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Aokana Season 1 Review
Aokana: Four Rhythm Across the Blue
蒼の彼方のフォーリズム (Ao no Kanata no Fō Rizumu)

Synopsis

In a world where flying is as simple as riding a bicycle, there is a popular sport called Flying Circus. The protagonist once had a bright future ahead of him in that field of sports but due to an overwhelming defeat in addition to a certain other reason, he has left that field. However, he meets the transfer student Kurashina Asuka and regains his passion as he teaches her how to fly. With his situation changed, he participates once again in the Flying Circus. Just how high will he be able to fly this time with Asuka at his side?

This is a love story about the two who met while soaring in the skies, and the friends surrounding them.

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Animation

  • Animation quality and consistency for that time. 

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  • How well the story flows and keeps you engaged.

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Overview

Aokana: Four Rhythm Across the Blue, known in Japan as Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm (蒼の彼方のフォーリズム Ao no Kanata no Fō Rizumu, subtitled Beyond the sky, into the firmament), officially abbreviated as Aokana (あおかな) and translated as Four Rhythm Across the Blue, is a Japanese adult visual novel developed by Sprite and released for Windows on November 28, 2014.

Alternative title

– Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm
– Ao no Kanata no Fō Rizumu
– Aokana: Four Rhythm Across the Blue
– 蒼の彼方のフォーリズム

TL;DR Review

Aokana: Four Rhythm Across the Blue is an anime television series adaptation of a Japanese adult visual novel game. It was produced by Gonzo and aired between January and March 2016.

The animation is pretty good and vibrant, as expected for a moe anime. It isn’t overly detailed, but it remains consistent. There are some 3D CGI blends into some scenes.

The opening theme “Contrail: Kiseki” by Kawada Mami is generic but slightly better than average. I was expecting a seiyuu song where they can’t hit the proper notes. The ending themes are “A-gain” and “Kimi to Ita Kisetsu”, both by Ray.

The pedigree of this anime should give you cause for concern. I don’t mind moe anime, but it needs more substance than being cute. I don’t think I cracked a smile once watching this series. The jokes aren’t funny and the characters’ personalities aren’t any better. I have to force myself to watch this series to review it, rather than watching it for enjoyment.

It’s a cliche when the guy walked into the girl undressing next door across from his windows, but for it to happen the second time is just a lazy attempt at fan-services. Do girl just undress in front of an open window when they know it’s a boy room across from them? One of my pet peeves is when a character does not act like a human, but as a plot or agenda device.

Another absurdity is why do women wear a short skirt when it’s a world where it’s normal to fly? Logic would dictate otherwise, but how else are they going to tease the viewers with the upskirt shot?

I can’t recommend this anime to anyone unless you are really into romance-ecchi-moe anime. Clearly, I am not the demographic this anime is specifically aimed at. Aokana contains suggestive themes/dialogs and is intended for young teens.

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Featured Music

Aokana: Four Rhythm Across the Blue
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Opening Theme

TV Series

  1. “Contrail: Kiseki” by Kawada Mami (eps 2-12)

Closing Theme

TV Series

  1. “Contrail: Kiseki” by Kawada Mami (ep 1)
  2. “A-gain” by Ray (eps 2-11)
  3. “Kimi to Ita Kisetsu” by Ray (ep 12)

Insert Song

TV Series

  1. “Wings of Courage: Sora o Koete” by Kawada Mami (ep 12)
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