I got a chance to watch Backflip today. Yeah, I binged the 3 episodes. Lol.
It was fun.
Good thing I decided to watch this sports anime.
Yeah, this anime is not as impressive as the likes of Kuroko no Basket or Haikyuu, but, interestingly, Backflip has its own charm that captured me and made me look forward to the next episodes.
Through the 3 episodes I binged, I immediately understood what made this sports anime better than the other mediocre shows I had seen lately. You can clearly see from how the story unfolds and its animation how much effort and dedication the team behind this was poured on this anime. It bleeds to the show, bruh. It’s so satisfying to watch.
This made me happy that I made the right decision on giving this baby a chance.
Now, for the 3 episodes I watched, here are my thoughts:
The story follows Shoutarou Futaba, a boy who’s fascinated with men’s rhythmic gymnastics and enrolled at the Ao High School to join the school’s team. The story follows a team of unique seniors and Yoshiya Misato, a classmate who’s famous in high school rhythmic gymnastics tournaments, who run together toward one goal. (MAL)
In episode 2, we got to see our MC slowly getting into the club. From transferring to the dorms to actually starting to do gymnastics.
The dorms thing was quite predictable to me, but I still laughed when it was revealed. Lol.
The main story of the 2nd episode focuses on the 1st years, specifically Futaba, as he tries to learn the basics of gymnastics. Compared to others, Futaba is a noob. He might be athletic, but that’s not enough for him to be amazing immediately in gymnastics. That’s why he got the challenge from the coach. For him not to be a burden to the group, he needs to learn fast.
I think my only issue here is that we didn’t see much of what stuff was taught to Futaba, like how to handstand or tumbling. Nope, no info. It was more on showing the aftermath. I have no problem with that, but it would have been interesting if we got info on how to do it.
Because of limited time, Futaba was able to accomplish the challenge and now an official member of the club.
Now for the 3rd episode, I find this episode a bit boring.
Nothing much happens other than the introduction of the other team that they will train with.
Mashiro, the white hair guy from episode 1, appeared again and made an impact on our MC. Not only they became friends, but he was also able to teach Futaba how to handstand properly, though, in my opinion, he wasn’t much of help. Mashiro seemed to be a cutie at the beginning but his aura is quite odd. It didn’t help that Misato is a bit hostile with him. It was mentioned that they went to the same school, and from the additional info, I think that was one of the factors that made him choose Ao High in the end.
Let’s move to the 4th episode. In here, it was more productive. In this episode, we got to see more of how vast the difference between the 2 clubs. The other club is really talented and very cohesive. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to see much of the Ao High club’s performance, maybe for build-up, but based on how the other team reacted, it must be bad.
I like how they were able to pinpoint what was wrong with their team and tried to be better. It was simple, but that realization is definitely needed for them to move forward.
We also got to see the 2 clubs bonding with each other and it’s wholesome to watch, though it’s funny how each one of them matches with another person in the other club.
Overall, this anime is turning out to be better than I expected.
Not only the story build-up was done well, so far, but the art and animation are also beyond anything I had seen in a bishounen sports anime. It’s like the animators went all out on specific scenes and it’s so amazing to watch. Damn. This definitely made me like this series more than I should.
I can’t wait to see how the story unfolds in the next episodes.
Anyway, that is all for now. This has been Will Sirius and thanks for reading.