Sora is a newly minted highschooler whose diminutive size makes him easy pickings for bullies. But he doesn’t let this get him down, or get in the way of his passion for basketball (which, of course, turns out to be something of a family legacy). At his new high school he finds that the boy’s basketball team is comprised of a bunch of jerks who seem more interested in the social perks of the activity than in actual sportsmanship. So naturally he challenges them on this, and is granted an opportunity to prove his mettle on the court.
I don’t really watch sports anime (or sports in general, for that matter), but you have to change things up every now and then. One thing I do appreciate about the show is that it seems to be going for a grittier, less idealized portrayal of adolescence than most anime (though I could also see how people could be put off by all the cussing and whatnot, and if it winds up taking a rough turn down fanservice lane, it’ll be all the more unfortunate). That said, it feels like I can already predict most of the plot beats already: Sora’s pluckiness is going to reform the team, he’s going to romance that one girl, they’re going to go to the championships and it’ll all be threatened by some incident (someone on the team is going to wind up in jail, I’m guessing), but they’ll either pull through in the end or learn a valuable lesson about being gracious losers. I don’t want to say that I won’t follow up on it, but I also have a habit of not keeping up with shows that don’t immediately grab me, so this may be our last encounter.
Ahiru no Sora can be streamed on Crunchyroll.