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.