What’s the show? Music Girls, Episode 1 & 2.
“Music Girls” is this Summer 2018’s answer to ‘Comic Girls’? I thought the same thing—then watched the show—then immediately realised “no, this isn’t what I expected at all… this is the greatest anime of all time.”
…I’m sorry, what?! Yes! This is not only the inevitable and subsequent pinnacle of the idol anime genre it is the pure culmination of anime as an art form!
…I don’t… uh—are you okay? Oh, I’m sorry is there something wrong with my unbridled enthusiasm and adulation towards a show that literally nobody is talking about?! It’s not like this hasn’t happened before! *cough*Last Period*cough*
But surely you jest sir, I mean this show just looks so? Ordinary? Cheap? Generic? Hastily slapped together to profit off the idol craze of two+ years ago? Ah! But that’s where your wrong! Music Girls is an incisive dig into the cutthroat world of Japanese idols told from an outsiders perspective, with all the bitchy backstabbing and conniving treachery you’d see in a season of an American soap or reality TV program! It is, without mincing my words too much, ~trash~.
Wait? Didn’t you say this was the “pure culmination of anime as an art form” just like a sentence ago?! Did I? Oh don’t mind that, that’s just some hyperbole for the poster… nobody really expects an idol anime to be anything other than an excuse to ogle flawless looking girls in matching outfits gyrate and smile for their audience of socially awkward and overweight men.
Scathing! Hey, at least this time it’s not me making the leaps, it’s the anime. This group called ‘Music Girls’ (super original name, btw!) Literally has 28 fans and they are the atypical Japanese idol fan… nerdy, sweaty, overeager, kinda creepy and absolutely devoted. You know, everything a woman doesn’t want in a fan in one perfect to manage package!
I’m still not sure what this show is even about at this point… Hey, neither is the show! So much of these first two episode feels like post-it notes hastily drawn into existence by a studio that’s forcing out an idol-related project. Forget the squirrely animation and inconsistent characterisation this show has a hard time knowing whether it even wants to move at some points! The first episode has an idol performance that’s supposed to ‘move’ and ‘evoke’ the main character but half of the routine is shown in static still shots!
That… that kinda sounds bad. You’d think so, but you know what, no… I damn well love this stupid show.
How… how on earth can you defend something this obviously inept? When it comes down to it this show has a lot of obvious ‘rookie mistakes’ but it also entirely makes up for them with a kind of Youtube-esque enthusiasm that’s hard to quantify. Yes, I realise this was actually made by a competent studio—Studio Deen, responsible for the visually loose but still top quality Konosuba. But what we actually get here is so painfully amateurish that it’s hard not to be enraptured. No it’s not a train wreck like what Marchen Madchen turned out to be it’s more… it’s more like someone fell asleep at the wheel and left a reality TV buff in control of the series composition—the fault is more with the script writers than it is the animators. This show somehow straddles the line between intentionally and unintentionally bad and I don’t know which it favours! It also features a genuinely likable (if extremely large) cast of characters I really want to get to know.
Uh-huh, “get to know” in what way? Well Episode 2 has an extended bath segment that is literally among the most attention to detail this show has provided thus far. Like seriously the animations in this scene are more detailed than the Idol segments and it’s all just to give a little fan-service… Sure goes to show where their priorities were, doesn’t it?!
What? Don’t look at me; you’re the one still watching it! That I am… That. I. Am.
Anything else you want to add? For a (presumably) GCDCT show there are actual male characters in this show which is as surprise! We have Hanako’s dad, something of a travelling musician who’s mere existence has imparted a wealth of knowledge onto his daughter and ended up turning her into an Idol savant, we also have their manager who thankfully doesn’t up and grab any of the girls inappropriately like so many other anime coaches/managers have these past seasons! Ultimately though, I’m here for the sweet waifus and this show has an abundance of them!
Oh yeah? Any particular favourites? Main girl Hanako is delightfully naiive if a little bit infuriating but for my money it’s no-lens glasses girl Sasako who’s alway DTB (Down To Bathe) and big breasted Haru, but then again it’s probably just because they’ve had the most screen time thus far!
I feel like you haven’t even talked about the show’s plot at this point just a bunch of disparate elements and character traits? Hanako is talented at everything idol related—dance, choreography, costuming, you name it—oh except singing, she’s terrible at that. But still she is enraptured by this new world she’s discovered and so joins the ‘Music Girls’ group—as an assistant! And you know what? That’s more interesting of a concept to me than two seasons of Love Live ever was!
Good luck with that! So did you want to give a recommendation for Episode 1 & 2 of ‘Music Girls’? I’d almost forgotten this show was airing ‘til I did my Top 15 Best OP’s of Summer 2018 list, there I was beguiled by a cute and upbeat song with a genuinely interesting (and surprisingly Western-sitcom-y) video accompaniment! From there it was only a matter of time before I sunk my teeth into the show proper and boy was I in for a surprise! This show is ~really~ good and simultaneously ~really~ bad! But despite (or because of) that I am fully committed to this show wherever it goes! Weekly reviews will continue of this show and I’ll accordingly add it to my Review Schedule. Now, do I recommend it? If you like cute girls and kinda trashy anime then heck yes I do! Now excuse me while I fend off these rabid Love Live commenters…
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