We have seen many anime in which the characters experienced some kind of life-changing events, whether if it’s through discovery of a hobby or coincidental encounter with a person among other things. I’d like to believe that when these characters grow old (if they ever do), they will look back to their childhood or high school days and recall fondly the happy or bitter-sweet memories.
So far, I’ve yet to encounter an anime that focus on actively making memories. Memories to be shared and remembered by best friends. That is until Natsuiro Kiseki made its debut early this spring.
On front end, Natsuiro Kiseki might just be another anime about four high school girls hanging out together, doing mindless things. But no. These girls aren’t just doing mindless things together because they have nothing else better to do. Saki, Natsumi, Yuka and Rinko are making memories.
Time is ticking as Saki is moving away to Tokyo after the summer. Her best friends since childhood decided that they should make their summer together a summer to be remembered. They did whatever they could to cherish the limited time they have together. Of course, the anime title wouldn’t be named as such if there isn’t a little magic involved…
As I mentioned earlier, the girls wanted to make their summer memorable and all four of them really went for it. Yuka might be one the laziest person I know, but she’s the glue that binds her friends together, actively seeking to make beautiful and lasting memories while they can. She often makes mindless but honest wishes upon the wish-granting rock. Thanks to her though, she and her friends will always have a special secret only they know.
Natsumi also worked really hard to make sure when Saki’s gone, there is still something that can bring back fond memories of their times spent together. For example, she trained diligently to win a practice match in which she was partnered with Saki. It’s her last competitive match with her best friend and I can understand why she wanted to win. Wouldn’t it be easier reminiscing a winning event than a painful lose?
Both Rinko and Saki had their shares of effort as well. And after watching the last episode, I feel that these girls truly own the memories they made even if some of the adventures are not exactly normal. But then again, I’d do anything to be able to fly with friends and swap bodies with them…okay, maybe not the whole body swap thing.
I wasn’t sure what sort of direction will Natsuiro Kiseki take when the series started. Is it going to be about the wish-granting rock? Is it going to be about friendship? Is it going to be about defending their secret? In the end, it took more emphasis on friendship. In fact, what I like best about this series is how four different individuals have got that extra special something that help in making their friendship stronger. It could be personality, ambition, etc.
While Saki, Natsumi, Yuka and Rinko make memories for themselves, I think they also help in making this show a tad more memorable for me =).