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.
While episode 5 seemed to take an eternity, 6 + 7 roll along quite nicely with Ahiru no Sora finishing the match and introducing some more petty issues for the team to overcome. It's all working well enough in these two episodes but nothing overly remarkable.
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.
Wow, they are stretching out this first game forever and that doesn't bode well for future matches. Not to mention the heckling is a little dull and repetitive. Still, there are some shining moments here even if they are buried under a mountain of mundane.
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.
Turns out Sora's mum isn't dead, though she is suffering from one of those miscellaneous anime illnesses that have them hospitalised for an unspecified time with non-specific symptoms. Meanwhile the group are playing their first game.
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.
They are really pulling out all the stops to try and make us kind of want to like Momoharu in the future. It isn't working but I appreciate the effort Ahiru no Sora is putting into the attempt.