Ginban Kaleidoscope Review

Ginban Kaleidoscope (Skating Rink Kaleidoscope)19926l

Watched 2009 roughly

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Oct, 2005 to Dec, 2005
Producers: Aniplex, Karaku
Ginban Kaleidoscope is a manga adaptation drawn by Jun Hasegawa and written by Rei Kaibara.

I remember Ginban Kaleidoscope quite well. I watched it shortly after complete Kaleido Star in a search for more performance anime. This is far from the same level as Kaleido Star but was a novel concept none the less. We have Sakurano Tazusa. A upcoming star in the ice skating world. Cold and Aloof, no one has seen her smile on the ice. For her it is not about performing, but just about winning. Except without that smile she is just missing that special something which will sent her into true stardom. Then we have Pete Pumps, a Canadian pilot. These two are thrown together in a way either of them could have predicted.

Pete Pumps dies. In an airplane crash. Except when he gets up to heaven, there is a little problem/mistake and he gets sent back to earth for x amount of days. Into Tazusa’s body. He is eventually haunting her now and the two do not get along well. Though some embarrassments and other trails, Tazusa and Pete learn to get along and reside calmly. Pete helping Tazusa grow as a person and gain those final though things she needs to truly become famous. Not to mention translating English to her.

The ending is bitter-sweet. The final final performance scene is well done and a lovely thing to watch. But the parting scene when Pete goes up to heaven is sad. Personally it did not make me cry but it is a downer, due to the close nature though two have been though.

All in all, Ginban Kaleidoscope was an enjoyable watch with some good points and some bad points. I can’t say much about the rest of the cast as I only really remember Tazusa and Pete but as main characters they had good personal traits and grew along with the series.

So its a Silver to me.

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