Whereas the quite summary title doesn’t significantly say a lot in regards to the sequence (I assume Sentai didn’t wish to market this as a promotion of weapons), Chidori RSC is the anime adaptation of Rifle is Stunning, Salmiakki’s cute slice-of-life manga a couple of group of highschool women who’re into capturing sports activities.
The story focuses on Hikari Kokura, a first-year highschool pupil who has practiced beam rifle capturing since she was in elementary college, and has enrolled in Chidori Excessive Faculty resulting from its famed Rifle Taking pictures Membership. Nevertheless, with no lively members the membership is successfully defunct and it’s now as much as Hikari to revive it. Fortunately, she rapidly recruits her childhood buddy Izumi Shibusawa, in addition to fellow rivals Erika Meinohama and Yukio Igarashi to reform the membership, the place they set their sights on reaching and claiming victory on the Nationwide Excessive Faculty Rifle Taking pictures Competitors.
Whereas the sequence has all the trimmings of a sports activities anime, with an underdog story and a giant highschool event, it performs out extra as a “cute women do cute issues” sequence that makes use of the game as a backdrop for the antics that the women stand up to. Actually, I believe this performs to its benefit, as the game itself right here is quite boring to truly watch, as there’s probably not a lot you are able to do with beam rifle capturing apart from exhibiting the characters standing and capturing on the goal. Whereas I initially anticipated this to not be my form of factor, it surprisingly managed to maintain my curiosity by providing some fascinating characters to have interaction with as their inner monologue is voiced in the course of the matches, serving to drive rigidity and construct rivalries with their fellow rivals, as you see them take a look at their competitors and both panic and flounder, or drive themselves ahead to higher their opponent’s rating.
Whereas the precise capturing components present the expansion of every character’s talent, it’s the slice of life components that basically assist construct up their enjoyable, quirky personalities and provides us a superb sprint of comedy to go along with it.
Our essential protagonist Hikari is rapidly revealed to be the airhead of the sequence as, regardless of her pure power, enthusiasm and knack for making pals (even managing to appeal the membership’s supervisor), she’s fairly dangerous at no matter she tries to do, and provides us a couple of laughs when she messes up a shot in follow by sneezing at exactly the improper time. Her actual draw back, although, is that she is simply lazy, and she will be able to get good outcomes if she actually tries, as two episodes present as they give attention to her taking down these dreaded exams.
Her greatest buddy Izumi might be the weakest character of the 4, as she’s very a lot a plain Jane who’s actually solely round to be Hikari’s assist mechanism. In the meantime, Erika is your typical tsundere, whereas Yukio is the sensible however silent one; and I’ve to say that she rapidly turned a favorite of mine as she’s very Yuki Nagato-like, being a silent murderer in each her expertise behind the rifle and in wit. She has a very cute aspect too, as she reveals in considered one of my favorite episodes on supply right here, the place she chases an deserted cat onto a Tokiado line prepare and finally ends up heading with it to Totsuka in Yokohama.
There are additionally some cool aspect characters from the rival faculties which can be launched afterward, and though those launched within the huge competitors really feel like they arrive out of nowhere, it nonetheless manages to beef them up with some good use of dialogue between them and our present solid.
There does turn into a degree, nevertheless, the place it seems like there are too many characters within the combine, as once we get to the precise competitors, we oddly see much less of our essential solid doing their factor, and extra the aspect characters battling it out between themselves. Regardless of this, it does assist stave off a number of the sequence’ repetitiveness because it prevents the principle competitors from feeling too just like the qualifying spherical.
The sequence is animated by Studio 3Hz, and for essentially the most half it seems to be okay for any such sequence. The character designs are very cute and distinctive, whereas there’s a variety of vivid color used all through. The precise animation, nevertheless, isn’t going to set the world on hearth, and I seen a couple of cases the place they employed a zoom impact in post-production on a nonetheless body as an alternative of animating it, which gave these sure scenes a noticeable drop in image high quality.
It does have good use of sound although, and I appreciated the way it used its sound results (a satisfying explosion the place the women mess around with the noise made by the focusing on gear made me giggle), whereas it additionally made good use of insert songs throughout competitors to assist construct the strain and pleasure within the scene. The present’s soundtrack, composed by Satoshi Houno, is pretty nice and suits with the general theme of the present nicely, and comparable issues could possibly be mentioned of the peppy and energetic opening and ending songs, “Let’s go! Rifling 4!!!!” and “Yuuyake Mates” sung by the Japanese voice solid as Rifling 4.
The Japanese voice performing could be very cutesy and over-the-top, becoming the sequence and its characters nicely. Singer and voice actress Machico, who chances are you’ll recognise as Uma Musume: Fairly Derby’s Tokai Teio, appears an incredible match for Hikari and pulls off her energetic character with gusto, whereas Anna Yamaki places in a superb effort in her first main position as Yukio. The English voice performing, however, sounds overly mature as compared, and I believe you lose the excitable schoolgirl vibe you get within the Japanese language model.
The bodily launch of the sequence involves us through MVM, and options all 12 episodes, the episode 7.5 recap, clear opening and shutting songs, promotional trailers for the sequence itself, and trailers for different Sentai licensed reveals. I discovered the localisation for the subtitles to be quite Americanised and a bit inconsistent – state and prefecture are each used interchangeably for a similar factor, for instance, and whereas I knew what they had been speaking about on the Japanese language monitor, I nonetheless needed to search for what boba was (one other title for bubble tea) as I wasn’t aware of the time period. Some indicators and on-screen textual content are additionally lacking subtitles, which doesn’t have an effect on the Japanese language model an excessive amount of as it’s often narrated, however it may make you’re feeling such as you’re doubtlessly lacking one thing within the English dub.
General, Chidori RSC is an fulfilling however flawed slice-of-life sequence that places the give attention to cute women with beam rifles. The sequence has a vibrant solid of characters which have enjoyable personalities that lead in the direction of some humorous moments, whereas it does its greatest at making a quite laborious sport if not thrilling, at the least fulfilling. Whereas this isn’t hardcore sufficient to fulfill true sport nuts, should you’re within the “cute women do cute issues” crowd, it will at the least crack a smile.