The project centers on several teams of girls who compete in jet ski races in pairs. (Source: ANN, edited)
Kandagawa Jet Girls opens with one of my favorite sequences of any premiere this season, as we receive a series of quiet establishing shots in rural Japan, as cicadas play out their summer melody. As the winter approaches, I feel like I could really use a warm and inviting atmosphere-focused series, and there’s something about the atmosphere of rural Japan that always comforts me. If this season is still hiding something like Flying Witch or Non Non Biyori, I would be immensely thankful.
That is not this story, though. Kanagawa Jet Girls’ control of atmosphere and sound design are likely its strongest features, but on the whole, this episode presented a fairly standard introduction to your classic “girls do sports accompanied by copious fanservice” production. We’re quickly introduced to Rin Namiki, an enthusiastic girl whose mother once competed as a jet racer, and Misa Aoi, her reluctant future partner. Over the course of this episode, Rin completes a journey from her remote island to Tokyo, in hopes of competing on the Kandagawa course that her mother once conquered. Once there, she sets to work bashing her exuberant head against Misa’s emotional walls, eventually resulting in them competing in a race for the rights to the Kanda river.
Kandagawa Jet Girls’ narrative and dialogue are rigidly functional from start to finish. I appreciated the show taking the time to set up threads of past motivation for both our heroines, but in the context of a fanservice-focused sports show, it was a little difficult to take their personal struggles seriously. The sequences dedicated to setting up their sports rivalry felt more properly in this show’s dramatic wheelhouse, and took advantage of their rivals’ amusingly over-the-top character designs. More worrying was the relatively tepid execution of this episode’s big race; all distant shots relied on mediocre CG models, whereas all closeups were mostly focused on boobs, meaning there wasn’t really any visually conveyed “sports drama” to speak of.
If Kandagawa Jet Girls can actually infuse its races with some dramatic tension, it could serve as a relatively middle-of-the-road fanservice sports show. As is, it falls a decent ways short of that bar, and is so far mostly just offering a lot of jiggling boobs. You can also free Kandagawa Jet Girls anime watch online and free anime download in this site.