427th G-View: Iwa Kakeru! Sport Climbing Girls

Time to take a look at the only all-female sports anime of Fall 2020. Question is whether a show about sexy fit ladies competing in professional climbing is an entertaining watch. Let us find out as we take a look at Iwa Kakeru! Sport Climbing Girls.

Iwa Kakeru! Sport Climbing Girls

Genres: Sports

Themes: Sport Climbing

Number of Episodes: 12

G-Rating: 8/10

Plot Summary: Konomi Kasahara, a master at puzzles, is a first-year student who attends Hanamiya Girls’ High School. While looking for a club to join, she comes across the school’s climbing wall. This fateful encounter changes her life when she becomes a member of the Climbing Club. 

Konomi's new outlook on life

SCG is actually a simple show to describe. Plot wise it is as standard as it gets. A newcomer with no experience but with latent potential joins a team of experienced athletes. From there she must constantly prove herself against many challenging opponents. She also has a teammate who takes the sport way too seriously but over time goes through her own character arc. Then there are the veteran members with much more experience but they too face personal obstacles. Together they train hard and grow stronger together as the compete in tournaments against Japan’s top teams. Again, simple sports media storytelling. Naturally like most sports anime the show takes the time to educate viewers on the basics of sport climbing with some advanced techniques here and there.

Chicken Dinner

(Left to right: Jun, Sayo, Nono and Konomi)

Whenever there is a straightforward plot it is up to the lead characters to carry the show. Fortunately our four main heroines do so with ease.

Konomi ready for more

We have our leading lady Konomi, an ex pro gamer who sees sport climbing as a puzzle game. Thanks to her prior knowledge she is able to adapt it to climbing and with hard work and determination grows stronger. Before each climb she analyzes the wall with her “puzzle vision” searching for the best route to the top. At first the wall transforms but later on she transforms too in her mental simulation.

Jun's seriousness

Jun starts off as the token “This ain’t no game!” super serious athlete but SLOWLY changes. There is a reason why she takes the sport so seriously and how it has affected her social life. She is also the most muscular and fastest climber of the team.

Nono doing her best

Nono is the goofball of the team but takes the sport as seriously as everyone else (Not as hardcore as Jun of course). She is the shortest member. REMEMBER THIS for later on the show.

Sayo struggling

Visually stunning and the most skilled member, Captain Sayo is the total package and a great leader.  However, she too faces her own obstacles.

The fact most of the girls play their roles well makes it all the more exciting to watch them do their best to succeed. Plus they are fun ladies to hang out with during chill times. Jun not so much at first but give her time.

Sport Climber Abs

(Types of physiques on the show: Jun, Sayo, Chigusa and Masumi

The trailers and other promotional material promised sexy muscular women and it delivered but do not expect rock hard lady bods. Even the most muscular on the show, the gorgeous “Muscle Maxima’am” Chigusa, is not a entirely chiseled out of granite. This makes sense as female climbers cannot afford to build up too much muscle or it will weigh them down. That is the reason some are lanky. Chigusa was able to find the right balance of buff.

Ooba climbing the first semifinal wall

The presentation is solid. The camera goes all over the place from top down to bottom up, capturing the best angles of our sexy athletes in action. It is similar to Harukana Receive in that regard. Viewers get good looks at their fit physiques as they climb, grab, push, stretch and leap their way to the top of walls in various competitions. Sometimes we get a snapshot of them in action but luckily most of the time we see them in motion. This is where the show is at its best. The soundtrack fits the show while the OP and ED are solid.

Hope for Konomi X Jun

When it comes to yuri, many of us here are used to all-female sports anime to give off to in your face gay gayness but there are some that are not as openly gay. SCG is part of the latter. The ED gave the impression Konomi would have a lovely time growing closer to Jun and Captain Sayo getting some nice grabs in. The reality is different. While the show does not give off super strong yuri vibes they are definitely there. Konomi X Jun a little bit but the surprise if which pair’s yuri power was strongest on the show. Viewers will notice as they watch.

Overall Iwa Kakeru! Sport Climbing Girls is a very fun sports anime for people seeking a show with fit to buff beauties competing in tough climbing competitions while becoming stronger individually and together. While the story is straightforward the leads are all enjoyable and most will (probably) root for them to succeed, at least that is what I do in sports anime I greatly enjoy. The yuri is not as strong as in other all-female sports anime but rest assured it is definitely there.

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6 Responses to 427th G-View: Iwa Kakeru! Sport Climbing Girls

  1. Nick says:

    A very solid sports anime and I enjoyed it a lot.

    Like you said, many sports anime are pretty simple when it comes to the storytelling and Climbing Girls isn’t any different, but with shows like that it’s the characters who really bring it to life and I thought they did just that for this show.

    Might not have been as educational as other shows out there, true I still felt like I learned something from watching it, but it’s not to the level, say, Dumbbell or Fishing Club was where they really broke it down step by step for you and made it easy to follow.

    As most sports anime go, there are trials to overcome and personal struggles each character needs to work out. I thought it was al handled well and as with many shows these days, my tolerance for long drawn out drama is getting lower and lower each season, so I’m glad they didn’t focus too heavily on drama and stuck to the climbing most of the time.

    As the ED shows, I thought we’d get a training camp ep where they’d go off to some different location in the mountains or beach and train there for a bit. Yes we did get them climbing by the river where we first week Kiku but it just wasn’t the same as the ED showed. I think this is just a roundabout way of me saying I wish there was a swimsuit ep or something.

    All in all I enjoyed this show a lot and it does make me want to try out climbing at some point in the future where COVID isn’t such an issue anymore. Same score I gave it. Solid, enjoyable anime through and through.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Yup. Sports anime are usually define by their cast more so than the main plot. This show had a great cast, yes.

      It showed us just enough to get started ourselves and follow the rules of the competitions.

      Thankfully the drama was kept to a minimum but again our heroines were so likable we wanted to see them overcome their trials so it worked out well.

      Perhaps the writers knew if we got a swimsuit episode we’d be ded.

      Would be cool to try wall climbing one day after COVID dies down.

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  2. yurimylove says:

    Good show! It was happy ending, but a bit rushed.

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  3. K says:

    Hanamiya coming out on top in the end was very satisfying, however it was weird that Anne wasn’t that torn up over it despite her strong desire to grind Konomi and everyone else into fine powder.

    This was a nice sports anime. The main girls were very likeable and the drama wasn’t overbearing like it was in that one anime (Hanebado!). I liked the soundtrack, especially that tune that plays when Konomi’s analyzing the walls.

    I think the vibes were stronger with Nono/Sayo than Konomi/Jun, especially due to how tremendously worried Nono was for Sayo’s well-being.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Guess getting knocked down a peg was enough to prove she’s not the ultimate climber she thought she was. Plus she overdid it so she probably realized she might have pulled off a clean sweep were she not overconfident nor overdid it. She kinda made the same mistake Konomi did in the last tournament.

      Hanebado could have been excellent but alas it went overboard with the drama.

      Nono X Sayo were the surprise couple of the show and a welcome one at that.

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  4. Giack31 says:

    This wasn’t particularly good but it was very enjoyable to watch. What I think contributed a lot in my enjoyment of the show was the really good music during the competitions.

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