Indeed, the girls managed for the day of the audition to repeat over and over again. This stopped once they realized that they had to continue life after Saki moved. In the end the girls asked the rock to end the miracles, and simply hoped that they could always be best friends.
Sorry for the long delay. I had trouble getting to watch the final episode of Natsuiro Kiseki because I felt it was going to be too dumb. Episode 12 went as I expected, but it was better than anticipated because it had a neat final message. This episode gets a 8 out of 10.
The idol audition in Tokyo finally arrived. Uncharastically Yuka was feeling nervous and depressed about their chances of passing the audience. Unfortunately for the girls, they did not pass the audition. After reminding themselves that Saki was moving at the end of summer, a sad Natsumi and a sad but positive Saki wished that summer never ended. And apparently, their wish came true.
Episode 11 of Natsuiro Kiseki was good for the most part. There is not really much to analyze. I was going to give this episode a better grade, but making this particular summer go on forever seems like a dumb move, especially near the end of the series. This episode gets a 7 out of 10.
As a typhoon approached to the town, the girls remembered a time when they went ghost hunting four years ago (during a typhoon too). The girls had trouble remembering what happened and asked the rock to help them remember. The rock transported the younger versions of the girls to the present. It was a very entertaining episode with a cool revelation (I do not want to spoil it and would take a while to explain). At the end of episode 10, Yuka revealed that she signed up the girls for an audition for an idol group.
This was a very good, fun and entertaining episode. Despite being back to the town setting, the content felt fresher. I had a good laugh watching the mischievous young versions of the girls squabble with their older counterparts. I think this is the best episode of the series so far. Episode 10 of Natsuiro Kiseki also proves that the creators of the series can make episodes that do not feel redundant and boring. This episode gets a solid and strong 9 out of 10.
Upon arriving to the island, the girls met two twin girls of the same age as them. Koharu is a flat chested tomboy with a bad attitude. While Chiharu is a big boobed, motherly girl. While Yuka, Rin, Natsumi and Saki bathed, they asked a wish to a small, round rock and Saki became invisible. Throughout episode 9 Saki and the girls continued pondering about her move to the island. At the end of the episode Saki seemed to have accepted moving to the island, and the girls have also befriended the twins.
This was an entertaining episode with some curious moments. Just as with the last episode of Natsuiro Kiseki, it was nice that the story moved to a different setting. Unfortunately, the series has reverted back to its character of silly drama and things working all out in the end somehow. The cliché personality of the twins did not help either. This episode gets a 7 out of 10.
In episode 8 of Natsuiro Kiseki, the girls decided to take a trip before Saki moved to an island near Tokyo. Oddly enough, they ended up going to the place where Saki is set to move. Once in a boat that was going to take them to the island, the girls had fun and shared some memories. Throughout the episode Saki was upset, and she kept having dreams where she arrived to school and was ignored by the girls and the rest of the classroom. The highlight of the episode was Natsumi challenging Saki to tell her parents that she does not want to move.
This was a very relaxing episode where not too much craziness happened. It is nice for the series to move to a different setting. Also, I have praised Sunrise's excellent animation throughout the first seven episodes, but the CGI used in this episode looks a bit cheap. I can only give this episode a 8 out of 10 because I believe that the creators of the series could do more with the character and to a lesser extent, the plot.
The girls signed up for a singing competition during the town's annual summer festival. They were practicing hard their dancing routine, but the lazy Yuka was having trouble committing to it. Their plans were in jeopardy when the rain came because the singing competition would have been canceled. Rin and Yuka wished for the rain to go away, and the girls easily won the competition. At the end of the episode it was revealed that rather than making a wish to the rock, Rin and Yuka made the rain go away thanks to a spell Rin's mom taught them.
Episode 7 of Natsuiro Kiseki was very neat because we saw a perfect blend of the girls' different personalities. I am giving this episode a 10 out of 10 because it was a very rewarding watch, and everything seemed to click. This is probably the best I have felt about this series.
Natsumi was having a very stressful time during her summer break having to take care of his house and brother (during her mother's absence), practicing for the upcoming doubles tennis match and finding time to hang out with the girls. Yuka had the idea to make a wish to ease Natsumi's stress. As a result a clone of Natsumi materialized. This was helpful, but the Natsumi practicing tennis kept struggling because she was too obsessed with her serve instead of team work. Things finally settled down, and things went back to normal.
Episode 6 of Natsuiro Kiseki had the usual doze of moe, comedy and light drama. Things have not
progressed much, but the preview of episode 7 hints out that the girls might actually try to become an actual Idol group. Episode 6 gets a 7 out of 10 because half way through the series, the plot of Natsuiro Kiseki continues to be stale.
Episode 5 of Natsuiro Kiseki started with Yuka and Rin walking together home. Yuka complained about how living in Tokyo would be great to be closer to their idols, Four Season. The next day Rin got a fever (the rain caught her on her way home). Yuka visited Rin and remembered how the four girls became friends. Years ago Rin was sick and while in class, she saw a black whale floating on the air (which she continues to do every time she gets sick). The girls became friends because they sided with Rin instead of laughing at her (their shared fandom of Four Season also united them). At the end of the episode all the four girls appeared to see the black whale.
This was a very heart warming episode. I really love how much Rin and Yuka care for each other. It was also nice to see how the girls met and became friends. I realize that this series is more focused on Moe aspects and not so much on developing a story, but episodes like this one are very enjoyable. I give episode 5 of Natsuiro Kiseki a 10 out of 10 because this was a great episode, and my favorite so far.
Episode 4 started with Yuko talking with her cousin, Takashi, who she has a crush with. However, Takashi likes Saki. In the next scene Yuka wished to be more like Saki, and they switched bodies. In an attempt to revert the wish, Natsumi and Yuka also switched bodies. The second half of the episode is mostly spent with Yuka (in Saki's body) and Takashi having a date and being followed by the others girls. When Takashi was about to kiss Yuka, Rinko (in Natsumi's body) interrupted them. In the usual fashion of this show, everything works out in the end.
The series continues to be entertaining. It is becoming clear that the series has a more or less episodic nature. There is not much to really analyze because the plot does not move much, and the characters have not evolved. As a result of these developments (or lack thereof), my enthusiasm for this series is very low. But do not worry; I will keep watching and reporting on the series. Natsuiro Kiseki is being done with quality care, but the style and pace are not doing much for me.
Episode 3 revolved around a friend of Natsumi's brother, Yuusuke, who saw the girls float on the air. At first the girls wanted to stop the rumor from spreading. But later changed their stance and decided to let Yuusuke see them fly again. Saki dressed as a witch to better corroborate Yuusuke's impressions. In the end the rock did not grant them the ability to float in the air. A crying Saki apologized to Yuusuke for letting him down, but the boy did not make a big fuss, and all worked out in the end.
The story is moving but at a slow rate. If the series is going to be 12 episodes long, the pace has to pick up soon. The series seems to be following an episodic scheme. If this is the case, I do not like it. The series has high quality, but it is a bit annoying that the story is not really developing. I give this episode a 7 out of 10 because it strayed a bit from the four girls.