Natsuiro Kiseki ~ Review
“A feel good series that shows us the importance of friendship and dreams”
I watch all kinds of anime; from the well-known “mainstream” anime series to the more lesser known “underground” ones. I watch everything from horror to ecchi, but the one genre that I have learnt to love the most is slice-of-life. I have already written quite a few reviews on slice-of-life series and here is another one that many anime watchers looked down on.
Natsuiro Kiseki revolves around four high school friends, Natsumi, Saki, Yuka and Rinko and a large rock situated in the middle of a Shinto Shrine; a magical rock that, when four close friends wish for the same thing, turn the wishes into reality. The story revolves around the many adventures (as well as misadventures) of the four friends as they move closer and closer to each others heart as inseparable friends.
Many viewers have commented on the series similar messages and character development to that of the Hanasaku Iroha series
Although the series is a slice-of-life anime, Natsuiro Kiseki contains proper plots and story, as well as back stories of characters. Unlike other comedy-only slice-of-life anime series like Daily Lives of High School Boys and Nichijou, this series contains drama and plot development; many fans have commented on the series similarity to that of P.A. Works’ Hanasaku Iroha.
The series contains 12 episodes that aired during the second quarter (April ~ June) of 2012. The series is animated by Sunrise Studios, which brought us such well-acclaimed series as Code Geass, Inuyasha and Tiger & Bunny. Many well known voice actors make an appearance, such as Toyosaki Aki who voices Rinko (as well as Yui from K-ON! and Medaka from Medaka Box), Haruka Tomatsu who voices Yuka (as well as Shizuku from Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun and Lala from To LOVE-ru) and Minako Kotobuki who voices Natsumi (as well as Tsumugi from K-ON! and Mitsuki from Aikatsu!).
The series is a feel good series but sometimes lacks in story and plot development. Although there are some flaws in the overall execution in the character development and drama parts, it is still a nice, feel good anime to watch if you have the time. The OVA and opening is also pretty sweet, s check those out if you can as well.
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 3.5/5 – Recommended
Final Score: 6.5/10