26 CommentsFirst Impressions / By Scamp /

Natsuiro Kiseki episode 1

This first episode reminded me of another anime I’ve seen. Now if I could only put my finger on it…ah yes, I remember now! It’s like all the things Daily Lives of Highschool Boys mocks in every single episode!

“Oh Scamp, why did you even bother? It’s about 4 girls being friends and doing shit together, you hate that sort of stuff”. This is true, but Natsuiro Kiseki also happened to have Seiji Mizushima directing it, the same guy who directed the original Full Metal Alchemist, Un-Go, Gundam 00 (fuck you and your shitty Gundam Age) and…err, Hanamau Kindergarten. All shows I like, albeit to wildly varying degrees. I have a lot of respect for the guy and I’m willing to give anything he makes at least a shot, even if it does on the surface look like an anime about a bunch of girls being insufferably nice to each other.

It’s true that Natsuiro Kiseki isn’t what it appears to be on the cover. It’s not about a bunch of girls being insufferably nice to each other. It’s about a bunch of girls being overly melodramatic to each other, angsting over teenage worries and getting their panties in a twist over very minor problems. What bugs me about melodrama, versus good old regular drama, is how it makes an incredibly big deal out of incredibly small problems, laying on the angst because someone wouldn’t play tennis with them. There’s a bit more subtlety to this than to Ano Hana or the usual nakige-inspired stuff, but that’s really not saying much.

Each female character is a lame old stereotype. The kuudere who speaks in low tones of voice. The overly energetic one who goes EEEHHHHHH whenever someone expresses anything other than complete compliance. The other two could quite easily fit into Precure molds of the sportier one and the not-quite-so-sporty one. She even has the short red hair that is a pre-requisite for sporty Precure girls. I wish this was a Precure series, at least then these characters would have some bloody sense of humour. A magical pet falling from the sky would have livened things up no end.

It’s Sunrise though. Where are the giant robots? Why has the stone they’re all praying around not started glowing to reveal that are all fated beings that must defend the world from hyper-advanced aliens with australian accents? There has to be something more to this show than just these girls pratting about, being angsty. It turns out that yes, there is something more to it. Remember this anime is meant to be a promotional device for the idol group Sphere? On that note, I do find it amusing that both this and Nymphogear, two anime that are meant to promote idol groups, have the female characters buying the latest hot single CD because seriously guys this shit is sooo cool and please keep buying ridiculously overpriced singles and don’t move to the digital downloads like the rest of the world or else our entire music economy shall collapse. But yes, the show is used to promote a bunch of idols (who take the form of 13 year old girls in this anime, but that’s the Japanese idol industry for you). That means the show itself is also about, you guessed it, idols! The story is about these girls rise to becoming idols!

I guess I’ll have to wait for AKB0048 for a show about idols that also includes giant robots. When your show has made me eagerly anticipate AKB0048 because I’m hoping it will do stuff better than your show did, then something has gone horribly wrong.

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  1. Posted April 2, 2012 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    “fuck you and your shitty Gun­dam Age”


    • Scamp
      Posted April 2, 2012 at 8:18 am | Permalink


      • luffyluffy
        Posted April 2, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

        >Hating Gundam AGE

    • Golos
      Posted April 2, 2012 at 8:32 am | Permalink

      Indeed, how dare Scamp to insult “Daily Lives of Gundam Pilots”!
      He should have watched the last episode of Gundam AGE (with troll subs) rather than this girly idol stuff.
      In AGE, girls are killed and men in their forties and older triumph.

      • Kiseki
        Posted April 2, 2012 at 8:49 am | Permalink

        Fantastic Beard-san…… ;__;

      • Kiseki
        Posted April 2, 2012 at 8:58 am | Permalink

        Oh I thought you were kidding. Ahh why is it that Frito shines in an arc that isn’t his own. Ah I have to catch up.

        B-but stiiill Fantastic Beard-san… ;__;

      • luffyluffy
        Posted April 2, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

        It’s okay, Vengeance Beard will live on in our hearts.

  2. SnapDragin
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    So what you’re saying is, this is a show about real live annoying girl teenagers! AWESOME! First my life is invaded by angst filled teenage girls thanks to my sister, and now it’s even invading my anime.

    Life is so cruel.

  3. Kiseki
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    I watched the beginning and end and thought I would love it seeing all the magical happenings reminiscent of…something, but then I watched some of the content in between and was sorely disappointed.

    At least it’s not the usual aliens. (Screwit there’s probably a UFO under the rock.)

    It still has time to redeem itself. Natsuiro Kiseki is science fiction and fantasy over slice-of-life and melodrama. ;__;

    And is it me or is the animation/artwork awkwardly unpolished?

    • Scamp
      Posted April 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

      Aliens would liven this shit up to no end

  4. Overly-animated
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    I believe we should have faith in this Idol girl anime. We never know what will happen in episode 2. There might be a big explosion and then one of the girls dies and will be reborn as Super Dreadnought girl 00 [reference to 00 Gundam]. With glowing dust wings. With a evil [Place mold for bad guy here.] That wants to take over the world with song! So with the power of song and 13 year old teenage girl Angst. She save the world. With her and every villain fighting it out while singing.I mean that with not one sarcastic word at all.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 2, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

      I respect your unending optimism

      • FFF
        Posted April 5, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

        Did you mean fantasy?

  5. luffyluffy
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Instead of watching all the bullshit Sunrise churns out these days, just go and rewatch all the emo 90’s Sunrise mecha shows, starting with Big O and ending with Gundam Wing.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 3, 2012 at 8:52 am | Permalink

      Already watching Big O

  6. Posted April 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    I have more faith in AKB00 than this one.

  7. luffyluffy
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    No the aliens would want to inspect human culture and make a human body and then be aliens doing cute human things and that’s your plot enjoy it scamp this is your fault

    • Overly-animated
      Posted April 2, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

      Well Cute alien humans doing human things would be better then Cute teenage girls doing teenage things. Think about the plot a host of Alien humans trying to fumble their way into human society and trying to fit in.. Using Manga and anime as a example of human culture..

      Done right it could be up their with Daily life of highschool boys.

      • Posted April 2, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

        I take it neither of you guys have seen st. frog

  8. RogerMoore
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    The Natsuiro Kiseki drinking game: Take a shot every time a character plays perfectly into their generic archetype or when there’s a two or more minute whine-fest about a completely insignificant event. Good luck.
    Warning: You will die.

  9. ken28
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    dont know that you have against this anime….

    • RogerMoore
      Posted April 4, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

      …Did you read the post? I think he made it pretty clear.

      • ken28
        Posted April 4, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

        that me bugs the most that he is upset juts because its a sunrise anime without mechas.
        This argument is just dumb

      • RogerMoore
        Posted April 4, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

        That truly is the exact content of the post. Oh wait. No. That was just a couple sentences that were a joke.

  10. Embok
    Posted April 9, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    You have no idea how excited I was when the one chick said “I want to fly” and the wishing stone started to glow.

  11. Mr.RR
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 7:22 am | Permalink

    The last two times I looked at an anime and said “This looks dumb I’m not even gonna bother” I ended up watching them thanks to YouTube and now they are among my favorites. So 2 or 3 more episodes before I decide.

    Oh and rising that quickly should have killed them.

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