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Synopsis

Maki Katsuragi moves back to his hometown with his single mother, and meet again with his childhood friend, Toma Shinjo, who is the captain of the boys’ soft tennis team at their school. The team is threatened to be disbanded because of their poor performance, so Touma recruits the athletic Maki into the team to improve their performance for upcoming summer tournament.

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Halimun Muhammad (The Indonesian Anime Times)

Hoshiai no Sora, also known as Stars Align, sets up a story of teenage dramas, not only from the boys’ team struggles at their sport, but also through hints of Maki and Toma’s personal life issues (Maki’s gloomy girl neighbor and classmate, Kanako, seems to have her own skeletons in the closet as well). Given its subject matter, the show is served well through cute adaptation of illustrator Itsuka’s character designs, which imbue the characters with the delicateness of teenage emotions. The animation also features excellent character acting that conveys clearly the general disposition and specific moods of each character through their postures and gestures. Those elements helps to make the show a promising teenage drama.

Facts and Figures

Alternate Title(s) Stars Align
Source material Original work
Cast Gen Sato as Rintaro Futsu
Keisuke Sato as Shingo Takenouchi
Kohei Amasaki as Taiyo Ishigami
Maaya Sakamoto as Kinuyo Kasuga
Mayu Mineda as Kanako Mitsue
Natsuki Hanae as Maki Katsuragi
Tasuku Hatanaka as Toma Shinjo
Toshiyuki Toyonaga as Tsubasa Soga
Yoshitaka Yamaya as Yuuta Asuka
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Itsuki Ameno
Yuusuke Kobayashi as Nao Tsukinose
Director Kazuki Akane (Vision of Escaflowne, Birdy the Mighty: Decode)
Series Composition Kazuki Akane
Character Design Yuuichi Takahashi (Comet Lucifer, FLCL Alternative, Gatchaman Crowds insight)
Opening Theme “Suiso” by Megumi Nakajima
Ending Theme “Kago no Naka no Bokura wa” by AIKI from Bless4
Studio 8-bit (Encouragement of Climb, Knight’s & Magic)
Official Website http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/hoshiai/
Twitter @hoshiaino_sora
Broadcast Date 9 October 2019 (1658 GMT/2258 WIB), 10 October 2019 (0158 JST)

Trailer

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© Kazuki Akane • 8-bit/Hoshiai no Sora Production Committee
© Kazuki Akane • 8-bit/Hoshiai no Sora Production Committee
© Kazuki Akane • 8-bit/Hoshiai no Sora Production Committee

The Indonesian Anime Times

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