OP: 「僕らは今の中で」 (Bokura wa Ima no Naka de) by μ’s
「叶え！私たちの夢――」 (Kanae! Watashitachi no Yume–)
“May Our Dream Come True!”
Light and fluffy, peppy and frilly, and full of cute girls, shining optimism, and a $(#@ ton of J-Pop songs – that’s Love Live! School Idol Project in a sentence. Whether you watch depends on whether you like that kind of thing, but if you do, this one is done pretty well.
As a disclaimer, I consider this lighter fare, so the plot won’t be a large part of my focus, nor should it probably be for you. Nonetheless, I’ll brush over it quickly. The plot is thus: the protagonists’ school is going to close because they don’t have enough students coming in, and they would rather that not happen. After looking around at more successful schools, leading lady Kousaka Honoka (Nitta Emi) decides that she and her friends should become school idols to attract new students.
First, I’ve got to get a pointless, silly aside out of the way – I’ve never understood the love anime characters hold for their high schools. Not that it’s bad, it’s just either a trope or a cultural thing that I don’t personally understand–though perhaps that’s because my high school was built like a prison, and largely run like one as well. I suppose they feel about their high schools like I do about my university. I’d fight to save that! …er, what was I talking about again?
Right, school idols. So as I said, this is a light and fuwa-fuwa series, with the plot playing
second third fiddle to the characters and, most importantly, the music. Hell, it wasn’t even 6 seconds into this episode before the first song was playing! I must say, I enjoyed the music we heard this week. It was effervescent stuff, light and enthusiastic and cheery, and you can also dance to it. Disclaimer: I have terrible taste in music, so my enjoying what’s presented here means little to nothing. Music is subjective as hell though, so I’ll say this – if you like idol-type music, jump in, because that’s what this is. If not, probably nothing will save this series for you.
Character-wise, all the girls are likable so far. I especially like Honoka’s friend Sonoda Umi (Mimori Suzuko) so far, both for her amusing dismissal of Honoka (“She’s probably just confused”) and for getting all flustered over the thought of becoming an idol. Seito Kaichou Ayase Eri (Nanjo Yoshino) gets points as well, both because she’s trying to do what she’s supposed to do despite her own feelings (been there, Eri-chan), and also because she reminds me of Saki from Natsuiro Kiseki. Special mention goes to Honoka’s imouto Kousaka Yukiho (Touyama Nao), though mainly because Honoka pinning her to the cabinet gave me the chance for some phenomenal seiyuu shipping. The yuri goggles, they’re too tight!!
Other than that, I’m finding myself at a loss for what to say. The atmosphere is light and optimistic, the subject matter is frilly and carefree, and most of the enjoyment will undoubtedly come not from any real sense of drama, but from cute girls singing and dancing (and occasionally, falling on their
asses faces). My main qualm is that I still don’t like when studios resort to such obvious CG, because it breaks my immersion; my biggest compliments come due to good pacing, tying the episode together with Honoka’s singing at the beginning and the end, and the use of no background music after their club was rejected, which helped to make the scene more poignant.
Other than that? This show is exactly what you think it is. I won’t be blogging the rest of it, but considering how much I like light and fluffy J-Pop, I’ll certainly be watching. Whether you do so as well is up to your own tastes.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – A light & fluffy J-Pop anime. What more do you need to know? #lovelive
- I enjoyed how Honoka’s initial distress about the school closing was because she knew she would have trouble with a transfer test, heh. Compared to loving one’s high school, even I would have reacted like that (if my country had tests for high school, that is).
- Their robo-bu is crap! Someone get Tanegashima on the phone, STAT!
- You’re being so subtle about this, twintail-chan.
- You’re actually being subtle about this one, twintails-and-thighhighs-chan. Also: cutest. yuri. stalker. ever.
- Don’t dance in the street, Honoka-chan. That’s dangerous.
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ED: 「ススメ→テゥモロウ」 (Susume→Tomorrow) by 新田恵海, 内田彩, 三森すずこ ()