In rugby, there is no ace striker, there is no number four batter, so who is the star of the team?
The story begins at school entrance ceremony of Kanagawa High School where Kenji Gion, a small but gutsy go-getter joins the rugby club. He joins with his classmate, Iwashimizu, who has a complicated past and sub-captain Hachiouji, who always takes good care of his Club members. Lastly, there is Captain Sekizan, who has overwhelming powers but keeps his cards close to his chest. With such differences in both personality and physical performance, the team must learn to work and grow together so they can become the best.
I have just finished watching episode 6. If you still havent noticed, this anime is a sport one. The basic plot is 'Go try, fail, train and win' is also seen here, so the unique stuff and basically why the anime shines wouldnt be so much because the plot but because the way they do it.
I would score the story 10/10. Why? Because even if I know what will happen in general the plot manges to suprise me and make me want to watch this anime with the best popcorns. It suprises you, it is epic and it doesnt take it easys on you.
Stuff always happen, its anti-boredom anime. I love those. They fill me with energy. Apart from that, you also can see in this, as in any good anime, some ideas and points that are actually pretty important in life. And yes, its work-hard-win thing that you can see in almost every anime, but its unique thing about sport ones and for this one aswell. I believe that this one shows you much clear those idaes, they are way more understadable than in Fairy Tail or even Kuroko No Basuke. In some way it reminds me of Haikyuu!
Art - 10/10. I like it, thats my oppinion. I absolutely love how the characters look, and also the mussles are pretty well drawn. I like it. Thats all there is to it. Someone might not, but you could pretty much see for yourself. I am not that good at critisising art although i have watched animes more than 6 years.
Sound - 10/10. Gotta love the voices and the music. Good synergising with the art, mood and the story. It has this music that you dont remember, which means it makes good blend with the rest. It always leaves me with a nice feeling after watching an episode.
Characters -9/10. To be honest i like the characters. They are good (well because I am I, the majority of the characters are good xd). Some change, like others, fight, its good. Love those stuff, if there is positivism i like it. Although its 9 cuz i dont like those yaoi moments (red lines across the face while playing sometimes+- some other moment). Not a fan of that one.
Enjoyment 10/10 - As I said, wanna watch it with the best popcorns.
Overall - 10/10. I would advise anyone who looks for something motivating, fresh, epic and interesting to watch it.
Wouldnt reccomend it to someone who looks mystery, blood, psycho or really deep story and characters. This is an anime of doing, not thinking.
Fall 2016 was meant to be a pretty stellar season for sports anime, and I for one was incredibly hyped for it. And I definitely wasn’t disappointed with it as a whole. The third season of Haikyuu!! proved to be just as good as the first two, and Yuri on Ice!!! made itself out to be an unexpectedly thrilling series. However, I can’t say the same about All Out!!. It was the Fall 2016 anime I was most looking forward to – after all, rugby is basically just men in tight shorts violently glomping each other. It should have been perfect. So what went wrong?
Well, everything about All Out!! can be summed up in one word: lazy.
Madhouse has produced some stellar anime in the past (Death Note, One Punch Man, Parasyte), and I guess they used up all their effort creating them, leaving absolutely none left for what could have been a brilliant sports anime.
Firstly, and most disappointingly, the animation is some of the shoddiest and least dynamic I’ve ever seen in any anime, let alone a sports anime, where movement and energy is a key factor. There is literally nothing going on in the majority of the scenes in any given episode, and this becomes most apparent in the match in episode 3 (or 4? It’s probably bad that I can’t remember…). The whole pitch seems to be covered up with this bright white fog of war, so the animators don’t have to animate anybody but the character(s) at the forefront of the scene. The scrums, one of the most exciting and homoerotic parts of rugby, are still frames with lines drawn on them to express movement. Even the ball looks bad, as somebody thought it was a good idea to animate it in CGI, making it look awkward and out of place next to the hand-drawn everything else. Everything about the animation is lazy, and makes the anime as a whole incredibly dull. I guess that’s why they made all the colours so saturated, to try and make up for it…
The character designs also make me want to rip my eyes out. They looked pretty decent in the manga, nothing special but still fairly nice looking, but I guess this didn’t translate as well into the anime as everybody looks like a Dangan Ronpa reject. This would be (a bit more) fine if this anime wasn’t trying to be realistic. When have you ever seen a kid with hair in the shape of devil horns? The stupid hairstyles and face shapes only serve to try and differentiate the characters from each other, as none of them have any personality. Even the main characters, who should be walking stereotypes (does a comedy, shippable duo made up of a tall, experienced guy and a short, angry, more energetic and DETERMINED guy sound familiar..?), don’t even have enough character development to be stereotypes. All sports anime have essentially the same plot – underdog team wants to get to nationals and win, so the audience has to be kept entertained by the characters and their journey and development from losers to winners. All Out!! is unable to do that. There isn’t even enough shipping potential to make it watchable, and what potentially yaoi moments there are are so forced (eg. when the Robbie Rotten looking dude straddled the captain man and professed his love for something or other of his) that it’s just offputting.
Other, more minor irritations of mine about this anime are the absolutely inappropriate and generic choices of background music (half of it sounds like it was ripped directly from a comedy ecchi, the other half is generic rock guitar), everyone’s eyelashes (they look like they have spiders on their eyes) and the skintight sports kits (seriously, clothes do not work like that. Another example of laziness). I’m only continuing to watch this anime to make my past self happy, my sweet, deluded past self who didn’t know how terrible this would be. It’s the definition of a disappointment.
I have been looking forward to All Out!! for months and so far it doesn't disappoint. First of all, if you are not a fan of sports anime then you will probably not enjoy it, so be warned. I am, however, and All Out!! is ticking all the right boxes for me. In the first episode a short, feisty character, Gion, meets a tall, shy, character, Iwashimizu, and gets introduced to the world of rugby. As the story progresses Gion meets the rest of the team, amongst them the captain, Sekizan, who seems to take rugby very seriously and looks a little scary.
The story is
not really original, as it seems to be a typical-newcomer-finds-out-about-a-sport-and-joins-a-team plot, but that's not why fans love sports anime: Fans love sports anime because there are awesome characters, great action and lots of humour. Judging by the first few episodes, All Out!! delivers on all three counts.
If you don't know anything about rugby, don't worry. Like many other sports animes, in All Out!! you are introduced to rugby through the eyes of a newcomer (Gion) who has to learn all the rules, allowing the viewer to learn about rugby as well.
I gave Characters and Enjoyment 9 for Great and Art got 8 for Very Good (especially if you like muscles). Story I rated 7 (not really original and a little predictable, especially if you have seen a lot of sports anime) but I enjoyed the Sound, especially all the heavy rock tracks so I rated it 8 for Very Good. Overall I rated All Out!! an 8, but I might change it to a 9 later, especially if the story gets any better once the big championship starts.
Basically, so far All Out!! is everything you want a sports anime to be. Hope you will enjoy it as much as I am!
Putting the exaggerated art aside (even though it's charming in it's own way and grew on me), rather than playing and winning rugby matches, perhaps All Out is about personal development and team building (at this point, at least)... together, they want to get stronger.
I do appreciate the fact that All Out doesn't put all focus on the main character, Gion, but also hints on backstories on individual team members and how that affects team dynamics and growth. Also, there's no one super strong team member, just players with their own strengths and own internal battles that game by game they seem to get
better at overcoming and show us what they've got. It's a slow build up, but it's happening.
One more thing I like is that Gion being new at playing rugby is just about clueless about everything... HOWEVER, for people who don't know the rules of rugby (like myself), Gion serves as that bridge since I can learn the game through his eyes. So far (ep. 9) he has improved, partially because he's the naturally wild and aggressive type but he still has ways to go and he knows this and therefore strives to get better. What I also like about Gion is how unexpectedly observant he is... not just about watching the game but how his teammates play and their mood as well.
All Out is not perfect but it has this thing about it that makes you want to cheer for the team... so even if like me, you don't understand the rules, then perhaps you'll enjoy watching the characters grow and eventually you'll get into the game. Now, I know when they score a 'Try' lol
My one minor bone (which is laughable) is that they use a soundtrack that sounds like one regularly used in Naruto, so each time I hear it, my mind shifts to Naruto with shinobi training and flying through trees lol
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