Iwakakeru! Sport Climbing Girls - Reviews

Franconator's avatar
Dec 23, 2020

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.  

4/10 story
3/10 animation
3/10 sound
4/10 characters
4/10 overall
jmaddio's avatar
Jan 2, 2021

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. 

7/10 story
6/10 animation
8/10 sound
7/10 characters
7/10 overall
TogeInukai's avatar
Dec 20, 2020

[Short review] before watching this anime, I did not know that there is any sport like wall climbing (wtf). I find this anime good. Story was simple, characters are perfect,bg fine, animation fair. Kasahara konomi is the main focus of this anime but she grew ( as a climber) with her friends jun,sayo,  nanoka. When comes to compition they explain rules every time this helps to understand whats happening. There was also other climbers who have focused. Fall 2020 2nd sports related anime. 

Searching for sports related anime then you can try. 

7/10 story
7/10 animation
6/10 sound
7/10 characters
7/10 overall
JailBreak707's avatar
Apr 1, 2021

Main Thoughts:

Iwakakeru! Sport Climbing Girls is an anime that seems good, interesting, and unique (with a sport that’s not exactly the most commonly seen in anime) and a bearable storyline. This, in turn, leads up to a continuous downfall with the execution, mainly due to the fast-pacing of the story. 


The story in Iwakaeru! is definitely the weakest part throughout the anime. The pacing of all the episodes is extremely fast, they showcase this with multiple scenes throughout the episode. When showcasing this it’s done with terrible transitions that don’t exactly help the episode flow. They also do this by introducing many topics at once all in one episode. They leave internal conflicts unsolved for one episode, introduce another, whilst introducing another goal for the team. This is seen evidently in episode 5, “Hard Work and Talent” and in episode 8, “Tears of Disappointment.” 

(I felt a lot of tears and disappointment throughout this anime)

Another downfall for the story of this anime is how predictable it is, due to its unrealistic circumstances. A prime example of this is evident in the main character, Kasahara Konomi. The moment she picks up rock climbing she’s practically a natural and this was all showcased without any actual help from another one of our main characters, Jun Uehara. In other words, where are the struggles and failure? Please note, they show these factors somewhat later on but fail to at the beginning. 

Lastly, some other key details that could’ve lead to the downfall of this anime are the lack of information and foreshadowing given. When a certain character struggles with an inner turmoil it happens out of nowhere and we see no given signs of it throughout the past episodes. These inner turmoils are particularly solved in the same episode, then are continued on with a whole different scene. One of my main issues with the story is how we, the viewer, are given no information on how the competitions or the finals for rock/wall climbing, in this case, work. This can lead to a lot of confusion about what’s happening and whether or not it’s all on a different or same day. 

A notable thing about the story of this anime is how they teach the viewers about rock climbing, this is typically shown through our main girl, Kasahara Konomi, as she learns about rock climbing and different methods. 


The animation for Iwakakeru! Sport Climbing Girls is average at best. Throughout some scenes you see the animation shine, and this is typically done through comparisons of what a character is like when they’re climbing. This is especially shown through Kasahara Konomi and how wall climbing for her is like a puzzle. 

Throughout the episodes, you can tell when they recycled a certain frame or when a certain character’s proportions are a bit off. Hell, even in some scenes when a character is shown panting or out of breath they seem perfectly fine, so it doesn’t exactly end up matching up. They also consistently avoid showing characters climbing and rather opt for some animation they make it a simple still frame. 


There was absolutely nothing special or amazing done with the sound in Iwakakeru! It’s mostly just the same basic or standard shit you’d expect from a sports anime. The most impressive thing done sound-wise is the ending climb for Kasahara, and even that is a common trope for sports anime. The voice actors are well-suited for each of the character’s personalities, they even have the annoying characters have an irritating voice. The opening and ending is average at best and nothing throughout both was note-worthy to make either interesting or catchy. 


The characters of Iwakakeru! is another weak attribute for this anime. Each of the characters has their own inner turmoil, which is a good thing, but this was done terribly due to the execution of it. (Pastly stated in the Story section) Some of the character’s inner turmoils don’t exactly make sense to have in the anime or overall is just a stupid flashback to reason for why they act the way they act. When there’s a character you don’t necessarily need a flashback about it’s mainly due to the fact they don’t impact the plot that much. This was especially shown in some side characters throughout the anime. Then there are characters that would be important to see a past or flashback of, due to the fact they impact the plot greatly whether it be for the entire anime or for certain episodes. Not to mention, when said turmoils were shown it was either spent skipping throughout multiple episodes, barely shown, or lasts 5 minutes. 

We barely get little to any key interactions between the characters, but we still get to see how they affect each other and how that in turn will affect their overall performance whilst climbing. This is a key part that actually made the anime enjoyable enough for me to finish. 

Ending Thoughts: 

Overall, Iwakakeru! Sport Climbing Club is an anime that seems good in hindsight but is a complete failure when indulged upon. This failure is due to the fast-pacing story, commonly shown lazy animation, average yet plain/standard sound, and a cast of characters that make yet break the show.

I wouldn’t personally recommend this anime as the most it’ll possibly offer you is a cool animation scene that’ll last about a minute, as well as a funny interaction or two amongst the cast of characters. 

3/10 story
3.5/10 animation
3/10 sound
4/10 characters
4/10 overall
AustinDR's avatar
Dec 19, 2020

 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.

7/10 story
7/10 animation
5/10 sound
6/10 characters
6/10 overall