Ayano Hanesaki, a first-year student at Kanagawa Prefectural Kitakomachi High School, has a badminton ability able to surpass others effortlessly yet avoids playing the sport. She meets Nagisa Aragaki, a third-year student who practices day and night aiming to become the best player in Japan. Encouraged by coach Tachibana Kentarou, supported by club colleagues, and fired up by various rivals, the two engage in their youth and adored sport so thrilling like a shuttle flown at high speed!
I will start talking about the "adaptation". To be honest, this anime is a bad adaptation if you compare the manga and the anime. That does not mean the anime is bad, though.
The plot and the characters from the manga are way too different when compared to the anime. The main characters' personalities are almost like polar opposites. Hayano, for example, is an air-headed character (giving me the feeling she's close to having some kind of autism) in the manga, while in the anime, she's just some kind of shy girl. Regarding the plot, the anime takes a few lines from the manga, but the
pillar of the story is quite different. The manga could even have a "comedy" tag on it sometimes.
However, this is a review on the Anime itself, so I'll ignore the quality of the adaptation itself.
It's been three episodes so far, but the story is good. A little generic in some aspects, but decent enough to keep retaining my attention and make me wait for the next episode each week. It does not have any kind of "superpower" that other sports animes have. *cough* New Prince of Tennis *cough*.
The animation and detail on this anime are very good. I like the match/training scenes and the "spectator" point of view used some times. I find them to be the most interesting point to mention when it comes to art.
This is, to me, the best point of this anime. The sounds created for the shuttlecocks and racquets are well done. They feel real. The music in the background and the OP/ED themes match the anime also.
This is maybe the weakest point of this anime. The reason I said the Story was generic in some aspects is mainly because of the characters. Main Character 1 is a talented (choose sport) player that, due to (insert some family/close friends disruptance), loses the interest and motivation to keep playing the sport, "hating" it. (Insert Main character 2) appears to make (MC1) love (selected sport) again. I might check these points again in the future if the characters evolve to something non-classical and the plot deviates from the standard.
Overall: 7.5 (8 because of rounding).
This anime, even though it's generic, is different enough from the manga to generate that small curiosity needed to keep you hooked for watching it. Artistic aspects are Very good overall, so it's not a pain in the eyes to see.
If you like sports, this is an anime you'll enjoy.