“I’m sorry, flying fish. But you were delicious.”
What if humans were able to fly? Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm explores this possibility through the use of shoes (Grav-shoes) giving that ability. Most of the story is focused around the sport that is called Flying-Circus, where competitors compete by touching buoys (in a form of a square) or by tagging each other in the back to score the most points. Through its characters we see their determination too get better at the sport whilst also learning some life lessons along the way.
The story is actually centralised around its characters in the Flying Circus club. With their development in trying to form a club, all the way to winning a championship, the story excels at portraying both the ups and downs of this journey and the human emotions and factors that come along with this. At times there are very comedic moments (mainly in the first half) but as the story goes on, the drama builds up between characters. Questions are raised about each the characters ability’s and whether not they would be able to get through this trough to shine on the other side. It provides a great balance to everything.
The animation throughout the show was quite consistent and enjoyable to see. From the different angles in which the characters would fly at, the different colors used to match each character, combined with the seemingly pretty contrails that followed their movements, it was a pretty anime to watch.
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OP/ED: Both the OP/ED were very good. With strong female vocals (Mami Kawada and Ray being strong picks), it emphasized how pretty the show actually was. The animations of flying and the different use of colors through both of the songs were a highlight to watch and very easy on the eyes.
Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm Was it Good?
For a show that generally combines the areas of sport, comedy and drama it does it so within a neat little package of a season. A lot of little extra factors go into this package, with its pretty animations, strong OP/ED or just the characters themselves, it was a good show to watch each week. The whole anime was quite solid and solidly put together, with it probably being one of the most underrated shows of this season.
Recommendations: For an anime the is focused within the sport genre it does a good job in balancing the drama and comedy. Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm teaches viewers about the ups and downs that can possibly come when competing in any kind of competition, whether it be in a sport or any regular game. It does very well in its pretty visuals and music, and thus I recommend the following:
- Kuroko no Basket
- Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate
- Walkure Romanze
- Air Gear