Anime of Tomorrow
Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi (last thoughts)
Final impression – decent enough 6/10
Spring 2011 (Alternate title – A Bridge to the Starry Skies)
Kazuma Hoshino and his family are moving back to the countryside from the city. His parents send him and his little brother ahead so they can start the new school term. As he begins to get settled, he starts renewing old friendships from his childhood, such as the fun but ditzy Ui and the cute but serious Madoka. New relationships form as Kazuma settles in, like the tomboy Ibuki, the reserved Hina and the gentle Tsumugi. High school is fun times with club activities, study sessions and town festivals. As a former city kid, Kazuma is encouraged to participate in everything, which serves to raise his popularity. In the midst of these events, the girls surrounding Kazuma have realized that he’s pretty cool. But who’s going to get Kazuma to fall in love with them may require a committee decision.
Yeah, so I’m one of those weirdoes who likes h-games that have been turned into non-h animes. Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi isn’t a very good example of this type of transformation done well, but it’s somewhat respectable. There’s a decent balance between all the girls and their stories flow nicely to create a cohesive story. The art style and music are nothing to write home about, but I’ll forgive Hoshizora because it has some fun moments that exemplify how h-game anime can be clever. A good example is when one of the girls points out that there’s nothing strange or embarrassing about bloomers being part of the girls’ gym uniform because women wear far less clothing in public when they go to the beach. The ending is quite dramatic as well and gives a nice feeling of completion that a lot of anime seem to be lacking lately. While the story is a little corny at times and predictable, the satisfaction of Hoshizora’s completeness makes it a small success.