Kakeru, a former elite runner at high school, is chased for stealing food. He is saved by a Kansei University student Haiji, who is also a runner. Haiji persuades Kakeru to live in the old apartment "Chikuseisou" where he plans to team up with fellow residents to enter Hakone Ekiden Marathon, one of the most prominent university races in Japan. Kakeru soon finds out that all of the residents except for Haiji and himself are complete novices.
Looks like the anime industry has finally acknowledged the existence of a mythical place known as 'college'. From the very first second you are drawn in due to the unique storyline.
The art style is so fluid that it easily sets this anime apart from others.Absolutely no inconsistencies/drop in quality anywhere.
This is the USP of the show. We have 10 people,each studying in different majors and different years.Ample screentime is given to every character.Their interactions are highly realistic.
This show is a perfect mixture of drama,motivation and comedy.There is never a dull moment.It feels difficult to wait an entire
week for a new episode.
The opening is good, but the ending is just gold.Even in the sound department,nothing has been compromised.
Highly recommended for everyone, even if you hate running.
WARNING: SINCE THIS ANIME IS CURRENTLY AIRING, THIS IS NOT THE COMPLETED REVIEW, I WILL EDIT THIS REVIEW AS THE SHOW CONTINUES. MY OPINIONS MAY CHANGE OR NOT CHANGE IN THAT TIME.
I usually sleep on my left side of my bed, while ya'll sleep on this show. But... seriously guys, this is probably the most underrated anime from this season. A hidden gem if you must. Which is surprising, with sports anime usually gathering the biggest fandoms in the anime community, such as "Yuri!! On Ice!", "Free!!" and "Haikyuu!". Maybe it's because this anime doesn't have a exclamation mark in its name? I'm just joking.
But honestly though, if youre not watching this show I advise you to watch it, youre still not convinced allow me to give you my review on it.
S T O R Y 7/10
Out of all the other scores, this is the lowest. Not because the plot is bad. It just that it's generic to any other sports anime. But at the same time, just because something is unorginal, it doesn't make it boring. It just means that if youve watched lots of sports anime you might be a bit disappointed. To sum it up, it follows the trend of one character being passionate about a sport, he wants to get the team to win a championship, team is unmovtiated/underdogs, another team member is really good at the sport but is not longer enjoying it because of past experiences or another reason, but they all find love for the sport eventually, Yeet. You get the spin. But although the plot flops with its slight unoriginality, the show isnt boring at all, due to its characters and animation, which I will talk about soon.
A R T 9/10
So far, the animation and art style have been consistently good. With most shows, with animation starts to struggle after the 6th episode, but so far it hasn't even had one poorly animated scene. Not only is it consistent, is its good, like really good. Especially the characters facial expressions… god I love them. The happiness, anger, fatigue, sometimes the facial expressions are on the level of "A Silent Voice"; which is basically god standards for emotion. The colours are bright and the colour palette isnt ugly at all.
S O U N D 8/10
While the soundtrack isnt insanely amazing, it is pretty goddamn good and noticeable. Aka, it doesn't fade into the background it is used effectively. It being a mix of light electronic and your usually soundtrack stuff. The ED being very light electronic. Also the op is really good, not just the song but the visuals itself.
C H A R A C T E R S 10/10
This is the best bit about this show, easily. If the casts of characters wasn't this good, the scores wouldn't be so high. Period. It's hard to describe why, but you just fall in love with them! The show does have a slightly large cast, but they are all rememeberable and unique. Within the first episode they are all effectively introdouced perfectly and not only that, but we get a amazing taste of their personalities. They are all very fun to watch. Plus, their character designs are great, corresponding to their personalities, all looking different but not silly, like actual people. BUT! It isnt just the characters that are outstanding, its how they interact with each other. You can tell which characters get on with other characters, which characters don't talk to each other much, who looks up to who and who looks down on who, who has known each other the longest ect ect. Because of this, watching them walk to each other is extremely charming and enjoyable.
E N J O Y M E N T / O V E R A L L 9/10
I love this series so much currently. I hope that it continues being this good and heck, even get better. If you can't tell, I recommend everyone to watch this show. Even if youre not a avid sports anime fan. This show is for practically everyone and the fact that its one of the least popular things from this season amazes me.
Thank you for reading my review. please upvote it if you've gotten this far... it took me a while to write because I deleted about two paragraphs by accident while I was writing this lol. I will edit this review whenever I feel I need to.
Have a nice day! uwu
Story (7): The story is neither extremely unique nor really unoriginal, but it is pretty standard story for a sport anime.
There are various unique, interesting and lovable characters in this anime, and we get a deep-dive in the personality and development of the most important characters, making it really easy to relate to and feel with the characters, as well as making them more likeable and real.
OP: Pretty fitting for the show. The opening is chill and all good but nothing outstanding.
ED: The ending is pretty neat, the beat is really relaxing.
OST: (the god) Yuuki Hayashi composed the soundtrack,
so obviously it's gonna be amazing. With such inspiring, hype and beautiful OST every scene becomes better, making all replicas sounds significantly better. This is why I think a good soundtrack is really important, especially in sports animes like this which is more character-based than action-based.
Art (8): The art and animation is fairly good, but nothing outstanding.
*Fun-fact: The Chief Animation Director is the same as that of Haikyuu and Ballroom e Youkoso, which is why the art style is so similar in these three animes.
Enjoyment (8): Although the story is pretty simplistic, the characters and sound easily outweigh this, making watching the anime a really enjoyable time.
Overall (8): I'd definitely recommend this anime to anyone who likes to watch sport animes, but also to everyone in general because the combination of unique and interesting characters and a solid soundtrack make watching the anime a delight.
Are you exhausted of seeing sports anime set in a generic high school setting and want something different ? Are you a college student like me who wants a sports anime they can relate to ? If any of those describes you then I welcome you to the world of Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteru. As an athlete in college, this show has given me the motivation and strength to practice hard everyday and not slack off. Why is that you ask? Well here are the reasons why.
Story : 9/10
The story like most people would say is pretty standard but what differs it from the
rest would be the charisma and passion exhibited from the main character. 11 episodes in, the story in general is the main character is passionate and dedicated to join an event but since it requires 10 members, he cunningly recruits 10 students by giving them a place to stay while offering them luxurious food . Each episode is amazingly well paced and shows how each character develops. By the time each episode ends, I am already looking forward to see how the story progresses.
What i love about this anime is the fact that there is at least one character that anyone can relate to. Each character has their own quirky personality as well as their own personal issues to deal with. With each episode we get to know each character more personally, and empathize with their struggles in life. It teaches me that everyone is different in their own way and we should not judge a book by it's cover.
Sound : 10/10
This is the best part about the anime. Out of all the winter anime, this is one of the two OPS and EDS I cant skip apart from bunny girl senpai. The OP is played by one of my favourite bands, Unison Square Garden who has played other amazing songs like kekkai sensen ED and ballroom e youkoso OP. When the OP comes on, I immediately have a burst of motivation to run as much as possible till i am satisfied. On the other hand, the ED gives you a sense of nostalgia as you appreciate what youth is all about and makes me want to enjoy the most out of my youth. I can easily say that the ED is the best of 2018.
The artstyle reminds me so much of Haikyuu and it is not an over exaggeration when i say one of the characters is the literal copy of Tobio Kageyama. If you are a fan of Haikyuu, i would recommend watching this anime. The artstyle is highly realistic and makes me feel like I am a part of their world. The characters expressions and emotions are well shown and I can feel each character's motives and passion flowing out of the screen.
Enjoyment : 10/10
Each episode is equally enjoyable and not even a second have I feel bored with the anime. Each episode I go through a roller coaster of emotions ranging from laughter to sadness all the way to anger. Even though it has a simplistic storyline, due to the team having 10 different personalities, it makes it fun to watch how each of them interact with one another and helping each other out while dealing with their personal problems. It is so good that I had to write a review to make sure people are not deprived of such an amazing anime.
Overall : 9/10
I am only halfway through the show, but I can tell that this anime will be one for the history books as one of the best sports anime. Before that happens, watch the first 11 episodes and be amazed by how amazingly beautiful and motivational this show can get. It is not meant for a specific audience and anyone at any age can enjoy it equally. Don't let this masterpiece be left out as a hidden gem. Upvote this and spread the message.