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Should I watch Aoharu x Kikanjuu? -Rowen Writes

Updated on October 7, 2015
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Promotional Picture of Aoharu x Kikanjuu
Promotional Picture of Aoharu x Kikanjuu | Source

264 minutes. That is about 4.4 hours or 1/6 of a day. It is also the duration of Aoharu x Kikanjuu, which has 12 episodes. In today’s fast paced world, time is a precious commodity. Is it worth it to just invest time in this anime? This article will help you in your decision.

Story

The story follows a high school girl who looks like a boy, Tachibana Hotaru, who is notorious for her brute fighting strength. She is the President of the Student Council and is feared by many in her schools. A series of unfortunate meetings and events ends up with her being debt-ridden to a beautiful host Matsuoka Masamune. As a result of that, she was forced to join a three-man team to compete in a series of “survival games”. The story is about her interactions with her team, the opponents and the Survival Games.

To put it simply, the Survival Games is basically the animated version of Airsoft, which is a sport in which the players try to eliminate opposition by shooting each other using Airsoft guns (replica firearms) with airsoft pellets.

The story actually has potential to develop into something greater. It could have delved deeper and explored Airsoft in a much more detailed manner. By doing so, the anime would be doing something greater to the world by introducing a rather unknown sport to the masses. Instead, it decided to go through the drama route with the characters, exploring their forgettable backstories.

In addition to that, the start of the story is eerily similar to the start of Ouran High School Club, where the main protagonist is unfortunate enough to wreck the male character’s premises and is forced to pay her debts by joining his club.

Should I spend 264 minutes watching Aoharu x Kikanjuu for the story?

No.

Have I seen blonde hair, blue eyed male anime characters before? Oh wait there's millions of them
Have I seen blonde hair, blue eyed male anime characters before? Oh wait there's millions of them

Characters

The characters in this anime are typical and forgettable. The character designs in this anime can be easily found in many other anime. For example, the character design for Kanae Yajima is eerily similar to Satsuki Momoi from Kuroko no Basket. Yukimura Tooru, one of the main characters, shares many similarities with Saruhiko Fushimi from K Project.

Aoharu x Kikanjuu’s character designs are most probably drawn to be eye candy for the Yaoi fangirls, so that they can do various fanarts and fanfictions surrounding the characters (no offense, yaoi fans). While it is perfectly fine to try to cater to a specific audience, the anime ends up alienating other viewers from watching the anime due to the character designs.

To make it worst, the character personalities are bland. You have a Matsuoka which acts like a typical deredere character and Yukimura which is your typical kuudere character.

By not having unique character designs and personalities, the anime has failed in one major aspect, which is to make the characters relatable and memorable to the viewers.

Should I spend 264 minutes watching Aoharu x Kikanjuu for the characters?

No.

Tachibana the female shonen (oxymoron) protagonist
Tachibana the female shonen (oxymoron) protagonist

Character Development

The character development is weak in this anime. Our dear main protagonist, Tachibana Hotaru suffers from what I call the Shounen Protagonist syndrome. What does that mean? Well it means that she has a hero complex where she tries to save everyone, using force and going berserk if possible. Her sense of justice is identical to many shounen protagonists. This is an oxymoron considering the fact “shounen” means little boy (adolescent boys) and that she’s well a girl. Although she did improve to be a more decisive character as the story goes, her consistent shouting and stubbornness makes her change not worth watching.

Should I spend 264 minutes watching Aoharu x Kikanjuu for the character development?

No.

Opening, Ending, Voice actors

The opening and ending songs are just the typical Japanese pop-rock songs that one will hear in many anime today. On a personal level, the songs were quite enjoyable to me. Outside of that, there are no interesting soundtracks in the anime worth noting.

The titles of the Opening and Ending songs as well the artists are listed below in the Songs Table.

The voice actors for the main cast are listed below in the Voice Actors table.

Should I spend 264 minutes watching Aoharu x Kikanjuu for the music?

Yes, although you could just download the soundtracks from ITunes and listen to them instead of watching the anime.

Songs

 
Title
Artist
Opening Song
The Bravest Destiny
Toy☆GunGun
Ending Song
Gunjou Survival
Mikako Komatsu

Voice Actors

Characters
Voice Actors
Also VA for
Tachibana Hotaru
Yukimura Tooru
Neko(K), Miuna Shiodome(Nagi no Asukara)
Matsuoka Masamune
Tomoaki Maeno
Son Hak(Akatsuki no Yona)
Yukimura Tooru
Tachibana Hotaru
Tooru Kokonoe(Absolute Duo)

Animation

The animation is done by Brain’s base. The animation is colorful, beautiful and smooth. The fight scenes in this anime were well done. In fact, the fight scenes are what prevented me from flipping out and quitting the anime. The animators did well in keeping the viewers suspended in certain scenes. The visuals are stunning and the lighting blends in well in the environment. The scenes in school carry a much lighter atmosphere thanks to the visuals whereas scenes where survival games are carried out are much darker. To summarize, the animation is definitely one of the few positives in the whole anime.

Should I spend 264 minutes watching Aoharu x Kikanjuu for the animation?

Yes.

Conclusion

To sum it all up, Aoharu x Kikanjuu is a mediocre anime. It could developed into a great story had it gone the Sports route but instead it went into a lame soppy high school drama. I will give the rating 3 out of 5 for this anime. The animations is the aspect which saved the day for this anime. It is a good watch for the Saturday afternoon, but it is very unmemorable and dull.

Rating Guide

Stars
Meaning
Elaboration
5
Excellent
Gives you a good return for your 286 minutes, with many dividends of satisfaction
4
Good
Good watch
3
Mediocre
Good show for the boring Saturday afternoon
2
Bad
Unless you are really a diehard fanboy, please don’t bother.
1
Horrible
Spend the 264 minutes learning a language, write, or watch another anime show

Rating

3 stars for Aoharu x Kikanjuu

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