Watching this, my first thought is about whether green houses are common in Japanese high schools (as they do seem to be an unusually common setting in shows like this). Of course, since that green house is probably the last thing anybody involved in SPECIAL A intended you to think about, I’d say this pilot stumbles a little in doing what it set out to do.
Maybe I was just disappointed that there wasn’t more wrestling?
The show opens with the delightfully absurd premise of a six-year-old pro wrestling prodigy seeing her glory days come to a quick and annoying end when some boy suddenly shows up to steal her thunder. Their rivalry continues into high school, when the little tomboy grows up into a very fetching and fashionable young woman.
A big chunk of this pilot is then devoted to what’s best described as the high school anime equivalent of an extended “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better” revue. Whenever she seems to be accomplishing something, this boy then comes in to reassert that she’s only the second best at it behind him.
The central challenge between the two centers around them both vaulting over impossible heights in their gym. Perhaps the reason the show seemed a little awkward to me is that it generally keeps things fairly close-to-Earth, but then includes a number of incidentally larger-than-life feats than seem a little jarring for their inclusion. Or maybe this specific style of humor would’ve just worked for me better if I were watching the dub instead of the sub.
Either way, to be totally honest, I kept clicking out of this viewing window to check out my other tabs, and my attention only came back when they had the final battle royale. All said, the show actually does make a touching point about these two having an odd sort of respect and friendship - - although, I don’t know if that point exactly incites you to keep watching, either.
Watch this episode, "Hikari; Kei" here and decide for yourself.