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Kazuma Hoshino and his little brother Ayumu move to the small town of Yamabikoto in the countryside due to Ayumu's poor health. On the way to Yoruzuyo Inn, the place where they'll be staying, Ayumu's hat is stolen by a monkey and Kazuma chases after it. In the process, he runs into Ui Nakatsugawa and the two accidentally kiss. The next day, Kazuma discovers that Ui in his class, signaling the start of an exciting new life.

Originally a Visual Novel by Feng (Akane-Iro ni Somaru Saka), Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi (A Bridge to the Starry Skies) was adapted into an anime in the spring of 2011.


Tropes in this work include:

  • Absolute Cleavage: Madoka's kimono manages to loosen in the ping pong match.
  • Accidental Kiss: Kazuma and Ui at the riverbank.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: When Kazuma and Ui eventually express their feelings for each other in the Futogoyama festival at the end of the anime. They end up together.
  • A-Cup Angst: Ibuki Hinata pats her chest in episode 6 after seeing the other girl's bosoms.
    • Then there's her rather violent reactions to when Kazuma implies or hints it (eg see Thanks for the Mammary below for a hilarious example). More blatant is during Kazuma and Ibuki's date in episode 11, when at the shopping mall Ibuki tries on several outfits for Kazuma to see. One is a bikini. Kazuma looks at her chest and expresses disappointment. Cue kick to the shin.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents:
    • Hina lampshades this with regards to her Overprotective Dad when he yells at her from the crowd to win the Hikonan Race.
    • Subverted: just before the Tug-of-War match between Kazuma and Hina's dad, three of the Hot Moms (those of Hina, Ui, and Madoka) gossip out loud about how good looking Kazuma is, and Hina's mom even wonders out loud if he's a good candidate to be Hina's husband. Naturally, Kazuma is not amused.
  • Amusing Injuries: Due to Hina's height, she hits her head on the ceiling of Kazuma's bedroom off camera with a very loud thud that gets his attention (right after he warned her of the low ceiling). A moment later she's seen squatting and clutching her head.
  • Anime Hair
    • Shounen Hair: Bad enough to parody. Kazuma's "hair" sticks up sometimes in the morning and Ayumu has to "handle" it. Literally, of course.
      • Daigo fits the trope better.
  • Antenna Hair: Hina.
  • Anticlimax Cut: See the Death Glare example below.
  • The Archer: Ibuki is the ace member of her school's archery team, and even gets "Robin Hood" as a nickname. (Though Kazuma jokingly calls her "Robin Mask").
  • Beach Episode: Episode 8, with corollary Watermelon Smashing.
  • Berserk Button: Senka Yorozu feels greatly offended when Kazuma calls her Oba-san.
  • Big Brother Attraction: Ui is very infatuated with her older brother, Hajime. Hence, when Hajime got married, she didn't take it very well.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Kazuma. Consider the fact that his younger brother, Ayumu, is rather sickly.
  • Big Eater: Ui.
    • Later on, Hina, justified that she hadn't eaten a single morsel ever since she ran away from home.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Used frequently on Hina to accentuate her Tall, Dark and Bishoujo characteristics, but also in a hilarious case with Puppy Dog Eyes (see below). Also a few times on Ui when she's in a really good mood (like when she's about to eat).
  • Bishounen: Kazuma, if comments from the Hot Moms are anything to go by.
  • Bridal Carry: Kazuma carries Koyori to the finishing line in the Hikonan race. Bonus points for both of them wearing wedding costumes.
  • Bromantic Foil: Daigo.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Kazuma voluntarily argues the resident Overprotective Dad, Mr. Sakai, in Hina's stead to the point that he accepts the man's challenge to a duel in a tug-of-war match.
  • Cameo: Minato Nagase and Yocchan from Akane-Iro ni Somaru Saka make a cameo appearance in the Hoshizora Visual Novel, going on a summer training camp for their tennis club.
  • Can't Hold Her Liquor: Daigo's mom.
    • In the anime Hina mentions that she can't even handle the smell of alcoholic beverages. In the Visual Novel, at a party at the Yoruzuyo Inn during the summer festival she's persuaded by the guests to have some liquor, and downs at least a whole glass, and subsequently gets completely wasted.
  • Captain Obvious: The following exchange.

 Kazuma: So, [Hina] senpai, how did you end up this way?

Hina: I ran away from home.

Kazuma: Ran away?!

Hina: Running away from home means leaving without permission from parents or guardians, with no intention of returning.

Kazuma: Yes, I know!

  • The Caretaker: Ibuki for Ui, despite those two not being related.
  • Censor Steam: Literally, once, see Naked First Impression.
  • Class Representative: Ibuki, though she usually doesn't act like one.
  • Cool Big Sis: Tsumugi.
  • Covert Pervert: Kazuma's imagination goes wild while playing an arcade Raising Sim with Tsumugi. Tsumugi isn't aware of that.
  • Crash Into Hello: How Kazuma met Hina.
  • Cry Into Chest: Visual Novel, a plot point in Ibuki's path. When she starts breaking down and crying from not winning the archery tournament, Kazuma can choose to let her do this (in order to progress with her) or just let her cry on her own.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Koyori.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Hina really has a penchant for cute little things in general.
    • Gets brought up to hilarious levels during the Hikonan Race, when at the final stage where all the participants must wear a costume, she sees Ui dressed in a penguin suit, and enters a sort of entranced/zombified state (and completely forgetting about her embarassment of wearing a skimpy Qipao) and pursues the latter at full speed (who gets really spooked by her pursuer and runs away).
    • Hina has started to show more varied reactions to the cute object/person depending on who or what it is. She acts like the Cool Big Sis towards Ayumu (and already patting him on the head at their first meeting), while she has a more suggestive reaction to when Kasane dresses up in a cute bear pajama suit (resulting in some bizzare sleep experience for the former when they spend the night in Kazuma's house).
    • Perhaps most amusingly, after her Overprotective Dad lost a tug-of-war match against Kazuma, he ended up sulking, and somehow, Hina actually found it cute that she gave him a big bearhug.
    • Koyori ends up as Hina's latest victim when she dons cat ears.
    • Ui's, Madoka's, and Hina's moms towards Ayumu at the end of the anime.
    • Daigo disguises him in a cat costume and she totally buys it
  • Date Peepers: Daigo, Koyori, and Kasane... during Kazuma and Madoka's date.
  • Death Glare: Kazuma gives one to Daigo after finding out that it was the latter who made Ayumu wear a cheerleader's costume. You'd think Kazuma's gonna beat him up. But all Daigo gets is a thumbs-up and and a "Good job".
  • The Ditz: Ui, so much that Ibuki feels the need to look after her.
  • Does Not Like Men: Madoka is very fearful of guys, due to her strict upbringing (courtesy of her grandfather).
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Ayumu and Kazuma during episode 3.
  • Dojikko: Despite her many idealistic traits, Tsumugi somehow becomes this during the obstacle course much to the embarrassment of her sisters. Her troubles already begin at the very start of the race where as soon as it starts she immediately trips and falls flat on her face.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Ibuki in the opening sequence.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Hina Sakai, submerged under the love of the girls on the Red Team!
  • Hair Decorations
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: Ui's penguin costume. At least Hina agrees.
  • Everything's Worse with Bears: The first episode title (and Ui) make note of such. Kazuma was lucky he only ran into a monkey.
  • Expy: Hina is very similar to Sakaki in both appearance and personality.
  • First Girl Wins: Suggested in the preview of episode 4.

 Senka: Say, Kazuma-kun, what type of girls do you like?

Kazuma: Let's see... Energetic girls with long hair, who are just fun to be around...

Koyori: What did you say? Ui-cchu matches that perfectly!

    • Played brutally straight in the anime's timeline: Kazuma gets Ui in the end.
  • Gainaxing: Madoka and Tsumugi in the sports fest.
    • Hina too, by just walking (during a closeup shot of her chest if you look carefully) towards Kazuma's house for their study session.
    • Madoka again during her ping-pong match with Koyori. Tsumugi can also perform it simply by sitting in a massage chair.
  • Gag Boobs: Madoka
  • Genki Girl: Koyori, Kasane and Ui.
  • Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: Ibuki in the Visual Novel
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Senka when she catches Daigo trying to peep on the girls.
  • Gossipy Hens: Kasane is one of them.
  • Grilling the Newbie: Daigo lampshades this after Kazuma's class introduction. During the first free time, Kazuma actually gets grilled by the class.
  • Groin Attack: Ibuki to Kazuma in episode 8
  • He's Not My Boyfriend!: Koyori, in reference to Kazuma.
  • Hand or Object Underwear: Daigo's pail in Episode 6.
  • Headbutt Thermometer: It's how Kazuma checks Ayumu for fever. Ui takes it the wrong way.
  • Hot Mom: Quite plenty. Daigo, Madoka, Hina and Ui's mothers are all rather good-looking.
  • Hot Springs Episode: Episode 6.
  • Ho Yay: A lot, combined with Incest Subtext, between Kazuma and Ayumu. All the characters make notes of this, and it's even Lampshaded in the Next Episode Preview during episode 1.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Hina is always the tallest girl in her classes.
  • Hurricane of Puns: The "On the Next..." for episode six has a buttload of puns.
  • Ill Boy: Ayumu and Keita.
  • Imagine Spot: In Episode 6, Daigo imagines the girls during various suggestive things in the bath.
  • I'm Taking Him Home With Me!: Several women seem to have this thought on their mind regarding Kazuma's younger brother, Ayumu. Hina also seems to imply this when she sees Ui in the penguin suit, and later Koyori in cat ears.
  • Innocent Cohabitation: After Hina runs away from home and crashes in at Kazuma's. She ends up sleeping in his room along with him with the futon spread out so they can both sleep in it. Cue Not What It Looks Like situation the next morning (see below).
  • I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Madoka and Ibuki stop attempting to pursue Kazuma once they realize that he likes Ui. Madoka finds this out after their date, and how he keeps mentioning Ui, while Ibuki realizes it after their date after Kazuma rejects her casual comment of seriously dating her. They even help out slightly in getting the two together near the end, and then joke about getting rejected.
  • Large Ham: Daigo. Turned Up to Eleven in Episode 5, where he is the sports fest's commentator.
  • Let Her Go, Dear: See Overprotective Dad.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: Koyori does this when spying on Kazuma and Madoka's date as a "disguise". Played more straight in the Visual Novel when she starts exploring her femininity as she develops feelings towards Kazuma.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Ui tries to convince herself that this is how she sees Kazuma. That's perhaps to stave away the pain of losing her older brother to his wife. She eventually gets over it with just one phone call to her brother, and since that point begins to see Kazuma as something else.
  • Little Girls Kick Shins: Kazuma is often at the receiving end of this from Ibuki (if she doesn't aim higher up), and also gets at least one from Koyori.
  • The Long List: Hina goes through a detailed list of every time she tried to talk to her parents about going to Tokyo. By the time she gets to the sixth one, Kazuma stops her.
  • Luminescent Blush: All over the place.
  • Meganekko: Daigo's mom.
  • Megaton Punch: Madoka inadvertently does this to Kazuma during the scavenger hunt.
  • Miko: Madoka.
  • Motor Mouth: In the Visual Novel, Madoka when she panics, complete with Wingding Eyes, especially in embarrassing situations involving Kazuma. Once she hits that state she ends up just blurting out all her thoughts in practically a single breath.
  • New Transfer Student: The Hoshino brothers.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits: In the Visual Novel, Tsumugi and Koyori, both for each other; i.e. if Kazuma goes after one, he earns the ire of the other. Koyori is far more vocal and violent in this regard if Kazuma dates Tsumugi, making a scene at one point, while Tsumugi's reaction to finding Kazuma and Koyori in bed together is a lot more comical.
  • Naked First Impression:
    • Tsumugi is cleaning the baths when Kazuma walks in. She (and Senka, seconds later) get a good look at his junk.
    • Played with when Hina crashes in at Kazuma's home and stays in his room. While alone there when Kazuma has dinner she decides to wipe herself with wet tissues, and Kazuma walks in on her with her blouse and bra off.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Kazuma accidentally kisses Ui in episode 1. Even after learning the truth, Ibuki still doesn't trust Kazuma.
    • Unfortunately for Kazuma, it didn't stop there, becoming a Gossip Evolution that spread througout the whole school (showed by groups of students talking about it when Kazuma walked by them), which Kazuma only found out eventually from Madoka.
    • Kazuma gets another one when Senka walks in on him in the morning with a sleeping Hina with her arms around him.
  • Oba-san: The temperature drops when Yorozu gets called as such.
    • Inverted with Ui, who became excited when she discovered out that her older brother now has a child.
  • Offhand Backhand: At the start of Episode 12 Senka swats a bee this way with a wooden spoon while carrying on a conversation with Kazuma.
  • Odango/Girlish Pigtails: Koyori
  • Overprotective Dad: Mr. Sakai's not very approving of his daughter's desire to further her studies out of the village and into Tokyo University, even if it meant for the better of the entire Sakai household. He goes as far as to silence Hina when she speaks about it. Mrs. Sakai advices him to reconsider his opinion, as Hina is all grown up.
  • Overly Long Name: Daigorou Minamikokubaru, and his mother, by proxy.
  • Puppy Dog Eyes: After Kazuma asks The Runaway Hina about her next move, Hina pulls this off, with Bishie Sparkle, to beg him to let her crash in at his place. He even lampshades it:

 Kazuma: It's not possible! Even if you look at me with those eyes!

  Ui: It's not like I wanted you to give me a piggyback ride, or have you feel my forehead...

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