Hey doods and peeps. Welcome to another episode of The G-Views. This show kinda hit me right in the heart for some reason. How? Find out as we take a look at my final thoughts on Natsuiro Kiseki.
Number of episodes: 12+1 OVA
Plot Summary: Natsumi, Saki, Yuka, and Ringo are best friends. They’ve grown up in an old agricultural town, experiencing everything together, both happy and sad. But one summer, they are visited by a miracle.
Ah, the wonderful memories I have of high school and the group of buddies I was part of. My best friends, a relative who was like a brother, various activities from Gym to Yu-Gi-Oh and conversations about life, anime, and hot chicks. Sadly like all things in life, they must eventually come to an end. Graduation, family issues, eating bacon without eggs, are but a few of the many reasons I had to say goodbye to some of my #1 broskis back then. Thankfully I still keep in touch with two of my high school broskis. You all mihgt remember Chocokara as being one of them. The other is Mr Fuji, Chinese Man of Wonders. (Not the wrestler/manager). It was sad seeing broskis go, but life goes on and if you count your chips right, more friends to make. However, I decided to no longer make anymore broskis and settled with being friends. It makes saying goodbye less painful.
What’s my point? Although the show is primarily about cute girls doing cute things while learning basic life lessons with the involvement of a magical wish granting rock(s), the main plot centers around Saki, the blonde girl, having to move away soon. It felt familiar, you see.
For personal enjoyment, I gave the girls nicknames, like I always do. It started off with names based on the seven dwarves but after the brilliant suggestion by one Snippettee, I changed the nicknames to reference the Spice Girls. Heck, even my subtitles were spiced up. I honestly don’t have much else to say about the show’s premise. If you’ve seen one basic Slice of Life anime involving a group of girls doing stuff, you know what to expect from this one. OH! I just remembered something. That magical wish granting rock, please don’t waste your time trying to figure out how it works because the rules on how to make wishes differs almost every time: The distance, position, amount of people wishing for the same thing. It’s inconsistent.
A word of warning: The 1st two episodes have Natsumi and Saki arguing like morons. However, after that, things calm down and the real fun begins. Do not drop the show after only two episodes. Watch at least 4 before making up your mind for sure.
I’ve heard word around the internet that animeniacs were complaining about this show’s poor animation quality. Now you all know it has to be REALLY in your face for me to notice bad animation, which is why unlike the masses, I didn’t mind the quality that much. It’s average at best.
I WILL say however, that a glaring art decision was to have all the flashbacks in full color. Do you know the TV screen settings menu where you can change the “tint”, “brightness”, “sharpness,” and “color”? Imagine raising the “color” all the way to maximum. Yeah, that’s how full of color the flashbacks are.
The second image is a flashback. Do you notice the difference in color intensity?
There are other minor nuisances but they’re petty to me. Besides, Saki’s breasts increase and decrease in size depending on whether she’s wearing clothes or not. That should be enough to keep some happy, I suppose. I’m not a Saki fan, but I cannot deny the fact she’ll grow up to become a blonde bombshell soon enough.
The music’s there and nothing more. It’s forgettable.
Funny enough, the order the girls are sitting, from left to right, is the exact order in terms of favorites.
Rin, aka Cute Spice, is my favorite of the four. She’s the quiet, somewhat timid and level headed member of the group.
Yuka, aka Sweet Spice, is considered to be the least favorite from what I’ve heard. She’s loud, obnoxious, over energetic, loud and responsible for most of the wacky wishes that are granted such as two Natsumis. I personally like her upbeat personality. I suppose it’s because I’m much more merciful towards girls…or because I’ve seen much, MUCH WORSE! Besides, all of those traits make her the most vulnerable.
Saki, aka Hot Spice, as you can tell from her codename, she’s considered the most attractive and for good reason. I used to call her Grumpy early on but she’s just pulling a tsundere so I should have known better. She still maintains her short temper but that’s mostly due to Sweet’s antics.
Natsumi, aka Bitter Spice, the undisputed leader of the group and my least favorite character. Not because she sucks, but I don’t like her that much. She competes with Saki in the anger department but she’s more of a strict person than a grouchy one.
No SoL starring girls is complete without yuri subtext, so…
In conclusion: You like SoL shows starring a group of girls, watch 4 episodes and see if it’s for you. You don’t, you don’t.
Saten from To Aru Kagaku no Railgun.
A fellow nation member mentioned the resemblance. Also, both their girlfriends, Rin and Uiharu, are voiced by Aki Toyosaki…fun fact.