First rule of anime: don’t believe everything you see at first! Aoharu x Kikanjuu is no exception to this rule: did you think the main character was a guy? Sorry for you, but “he” is actually a girl. Wait, did that guy in the image above really shoot her? Nope, that was just a BB gun.
Aoharu x Kikanjuu follows the story of Tachibana Hotaru, a student council president with a strong sense of justice. As mentioned earlier, Hotaru is actually a girl but no one, except her best friend, Yajima Kanae, know that. One day, when moving into her new apartment, Hotaru confronts a man standing in front of her doorway. He suddenly drops a gun and she immediately thinks that he might be a criminal. The next day at school Kanae tells Hotaru that a host scammed her of her money, but when Hotaru goes to confront the host, she realises it was Masamune, the guy who was standing in her doorway the day before. Masamune challenges Hotaru to a “survival game” in which the first person to get shot loses. Hotaru loses the game and is forced to join Masamune’s “survival game” team, Toy Gun Gun, in order to pay back the damages she did to his club.
When I watched the first episode of the series, I was first thrown off by everything that was happening: I didn’t know how to take the anime. The second episode, however, proved to be more enjoyable for me and I finally got a footing for the show after that. Compared to other anime, the show’s storyline is very original; this is the first time I’ve ever watched an anime about BB guns and “survival games” (I first thought the “survival game” in mention was paintball, since they looked completely similar to one another). Even though there’s no real violence in the show, the shootout sequences are very stylised, adding to the competitiveness of the sport.
If I could best describe Aoharu x Kikanjuu, it would be that it’s almost an anime version of Counter-Strike, except with a storyline. That description of the show could be either a good or bad thing, depending how things develop. Although the first episode felt a bit weird for me to get into the series, the second episode helps to put the series into perspective when Toy Gun Gun compete in their first competitive matches. The shootouts are quite stylised for a show about BB guns, but that is where the show stands out: it reaffirms our own fantasies of getting into intense shootouts like the ones we see in movies and video games. I was first going to give this show a miss after episode one but the second episode convinced me to keep watching and give this show a try.