A series which seemed relatively fair in its PV has finally aired, and while not necessarily coming off as a cheap marketing effort, Natsuiro Kiseki is looking to be a mess instead with no coherent transitioning.
As the episode begins, we’re taken along with a short haired heroine who quickly prepares to dash out her home – apparently because she has a promise with someone. An initial thought might be that either it is a boy or a friend, and it proves to be the latter – as it so seems, our heroine plays tennis and another was supposed to come join her, yet they purposefully did not. The circumstances up to this point are interesting – the tennis aspect is quite rarely done, and to see our heroine’s friend blatantly stand her up certainly rivets the mind as to why.
Unfortunately however, from here onward, the series travels two opposite directions simultaneously – part of the plot is quite exquisite as a slice of life, whereas the other is complete drivel and the reason behind its inclusion feels as if simply for sake of not being able to think up anything better.
After realizing her friend is not coming, our heroine heads to a classroom to confront that very companion as to why she will no longer partake in tennis practice. It seemingly goes deeper than this however – our heroine’s friend was the one who wanted to play tennis to begin with, and this blonde haired beauty has not merely dropped tennis from her activities, but has also been acting rather distant recently. The two get in a heated conflict of words – and despite their arguing, one can easily tell their true motives.
While our heroine remains oblivious as to why her buddy has been acting peculiar, most should easily realize by now based on events seen in other anime series that the blonde is likely going to move away – and thus, she’s simply too upset to continue with anything if she’s merely going to end up abandoning her dreams and her friends to begin with. This proves to be indeed be the case – and as for our heroine, she of course loves her friend, so she’s unwilling to allow her to quit on anything so easily.
No matter, the blonde ends up storming off for now – and while the story is decent thus far, a flaw has already emerged. Our girls blush constantly in this anime, even when bickering angrily at one another – and worse is that it occurs in such a manner that it is hard to take any of their intended emotions seriously as the eternal blushing makes them appear to be at least slightly struck with baffled embarrassment, regardless of what they do or say, every second of the series.
In other words, the artwork is weak – the girls may be cute and all, however the art fails to portray moods of exasperation, among a few other more intricate facets. Yet contrastingly, it is exceptional in illustrating an upbeat expression as is wonderfully exemplified by a certain attractive green haired character.
Continuing along with the story, our heroine and her blonde bishoujo friend also have two more friends – an outgoing green haired girl, and a pink haired female who says little. Our orange haired heroine discusses the issue with these two, and here we notice that not only does the green haired character’s vivid personality truly shine the most of anyone, yet she’s also one of the most joyful anime girls we’ve ever seen.
Her nature is one that could single-handedly propel the series forward if so desired – and in fact, it is her who manages to take this episode beyond pointless female squabbling as she makes an effort to resolve the adversity amongst her friends.
Apparently, there’s a tradition amongst these four friends in which they touch a sizable rock and then their dreams supposedly come true – using the rock as a peace ordinance, the green haired girl calls together the blonde and our heroine in an attempt to bring them together. And now the series unveils its greatest fault, ruining itself right at the end for no understandable purpose – almost as if it were committing suicide as the turn it takes is truly that drastic.
Our heroine and the blonde go along with their green haired friend’s proposal of fondling rocks – yet when mentions of becoming an idol are made, the two get into a silly verbal dispute. As we learn, these girls all want to become idols together – however the blonde believes it to be a dream impossible and ridiculous, even though she formerly went along with it. And so as childish yelling starts up once more, we ponder on the subject of why the series must repeatedly emphasize a fictional idol group.
Of course the girls want to become idols and whatnot, they’ve done well to make this clear – yet the series literally keeps shoving a fictional idol CD in our face every several minutes. However worry not as this isn’t the part where the series plunges into nonsense – that part comes as the girls all randomly find themselves thousands of feet in the sky, interrupting their whining.
Indeed, all the girls are now magically floating upward for whatever reason. While amongst the clouds, they join hands and for a moment feel united – they’re not terrified or find it too unusual that they’ve blacked out and awoke in the atmosphere. Only for a short time however do they remain up there before gently swaying down like leaves.
This scene’s significance made no sense whatsoever, and that is likely as it had none considering it did nothing to aide the story – only hurting it as yes, believe it or not, spontaneous aerial flight definitely diminished the built-up feelings gained from watching friendship fizzle, and it also eradicated any credibility the plot might have. Further solidifying how it was an interjection with no meaning, the blonde just walks off agitated once she’s on the ground again.
For the slice of life aspects, this series excels in that it does feel very serene and sensible – however it manages to prevent itself from a chance at being anything spectacular through extended focus on the arbitrary, such as the idol CD, as well as scenes which in themselves are whimisical and out of place, like the senseless mid-air moment which ironically sent the series downward in quality while the girls flew upward in space.
In addition to those weak points, there’s also the major defect of the art’s horrible lack of development and detail – it does not represent the ongoing actions of the story as the studio behind the series were too obsessed with the keeping the girls looking moe at all times.
Natsuiro Kiseki doesn’t seem to be anything horrendous thus far – however the only reason one might want to watch it is if they’ve got nothing better to do. Nothing of value would be lost by overlooking it, and likewise, nothing of value will be gained as this anime isn’t innovative nor does it set any sort of trend. Do notice how much of what can describe this series amounts to the single term “nothing”. As for now, Natsuiro Kiseki is simply a sub-par series with a launch that could only literally lift its characters off the ground, but the plot.