The story centres around girls who compete in sport climbing, particularly climbing artificially constructed walls. First-year high school student Konomi Kasahara discovered this sport at Hanamiya Girls’ High School after training her mind with puzzle games during junior high school. (Source: Anime News Network)
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Do you know: Indonesian climbing athlete Aries Susanti Rahayu currently holds the world record for 15 metres speed climbing.
Probably not many Indonesians know about that fact. Admittedly, climbing is not one of the popular sports right now, especially in Indonesia. So, how could we make competitive climbing sports interesting to the casual audience?
In Iwa-Kakeru!’s case, they try to reframe the audience’s understanding of the sport. Rather than presenting rock climbing as pure physical competition, Iwa-Kakeru! also shows it as a puzzle game. It naturally fits the narrative of the first episode because it makes the audience feel that the protagonist, Konomi, has a chance to win against her new frenemy, Jun, who has more experience. All she needs is more training and experience, which definitely will be explored in the future episode.
From the promotional art, it’s easy to dismiss Iwa-Kakeru! as another “cute girls in sports club” anime, but for me, this anime could be an interesting watch simply because of the way it frames the sport. Though the sportswear are not unusual to see in this sport, some viewers not familiar with them might think the anime gives too much emphasis on the look of the girl’s bodies. But the major selling point is there in the premise: a puzzle maniac girl who finds joy by treating a very physical sport as a brain challenge. If you find that approach to the sport intriguing, it’s worth checking out.
Facts and Figures
|Alternate Title||Iwa-Kakeru! Climbing Girls|
|Source material||Manga by Ryudai Ishizaka|
|Cast||Aina Suzuki as Sayo Yotsuba
Ami Koshimizu as Asuka Fujimura
Carin Isobe as Hifumi Benibana
Chihiro Ueda as Masumi Fujita
Daria Midou as Rina Samura
Machico as Kurea Ōba
Mikako Komatsu as Chinari Iwamine
Miyu Tomita as Nonoaka Sugiura
Sachi Kokuryu as Chigusa Kumagai
Sayaka Harada as Kikuko Gotou
Sumire Uesaka as Konomi Kasahara
Takehito Koyasu as Jouzou Gotou
Yui Ishikawa as Jun Uehara
Yuka Terasaki as Kaoru Niijima
Yukari Tamura as Anne Kurusu
Yumiri Hanamori as Maruno Sato
|Director||Tetsuro Amino (Let’s & Go!!)|
|Scenario||Touko Machida (Chaika the Coffin Princess)|
|Character Design||Yoshihiro Watanabe (Haganai)|
|Opening Song||“Motto Takaku” by Aina Suzuki|
|Ending Song||“LET’S CLIMB↑” by Hanamiya Girls’ High School Climbing Team|
|Broadcast Date||3 October 2020 (1500 GMT), 4 October 2020 (0000 WIT, 0200 JST)|
Screenshots and Trailer
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