AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across the Blue Review

Asuka hasn’t ever used Grav-Shoes before. But when she transfers to her new school, she’s not only introduced to the exciting world of anti-gravity flight, but she also ends up in her school’s FC club. As it so happens, FC is a very competitive flight sport and Asuka is their newest dead ringer for the nationals.

Because the anti-gravity wear in this series have safety features that stop people from hitting the ground too hard, even when they mess up, there’s really no violence in this show.

Another no-show, characters say d-mn and sh-t a few times, but that’s really it.

This is where the PG13 comes from. Although outright nudity doesn’t exactly occur, the FC uniforms are veeery tight and we happen to get a lot of side boob action. We also get some uncomfortable rear end shots from time to time. I’ve seen worse, but it’s still beyond unnecessary.

None of that here. Really. Devoid.

Personal impression:
Despite the premise and first few episodes being rather stereotypical, this show as a whole wasn’t too bad. In fact, I actually enjoyed a few story elements once the competitions really started picking up. The side character’s arc, specifically, was rather good and even got some decent screen time. She fights with, not straight jealousy towards the MC getting attention (I feared it would be at first), but rather fear of her own skills being less than a newbie to her art form. Now that may sound just as petty, but hear me out. This is a very real thing for artists. When you’ve spent years practicing and perfecting your art and then some newbie comes along and has enough natural skills to wipe the floor with you… it shakes you. You wonder if all your hard work even counts as it only barely puts you on level with someone with born talent. It makes you feel self-conscious about how others see your work, which you used to think was good, but now pales compared to another. These feelings are very real (I’ve had em) and I greatly enjoyed having a character not only feel those emotions, but face them and grow from them. The general message to fight those fears was solid as well: your art is yours, and thus can’t be compared to others. You must find the joy in it for yourself.
Putting the emphasis on loving your own art and being the best at your own art vs trying to beat everyone else by their standards was a wonderful message and brought up this show from clichéd-flop to decent-watching status.
Even so, this show still isn’t groundbreaking. The art, music and even overall plot were pretty typical and easy to predict. Also, the cutesy, clumsy heroine that has a natural talent and thus pulls wins out of her butt got old really fast (even if she did lose here and there, she always won when she had too, so it’s still cheating script-wise). If you want a show with a few good messages, but doesn’t suck up brainpower while you’re between your favorite shows, this would be good filler. I just wish the side character was the MC. Or maybe the MC was given a few flaws to work on besides being overly idealistic.

Personal rating: Young adult

Episodes: 12
Language: Sub
Official rating: PG
Genre(s): Fantasy, drama, sports
Company: Gonzo
Official streaming: Crunchyroll