A Bridge to the Starry Skies - Reviews

Alt title: Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi

RoBorg's avatar
Apr 23, 2012

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 - 6/10
For 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 - 7/10
Hard 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 - 7/10
Relaxing 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 - 8/10
Quite 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 - 7/10
Worth 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.

6/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
8/10 characters
7/10 overall
SpecialistIsHot's avatar
Dec 4, 2020

For this short film, it was fairly decent. I'm not saying it was the worst, but not the best short series I've seen. One thing I didn't enjoy much with this series is the opening. I'm not sure why, but I just disliked how it sounded. And at first, I disliked the characters voices but learned to adapt to them eventually. 

7/10 story
8/10 animation
6/10 sound
7/10 characters
6/10 overall
jypsel's avatar
Jun 30, 2011

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.

2/10 story
9/10 animation
6/10 sound
2/10 characters
4/10 overall
OffTheMark23's avatar
Apr 7, 2020

This is a positive/wholesome anime. The storyline is good enough to keep you entertained throughout the show. The characters are 'kind of' interesting. The MC is probably the least interesting since he is just your average boy scout with not many interesting features or background.  The anime would have been more interesting if there were something to get you somewhat emotionally invested. That being said, this anime is a good time killer and would be good if you like happy/wholesome themed animes.

7/10 story
7/10 animation
5/10 sound
5/10 characters
6/10 overall
Krozam's avatar
Jul 7, 2011

Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi

Surprisingly good, given the standard harem anime setup and the clichés running rampant througout the story. I'm generally pretty tolerant to clichés, when the story works and doesn't bore me, and this is one of those cases. I felt more nostalgic because of all the previously enjoyed romances and slice of lives that this reminded me of, rather than annoyed at the lack of originality.

All the characters fit their archetypes well, but I still found them likeable and it wasn't long until I saw them as individual characters rather than representatives of their archetypes. Sure, the tsundere types (there are two of them) were a bit annoying at first, but that phase was over quickly enough. Some of the girls actually have some depth to them - nothing amazing, but they don't exactly feel like cardboad characters either. The male lead is a decent enough fellow, not exactly bright, but for a harem lead, he's surprisingly decisive. Also, his little brother is a very nice touch that brings the story a dash of originality. Luckily, I also took an instant liking to the girl he ended up choosing, so while I know some people who're not happy about the ending, personally I'm rather pleased with it.

Technically it's pleasing to the eye and ear. No problems with the animation, and the art is pleasant both in the characted designs and the backgrounds. The environment is a nice rural town, so some of the background art is really very nice. The BG musics are standard stuff, but I like the OP, and insert songs are used fairly well. I also like the fact that none of the seiyuu are too familiar to me, they don't make me think, "oh, I've heard this voice in that other anime..."

Throughout the story I got the feeling that the creators of this story actually enjoyed what they were doing. The story is thoroughly light, but unlike, say, Shukufuku no Campanella (for the most part), it didn't feel overly sweet and happy, just... fun. There's quite enough fanservice and moe (some of it the shouta kind -.-'), but apart from the obligatory swimsuit ep, it doesn't feel like the creators were trying to sell the anime with those qualities. With quite decent comedy and dialogue, likeable characters, the harem situation handled without unnecessary drama, and a fairly satisfying ending, I can't say I regret watching this. Quite the contrary, I enjoyed every cliché-filled minute of it. It was a fun watch that always managed put me in a good mood.

?/10 story
?/10 animation
?/10 sound
?/10 characters
7/10 overall