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Hoshiai no Sora
(Four episodes watched):|
The first thing that struck me about episode one of this show was that the animation seemed to be relatively fancy, with numerous people and objects moving simultaneously and a good deal of detail, rather than the usually bare bones approach which includes nothing more than what is absolutely needed. Maybe that's because there will be scenes on the tennis court where some fluid movement will be needed. This show did a good job of striking up some interest within me; we get to know a number of people fairly well, including Maki, Shinjo, and a girl, which suggests some romance may be forthcoming. The premise was amusing even if not all that original: the boy's soft tennis club is pathetic and will be disbanded if it doesn't win a match sometime soon. This causes team leader Shinjo to try to recruit his old acquaintance Maki, who knows nothing about the game but at least has good coordinating and reflexes. Maki is being raised by a single mother and will only agree if he is paid a bribe to play. At this point I had decided to watch, but the story takes a dark turn after the credits when Maki's worthless father turns up and beats him. This will obviously not be just a lightweight story about taking a club from rags to riches. Nevertheless, despite my misgivings I think I will continue to watch for now. This show has a sort of 'authenticity' to it, by which (if I understand myself) I mean it seems like it will try to be above average.
Shinjo definitely has an eye for talent, as it becomes clear that Maki is a prodigy who can be a star at soft tennis (or probably any sport for that matter). Maki has little patience for the lazy and unambitious players who make up the bulk of the team, however, and doesn't immediately make himself any new friends. After three episodes I found myself intrigued by this story and genuinely curious where about it would go. It seems to be more than the generic 'prodigy turns pathetic team around and they win a championship' sort of anime. Before long this was my favorite or at least second-favorite show of the season. The technique Maki uses to retrain the players in episode four was understandable, interesting, and made a good deal of sense. The characters are interesting and likeable. And of course there's the secondary plotline of Maki having to deal with his abusive father.
Last updated Wednesday, November 13 2019. Created Friday, October 18 2019.
|Official Japanese Series Web Site||http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/hoshiai/|