In every season, there’s always an anime that totally went under the rug, but was actually good and enjoyable to watch. Last 2016, one of the underrated animes I followed and watch was Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm.
To promote this anime more, I’m here to share my thoughts about this anime.
AO NO KANATA NO FOUR RHYTHM
The gullible and clumsy Asuka Kurashina, newly transferred to Kunahama High School, enters this world of flight unknowingly when she is able to pull off a difficult maneuver the first time she participates in a Flying Circus match. Eventually, this leads her to join her school’s Flying Circus club. Led by their coach, Masaya Hinata, their members consist of the experienced Misaki Tobisawa and her overprotective friend, Mashiro Arisaka. Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm follows this rookie group soaring high above the skies and toward their dreams, armed only with their unwavering passion against an uncertain future.
Watching all or most of the animes in every season are both tiring and fun. One of the reasons I do this is because I don’t want to overlook an underrated hidden gem.They might not be popular, at least I enjoyed and had fun watching it. One of those hidden gems I found last 2016 was this anime, Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm.
Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm is actually a ‘sports’ anime, or I consider it to be. It follows the main protagonist as she discovers how amazing and fun the sport, Flying Circus, was. Flying Circus is a sport about flying fast and hitting the back of the enemy to point. Its very intriguing and definitely interesting. The sport itself attracted me, that’s why I got into this series. The story follows like any other typical slice-of-life sports anime. Still, it was enjoyable. I do admit, there were some pacing issues on some episodes in the middle part of the series. There were some episodes that I felt were unnecessary or were too slow. The rest then were okay.
Other than the sport, the characters also made me like the series. All of the characters were really likeable. I didn’t find anyone annoying, though I’m a bit hassled by the male lead. Other than that, I like them all. The main protagonist, Asuka, looks and act like any other ‘baka’ protagonist, but damn she is so badass during the games. I really like her determination to win and also her love for the sport. I also like Misaki for being an awesome player and a really good friend to Asuka.
I really like the character designs, specifically the uniform of the characters when they play Flying Circus. As you can see in the cover photo, they look like birds and the shoes looks so cool. It makes me want to own one. With the animation, well, there is 3D. Yeah, I admit, some scenes were were not really good, especially during the fights, but they were bearable compared to the new Berserk. So its not that bad.
Overall, this anime is quite lighthearted and fun to watch. This anime might not be the best underrated anime out there, its still enjoyable to watch. I recommend you guys to binge-watch this one. I think one of the reasons people overlooked this one was because its kinda forgettable, especially when she went against Assassination Classroom S2, Akagami Shirayukihime S2, and the famous Erased in the Winter season. Binge it, its worth it bruh.
Anyway, thats it for now.
Thanks for reading and I hope you check out this gem!! 🙂