Iwakakeru! Sport Climbing Girls

Genre(s): Sports, School

Age-Appropriateness: 12+ (Mild fanservice, mild profanity)

Platforms: Crunchyroll

Episodes: 12

TheAwersome Rating: 6.8 / 10 (Good for about 3-4 episodes)

Premise: Video games, especially puzzle games, were always at the center of Konomi Kasahara’s life. However, upon entering Hanamiya High School, she decides to break away from this lifestyle. As Konomi wanders the halls in search of a new activity to engage herself in, she stumbles upon a gigantic wall owned by the school’s rock climbing team. Fascinated, she attempts to scale the wall, discovering that she can use her puzzle-solving skills to help her reach the top.

Certain that she has found her calling, Konomi immediately joins the club. As she strives to improve her climbing skills, Konomi, alongside the rest of the Hanamiya Climbing Team, will learn what it truly means to be a “sports climber” and work to achieve victory in the upcoming competitions.

TheAwersome’s Thoughts: If there’s one thing anime will always be good for it’s the niche interest and hobby shows. Whether it’s camping, microbiology, weight lifting, cosplay, cooking, or in this case, rock climbing, there’s an anime about that. Unfortunately, the “get to know about this hobby and world” phase of this particular show lasted for about four episodes before it just became cookie cutter sports anime: Rivals/competitors all have gag identity/personalities, be it “The Panther,” “The Spider,” or “The Idol.” Newcomer to the sport takes the world by storm, but has to overcome some specific struggle point, etc.

From what I know of rock climbing, having several friends/family members that really got into it, it does a decent job of explaining the various types of climbing (bouldering, speed, lead, etc.) and the approaches/challenges of each.

TLDR: A decent niche/hobby anime for four episodes before it becomes a cliché, cookie cutter sports anime.

From what little I did know of rock climbing, I will say that I appreciated the gaming/puzzle comparison, as that was part of the satisfying draw for my friends. I can also say that Iwakakeru does a terrible job of portraying realistic expectations of what a climber, let alone a newcomer, will be physically able to do, and do safely. Until you’re seasoned and have all the appropriate safety equipment, do NOT do lunges, kids.

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