was clearly written just so this episode could happen. Her only character trait is that she's a girl with pink hair, and she acts as somewhat of a foil to Hotaru's masculine side. But a foils aren't nearly as effective if you almost never have the two of them interact. Without spoiling anything, the issue of Hotaru's gender never goes anywhere. She says she's going to tell her teammates, then you never see her tell them, so it feels like an annoying tease. To make things more insulting, there's even a scene near the end where Hotaru is grabbing Matsuoka's hand and he starts blushing (after doing no such thing the entire series). The groan I let out at the moment was beyond comprehension. It's almost like they're insulting you. Feels like somekind of really lame yaoi fanfiction.
The other conflict in the story revolves around Matsuoka and another survival game player named Midori. There's apparently some sort of history between the two of them. But ultimately it boils down to Matsuoka really wants to beat his team in a survival game. Outside of the games, when Midori interacts with Hotaru, he's almost creepily friendly. But during the games he's a terrifying sadist, or at least that's what they make him out to be. There's pretty much nothing interesting about Midori's character other than the fact that the story needed some sort of antagonist, so it's really hard to care about him. He's extremely one dimensional. There's not much else to say about this part of the story without spoiling it, but it ends up involving Matsuoka being tormented by his inferiority to Midori and the results of every big tournament his team lost. This doesn't go anywhere particularly interesting, but it ends up making for some really lame drama.
So, the story's pretty bad. The characters are pretty awful as well. On top of being a reverse trap for no reason other than to create some really stupid drama, Hotaru is an extremely frustrating character to have as the main character. She's one of the most annoying leads I've seen in a long time. She has that aforementioned sense of justice, but it's only brought up every once in a while when convenient. She grows to love survival games very quickly, and that almost becomes a point of contention and room for deeper characterization, but they do almost nothing with it. For whatever reason, she has some sort of intense bloodlust when she gets really into a game, but it ends up being nothing other than her eyes are drawn differently and she sort of moves faster. She's actually really bad with a gun, as you find out very quickly. Other than that, I want to slap her every time she opens her mouth. Just imagine an obnoxiously gung ho shounen protagonist with the emotional maturity of a 12 year old girl that gets really excited over everything.
Matsuoka is the closest thing to an intersting character as part of the story revolves around him getting over his issues, but it's extremely hard to care about him when he has so little screen time. It's almost like dedicating the plot to a side character.
Yukimura is extremely forgettable. He's a creepy shut-in, pervert that has no friends except Mattsun (and now Hotaru). He was bullied a lot back in the day, and Matsuoka was the one who stood up for him. So now he just has a creepy attachment to him. You could say he's the pervert who's incredibly clingly to Matsuoka and that'd be about the entirety of his character.
Every other character is garbage. I already talked about Midori, so I should mention the side characters... there's like three and I'd be lying if I said they were even fleshed out enough to be one-dimensional.
So, the two components that matter most, story and characters, are absolute garbage. There's nothing to be said about the music since I can't even recall a single track from the soundtrack, shows how memorable it is, and the art style is kinda bland. The animation is kind of acceptable, but nothing to write home about. So I can't even give it a point or two for that.
Finally, I need to talk about the action scenes. This could have been the anime's saving grace, but it was a total let down. All of the choreography of the surival games is out of whack. It's pretty clear that there was little to no spatial awareness in the planning of the action scenes. The best example I could cite: Hotaru is facing down an enemy. The shot implies that there's about 20-30 feet between them. Then when she runs at him, it looks like she's running the distance of a football field. Given that they were in a forest at the time, it's even worse since you could use trees as markers. There were only a few trees near them, yet Hotaru runs by a bunch of them. This sounds nitpicky, but it's really infuriating and totally immersion breaking when given that there's tons of room for realism in the game they're playing. Even stuff like that aside, none of these survival game scenes are particularly fancy. In fact, it often feels like they go out of their way not to show them to you. The first couple of episodes involved Hotaru getting totally hyped to get out and shoot people up, but instead of the viewer getting to see her try, it cuts to her instantly failing and leaving the battlefield. Even when we do see her in action, it's either totally lame or something stupid and immersion breaking like what I described earlier. And at this point I haven't even mentioned how everyone plays this game like they don't even want to win. They're not using real guns, it's not a life or death situation, yet everyone seems to rather talk menacingly to each other instead of just shooting each other. The number of times where someone totally would have gotten shot if the person holding the gun to them just shut up and pulled the trigger is way higher than it should be. How is anyone expected to feel any tension in this already incredibly low stakes (in the grandest scheme of things) game when people are practically refusing to do the only thing you do in it? It's like watching a really bad stereotypical shounen where a fight that could have taken ten minutes last three episodes because no one would shut up and do what they're supposed to be doing. So, the entire show falls apart even on a conceptual level. You're given a realistic game, why not let everyone play it realistically instead of like a really bad fighting shounen?
This anime is bottom of the barrel. It's certainly not the worst I've seen, but it's pretty close, and I wouldn't feel bad about lumping it together with the only other title I've given a 1 to. The characters are mindnumbingly bad, the story surrounding them gives you no real reason to care about it, and everything else is flat out unimpressive. Also, did I mention that it even manages to have an infuriating flashback filter? It even messes up in that department.
1/10 - I'd have more fun pounding my head against a wall
Meet Hotaru Tachibana, a girl with a strong sense of justice. She is easily mistaken for a boy, because of her broad shoulders, short hair, and confrontational attitude. She has an altercation with a host named Masamune Matsuoka, who mistakes her for a boy. In order to pay for the damage she caused, she joins his survival game group, Toy Gun Gun. The only problem? Girls aren't allowed!
I believe the best way to describe Aoharu's issues in a word is: disorganized. There's comedy, but this isn't a comedy anime. There's some drama, but this isn't drama or tragedy anime. There's a cross-dressing female, but this
isn't a gender bender. And there's some action, but this is by no means an action anime. Like anime such as Kekkai Sensen, Aoharu x Kikanjuu spreads itself too thin over too many genres, and that is what leads to its downfall.
While Aoharu has survival games in it, it doesn't have enough action scenes, nor is the animation good enough to distinguish Aoharu as a good action anime. The art isn't amazing enough to be spellbound by it.
*SPOILERS in this paragraph*
Likewise, the anime's plot is weak. What is the goal of the anime? Is it for Hotaru to improve her skills? Considering she doesn't improve much, no. Is it for her to admit she's a girl? Considering that doesn't happen, no. Is it for Toy Gun Gun to win TGC or beat Hoshishiro? Neither of those happens, so no. Is it for Masamune to overcome his vendetta against Midori? While this does happen, it only surfaces as a huge repetitive issue in episode 11 and is solved in episode 12. So no.
Without strong action or plot, characters need to fill that void. Let's look at the characters--are they complex? Hotaru as a black and white view of the world; she sees everything in terms of justice. Masamune has an abandonment complex, but it literally only surfaces in the last two episodes. Yukimura, despite being the most entertaining character of the show, is flat. All we know about him is he is extremely attached to Masamune and is a perv. Midori is a sadist, which is fine, but we don't ever see why he wants to torment Masamune so. Fujimon is cute, but that's about it. And so on, and so forth. The characters, while entertaining enough at a superficial level, aren't three-dimensional. They're shallow, so they're hard to relate to. And I'm saying this despite my attraction to Masamune and Midori.
Make no mistake; this anime is not bad. I dragged my feet almost every week, but I was mildly entertained by every episode. Having two eye candy characters helped. But the flat characters, lack of depth, and disorganized storyline really detracted from my experience. (And yes, the fujobait bothered me, but not as much as those other issues.) I don't feel like this anime has changed me or taught me anything. Not to mention, the only thing I looked forward to all season--Hotaru confessing she's a girl--never happened. It's not a bad anime, but it's not very good either, by my standards. It's just average.
Overall score: 5/10
Do I recommend it? Not really. But it's entertaining, if you have some time to kill.
I've seen a pretty mixed bag with reviews of this show, and I thought I'd give it my two cents as well.
Story 8/10- It initially drew me in because of the whole Ouran-esque premise of the cross dressing, the host club, etc. However, that really only is in the first few episodes. After that, the story revolves around the three main characters forming and team and playing survival games. I don't really have an issue with this, other than the fact that the ending was pretty bad, and didn't match the quality of the rest of the show. It left me with a lot of
Art 9/10- The reason I picked up this show was because I saw it on MAL and thought Tachibana looked cool. The art really appealed to me, and scenes in forests and stuff are really beautiful. Character designs were also well done.
Sound 6/10 - I finished watching this a while ago, so I can't really remember the sound. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't that memorable. There was some spunky music thrown in at the action scenes, and it got the job done. The voice acting was pretty good, I especially liked Yukimura's monotone and slightly creepy voice.
Character 7/10- The actual characters were good. Tachibana tends to talk about herself in the third person, but it wasn't annoying, and some people even think it's cute. Yukimura was my personal favourite. Masamune was the typical cool guy, and the other characters like Midori and his team were fine.
The only problem is that we get a bit of a backstory from Yukimura and also (kind of ) Masamune and Midori. Tachibana doesn't really get a backstory, and they never explain why she is so obsessed with justice. While watching the series, it didn't bother me, but after finishing it and thinking it about it, it kind of did.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this show. It was super hilarious, and made me binge watch the short 12 episodes one ofter the other. Give this a chance even if you don't really like the premise of survival games. At first, I didn't really think I would like it, but I loved it! And this is coming from someone who doesn't even like sports anime that much. This was probably my personal favourite from Summer 2015.
When I watched this show I was actually expecting to be the generic action series but with a gender bend character or lets say a trap as the main character. A trap is nowadays common in the anime industry, but does that mean they're bad? Not exactly. But then again Im talking about the show not the trap itself. We're talking about the show. Anyway Aoharu x Kikanjuu might be one of those series that people would either drop because of its generic synopsis or watch because of the story and progression.
Let's begin. Before I start I might spoil somethings out in the anime,
so if you're not watching the series I would suggest to look at another review. Leaving you guys with that warning for the series, let's begin.
Story: To Start off, the story is quite simple to even understand and makes you set in the mind that this is going to be a survival game series, where people shoot with guns. But. They don't die. At first yes it was to actually pay the stuff, but then it turns into something else. The series consists into progression and building up the tension, which for me was a very good idea considering before going towards the big guns you need to add some build up and training. This is what the show was doing at the first half. Then later on the big guns came, but to be honest for me at some points in the fights it felt a bit underwhelming but at the same time at some areas it feels and looks very hyped. Don't get me wrong I love hyped stuff, but at some points it feels a bit moreso disappointing. For me my big issue with the anime is that they went to this cliche kind of ending. What cliche ending? Friendship. You see, this type of ending is not terrible, its just that its moreso disappointing for me as a follower of the series this season, and I was expecting something more from it. Unfortunately that happens a some points for me. Is the story bad? Not exactly. Its not terrible but its not as a OMG series.
Characters: Well the series has some sort of good characters. To be precise the characters for me were okay characterized and a bit developed, for the main cast at the very least. They have very nice personalities that makes me love them a lot. Especially Yukimura (the guy's VA is Yoshitsugu Matsuoka aka Kirito and Sora) which he's like a pervert type of character and mangaka artist.
Mattsun also is a good character, at least to an extension. I was curious about his backstory no doubt, and also about his personality and development made me love him more. However at some points I have to get a bit of a see saw. In other words his right and wrong.
Finally Hotarou, the main protagonist. She's one of those couple of characters that do not go to damsel in distress treatment at least. Usually in anime, female characters are treated as a weak character trope. Thats not a bad thing to my eyes depending on how they're used. In here Hotarou can defend herself at points where I want to cheer for her, she also has this bloodlust which makes her sadistic, which is why it makes me love her more. She's well skilled and such ends. But my issue with her was, remember when I said about the ending being disappointing a bit? well... she didn't told them that she was a girl at the end. Which makes me feel desperated. But does that mean she's a bad character? No. She's a good female protagonist.
Other characters took a role for a couple of episodes or at least most of the entire series, a few were left thrown aside to my perspective which was a damn shame to me.
Art/Animation: This show is made by Brain Base, the studio that made shows such as Mawaru Penguindrum and my favorite OVA series Mazinkaiser. Of course, this series has a lot of bright colors and nice way to blend with scenarios. Its not like the best art I've seen like Mawaru where you see a lot of artistic ways, but it looks enough to get at least a 7. Animation as well is the big part of this. It feels at times fluid and mobility, it also gives the viewer a sense of hype as well. At bit of points yes, there were some choppy scenes, but not to the point of a ground breaking.
Music/Sound: Now this is the strongest point of the anime series. This series consists into three phrases: Very good sound effects, voice acting, and soundtrack. When it comes to these scenarios I will say they nailed everything right on this one, especially with the sound effects. It just gives you chills at your spine and a lot of tension can be heard around here and there. The Voice acting fits perfectly to their character traits and they match so much that it makes me applaud them more. The soundtrack would be either ominous and at some points rock style. Some have different ways of course, but to me they sound and match well with the scenarios. For the Opening and Ending they're catchy as a lot.
Enjoyment: Even with bits of its faults I personally think that you can actually enjoy this show, heck if I enjoyed it, why can't you? it has a lot to offer but a few that leaves like a sad faces.
Overall, the show is one of the few series that I personally would recommend, even if you are not a fan of these, give it a shot at least. Who knows you might like it.
The first thing i noticed when i came to the page for aoharu x kikanjuu is thet there are surprisingly high rated reviews about this anime
now the best i can do here is keep it short and just start off with some redeeming points for the show
the art while not especially good or anything does not fall below the average mark
and the only reason i decided to watch the anime was because of the display photo if it on anicha*t
again not great but has a couple of the moments in the show as well as the end part of the
opening theme where i thought that this might actually give the show some points
nothing stood out
opening was a little above average i guess
Now im sure there is a huge list of flaws but i'll try to list the major ones
pointless in the end ( like everything else in life )
( i know the three words mean the same thing bit im just emphasizing)
3) plot holes
more abundant than hydrogen molecules in a bucket full of water
too many to mention
so i wont even try
now i know this review sounds a bit too horrible with no redeeming points
in the end the fact remains that i still ended up watching all the aired episodes of the anime , and that is because of two reasons
1) im still relatively fresh to the genre so its not really as frustrating as a terrible sports anime or shounen for that matter
2)the concept that comes along the show , that of survival games and airosoft guns is refreshing , ( i didnt know about it in detail before i watched this show )
so thats fun
don't expect anything out of the show except maybe see some decent suva-game action
Aoharu x Kikanjuu proves yet again how easy it is to take an interesting idea and stuff it full of unnecessary complications.
Story and Characters:
The story starts as Tachibana (actually a girl) mistakenly accuses a guy of seducing his, I mean her, friend. As compensation he has her join his airsoft team. Other than the strange fact that Tachibana never cares to correct people as to her gender, everything starts out okay. But this later becomes an unnecessarily large conflict when it's state the team MC join doesn't take girls.
Unfortunately the show becomes less about airsoft and more about the ridiculous drama and conflict between
MC's team, Toy Gun Gun, and another team Hoshishiro. The airsoft battles are okay, but you'd expect more in the way of strategy. The show draws little actual interest towards airsoft, which is surprising given that it's the main reason most people would pick up the show
Everyone takes their games seriously. Way too seriously actually. It's stated in episode 1. No training or skill is shown and it actually makes the viewers take it less seriously. As You'll find that the characters are simply a fujo's wet dream, with a neet homo manga writer, a guy who works at a host club, a sadist, and finally a boy who's not really a boy who ties it all together.
The strangest thing is Tachibana's sense of "justice". It's never really explained where this comes from though he mentions it frequently, and it's outright thrown out the window and turns into simply being her self-admitted selfishness later on. So it's just his own little meaningless character trait. The characters aren't good, and neither is the story.
Brain's Base put a lot into this and you can tell. Unfortunately for them it doesn't look like they'll get much out of it as preorder sales are abysmal. It would be more appropriate if they threw their money at making season 2s for their actual successes, even if they may not sell as well a the first, rather than throwing all their money into such a poor story.
I actually enjoyed this series for around the first 6 episodes. It was a bit silly but it was fun to watch. But towards the latter half too much dumbly written drama and poorly attempted characterization came into play and it was hardly about the airsoft. I just wanted it to end.
It wish I would've been able to end the season saying this is a show I didn't regret watching because it seemed that way when I started. It proved that you can't pander to multiple crowds at different ends of the spectrum and get positive recognition.
Hopefully I never again have to write a review in which I spend more time correcting "his/he" to "her/she" again. If you want a show about actual airsoft, this isn't it.
I'm Japanese so I noticed but, uhhhh, I hate to break this to you all but the title of the anime is subbed wrong. It's actually called Seishunn X Kikanjuu, Say-Shun. Seishunn (青春）means adolescence. The direct/Khun Yomi pronunciation of seishunn (青春) is Ao Haru because ao--> 青 means blue and 春ー＞ means spring as in the season. BTW aoHaru don't make sense in Japanese and it's not a word. So the translators did a bad job subbing the title. Makes sense right? because Tachibana(the MC) is still like around 16~17 meaning She's still in her adolescent age. And throughout the story she is introduced with
the survival games which involves machine guns and all that stuff, which directly connects to a part of the title of this anime which is "Kikanjuu" (machine gun). The plot was decent 8/10, characters were fine7/10, the cliffhanger in the end was disappointing but you're gonna get over it if you read the rest of it in the manga. Where at one point she reveals her secret. (trust me, it's the most satisfying thing ever) I typically fine anime that involves guns fun to watch so this one's in my good list. But I can't say that it's in one of my favorites list. At one point in the anime the MC showed some personality that doesn't belong to her. Like as if she has 2 personalities. But I guess thats what makes the anime a bit spicy.
At first, I was like, another weak girl anime? But actually, the girl is a tomboy and as you venture further into the anime, you might even forget that 'he' is a 'she'. It has great action scenes, even though it is fake gun game but it has the atmosphere of a real gun battlefield.
It is something like Ouran HighSchool Host Club.
It has really great action scenes and heart-warming moments, and of course, heart-breaking moments. But the ending is really happy, FYI.
Well, Please do give it a try if you are on the fence about this anime. It has great arts that is
A lot of people might compare this series to Ouran High School Host Club, for the reason that one of the main characters is a host. However, the focus of AoHaru x Kikanjuu is on survival games--not on a host club. Instead, it focus on three characters and how survival games contributes to their progress throughout the series (and beyond): Hotaru Tachibana, Masamune Matsuoka and Tooru Yukimura--the members of a survival game team, Toy Gun Gun. (Yes, I know what you might be thinking: their naming sense can definitely improve...)
***Just a warning: What I mention in my review can be considered
as potential spoilers (as I talked about what happened in certain episodes, mostly the beginning, for this section), so please keep that in mind. Of course, I'll try to limit the spoilers, when I can. Also, just to note, my review is more or so formatted as such: some explained events mixed with the points that stood out to me.***
The story of AoHaru x Kikanjuu starts off with Hotaru, a girl who looks and dresses like a boy, meeting her neighbor, Masamune Matsuoka, while he's talking on the phone outside of her apartment. Hotaru couldn't think of another way to make him move, so she slammed her fist on the door, causing Matsuoka-san to stop what he's doing. Just before Hotaru went into her apartment, there was a gun lying on the ground, and to her surprise, it's Matsuoka-san's. The next day, after talking to her friend, who was greeted by Matsuoka-san earlier, she found out that he worked at a host club and that the gun that she saw is actually a toy gun. Matsuoka-san then challenged Hotaru to a survival game, and having confidence in hers skills, she accepted. While her physical abilities is something to watch out for, she ended up losing to Matsuoka-san's experience and skill in survival game fighting. The condition that Matsuoka-san have for her loss was: to join his survival game team for paying off her debt of the damage she caused in the host club (while playing the game). Matsuoka-san is indeed a sly one...
Despite not wanting to play survival games at first, Hotaru grew to really like them--to the point where she was at a loss for having to even consider not playing them at all. It was Yukimura, the other member of Toy Gun Gun before Hotaru joined (who writes a specific genre of manga) made her realize this, by pointing out to her: "...now you've tasted the air of the battlefield. You can't go back to an ordinary life." What drew Hotaru towards survival games was the sense of fighting that the players engage in. Hotaru have a strong sense of justice, and with that justice, it can turn to having an unyielding (and sometimes, even bloodthirsty) desire to take down whoever she's going up against, and it shows in how she plays during survival games. Although Hotaru does not have the best survival game sense, she does withhold a strong fighting spirit; on top of that, she's armed with her (almost superhuman-like) strength. During a battle, her opponents could even sense her aura of bloodthirst in the atmosphere surrounding her, and that's why she's someone to watch out for during a survival game.
Hotaru is a character that I found easy to like, and wanting to cheer for. She's strong and can fight for herself, but at the same time, since she doesn't have as much life experiences as the other two main characters (who have their dark pasts that can weigh them down), she's not one that is quick to understand why certain characters act the way they do, and why certain events turn out the way it does. Although, that's understandable, because for most instances, if you don't know much about something, it's difficult for you to comprehend just what is going on. It's refreshing, yet awesome to see a female, especially lead character, who can hold her own and is willing to fight on her own--even though she might not do it very well at particular times.
Through each experience Hotaru came across, primarily as being involved with survival games and the members of Toy Gun Gun, she came to better understand not only herself, but also those around her. The development between characters occurred mostly through the conversations they have with each other, and what they learn and come to think because of them. First of all: Yukimura. Yukimura, upon first meeting him, seems to be an introverted, distant and unwelcoming person; however, that's due to the fact that he knows firsthand just how it's like to be betrayed by those he thought were his friends. After getting to know Hotaru, he found it not as difficult to be less closed up, and more willing to adjust how he approaches matters. As the series went on, with the more development Yukimura had, the more likable I found him to be. Yukimura can be serious, when trying to help with the situation at hand--or to just simply trying help out, but at the same time, he can also be undeniably adorable, in what he says, in the way that he talks, and in what he does. Onto Kanae: whenever she sees Hotaru not as herself, she would ask if she's okay, and that if anything's bothering her. In an instance where Hotaru seemed so obviously unmotivated, Kanae did something to help her pick herself up. She even recalled something that Hotaru told her a while ago, when her team was about to give up before they even play a match during physical education class: "I never thought about winning making me cool, or losing making me uncool. ... If anything... Giving up before you even try is kind of uncool. That's why I want to be someone who'll fight as many times as it takes, and never give up. That's got to be way cooler." Remembering such specific words just shows how much she values Hotaru as a friend, how much she cares for her friends' wellbeing and overall, how great of a friend she truly is.
The sound and art of the show certain adds to the intensity of particular scenes, and it's what makes the show so exciting to watch. During the fight scenes, to compliment the expressions, a darker shade of color palate would be used to present the characters' faces and certain music would be played to enhance the tension in the air. As a result, all the fight scenes captured my attention, as somehow, I always found myself wanting to see how the characters engage each other in all different sorts of battle scenarios, whether it's: close-range, far-range, near the flag area, one on one, snipping from afar, and so on. It's also very fascinating to watch how others react and act to the vibe that Hotaru gives off, as well as her quick movements that catches them off-guard.
The voice actors did an outstanding job in voice acting their characters. I especially like the voice of Hotaru; the voice that Mikako Komatsu (aka Neko from K Project, Ginger from Gangsta, etc) used for Hotaru is boyish, so it helps in convincing the other characters that she's a boy. It doesn't sound forced, in fact, it comes off as quite natural and clear. The voice that Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (who also voiced many other characters, such as Kirito from SAO, Souma from SnS, Kanemaru from DnA, etc), Yukimura's voice actor, used for Yukimura was really fitting for his character. His low and quiet way of speaking represents Yukimura as a character well. The voice actors also did a great job in singing the Opening and Ending songs; I personally like the Ending songs more (both Tic Tac and Gunjou Survival), as I find Mikako Komatsu's voice to be very fitting with the songs that she was given to sing.
***(This section leads to more major spoilers, so read on only if you've finished watching the series!)***
Matsuoka-san said something to Hotaru before they began the first game they played with each other, and that is: "Let's start this deathless death march." Now looking back and thinking about all of the games that they played, this line definitely held significance all throughout the series. When watching the episodes, where the characters takes the games so seriously, you might be thinking: ...but it's just a game. While that's true, it does shine light on many aspects in life. Yes, getting shot by a toy gun does not secure your death outside of the survival games, although it's possible for you to get injured from participating in them. Here's the thing: All the events that took place were, in one way or another, in relation to the survival games. The games reflected the possible outcomes of what can happen in real life-and-death situations, where people's lives can actually be at stake. An example of this could be: the opponent's got you cornered and the only options are: to 1. be shot, or 2. surrender. The line emphasize just how survival games with toy guns can shine light on real survival fights, with real guns, or even: invisible--not detectable by the eyes--kind of guns. For each person, the gun(s) that can "shoot" through them differs. With that said, most of the "guns" that leaves wounds and unforgettable scars are ones that are able to "shoot" into people's minds, and eventually, into their hearts. And with this series, it's clear that it's the invisible, not easily detected ones--at least not at first glance--that leaves impactful impressions on characters. You could infer so with the unraveling of how each character think and act because of the past experiences (and for some, traumas) that they've endured--especially for Matsuoka-san.
"There are two types of people. Those who let go and those who are let go. I've always been the latter." The "shot" that have been fired deep within Matsuoka-san was this: all the people that let go of him so far in his life. He never reached out towards any of them, even though he could've; instead, he just watch them leave, because he thinks that if he tries to reach out, he might really push them away for good. So, before Hotaru could take her leave, Matsuoka-san pushed her away by kicking her off the team, after Toy Gun Gun lost to Midori and his team. He didn't want her to hate survival games, and eventually, hate him for making her hate the games in the first place. For once, Yukimura didn't agree with what Matsun decided, and chose to not follow him on this decision. So, to help clear up the misunderstandings, he told Hotaru about the members that left Toy Gun Gun because of Matsuoka and his baggage with survival games--which led them to turn their backs on him.
As a response to Matsuoka's decision, Hotaru challenged him to a survival game, and that if she wins, he'll have to say something that she wants him to say. Hotaru kept losing, but her determination propelled her to keep trying. It eventually led him to ask the real question to himself: "Why won't you abandon me?"--as all those that left him did. Seeing Hotaru's persistency and earnestness on trying to win, made Matsuoka-san see just how much she is trying to reach out to him--the way that he didn't, the way that he was afraid to, the way that he wanted to--for others. It also opened his eyes: that she wants him to take and accept her hand and that Hotaru isn't someone that he can shake off that easily. There are people who just can't bring themselves to let go, even if they were told to do so and even if they think they should--especially if they see the other person in pain, suffering, unable to move forward; Hotaru is absolutely one of them.
Perhaps Hotaru's determination and earnestness made Matsun start to see more of how others feel around him too, not just how he feels about them (as he can really get too wrapped inside his own head). To express his thoughts on Yukimura opposing him, he smiled, while telling him: "Thanks for getting mad at me."
Both Yukimura and Hotaru managed to knock some sense into Matsuoka-san in the end; that's what they set out to do--and from the looks of it, they are getting better at doing so too. (Keep it up, because there's no others that can keep him in check...)
***(Spoilers section over.)***
Overall, I enjoyed watching Aoharu x Kikanjuu very much; it's one of the shows that got me the most hyped for the next episodes--and during the summers season as a whole. ^.^
I would recommend this series to fans of: Bishounens, Friendships, Action, Comedy, Shounen, and a show that have a strong female lead--along with great supporting characters
You're welcome to post a comment on my profile to tell me any feedback and/or critiques you have for my review; any feedback and/or critiques are appreciated.
If you are looking for a short, funny and enjoyable anime, with simple art and nice backgrounds, you should consider watching this anime.
Story (6 out of 10): The beginning may seem like Ouran Host Club, but that's really just the first episode. The story revolves about a high school girl Tachibana Hotaru, who got drawn into the world of survival games by her two neighbours to repay a debt - the twist is that her two team-mates don't know that she's a girl (girls are forbidden in their team).
If you want an anime with a deep and spectacular story, this might
not be the anime. Don't get me wrong, I loved the story and it's quite simple and enjoyable. It was funny and the ending was great (somehow, the endings in anime always disappoint me, but this wasn't really the case). Although I would have liked to see a few more action scenes.
Art (9) and sound (9): The art was great and simple (just as I like it). The characters were nicely drawn and I loved the backgrounds. The sound effects weren't overused, as they are in many anime and the music was also great.
Characters (7 out od 10): Each character was different and had it's own personality. They were enjoyable and funny and I can't decide on my favourite one. As the series progresses, you find out more about them. But they didn't really develop, this is where the anime lacks.
Enjoyment (10 out of 10): Why did I give it such a score? It's funny, it's simple and perfect for a short casual watching. It certainly didn't dissapoint.
Overall: As I said, it's one of my favourites anime. It's simple, short and interesting, with likable characters and great music. You find yourself laughing every episode. I really hope for a second season. While the anime isn't deep, or spectacular, it's really really enjoyable, so I'm giving it a 9.
This series was introduced to me by a good friend of mine, she knew the type of anime that I am into so she suggested I watch this one. About a Girl pretending to be a Boy in order to be on a Shooting Team - Toy Gun Gun.
At first I was a bit iffy in the idea that the girl pretends to be a boy, however I watched the first episode together with my friend and I absolutely loved it. I loved the fact that Hotaru (The Main Character) still has her friend and it shows us a bit
of her everyday life before getting straight into the main event.
The story was well designed, about a tournament between Gun Shooting (Pretty much BB Pellets) and this team that Hotaru finds herself in. I really got into the story and enjoyed the series a lot, once I had watched a few more episodes I was really finding myself amused. The more the story picks up the more you are wanting to understand what had happened with Team Toy Gun Gun before Hotaru joined. It has it's serious elements but the series also has it's funny elements to keep you awake and not bored.
The Art was a favourite of mine, it was well developed and well put together, especially within the fights. The way that they produced the battlegrounds was also a nice sight and it shown a lot of detail that had went in to the story board of the scenes. Sound was also a good element, they had a nice range of instrumental music throughout and the opening was very well played. The sound made more of the battles come to life and gets you really into it and picks your interests up as the fight carries on, puttign you on edge.
The character development was very well introduced into this show, for Hotaru being the main character she was introduced straight away as one of these Tom Boys that like to protect the 'Princesses' and this made the main character even more enjoyable to watch. The next two main characters were Masamune and Tooru, these characters to me looked like a very nice pair that worked well together, they were a combined team of specialist tactics and this made them perform together a well developed character point. There is much unknown about these characters but as the story goes on the truth is unraveled and it slowly reveals their past and how it all ties together with the tournament.
I honestly didn't think I'd enjoy this as much as I have and I am proud to say that now having completed this it is one of my favourites. It was very enjoyable to watch and it was also at some points emotional. It keeps you hooked into the series in order to find out what happens and what the end outcome is. I actually was quite happy with how the anime turned out and how well it was put together, I loved the idea and concept of a Gun Battle and the character developments made this even more interesting to carry on watching.
P.S. This could totally be turned into a Yuri/Yaoi haha!
Was upset that at the end of the series she still never mentioned that she is a she and not actually a he, so hoping for a second season at least for a follow up.
A surprisingly enjoyable series that is less plot driven and more character driven. The story wasn't terrible but it also wouldn't have been as engaging had it not been for its wonderfully interesting cast of characters. While I found Hotaru extremely off-putting initially, especially her use of illeism, eventually I grew to tolerate her and even found her somewhat endearing by the finale. Others I loved right off the bat: Yukki and Fujimon are hands down my favorites. One I can relate to so well, the other is basically a giant puppy.
You pick up early on that AxK thrives on being extreme. At times,
it's almost ridiculous how much weight they give the survival games and it teeters at the edge of being overly dramatic. The characters as well, while lovable, are also very predictable in terms of personality-types. What I wasn't expecting was how greatly exaggerated the character personalities were going to be.
I consider the art a fitting style for AxK. The animation, coloring, lighting, everything looks gorgeous and is definitely one of the best I've seen recently. I'm especially a fan of the scenes when Hotaru lets out bloodlust - again, an example of how this series takes everything over the top, but I say this with an amused fondness.
It had a heartwarming, very emotional season finale that made me go "d'awwww" for several minutes. I'm definitely keeping my fingers crossed for as season 2 as there were still several plot points that were briefly touched upon but never fully explored.
Aoharu x Kikanjuu is a fantastic anime. It is an awesome gender bender, an awesome sports anime, and an awesome friendship story. I feel like a lot of people ended up not liking this anime because they based their opinions off of the first two episodes and then were shocked with the turn it made once it really started in the 3rd ep. I want to clarify-- this is not Ouran High School Host Club with machine guns. There IS a host club in the beginning, there IS a girl who wears pants instead of a skirt, she DOES break something and initially is forced
to play on a team to repay her debts, and yes they mistake her as a dude. But this doesn't matter. After the 3rd ep, none of that matters because the beginning was just a quick means to introduce the main character to survival games (aka paintball with beebee guns). I'm not happy with how they did this or how they rushed it, but couldn't be bothered to care too much about it after I got to the amazing main plot.
If you enjoy dramatic sports animes with a slightly darker overtone, hilarious moments, and an emphasis on friendship, then this is for you. I was surprisingly entertained and excited about an anime about survival games. If you like paintball like I do, you'll probably be pretty thrilled since you never thought there'd be a paintball anime. But like any sports anime, it's dramatic. Sometimes it's hilariously dramatic, sometimes it's seriously, heart-string pulling dramatic, either way it's dramatic in a good way. What I really enjoyed about this story is that it progresses basically like it would if it were a male protagonist. She trains to get better, she sucks at first, but has great potential, and is determined to get better for herself and for her team. I really enjoyed this aspect of it.
It's nice, it's new style, it's smooth. Nothing really stood out to me regarding the animation, besides an occasional really sweet angle.
The opening is fantastic. The song gets you pumped up, the animation really suits the song and gives it a darker feel, and it's sung by the voice actors of the three main characters which is always a good +1. I thought the soundtrack of the whole anime was pretty good. They're really good at pumping you up during battle scenes and at important moments, but I felt that their weakest link here was during the softer moments in the anime. They're really good at battle sequences, but during downtimes and more heart-felt moments, the music was either a little bland or just plain forgettable. I felt like they could have done better during these moments.
The best thing about this anime is the characters. Without trying to spoil anything:
Matsuoka is a host in all the best ways. He's attentive, a good listener, and also caring to a fault. As a captain of the survival team Toy Gun Gun, he successfully utilizes these skills to bring out the potential of his teammates. As a character, he's very well-done. The more you watch, the more layers you see of him, the more you find out why he acts the way he does, and the more you find out just how much they thought about his underlying personality. He's a great example of a well-developed and well-written character that can be both strong and sensitive.
Yukimura is hilarious. Yukimura is a hentai mangaka with racy tastes, and isn't afraid to show it. He's the type who would creepily sit in a corner reading porn magazines. He's also a first class survival gamer. Pretty early on you find out that he has a dark past that's led him to only trusting and relying on Matsuoka (Matsuoka also has a dark past that's been touched on in the anime but hasn't fully been disclosed yet). He brings this obsession with Matsuoka into the survival games, playing as a sniper who always has his back. Yukimura undergoes some amazing character development throughout the show. I won't go into details, but I'll just say it was nice seeing him become more trusting and also more independent as the show went on.
I'd also like to take a moment to say that the side and supporting characters were also interesting and nicely developed. For example, the "evil" team Toy Gun Gun is fighting against has striking characters who will quickly become either your favorites or your most hated. And then they'll be developed a bit more, and your view will quickly change from black and white to grey. I can't wait to see how these side and supporting characters will continue to develop in season 2 (really hoping for a second season).
Now for the main character. I could write a whole research paper on why Tachibana, Hotaru is such a good and necessary character. It's so refreshing to see a sports anime with a female lead who's actually treated like a proper main character. Tachibana is like a classic shounen lead: she's all about justice, likes to battle people who go against her sense of justice, and is athletically talented. She's also extremely naive at first and a little oblivious. But through a misunderstanding and a journey of self-discovery and friendship, she learns what and who she's fighting for. In the end, she matures into an even more amazing, and hilarious, lead who I hope to see develop even more in the future. For a shounen, this is a standard character setup. But for a female protagonist, this is anything but. Like "Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit", she is a physically strong protagonist who isn't afraid to show both her femininity and masculinity, holds her own against her male teammates, and is proud of being herself in all that that entails. She doesn't consider females weak, and she doesn't consider males strong. She believes in herself and her strength as Tachibana, Hotaru, just as she believes in Matsuoka and Yukimura's strength as her teammates. She is a valuable member of Toy Gun Gun and is, eventually, treated like a valuable member. Knowing both her strengths and her weaknesses, Matsuoka recognizes just how amazing Tachibana is, and just how amazing she could become. It is so exciting to see a female lead like Tachibana in a medium so devoid of well-written female protagonists (without a story solely focused on a love interest).
I absolutely enjoyed the heck out of this anime. It was hilarious, it was thrilling, it was heart-warming, it was refreshing-- I can't say enough good things about it.
While I loved this anime to death, there were some shortcomings regarding the first 2 episodes. Despite that, the anime was still a fantastic watch.
I would not recommend this to people expecting Ouran High School Host Club, people who're just in it for action and guns, people who want Ouran High School Host Club with machine guns, or people who're expecting a weak, moe female lead holding a large gun.
I would recommend this anime to people who enjoy sports animes, well-done gender bends, comedies, and heart-felt friendships.
There comes a time in every anime viewers life when they come across something seemingly unique and are compelled to watch it. Either through stunning visuals, or an interesting synopsis, we dive into an anime world knowing full well it might just end up being 'meh.' Right, so here I arrive with this anime, Aoharu x Kikanjuu.
Story: It was a 'good' story. The whole premise of them becoming the best in Japan at survival games was interesting, and kept me in it for the long run. What I didn't like is how they kept speeding things up further than they'd need to, they squished a
lot into one 12 episode anime leaving me somewhat unsatisfied.
Art: Possibly the strongest point this anime had. The action scenes were what kept me watching this, and the creepy close up shots on many of the characters faces made the show have stunning visuals (like I said above). The designs of characters and more specifically the secondary characters uniforms were really cool. I mean, it wasn't gurren lagann level of fantastic art, but it was really SHINY.
Sound: The sound felt out of place to be honest, there was too much elevator music. It's literally what you would of listened to waiting to get to the floor of your hotel room. It seemed too jazzy for the show, as no one really had a jazzy personality. Not even Mattsun had that spunky of a personality. The music didn't match the story. Regarding the intro song, it was fun to listen to. So the whole soundtrack wasn't a whole miss. And it wasn't making my ears fall off or anything. The voices were just okay. I thought midori's voice did a good job highlighting him being very sadistic and Yukki's voice matching him as being pretty dull/interested in perverted things.
I kind of wish this was a shounen-ai so instead of deliberately hiding that the main character is a girl most of the show, they'd of just had her as a him. The main 'girl' is pretty unfeminine and looks more like a uke to me.
If you like that the main character is a justice freak, well, you'll have a ball, but she falls a little flat in development. Not just physical (budum bum).
I liked the dynamics between the secondary character team and the first, but the characters really weren't developed any further than just being a tool to the action of the story and humor. It was ALL about the survival games and the friendship that made no sense to of been made (besides sharing an interest) and the loss of friendship. If you're okay with characters having no individuality past being 'sadistic' 'masochistic' 'bloodthirsty,' or 'mundane' then I guess you can watch it.
It wasn't a BAD show by any means. It had great action, the art was spectacular, and it COULD be interesting at times. So it's a good action story that doesn't take up much time, and it's about a game that some of us play, and the passion that comes with it. I guess don't knock it till you try it?
I liked that this anime about something different at sports with thats guns but I just hated that this girl (Tachibana Hotaru) can't just to say her group that she is a girl and its really pissing me off.
I just liked the guns and it characters because only characters as Midori Nagamasa and more saves this anime from the my top 3 worsest anime.
Many emotions do not saves this anime which is a shame.
And I think that everyone can watch this anime but just to love the characters and guns, shame for the story.
Biggest reason is the characters.
The relationships between the characters are well thought out and meaningful, incredibly relatable in my opinion. Even the antagonists have their own meaningful backstories and justifications on their actions.
The comedy is also really well done, the whole anime managed to make me sad and happy at the same time.
As someone who likes airsoft, the anime does a good job at capturing the mood of an airsoft game, a lot of it is dramatized, but I don't mind because it adds action and excitement to the show.
Overall, I love this anime/manga, after watching the
anime I read through all chapters of the manga and it gets even better. I really wish for a second season.