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.
Iwakakeru Sport Climbing Girls *is about an ex-gamer named Konomi Kasahara learning about the Hanamiya Girls' High School Climbing Club and this peaks her interest due to her knack at solving puzzles. With this, she assists her teammates with trying to be the best climbing team in Japan. It is pretty obvious as to why a majority of people had decided to watch the show which isn't too hard to guess. That aside, I did find the discussions on bouldering informative not so much that I'd take it up, but it was nevertheless intriguing. The animation is fine for the type of show this is so nothing too amazing, but not lazy. The soundtrack is also average. The characters admittedly are pretty flat and only really seem to exist to generate fanservice. Despite this, a few characters do stand out. There's Konomi herself: because of her experience as a gamer, she is able to scale walls even though she was a beginner. She is able to visualize the walls as one big puzzle and she strategically analyzes them to solve the problem. However, at the same time, she does have her flaws: while analyzing the problem is essential, she can spend too much time on the problem which would cost her. So, she had to learn how to quickly plan before scaling. Another good side of her is her determination to be the best. Jun, one of her teammates, helps her learn the ropes of bouldering but unlike her, she doesn't see "climbing" as fun. That is her flaw: she takes climbing too seriously that it makes her forget why she became interested in the sport in the first place, and it was also the reason as to why the Climbing Club didn't have any other members prior to Konomi joining. Nonoka is the short girl of the team who gets easily disheartened because of her shorter frame, so that is one of her character flaws. Sayo, the leader of the club, is more of a one-note character. She is obsessed with bouldering and is supportive of her teammates, but she doesn't really have any faults that I can dissect. For the other characters, you have to take into account the other schools and their teams. With Kurikawa, for instance, by far one of the best recurring characters is Chinari Iwamine. She is the Ace for her team and ranked 2nd nationwide. She is a tall, looming girl with a creepy laugh, hypnotic voice, and sinister undertones. Come to think of it, I don't remember any time in the show where she blinked. She has a blank expression on her face matched with a perpetual smirk on her mouth. If one word can describe her, it would be sadist: she takes a disconcerting amount of pleasure watching competitors fall or defeating them and looking at the sorrow on their faces. You can tell that she is also planning something with Konomi having taken an interest in her. For some reason, when she talks with Konomi, she tries to speak civilly to her, so maybe she isn't really as bad as is initially let on and might want to "befriend" her. But then she does say something about Konomi making a tasty feast, so okay. Not really a must-see of the season, but it is okay for what it is.
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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