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Hoshiai no Sora

Alternative Titles

English: Stars Align
Japanese: 星合の空


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Oct 11, 2019 to ?
Premiered: Fall 2019
Broadcast: Fridays at 01:58 (JST)
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: 8bit
Source: Original
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.941 (scored by 7,429 users)
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Ranked: #6382
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Popularity: #2046
Members: 44,001
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Constantly outperformed by the girls' club, the boys' soft tennis club faces disbandment due to their poor skills and lack of positive results in matches. In desperate need of members, Toma Shinjou is looking to recruit capable players, but he fails to scout anyone. Enter Maki Katsuragi, a new transfer student who demonstrates great reflexes when he catches a stray cat in his classroom, instantly capturing Toma's attention. With his interest piqued, Toma ambitiously asks Maki to join the boys' team but is quickly rejected, as Maki doesn't wish to join any clubs. Toma refuses to back down and ends up persuading Maki—only under the condition that Toma will pay him for his participation and cover other club expenses.

As Maki joins the team, his incredible form and quick learning allow him to immediately outshine the rest of the team. Although this gives rise to conflict among the boys, Maki challenges and pushes his fellow team members to not only keep up with his seemingly natural talent, but also drive them to devote themselves to the game they once neglected.

This story focuses on the potential of the boys' soft tennis club and their discovery of their own capability, while also enduring personal hardships and dealing with the darker side of growing up in middle school.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Akane, Kazuki
Director, Script, Original Creator
Aketagawa, Jin
Sound Director
Nakajima, Megumi
Theme Song Performance
Theme Song Performance

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"Suisou (水槽)" by Megumi Nakajima

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"Kago no Naka no Bokura wa (籠の中の僕らは)" by AIKI from bless4

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Oct 31, 2019
cubeslice (All reviews)
First off: I really think this show will be the best this season. From deep characters to an enrapturing story, this original has it all.

The story of Stars Align is centered around a middle school boy named Katsuragi Maki. He moves schools and gets convinced by his friend to join the school's failing soft tennis club because of his athletic ability, despite never playing soft tennis before. From there, it seems like it will become a generic sports/drama, but there is a darker side to the story which reveals itself after the ending of the first episode, and the show starts touching on conflicts read more
Oct 31, 2019
Krunchyman (All reviews)
Hoshiai no Sora (Stars Align) is a tennis based anime that may catch you by surprise. That’s because it takes a realistic approach towards competitive athletics, in ways that most shonen won’t accommodate. That’s not to say that shows like Haikyuu!! are bad — in fact, I rather enjoyed it — it’s just that they usually give the main protagonist a special advantage that would otherwise not exist in the real world. Also, the plot usually follows a predictable pattern, in which the team uplifts itself from obscurity to unquestioned greatness.

Hoshiai no Sora, on the other hand, gives the impression that this read more
Nov 11, 2019
RomanceLover12 (All reviews)
Don't judge Stars Align just because of its art style which seemingly looks peaceful and clean. Little do you know it covers many deep scenes and dramatic ones. To top it off, I am currently enjoying Stars Align. It's your typical sports anime but with a hint of drama. Looking forward to the upcoming episodes.

The boy's soft tennis club faces dissolution due to the lack of results and skill. Desperate for new members with athletic ability, Toma Shinjo leads a recruitment drive and come up empty. He approaches the transfer student Maki Katsuragi, but Maki declines not wanting to join any clubs. Toma follows Maki read more
Nov 9, 2019
vsingh1996 (All reviews)
Really wanted to like this one, but 3 episodes in and it isn't getting much better.

To start off with, it's a beautiful anime, I loved the art in some places and it was top notch everywhere. The character design is a bit too soft for my taste but the characters are distinct enough and consistent. The sound is also great.

The character development on the other hand is lagging. They mix a decent perception of realism with some absurd elements. For example it seems all the characters suffer some form of hardship, and I'm talking some cases of serious abuse, but then they channel all read more


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