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Anime Reviews - Ao Ashi Season 1

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Hassan is a huge fan of anime, movies, and tv shows. He loves to share his thoughts about them with people who share similar interests.

Ao Ashi 2022 | Production I.G

Ao Ashi 2022 | Production I.G

The emphasis that Ao Ashi places on the fact that not everyone in the world of football is immediately a top star player who exclusively plays in the frontline, like Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, is what I find appealing. In the world of football, a squad with numerous outstanding players in various positions is what, in the opinion of many football fans, makes different players stand out and valued. It's encouraging to see when a show like Ao Ashi challenges this erroneous notion in the mainstream media since it implies that it may examine more facets of football than what is typically covered.

Ao Ashi 2022 | Production I.G

Ao Ashi 2022 | Production I.G

Overview

Like all sports shows, Ao Ashi starts with a high school student dedicated to his sport and aspires to excel in it to become a professional. By all means, Aoi Ashito is portrayed as the stereotypical lead character in a shounen sports series. A personification of all the best qualities possible. Thankfully, the show breaks him down and allows him to mature while keeping the attributes mentioned earlier by putting him through transitional stages. The method used to accomplish this sets Ao Ashi apart from similar sports anime. The program is firmly rooted in reality. It lacks the over-the-top edginess and hijinks seen in many other shounen sports series. This, in turn, enables the eventual development of Aoi Ashito as a player and a person to feel genuine to the spectators.

Ao Ashi 2022 | Production I.G

Ao Ashi 2022 | Production I.G

Story Breakdown

In earlier episodes, Ashito struggled with comprehending his football ability and the pressure he put on his mother and brother. The story strongly emphasizes his family and how much they have given up for him to pursue his aspirations. The influences of Ashito's family have had a significant impact on both his character and performance. He believes that his family's sacrifices of time, money, and love for him will be in vain if he doesn't achieve his goals.

It humbles me to see how much the series cares about one of Ashito's motivations as a character. We can understand why he behaves in the way that he does and the motivation behind his enthusiasm because the series places a lot of emphasis on this aspect of him. Because of this understanding, he is considerably more complex than first glance might suggest. Additionally, the show isn't averse to periodically reminding Ashito, and the audience about his upbringing, which is essential to the development Ashito is still undergoing as a football player.


Ao Ashi 2022 | Production I.G

Ao Ashi 2022 | Production I.G

This anime builds up Ashito before tearing him apart. Similar to Ace of Diamond, Ashito has transitional periods throughout this series, which is how his character growth is reflected. In the first half of Ao Ashi, we witness Ashito becoming more at ease with his role and playing manner. He thinks exceptionally strategically. He always wants to play the striker position and score goals, a typical portrayal of prominent characters in football-related media. His desire to become the greatest of the best is based exclusively on that position, so when it is taken away from him, he is devastated and has a breakdown.

Ashito felt his soul had been stolen because all he had ever trained himself to do was play forward and score goals. His mentality was made even worse because his friends and family had previously supported his preferred playing style. But shifting from his preferred stance also made room for a fresh viewpoint.

Ashito needed to understand that football was a team sport finally. His character growth throughout the series includes it. This also gave him the opportunity for some much-needed reflection. When Ashito reflected on his past, he realized that he had been egotistical and ignorant before and after entering the academy. Despite being his passion, he realized he had never truly understood what football was. For all the years he had preached about becoming a famous footballer, he felt terrible for blindly abusing his friends and family's confidence and praise.

Aoi Ashito discovered things about himself, including what makes him a good football player and his skills, through playing as a fullback defender. As a sports anime, Ao Ashi explains topics to viewers on a more microscopic level. Most Ao Ashi's episodes focus on teaching the sport through examples of tactical and strategic plays. But since Ashito is the playmaker on the field, it is primarily seen through his perspective.

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Ao Ashi 2022 | Production I.G

Ao Ashi 2022 | Production I.G

Even though he got accepted into a reputedly top football academy in Japan, he ultimately becomes a "protagonist" who lacks the essential knowledge of football. Due to the quantity of content from the source material that was removed to save time, the pacing of the series' earliest episodes can feel incredibly slow even though it is well paced. In this sense, the series' quality is debatable. Ao Ashi strongly favors showing methods, tactics, and how a football game is played in various contexts based on the approaches taken by each team and the subtle tactical shifts made on the field.

As a result, not only is the pacing slow but there is also a chance that viewers will become disinterested if the focus is placed too heavily on tactical moves. That depends on how each person perceives the situation. However, I believe that this component of the series adds a lot of complexity and is meant to be appreciated for the delight it provides.

Ao Ashi 2022 | Production I.G

Ao Ashi 2022 | Production I.G

The lack of animation in the earlier episodes was Ao Ashi's second significant failure. The fluid animation is made from slide shows rather than football games or character actions. In comparison to other sports shows produced by Production I.G, the directing fell short. This inevitably lowers the enjoyment for some viewers. Most of that is gone by the second part of the series. I think the new direction and animation revitalized Ao Ashi. This is also necessitated given the plot's singular concentration on advancing past its trial arc.

Ao Ashi 2022 | Production I.G

Ao Ashi 2022 | Production I.G

The roots of football are at the heart of much of Ao Ashi. How some sections are presented isn't awe-inspiring because they do, in some ways, fit into the more prominent anime stereotypes. Much of that is true of the characters. I also can't say that I like it. But considering that these people are written honestly and realistically, another factor preventing the series from veering into the edgy region, it serves its purpose. In the end, Ao Ashi's excellent points also make up for it, making it more enticing. Overall, I would highly suggest Ao Ashi. It is unique and upholds its integrity compared to anime like Haikyu and Ace of Diamond.


My Rating: 8/10

Total Episodes: 24

Studio: Production I.G

Source: Manga

Genre: Sports

© 2022 Hassan

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