Well that's a cliff-hanger finish for you. Admittedly, the match is done and we can see the growth of some characters. Still, there's a lot left open by this final episode of Stars Align. While there's rumour that the director wants the series to return, without confirmation we'll probably have to accept that this is it for now.
With apparently only one more episode to go Stars Align is moving through things rapidly and yet has almost zero chance of dealing with all the issues it has heaped onto its own plate. Episodes 10 and 11 are enjoyable and offer some solid moments but the overall pacing and narrative are still suffering.
Stars Align continues to want to tackle everything and while it has glimpses of brilliance the whole thing just feels like someone threw far too many ingredients into this pot with all of them fighting for attention and yet none of them really being done justice.
Fun episode even if it doesn't quite seem to make sense of its characters. But I guess everything is better when you throw in a barbecue.
The first practice match against a champion school may be a cliche move for a sports anime but Stars Align at least knows how to put its best foot forward for the characters we've followed so far and how to keep the pace moving. It still ends on a cliff-hanger that was most definitely inevitable.
The stars nearly did align this week as the episode began fairly solidly. However, by the final trope dropped in the post credits scene a lot of the strength of the episode had dissipated. Still, it is nice to see that episode 5 was trying.
This week Hoshiai no Sora continues to develop the players in the club as they pair them up differently and let their strengths work together. As usual, underlying that we get some snapshots of the student council, the coaches, and the kid's home lives. The mix continues to work for Stars Align.
Hoshiai no Sora continues to nicely balance the standard underdog sports club story with the personal dramas sitting behind each of the members. It makes for an interesting viewing experience even if it is business as usual in terms of plot.
Alright, I think I'm sold on Stars Align. Not a lot is happening with this episode focusing on Maki's first two training sessions with the team but there's enough personality to this anime that it is winning me over anyway.
Another sports anime potentially on the watch list this season though this one seems to be going for a more dramatic turn if the final scene of this episode is anything to go by. I guess we'll see how this goes once they actually start playing tennis.