Kazuma Hoshino and his little brother Ayumu are moving to the countryside, to the small town of Yamabiko. Ayumu is sickly, and some country air will do him good. As they try to reach the Yoruzuyo Inn, the place where they'll be staying, Ayumu's hat is stolen by a monkey, leading to Kazuma to chase it down. 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 (creators ofAkane-iro ni Somaru Saka), Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi (A Bridge to the Starry Skies) was adapted into an anime in the spring of 2011.US viewers may watch the anime legally at Crunchyroll.
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.
Hina lampshades this with regards to her Over Protective 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 mothers (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.
Used frequently on Hina, 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).
Daigo uses it as an excuse to take pictures of Tsumugi in the OVA. Due to how sincere he seemed to be to have suddenly discovered an interest in photography, she buys it. Unfortunately for him, three older ladies also pass by, and when he accidentally calls them old ladies, they beat him up while Tsumugi goes home.
Bishounen: Kazuma, if comments from the mothers 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.
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.
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.
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).
Ui is targeted again by Hina, when the former is dressed in a supposed-to-be-scary-but-actually-cute cat demon costume.
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 "Goodjob".
Daigo gets another one from Kazuma in the OVA for being "on top" of Ayumu who's in a girl's swimsuit. This time Kazuma apparently doesn't spare Daigo.
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.
Heroic BSOD: Madoka goes through one in the first half of episode 10 after hearing that the tug of war duel Hina's dad and Kazuma had was because Kazuma wanted to challenge her dad for Hina's hand in marriage.
Hoist by His Own Petard: Pretty much every attempt Daigo tries in the OVA to hook up with the various girls, such as when he uses photography as an excuse to try and get pictures of Tsumugi naked, and when he wears a cat suit in an attempt to hook up with Hina, who likes cats.
Hopeless Suitor: Madoka. Earlier episodes show she may of had a shot with Kazuma, but by episode 10 when he constantly mentions Ui's name at the theme park, she realizes that he's probably only going to be interested in her.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nose Bleed: Daigo suffers from one in episode 8 when he imagines that Tsumugi is putting suntan lotion on Ayumu with her breasts. Unlike with the cheerleader outfit incident from episode 5, Kazuma punches him for even thinking that was what was happening to those two.
Not so Above It All: Daigo's mom sees Madoka's maid outfit lying on a bench in the OVA. She decides to try it on, only to have Daigo open the door to the locker room, and immediately close it again after seeing her. He tries to find some Brain Bleach immediately afterwards.
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.
Oh Crap: Daigo has this look twice in the OVA. The first time is when he accidentally trips on top of Hina at her house, and her father happens to see them in the hallway like that. The second time is when he deliberately pushes Ayumu down after being overtaken by his swimsuit outfit, only to have Kazuma come out of his room, and then he does a throat slashing motion on Daigo. He understandably gets beat up both times.
One Dialogue, Two Conversations: In episode 2, after finding out that Ui bought a lot of cheese-flavored snacks, Kazuma mentions that something tasted like cheese. Ui immediately assumes it was her Accidental Kiss he did on her in the first episode, but then he clarifies himself and mentions the muffin she gave him for lunch had a hint of cheese to it.
Second Year Protagonist: Kazuma's potential love interests are divided equally among the high school years: Ui and Ibuki are his classmates, Tsumugi and Hina are seniors, Madoka and Koyori are freshmen.
Shipper on Deck: Tsumugi and Ayumu, and later Hina, shipping Kazuma and Ui.
Daigo, Kasane, and Koyori do this to Kazuma and Madoka in episode 10. They even go so far as to ask Ibuki and Ui to help, but Ibuki refuses to do so, and when Ui catches up to her, she asks Ui if she's really okay with them trying to hook the two up, knowing that they both have some feelings for him.
Ship Tease: Ayumu and Kazane in the Visual Novel, starting with a hilarious Naked First Impression in the onsen, followed by a cute conversation between them in the following scene.
Something Else Also Rises: During the bread eating race, the bread is a little too high for Madoka to reach. The two boys holding it get a little distracted by her bounciness, and gradually the poles sort of lean towards each other, allowing her to grab the bread. The announcer even lampshades this trope by saying that the poles holding the bread dropped as other poles raised.
Sound Only Knockout: Daigo attempting to peep only for Senka to be right there after he opens the door.
In episode 9, Hina's father gets upset at her because she wants to go to a university in Tokyo. But up until this point, she never had a chance to explain why, either because he refused to listen to her, or something else came along such as customers entering their store.
In episode 10, Koyori at first wonders why Madoka is suffering from a Heroic BSOD. Madoka's grandfather tells Koyori about the tug of war event from episode 9, and in the next scene, she storms into Yorozuyo inn, believing that Hina and Kazuma were getting married. Everyone there, including Kazuma, is quite surprised to hear about that.
Tanabata: The series title alludes to this. It is also the basis of the local folklore (but retold in a different fashion, and also named Futogoyama instead) and a festival that takes place in homage of it.
Thanks for the Mammary: Hilariously played with: At the beach trip, Kazuma is blindfolded and asked to identify someone by touching them. He ends up groping Ayumu's chest, and then guesses it to be Hinata, who obviously doesn't take it well.
The Plan: In episode 12, Tsumugi suddenly gets a bad stomachache before the ceremony is supposed to begin, prompting some emergency role switches between her and Ui, and having Kosane fill in for Ui's role. Madoka also writes something to put into the scroll. When Kazuma greets the goddess, he sees Ui instead of Tsumugi standing there, and is shocked at what Madoka had written in the scroll. Madoka had written "I love Ui" on the scroll, and as the credits roll by, Tsumugi claims she never had a stomachache in the first place, so several of them had planned to use the festival event as an excuse to get Ui and Kazuma together.
They Call Me Mister Tibbs: Daigo's mother, who's also his class' homeroom teacher, doesn't want him addressing her as "mom" while in class.
Throw the Dog a Bone: In the OVA, after failing to hook up with any of the girls, Daigo dejectedly watches the festival from afar. A girl then approaches him, and tells him that she plays the female character in an MMO game they played together, and wanted to thank him for all the times he's helped her out in the game. She then asks him to the dance, and he agrees to it.
Title Drop: Kazuma invoked it on episode 6 after listening to Ui talking about a well-known Japanese myth. He does it again at the end of the series.
Two-Teacher School: Daigo's mother is the only named school teacher shown in the series (the other is an unnamed male teacher shown in episode 2). Partly justified that each year level of the school only has one class.