A Bridge to the Starry Skies

Alt title: Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi

TV (12 eps)
3.449 out of 5 from 7,910 votes
Rank #6,986

Kazuma and his little brother Ayumu have arrived at the countryside, eager to begin a new life at the Yorozuyo Inn – a place that Kazuma once visited as a child. There's fresh air, running water and relaxation – a perfect place for the sickly Ayumu to recover. But the pair's arrival is anything but uneventful, what with getting lost, Kazuma meeting and accidentally kissing the lovely Ui in the woods, and enraging her protective friend Ibuki in the process! Now, with a less than ideal first impression on his new classmates and more beautiful women popping up around him each day, Kazuma certainly has his hands full with misunderstandings and budding romances!

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I can't say it's an exceptional anime, or at least not if compared to other romance anime that can be found out there.It does, however, hold some good points which make it in fact appreciable. Story - 6/10For a quick and spoil-free plot, the story begins with Kazuma and his little brother, Ayumu, who transfer in this new town and soon a group of the most disparate girls takes form around them.On the story side it's just a harem story, nothing more, nothing less. The main character, Kazuma, and several girls play this show on everyday events, while something grows between them. NO it's not *that* thing that grows. It's love. By the way, appreciated was the reduced content of fanservice (despite the fact that it takes to anime an eroge). Well, they certainly did not spare anything when it came to drawing the breasts, still it was quite a serious story, nearly free of those stupid ecchi gags (and of the few ones in there, most of them were related to "kawaii Ayumu", Kazuma's little borther) that can be found is some other anime, and this aided to increase my evaluation. Just a little however... That's not enough in order to keep up an entire story. Similarly, the plot develops mostly on calm discussions and characters, rather than shocking revelations and deep depressions, which on one side helps to pleasantly follow the story without too much emotional load, on the other side it does however reduce the pathos classic to romance story. Well, in the end they managed to build up an appreciable anime. So, it's a 6/10 to the story. A "just sufficient" due to the scarce (if there ever was) originality and twisting elements in the plot. You will get the feeling on how it will end already in 3-4 episodes... Animation - 7/10Hard to say, it certainly does not match the level of some other anime. Still, it's not like I felt disappointed by the images. But something I felt missing is the fact that in some other anime the feelings of the characters could be percieved by the viewer even just from the animation, without the need of a single word. Sometimes it happened even while whatching Hoshizora, but not so often.  7/10. Good, not excellent. Sound - 7/10Relaxing opening and ending, they're not however godd enough to enter my playlists.Regarding the voices, some of them where perfectly suited to the character, some other... Mmhh... Were a little too childish (I mean how the voice was, not what was said). 7/10. Nothing really of note, neither in good nor in bad. Characters - 8/10Quite rare in romance story, the male side actor, Daigo, is not a complete bumbass. Similarly Kazuma is not the shy and introverse guy that often takes the main male role. When there is something to say, he just says it. With some exceptions, of course, but nobody is perfect. Ayumu, Kazuma's brother has a minor role. He does not play neither in favor nor against Kazuma, he just does... the brother... Like a very normal broder. Well in fact I would have gladly spared some of the scenes involving him... But oh well... That's it for the male side of the cast. On the girl's side it's not everything so well and good, but it still satisfies. Of the whole group, the main female characters have their part in the story and take their chances... In other words they have an active role. But, once one as seen all the episodes, there is the feeling that all the others girls hanging around with the group only seem to be there because they where needed for the final scene, because without them the characters would not think what they think, and would not do what they do. But while having some moments of glory in the previous episodes, they aren't that present. Not saying that *all* of the girls should have a crush on the main male character (well, I would have liked to see a specific one of those girls a little more engaged. I keep the name for myself to avoid spoilers :P)... Just be a little more "active" instead of just speeching a couple of sentences in each episode.And in the end this reduces the already small cast to a just 4-5 characters. 8/10. Small cast. Shame. But absence of strange and idiot characters is appreciated. Sometimes they help, but an anime every now and then without doesn't hurt! Also the absence of complete airhead girls who never realize on the consequence of their actions on the feelings of the other was really appreciated. Overall - 7/10Worth seeing, it is however not a must. Do not expect any really moving or dramatic scene, for tears aren't on the menu of this anime.It's a pleasant story of a group of friends that in the end blossoms in something more, without loading too much the emotions of the viewer. So a low intensity that doesn't hurt and provides a welcome moment of relax between all the other heavy-emotion-loaded anime. 7/10. There is something better out there, but I absolutely do not regret watching it.


Overall, I did not enjoy this anime much.  The STORY basically consists of two brothers moving to the countryside and forming a harem.  It honestly had no true base and was relying on the characters to get it through.  This is most definitely a character centered anime, rather than a plot centered (and I, personally, prefer the ladder). The ANIMATION was beautiful!  I especially loved how they drew the eyes with their different and contrasting colors.  I thought it was the most interesting way I've ever seen CG used for eyes.  The rest of their bodies was perfectly fine - nothing extraordinary.  I was glad it didn't look like a typical game-turned-anime. The SOUND was suited perfectly for the anime.  The OP was sweet, just as the rest of the anime was meant to be sweet.  And the girls all had different, contrasting voices.  The character of Kazuma's voice didn't really do it for me, but I did like listening to all of the other girl's voices.  I thought they did well with that. The CHARACTERS is another area where the anime lost it for me.  Although I did like the animation and sound, the story and characters just didn't reach me.  For me, it was very obvious who Kazuma was going to end up with in the first episode.  I thought they should have focused on developing this (to me) obvious relationship-to-be rather than focus separately on all the other girls and try to confuse the audience.  That's where the characters lost it, I think.  Although, I will say, that for a harem anime, Kazuma didn't particularly rub me the wrong way.  He was cliched and clueless but he didn't lose his good charm by doing something sketch.  (That's a nice reprieve). All in all, I wouldn't recommend it, but it didn't make me want to gouge my eyes out.  It's definitely not an anime worth re-watching (or even watching once, really), but I'm glad to have found new seiyuu's I like.

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