KONICHIWA! I’m Emi, the writer. The anime version of Four Rhythm Across the Blue has begun! The original PC game version was awarded with the first place in the annual Moe Game Awards, as well as the first place in the User’s Choice Award. The long-awaited anime adaptation of this popular visual novel is finally here. I’d like to share some highlights from the first episode.
Episode 1 synopsis
On the first day at her new school as the transfer student, Asuka Kurashina was already in trouble. Luckily, she was saved by two casual passerby, Masaya Hinata and Misaki Tobisawa, who showed her how to fly through the sky for the very first time using antigravity-powered footwear, Grav-Shoes. Being psyched about the flying experience, and after being coached on Grav-Shoes, Asuka came to realization that she has zero talent in sky-flying business. That was exactly when she learned about Flying Circus, FC, a trending aerial sport that takes advantage on the antigravity feature of Grav-Shoes.
Aerial sports, Flying Circus
Flying Circus is the name of an innovative aerial sport that takes advantage of the antigravity feature of Grav-Shoes. In this race, a player competes against an opponent. The players fly through the pre-determined zone staged above the ocean, and whoever collects more point wins. Apparently this is an imaginary sport, however, rules are easy to understand, and the game is a high-speed race; no knowledge is required to get amped up!
Girls are cute
Many different types of girl appear throughout the story. My first pick is Asuka Kurashina. She is a transfer student, new to school, new to everything, she doesn’t even know how to put on Grav-Shoes, huh! On top of that, she’s got spacy and klutzy characteristics, but at the same time, she works really hard on something she cares about, and doesn’t give up easily. She makes many friends in the new environment, and above all, she glows up as a person through many experiences – I feel that her personal growth is another highlight of this anime.
I am struck with the aesthetics of the background scenery. The story takes places in an imaginary archipelago Shito Islands. A dazzling scenic imagery that stresses height difference between the island contour and sea level. Skies that have no limit. Shimmering water of the ocean. All of these scenic elements are painstakingly incorporated to breathtaking animation. Just imagine how you would feel if you soar through nature like that… exhilarating, right? Be sure to check it out!
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