The story follows Minato Narumiya. Minato played Japanese archery in middle school, but after a certain incident, he ran away from the sport. In high school, Minato meets new friends, and together as part of their school's archery club they aim to win the prefectural tournament.
Tsurune is a work that has clearly impressed me with its history, animation but also atmosphere.
It is a work, to relax, a work that will make you dream, a work with many poems, dream but especially an exceptional graphic paw.
This mixed with a palette of characters that is complete, which will help evolve this character who is afraid to resume his passion.
Kyoto animation, have still manage in all the staging, reminding me at times some of their works as Hyouka.
The Ost, are also working, entering perfectly with the story. The choregraphy during archery sessions, are beautiful, the episode 2 was one of the episodes with
the most beautiful animation.
In short watch this anime for the entire beauty of this work.
The first thing to spring to mind when I want to describe Tsurune is it’s a fujoshi style sports anime about archery.
The story follows Minato, a highschool student who suffers from target panic due a incident in middle school. After abandoning the sport, he returns to play archery in his high school's archery club as they aim to win the prefectural tournament. The basic premise is that of your typical sports anime, however i would say this show is lacking in several aspects.
I’m getting bored with this anime. Watching Minato overcome his trauma of target panic is the most compelling aspect of the
show, however once he’s gotten rid of his anxiety then what? There’s nothing else interesting going on in the show, except if you want to see Minato and Kaachan fighting for Masa senpai to notice me.
There’s a lack of drive from the main characters or massive hype to be invested in the show.
To compare it to another sports anime this season, Hinomaru sumo is your typical underdog story, but it manages to be insanely hype introducing or foreshadowing a new antagonist nearly every episode while having our protagonists undergo crazy training ideas to get stronger. There’s a clear objective with Hinomaru wanting to be Yokozuna. The characters are distinct and each of have their own set of personality traits and get character development.
In Tsurune, the story feels aimless and there’s no actual goal. Most of the characters are bland stereotypes and feel too “normal” for a character driven sports anime such as this e.g. there’s the energetic Ryouhei, glasses kun, a self proclaimed pretty boy, Minato and Kaachan. The girls aren’t worth mentioning because they’re so one dimensional that they have nothing to distinguish themselves apart. They’re pretty much background characters to have some diversity in the club, whilst the main story focuses on the boys. For example, when Masa-san takes over coaching the club the girls introduction are completely skipped as if they don’t exist.
Kaachan is one of the few interesting characters than the others in theshow. He’s like a less obnoxious version of Bakugou from MHA. However, that doesn’t change the fact he’s a rude, annoying tsundere most of the time.
Animation & Sound (4/10):
The animation is pretty good. The opening and osts are uninspired and forgettable.
I digress, my main flaw with Tsurune is archery is a boring sport. I’ve tried being invested in the sport, but I can’t. Even when they go over the rules, I can’t see anything appealing or how the writer could make it interesting in the long run because it’s just kids shooting arrows at a target. It’s bland and repetitive. Archery’s too one dimensional and limiting as a sport to make it standout. In other words, the anime was doomed to fail from the beginning.
Tsurune fails to capture what I love about sports anime, which is why I consider it one of the worst sports anime I’ve watched.