Fanfare of Adolescence is off to a thrilling start. The episode takes its time to introduce the characters and promises an exciting story. It has a lot of potential. Plus, it’s visually impressive.”

The Anime Spring season has finally started. And the first series we are reviewing at Future of the Force is Fanfare of Adolescence. I went horse-riding several times in the past so I do know a thing or two about horses. Though, I never expected to watch an anime about horse jockeys. However, it all changed when I watched the first teaser for series. Indeed, it caught my attention. So, is this new series worth watching?

STORY

The premise of the show is Yu Arimura, a Japanese Idol who decides to quit his career and join a prestigious horse racing school. It is an unexpected premise but quite original. The first episode takes its time to introduce Yu, his schoolmates and also the school. It gives you a pretty good idea of who are going to be friends and who are going to be rivals. We are in for an exciting series.

The main focus is obviously on Yu, the main character and also on Shun Kazanami who appears to be the co-lead. Right away, these two picked my attention. Indeed, there is a lot of potential with Yu’s story and his past as an idol. This episode already sets the tone. As for Shun, I think he is easily going to become a fan favorite. He is a charming and gentle character who has a real connection with horses even though, he had never ridden one before we meet him. Furthermore, the episode hints at an interesting bond between these two characters. So, it is going to be compelling to see where it leads them.

VISUALS

Fanfare of Adolescence is visually impressive with beautiful and various character designs along with detailed scenery. The horse scenes are definitely captivating and well animated. I really felt transported in these scenes. And it was just the beginning so I am looking forward to see how it will be when we reach the races.

SOUNDTRACK AND END CREDITS

I was surprised about the end credits. In fact, it was just normal end credits without any animation. I have no idea if it is going to be like that for the rest of the season. If so, it is a bit disappointing. Nevertheless, we can hear JO1’s latest song ‘Move The Soul.’ It is a pretty good song. I am definitely going to listen to it often.

As for the score, it is composed by Hiroyuki Sawano. This works well to accompany the story.

VERDICT

Fanfare of Adolescence is off to a thrilling start. The episode takes its time to introduce the characters and promises an exciting story. It has a lot of potential. Plus, it’s visually impressive.

Fanfare of Adolescence is now streaming on Crunchyroll.

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