What are Kirara Jumps, you ask?
Time for a shaky explanation, then. I’ll try to keep it short.
Well, there’s a Japanese manga magazine called Manga Time Kirara which is primarily known for serializing yuri manga. Such series would be classified as being under the Girls’ Club (sub)genre, or belonging to the Cute Girls Doing Cute Things (sub)genre.
Furthermore, there are “sister” magazines that generally follow the same “theme” aside from minor details such as, well, publication dates. From what I can they’re all monthly magazines which primarily serialize 4koma (or yonkoma or four-panel comic strips).
When a series which is being serialized in Manga Time Kirara (or any of its sister magazines) receive an anime adaptation, there is a very distinctive trend that is nearly guaranteed to happen.
For some reason(s), the group of girls are almost always going to jump sometime during the OP / opening song while the background is either the sky or some vibrant and colorful pattern. Most of the time the gals are airborne right before the song transitions into the chorus.
This is what I call the Kirara Jump.
On that note, I’m going to be ranking the Kirara Jumps. These are the 5 best Kirara Jumps!
…but before I get to that, please allow me to present the honorable mentions.
Blend S – this Kirara Jump diverges from the common pattern by having the cast jump right after the opening lines and before the verse. However, around half of the characters seem to be apathetic in regards to this pivotal action scene. How can we get excited if the characters appear to not really care about such an iconic task? They’re disrespecting tradition!
Stella no Mahou – I don’t know much photo stuff, but it was kind of neat seeing this sort of camera effect show up in this Kirara Jump shot. On the other hand, it’s also distracting.
Hanayamata – the aforementioned camera effect has lost all of its charm and the glaring sun is now simply offensive. I sure do wish the girls were closer to us so we can get a good look at their obvious joy from jumping extremely high into the air. They’re so far away in this Kirara Jump shot…
Kiniro Mosaic – if the girls had actually jumped then this entry would have made the cut. As it stands, however, the girls just sort of slide into place. When did they learn how to hover in the air for extended periods of time like that?
Yuyushiki – the fact that the girls are holding hands is a good one. The fact that there are some credits which ruin the scene in particular, however, isn’t. We also can’t tell whether they’re jumping unless if we consult the quick shot shown right before this moment.
Comic Girls – We get to see the gang express their individual characteristics via body language as they jump and we’re treated to an extended Kirara Jump shot (their airborne time is actually crazy long). But the sky background is a bit dull compared to that of others…!
And with the honorable mentions covered, we’re now moving onto the actual top 5.
Again, we get to see how these girls express themselves and I think they do a great job discussing and conveying their own unique quirks through body language. Koume seems open-minded with her arms spread out like this, Kon is always mindful of how she’s presented, Chiya jumps without much restraint which suits a wild child such as herself, and Nono assumes the Kurosawa Ruby pose due to being a naturally timid girl.
Great example of a solid Kirara Jump shot. Distinctive poses, beautiful sky background, and it happens during an important part of the song (hai!).
This is it. The Kirara Jump shot which probably set the standard for all following Kirara Jump shots. I love how we get to see all the girls in flight before the camera zooms in on their faces.
Your mileage may vary in regards to Aoba’s intelligence. But this Kirara Jump shot reveals so much about their personalities and characters. The background is also rather pleasing to the eye. What’s not to like?
Not only are there two Kirara Jump shots in this OP, but both instances are unique in how they are conveyed and are simply funny due to Botan’s condition and positioning. Well, it’s a riot as long as you’re into black comedy, I guess.
That’s about it.
So now I’ll turn this over to you. Which moments are your favourite Kirara Jumps? Why do you think they include this in almost every Kirara anime adaptation?
Thank you for reading.