A simple anime with a simple concept presented in an enjoyable way. Super sports idols. Find out what I mean as we take a look at Extreme Hearts.
Genres: Idols, Music, Sports
Number of Episodes: 12
It is a show about sports idols. Nothing new but what helps this one stand out is the setup. Instead of focusing on one sport it is multiple.
The most prevalent ones are baseball, football/soccer and basketball with others like volleyball and rugby getting some shine too. That is not the only reason I called this a Super Sports Idol show. See, the girls’ extreme gear help boost their abilities to perform even cooler and sometimes crazy moves we most likely will not see in the real world. Also backup robot teammates and managers. It is similar to the Battle Athletes series.
The main differences between this show and that series is of course is the idol stuff (which personally I was more invested in our heroines’ performances but their rivals had good ones too) and the biggest of all no hostility or grudges between our heroines and their rivals. No hatred, no seeking revenge or career threatening games. It is all about girls competing at the highest level possible to be the best and get their names on the map to inspire youngsters to become great too one day. That is quite refreshing. Granted the girls do have personal struggles but none of it is what one would call super serious. Just things the girls need help to overcome and grow stronger from it with the power of teamwork. Again refreshing from a sports anime. All packaged in a classic underdog newcomer team story. It is as chill as the games that are not part of montages are thrilling.
The presentation is solid. The girls’ designs are the expected mix of cute and sexy with smol and stacked cuties. The animation during matches are good with maybe eagle eyed viewers noticing slip ups but honestly nothing that really ruined the flow of the games. The songs are fun to listen from RISE and their rivals. Again I was mainly invested in RISE’s but admittedly there was another team I cared about quite a bit too. The hint is “black and white”. Also I only featured three of the five members of RISE because it is more fun for viewers to see how the other two members join themselves. Fun stuff. All five are likable cuties and hotties as are the various rivals who despite not all getting much time in the spotlight are entertaining.
Time for the main event. For the most part we got yuri ships. Some with good potential such as the hinted “black and white”. They are cute together but not quite as much snuggle time together as I would like. They are definitely there though.
Overall Extreme Hearts is as chill as the games are intense when given time. The idea of sports idols playing multiple games is well executed. The animation is solid, the songs enjoyable and there is decent shipping potential with some being stronger than others. While not a show that will set either the idol or sports girls genres on fire the mix is definitely wonderful enough to recommend checking out to fans of one or both. Good stuff.