- Animation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Soundtrack: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Story: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A solid sports anime that can grow
After Blue Lock ended I was craving a sports anime, they are my favorite genre (you know, Haikyuu, Major, etc…).
Ao Ashi had a solid 8 out of 10 on MyAnimeList so I naturally gave it a try. The drawing was modern and looked good overall.
Animation could be better
I feel if they had more budget they could’ve taken this one to the next level. I gotta give it to them they did not fall into CGI as Blue Lock did in some scenes, this one is pure. However, it felt like some scenes needed more animation. Don’t get me wrong we had decent animated scenes but felt sometimes critical story moments such as goals could’ve looked even cooler with better animation.
The story is not what you think
I like that what we’re initially presented with will do a big turn, no spoilers.
Apart from that this is what you’d expect it to be in a sports anime. Struggles, overcoming obstacles, friendship, and the main character not fully realizing how good he is along the way.
Would I recommend Ao Ashi?
Yes, no doubt. It’s a regular 24-episode season but it’s very easy to watch. I had to force myself not to binge-watch it so I could enjoy it longer.
It seems as of this writing there’s no confirmed second season but I would be surprised if stayed that way. The show deserves more and the story can certainly give us more.
Have you seen it?