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.
Another season, another sports anime.
"Why should you watch this anime?" You probably asked yourself that question a lot. Hopefully, I get to answer that by creating the most unbiased review I can muster.
[I'm basing this off of the first 4 episodes]
(I'm a bit inexperienced in this oops)
(skip to the end if you want an overall outlook)
You have a guy that was a god at a sport, but something happened (in this case, target panic) and he drops the sport. Pretty basic. He starts school where a club of said sport (archery) has just opened up. He refuses to join it at first
and you can probably tell where it goes from there. Now the only thing saving this anime is the fact that it's about archery; otherwise, it would have spiraled way down in the ranks. So far we have a grasp on the storyline and what will happen later on. Will there be twists? Probably. But I have to give it to them since the show is always teasing you. Other than that I really don't have much to say but hey, there might be a tournament "arc"... about archery. I have to also add that if you expect it to revolve around tournaments and rivalry and whatnot, it doesn't (so far, at least). It's mainly about MC and his identity crisis with some archery to hold it together.
This is the dangerous part. You have a squadron of 5 guys or as others would like to say, the fujoshi haven. As expected ships are everywhere but we're not here to talk about that. So far we have had a decent amount of character development. There is diversity in personalities and it just creates a (in a way) bubbly atmosphere. We haven't had a proper backstory from most of the characters (yet), but hopefully, we'll get some clarification for a few things. I have to admit, sometimes I find myself watching this just because of the relations of some of the characters. (yes, I'm guilty)
We all know Kyoto Animations by now. Their style is the same one we know and love and the animation is pretty good. Not much to say here. The mood of the setting is always consistent and it just works in their favor.
I haven't focused on the ost much, but what I did realize is that the mood and ambiance of the anime were very consistent throughout. The op fits a lot, and it's stuck in my head. It doesn't really stand out, but it does the trick. (just like the show, doesn't stand out but an enjoyable run)
Enjoyment and Overall (8.7/10)
The short answer: it's a fun watch. Now for the long answer. Tsurune is one of those shows where you don't expect much, and it isn't much, but it's not boring. If you're a pretty versatile person (like me), then it can be a show you come back to from time to time. It's very relaxing overall and it does a good job staying true to that. It hasn't strayed much from what you've seen in the first episode. It's not the best show this season, but it's worth a try. Try the 3 episode rule and maybe you've got yourself a show to come back to.
(Action or competitive vibes don't come that often in this anime and it just focuses on them hitting the target or not. It's not an extreme sport obviously so that much is understandable)
The first thing to spring to mind when I want to describe Tsurune is it’s a fujoshi slice of life, 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 which is why I’ve gotten bored with it.
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 story, 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 lacks direction and feels like there’s no goal. They want to win a tournament because plot.
Most of the characters are bland stereotypes for such a character driven sports anime such as this e.g. there’s the energetic Ryouhei, yandere 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 a controversial character where you would either like him or hate his guts. He’s like a less obnoxious version of Bakugou from MHA. I think he’s one of the few interesting characters because I can see some depth behind the bravado. However, that doesn’t change the fact he’s a rude, annoying tsundere most of the time.
Animation & Sound (4/10):
The animation and opening is pretty good. The osts are bland and uninspired though.
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 to standout from it’s competitors. 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.
here we are with another 2018's fall anime series in sport genre :D
tsurune is one of those anime series which you can enjoy as a teenager the most :D
i loved watching it so far...
story 7/10 :
the story is simple...nothing complicated or impressive...its about japanese archery which some kids are interested in it and fight for their purposes as an archer :D all sport anime series are like that tbh :D
art 10/10 :
the art is perfect...we have the same studio as free anime so this was expected :D
i always love the perfect art of this studio *~* i wish that some other anime series with the
perfect stories would have been made by this studio :D it would have been awesome *~*
sound 10/10 :
soundtracks are awesome...i love the opening the most*~* perfect art with perfect sound you know @.@
characters 8/10 :
tsurune's characters are very good in my opinion...we have minato as the main character who is in love with japanese archery but has some trouble with it and his friends and my favorite character is their teacher who helps minato to overcomes his troubles :D
enjoyment 8/10 :
i always loved sport anime series so its always enjoyable to watch for me :D
its always exciting to watch people competing over something isn't it? as long as you are not among them its fine :D :D
sport anime series always give me motivation to do what i want at any cost :D
overall 9/10 :
i love a good sport story with beautiful characters and good soundtracks so i enjoy watching tsurune :D
if you liked free and sport anime series in general you will enjoy watching tsurune so give it a try :)