He may be shorter in stature, but Sora Kurumatani can soar and score on the basketball court! With a passion for the sport he inherited from his mother, Sora vows to her that he'll take top prize at a high school basketball tournament… but there's one problem. His new school's basketball club has turned into a hangout for delinquents! Will Sora's sheer tenacity and amazing three-point shooting change their minds and get the club up and running again?
Source: Sentai Filmworks
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I really don't understand why people are comparing this anime with Kuroko no Basuke and Slam Dunk. Both anime shows are different in terms of storyline and characters. Sure they all are basketball related and the characters have powers. In sports anime I have a criteria: Knowledge of the sport, character flaws and skills, and the reality of the story. But let's be honest here. Ahiru no Sora hits closer to home. Why? You rarely see failure being depicted properly in an anime. The story shows how it can happen in real life and how humanly they can cope with failures. They either work harder or simply accept it. Like they either make the character insanely perfect and having no flaws or simply give the character a redemption arc (which he comes back stronger and better). Here are the reasons why I like this show and didn't drop it: 1. Practice doesn't make it perfect but gives IMPROVEMENT. 2. Having Sora fail or miss his shots (despite practicing a lot) is what really makes him a good character. He's flawed and at the same time confident and he just wants to make his momma proud. 3. The girls FINALLY have realistic personality and roles. I am tired of those cutesy-try hard tropes and those (cringey) tsundere personality. Like they're finally good at something. They're no longer "the crush", "just the manager", or simply "I'm here because I like the mc". 4. The guys are clearly clueless about what the girls are thinking. This is actually what made me laugh so hard and enjoy the stories. 5. Hardwork doesn't pay-off if you're not doing it correctly. 6. The story gives in depth about the characters' stories and even personal lives. 7. Gives a good explanation on basketball terminologies. Especially the terminations and fouls.
At first, was not sure If I could get into this anime but did after a few more episodes. Love how it shows how the characters pick themselves up after they failed or did a stupid mistake. I almost started to read the manga few times to try to figure out what happens next but decided against it, gets rid of the suspense if I would.
I watched a lot of sort sports anime so i know that by the most sport animes the plot is about a guy who is underestimated and comes by a new strong team formed by himself or a team who except him the same as in this anime, but the only different thing in this anime is is that the team is losing a lot more and makes a lot mistakes as well, to be honest it gets me pissed off because every time you think the team is going to win they lose so that is a bit sad tho, but even if it makes me pissed off i don't think it's wrong because in real life you lose a lot of games as well but its just that i dont like to wait so long before a team wins because that really test my patience. btw the characters are good well i mean the only reasons that i didn't drop this anime: 1. the mystery about sora's mom(can she survive or met him before she dies is she going to die that sort of questions) 2. if there are going to be couples or hartbreak moments (its so clear that sora likes madoka and that madoka likes momoharu) 3. and the jokes that are made by the characters are funny. So i dont think that this is a bad anime its really enjoyable but it does test your patience is what i think because i really am not patient, and it has a lot of funny moments and sort of mystery vibe.
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