12 Days of Christmas: A Santa Rock – Day I
On the first day of Christmas, my true love for anime gave to me…
A wish-granting rock.
We sometimes require a bit of magic in our life, a bit of miracle, to help one find his way. Natsuiro Kiseki, an anime which depicts four close friends, Natsumi, Saki, Yuka and Rinko, made wishes to a big rock in their childhood. Years later, they found out the rock could genuinely grant their wishes, and thus, the rock start working it’s magic, supporting the four friends with their troubles and even conflict.
I like the simple, yet magical ambiance the anime gives out. The rock gives out a particular impression that it had a personality of it’s own, taking care of the girls, and even “moving” along with them when they were on a trip. The rock also indirectly teaches and guide them through it’s magic, allowing the girls to understand themselves and those around them some more. One very memorable scene I like is when Yuka and Saki switched bodies, Yuka wants to have a mature composition and presense and since Saki has the perfect attributes for both. The rock grant that wish by switching their bodies around. With her new body, Yuka had fun, but she realized that people aren’t looking at her, they are looking at “Saki”, a body which Yuka was currently possessing.
If the rock’s attributes can be counted as a “personality”, then the rock itself could probably be counted as a “character”, and it’s kinda ironic that I like the rock as much as I like the characters, perhaps more too. The rock is like a guardian, granting wishes to the girls yet those wishes meant nothing but a stepping stone for the girls to grow up. It is all thanks to the rock that the girls had reached to the standing point they are at now.
Natsuiro Kiseki is definitely one of the anime that is easily overlooked, as it’s one of the best anime in the respective season. And indeed, if there’s no Santa Claus, there’s always a Santa Rock!