OP: 「ビューティフル・ドリーマー」 (Beautiful Dreamer) by 鳴海杏子 (Narumi Kyoko)
「アイドルレスラー誕生!」 (Aidoru Resuraa Tanjou!)
“The Birth of the Idol Wrestler!”
Alright everyone, let’s keep it short, the pictures speak for themselves. After all, we all know why most of you are here–no need to be ashamed!
Welcome to ero-paradise, where the marriage between idols and a very physical “sport” intersect for maximum sexiness. Over in corner one we have Hagiwara Sakura (Taketatsu Ayana), whose perfection knows no bounds! A team player, an avenger, and a girl who doesn’t know when to give up, she’ll be your carry for most of this season’s sexy physical contact. Over in corner two we have Kazama Rio (Tomatsu Haruka), whose crazy views of superiority over idols make her a perfect match as the antagonist that everyone boos at, but in reality cheers that she gets another wrestler into a risque position. Finally, in the audience, we have the girl with a serious inferiority complex, Miyazawa Erena (Asumi Kana)–her jealousy may have started this whole mess, but hopefully she’ll appear in a tag-team battle one day with her secret rival, as this flip in the beginning foreshadows.
Armed with a seemingly endless supply of top-level seiyuu willing to moan and make lewd noises for the sake of wrestling entertainment, ARMS has something magical that’ll definitely grab the target audience. After how Oreimo must’ve ended, I’m sure that some people take pleasure in hearing Ayana voice someone in a submissive position this time, by another voice actress who gives life to Morgiana from Magi no less. If you’re looking for some of your favorite female VAs and want to hear them voice their screams of pain, this is definitely the show for you to check out this season.
The animation however, has its hiccups. When it comes to the actual wrestling scenes, all of the animation production is poured into making those the best they can be, but every other single scene that’s not sexy is at best C-quality. Even in the wrestling scenes too can we see some cut corners, as the same lewd “open legs” scene repeated its animation some three times before moving on to the next position. However, when those scenes do come up it’s well-defined in expressing what a hypothetical cross between idols, pro wrestling, and hot well-endowed girls/idols would look like. If you really care for nothing else than the fanservice, then you’ll have no qualms with where the balance of animation went with this season.
As for the plo–I mean story, there really isn’t much to say. Sakura is really shallow as a character, as well as Erena, Kazama, and every other character on this show so far. Their ambitions seem fairly simple, and the means of which the show will progress is fairly straightforward. Sakura will defeat or be defeated by one wrestler at a time, fighting forward until she eventually reaches the top and re-challenges Rio for a more balanced match. Oh, and no one actually tries to stop them from doing this because showbusiness is fueled by drama, no matter whether you’re in wrestling (the WWE has elaborate rules on creating drama and maintaining image, I recommend reading the wiki to be amazed) or in the idol business (AKB0048 is self-explanatory).
All in all, what was expected has been delivered, and ecchi fans can rejoice that the industry continues to find creative ways of bringing about the sexiest that animation can offer. All in all, I’d say that anyone who was thinking of checking out this show before will not be disappointed, assuming you came in with proper expectations. It’s no story, but it’s definitely full of melodramatic plot that isn’t necessarily bad–in fact for this, I’d say it’s a plus, a plus that accentuates the pop-up effect that Naritai! is striving for.
ED: 「Fan Fanfare!!!」 by Sweet Diva