OP: 「青春はNon-Stop!」 by Plasmagica
「Have a nice MUSIC!!」
From Sanrio, Bones and Studio GOONEY’s comes an anime about a young girl named Hijirikawa Cyan (Inagawa Eri) who actually doubles as a cat girl in Midicity. The premiere starts off with Cyan working up the courage to join the music club at school when she decides to play a mobile game on her cell phone instead. Suddenly she gets sucked into the game and transported into the center of Midicity where a band of handsome cat boys are performing. After watching for a brief moment, Cyan is sent into another world where a dangerous dark monster attacks her and the cat boys. Just as the cat boys are losing the battle, Cyan is granted a magical guitar known as the legendary Strawberry Heart and defeats the dark monster. After the monster is destroyed, Cyan and the cat boys are transported back to Midicity where Cyan meets three other girls who have been watching her. The three girls and their manager, Maple (Ueda Yuji) offer Cyan a position in their band and after some persuading, she agrees to join them. At the end of the episode, they form a group named Plasmagica and their encounters with other bands begins… in the meantime, there’s darkness brewing in the background which includes some sketchy characters with mysterious agendas.
Wooo… I did not know what I was getting myself into when I planned to watch this one. It’s taken me a while to actually digest exactly what happened (sorry for the late post!). It’s a cross between cute characters and 3D animation, which isn’t something that I’m familiar with and a plot that doesn’t follow the normal “cute girls doing cute things”. From first impressions alone, I know that this a show that I’ll need some time to get used to because it jumps around from battles made in 3D animation to the regular hand-drawn animation in the “normal” world. And by “normal” world, I mean Midicity. What’s weird is that there are worlds within worlds and Cyan is not just a high-school student anymore, but she’s actually a cat girl in a rock band. Not the most straightforward way of storytelling, but I guess the creators wanted to start the story off with a relatable protagonist. From here on out, there’s probably going to be a good mix of action and music battles mixed in with a cat, bunny, lamb and dog girl. Quite a different approach by Sanrio if you ask me but I still see where their influences lay.
Besides the plot that really threw me off guard, I still think the animation itself is top notch. The “normal” world is drawn by Bones and the 3D animation is done by Studio GOONEY. I realize that there’s a negative association with 3D animation so people tend to be turned off, but this one does a great job at being purposely distinctive and different. The girls (and boys) aren’t meant to be battling it out in Midicity and I like how it differentiates that fact with a completely different scene. The characters themselves aren’t exactly standouts, but I do like Maple and the comedy can be true to what anime fans enjoy. It’s not what makes me laugh personally, but the girls are cute and makes you want to put them in your pocket! If nothing else, I think the music is catchy since it will be an anime about a rock band. It’s not quite what I expected but in more ways than one, it has surprised me by what it has to offer. Sanrio says that they want to target a broader audience outside of the young girls/boys that they’ve been associated with and I think this is a step forward in the right direction. This anime is definitely different from the Hello Kitty and My Melody characters that I’m used to which was my childhood growing up. I don’t think this anime will be groundbreaking in terms of the anime industry; but it will be a way for Sanrio to test its audience.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: #ShowByRock was quite… Not what I expected. Not sure what to make of this #Sanrio x 3D animation mix. Not to mention the plot? If anything, #ShowbyRock lives up to #Sanrio’s reputation of producing cute characters. So gosh damn cute =3 #sb69a
ED: 「Have a nice MUSIC!!」 by Plasmagica