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Franconator

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  • Joined Jul 28, 2018
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It’s easy to dismiss Pride of Orange as forgettable fluff (which it is, make no mistake about that), but there’s still something about it that’s charming and even cute. Try not to be too serious about it and you’ll be rewarded with a nice, inoffensive way to burn a couple of hours. There’s nothing about this that grabs you immediately, but let it sink in some and you’ll soon find yourself cheering for the girls to win it all.

Pride of Orange goes through its checklist of sports anime tropes so meticulously, so the minute it tries to do something a little extra – like that weird idol group gimmick – it becomes a nuisance that makes you wonder why they had to put it in at all. Almost as if the show was a little insecure about its cute girls concept, so it goes and forces the cuteness on you so you don’t forget what you're watching.

Still, as far as all-girls sports anime go, Pride of Orange isn’t actually half-bad. At the same time, that also means it’s only half-good, too. It focuses more on the girls’ friendship than on them playing ice hockey, so your characters aren’t strong enough to carry the story on their own. Instead, they end up relying on their dynamics with everyone else to make you keep watching. Your characters have some depth to them to make them more than just empty stereotypes, but once they're all thrown in together, they become generic and so terribly cliché. 

The most you can say for Pride of Orange is that it really does make a genuine attempt to be halfway watchable for a general audience. With it, ice hockey becomes accessible and fun, but maybe that's only as long as you're able to recruit your other friends to join you so you can all take over the team together. Teamwork makes the dream work, but like the series shows us, it takes a little more than just that to really make the message stick. It manages to get the job done by making you feel good in the moment, but don't be surprised if you forget all about it a couple of weeks later.

4/10 story
5/10 animation
5/10 sound
4/10 characters
5/10 overall
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