A First Impression: Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm/Aokana: Four Rhythm Across the Blue Episode 1

“Hey, we have a universe with a cool flying device, what should we make the plot?” “HIGH SCHOOL ANIME”


In some unspecified year (although presumably in the future), advances in technology have led to the creation of almost magical anti-gravity shoes. Our protagonist, Asuka, is a high school girl who has just moved to an island where these shoes are in common use. Through the help of fellow classmates, Masaya (a boy with a supposedly “tragic past”tm) and Misaki (a girl with significant mood swings explained away by “low blood pressure”), Asuka learns to fly using her shoes for the first time.

Look at that character diversity! Angsty male character; ditzy heroine; sleepy girl; the lesbian; and bland nice girl. Yep, the gang’s all here!

One day while walking home, Asuka overhears the aftermath of a “Flying Circus” game by Reika, a girl from a rival school. Asuka then challenges Reika to a Flying Circus match, for reasons that are too long and dumb for me to want to really explain here. Anyway, the aim of the game is to score points by either touching a couple of airborne buoys or by touching your opponent’s back. Because Asuka is a beginner user of the grav-shoes, Reika lowers the conditions for winning. Asuka just has to score one point to win. Will Asuka be able to win?

Spoilers: Of freaking course Asuka ends up winning, because this is an anime.

Am I really supposed to suspend my disbelief enough to accept this…

My Opinion:

I am sorry, but I have seen so many of these types of anime in my life by now that I have a knee-jerk reaction to be incredibly cautious and cynical about these types of shows. And indeed my predictions were correct—this anime ended up being extremely generic and extremely “anime.”

We have yet another anime that refuses to characterize its characters beyond easily identifiable “quirks” and doesn’t seem to know how real human beings act. Also, we have an amazing device (the grav-shoes) and all they’re used for is… a game. Okay. Also, we have randomly thrown in fanservice. I intensely dislike the “guy walks in on girl changing” trope because it seems like anime cannot seem to figure out how to introduce a new character in an interesting way AND also that it seems like this is a trope that just won’t die. However, I’m even angrier at this anime because it used the trope in the STUPIDEST way. This time, the main male dude Masaya doesn’t actually walk in on a girl changing—he walks into his room, looks through his window, and sees a girl changing… in front of her goddamn open window across the street. Now this is the reason why we don’t change in front of our goddamn windows. What’s worse is that this girl does not even show up for the rest of this episode. I’m sure she’ll show up in the next but damn was that a colossal waste of everyone’s time.

Just when you thought this anime couldn’t get anymore anime, we have Asuka challenging an advanced player to a game she’s never heard of until now. Because that is something that normal people would do. And of course, she wins, through the power of bullshit wanting to win really hard! That’s not how that works either, but okay anime!

The only “good” thing about this anime is that it stars Asuka as the protagonist. This series is based on a visual novel with Masaya as the player character, so I think it was a pretty good idea to have Asuka (presumably the main girl) be the protag instead. It’s probably the only original idea out of this massively clichéd anime.

Overall, decent animation, but the plot is bland. It’s basically every high school anime you’ve seen before, except with anti-gravity shoes. Also it infuriates me that a school that allows students to fly still makes the female students wear short skirts as the school uniform. …Anime!

Out of five:

precure heart2

I hate this


One thought on “A First Impression: Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm/Aokana: Four Rhythm Across the Blue Episode 1

  1. moeronpan January 12, 2016 / 6:12 am

    Why do dudes think that women would wear skirts if they could fly??

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