Sport climbing is a sport that makes use of both the body and the brain to climb walls. Kasahara Konomi, a master at puzzles, just happens to discover her school's climbing wall, and it looks almost like a colorful sort of puzzle in her eyes. This fateful encounter brings big changes to Konomi's life! With her teammates in the Hanamiya Girls' High School Climbing Club, Konomi races for the top in this passionate climbing story!
Believe in Yourself
The Anti-Monkey Rock
Hard Work and Talent
Failure of a Climber
Tears of Disappointment
The Princess of Climbing
The 15 Second Wall
The Road to Best in Japan
Kasahara Konomi. During middle school, she won many puzzle tournaments in Japan. Thanks to her hobby, she enjoyed her school life; she thought she did not need anything else. She was wrong. Her hobby resulted in poor academic performance, so she had to reconsider her life choices. Thankfully, her hard work pays off and she enrolls in Hanamiya girls’ high school.I will not try to hide the fact that this anime is quite unique. I mean, how many anime about sport climbing do you know? Kasahara Konomi is a hikimori, who only plays games. Her life shows her that everything is not easy and one cannot just play games and do nothing else. She spends less time on games, trying to pay school enough time. But, one day, she also finds out about sport climbing and falls in love with it. It is an open secret that playing games for many years will not help your muscles in any way, and sport climbing requires one hell of a physical training. Nevertheless, during her first day as a club’s member, Kasahara Konomi finds out that there will be a tournament soon and her senpai recommend her to take part in it. And so Konomi’s new passion is born.Okay, sport climbing; while indeed a somewhat boring sport to focus on, it cannot be that bad. I was wrong. First, it is somewhat of an issue that the protagonist is a gamer and then, boom, she becomes good at sport climbing. And it is a no secret that becoming good at something will require from you years of hardworking. Fine, it is, too, not that much of a problem for me to butthurt about; I am used to battle-shounen and sudden power-ups out of nowhere. However, my biggest problem with this anime is that instead of something slightly reminding a story and somewhat good characters, Iwa-Kakeru! is more of a show that can offer you teenage girls in skimpy workout clothes and nice shots of Konomi's bosom and other girls’ ass-cheeks.Yeah, so, if you are looking for some lewd-teenage-girls-climbing-anime, this might be what you are looking for. If not, better to avoid this one.
As a climber I was super glad to see an anime about climbing, and as far as the basics of the show are concerned I thought it was pretty solid. the problems all stem from a lack of episodes. Characters remain underdeveloped, plot points rushed or entirely dropped, and a lot of potential goes untapped. That being said, 11.5 of the 12 episodes are still quite good, and the only thing that let's me down is that it ended, and quite abruptly at that.
There is your standard shitty sports anime and then there is Iwakakeru Sport Climbing Girls, which is your standard shitty sports anime on steroids and speed. Not only is this because of all the half-baked characters, it’s also because of how the series is always, perpetually, and eternally on fast-forward. Plot is a thing that happens here for sure, but because the show absolutely has no sense of timing or pace, you’re subjected to at least five different plot points and about a gazillion more tropes every week. It’s not that Iwakakeru doesn’t know which story to tell – it’s that it wants to tell all of the stories. It’s got a checklist of everything it thinks makes a sports anime work and because it can’t decide which one to really dive into, it gives each item on the list approximately five minutes in the spotlight like it’s racing to meet some weekly quota. The result: you’re force-fed an entire arc’s worth of storylines in the span of just half an episode. Then as if realizing how messy it actually is, Iwakakeru overcompensates by mouthing off all the sport climbing terms it knows without showing you once what the fuck any of those things actually mean. Characters climb walls and bystanders cheer. Meanwhile, you, as the audience, are left in the dark as to why they’re even happening at all. For Iwakakeru, the money shots are not the actual climbs or sends, but the views from up top and down below – meaning inappropriate boobie and ass shots for days and days, that you start wondering why anyone even bothers to really watch these things in real life. There are no characters in Iwakakeru, only female high schoolers who exist only to provide shitty fanservice and regurgitate tropes in hopes of moving the plot along. And move it does – to breakneck speeds, that is – but whether you’ve seen actual sports climbing competitions or not, it’s still pretty easy to feel sorry for the sport for getting stuck with lame-o promotional material like this. If the goal was to get more people involved in sports climbing, then Iwakakeru falls off the wall on all accounts. It’s not about to encourage young girls to get into the sport any time soon. But it may, if it’s lucky, bring some lecherous man onboard anyway, even if it’s only to sit on the judging panel like the loser with the weirdo hair in this show, content only with making ill-informed comments about the sport and thus, making life harder for anyone else who has to listen.
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