Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Jan 11, 2014 to ?
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 6.911 (scored by 2439 users)
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SynopsisGreen Leaves Entertainment is a tiny production company on the verge of going out of business in Sendai, the biggest city in Japan's northeastern Tohoku region. The agency once managed the careers of magicians, photo idols, fortune-tellers, and other entertainers, but its last remaining client finally quit. In danger of having zero talent (literally), the president Tange hatches an idea of producing an idol group. On the brash president's orders, the dissatisfied manager Matsuda heads out to scout raw talent. Matsuda makes a fateful encounter with a certain girl...
Related AnimePrequel: Wake Up, Girls! Shichinin no Idol
Characters & Voice Actors
"More, more, I want to tell you how I feel. There is something I can't give up, no matter how much I'm hurt. Listen, listen. I'll sing my heart out. I don't care if they laugh at me. I won't lose." - Shimada Mayu
Wake Up, Girls! (WUG from here on out), SEQUEL to the movie "Wake Up, Girls! Shichi-nin no Idol" presents the Green Leaves Entertainment company in pursuit of discovering talent in the form of idols, for selfish, and inspirational views. As explained in the prequel movie, the 7 scouted idols are; Shimada Mayu, Nanase Yoshino, Kikuma Kaya, Hisami Nanami, Katayama Minami, Okamoto Miyuu and Hayashida Airi (As strange as it sounds, they have all been named after their designated voice actors).
To those unfamiliar with idol anime, the WORST that you can do is to underestimate it. WUG, although appears euphoric and carefree, deals with thought-provokingly dark themes - Have you ever pursued a dream, only to fall short one step? Perhaps afterwards, mustered the strength to aspire that dream once more? Have you ever sinned, and truly regretted it afterwards, though no matter how much you repent, there were always others who looked down upon you and criticized you for that sin? WUG deals with such themes, shrouded in the supposedly shining symbol of purity - idols.
As of episode 6 [note that this WILL be updated when WUP finishes], it is blatantly obvious to anyone who has followed the anime to the current episode, that it is presented in a rather "dramatic" structure, with the growing tension leading to an undoubtedly emotional climax. The uncovering of Mayu's dark past; the conflicts between WUG and the rivalling I-1 club; the power of friendship. I've given the story a rating of 8/10 as it stands; subjective rating as expected, I feel the themes are in brilliant synergy with the topic. This score is subject to change as the story develops.
In terms of artwork, the art is crisp, though the animation sure as hell isn't, hence why I have bestowed the score for art, a "5". In terms of character designs, they are each unique with distinct physical appearances (as represented through hairstyles and choice of ties), with the exception of Mayu and Yoshino, whom I believe them to be unshakably similar in attire & appearance.
Well, being a music-focused anime, this is what could determine whether most like it or not. Sound, being one of the most subjective categories to criticize (we all have our own musical tastes), is a difficult one to review. Beginning with the opening theme "Tachiagare [Stand up]" used in the first two episodes, the song is a rather upbeat J-Pop song following the typical J-Pop structure[Lol], however, what is important to note, is the LYRIC in the song (specifically Mayu's solo, which I quoted at the beginning of this review). The second opening song used for episodes proceeding episode 2 is "7 Girls War", which in reference to the title, is structured in a unique format where each of the 7 idols sing a solo, as if, in conflict (linking in with wars) to unite near the end. I don't personally like this song. I don't think they should have changed the opening theme (Tachiagare FTW!).
As far as voice acting goes, the voices are crisp and clearly depict the emotions of the characters, (Kaya's voice is amazing!!) with the exception of Airi and Minami's voices, which seem to be incredibly "forced", as if, not natural.
In terms of character personality and designs, each character has their own traits and each has their own positives. In the space of 12 episodes, one cannot really expect significant depth for 9 protagonists (including that of Green Leaves Production). Although some of their personalities conflict with each others, it appears there is very little chemistry between them, which is a little strange [HUE HUE HUE YOLO SWAG 420 BLAZE IT]
If I were to give a score as of episode 6, I would likely give it a score of 6/10. Those of you which are stalkers, could discover that I RARELY award high scores such as that, but then again, I'm a sucker for idol anime. Would I recommend it? Most certainly. If you liked seeing the struggles of being an idol like in AKB0048 or LoveLive! (less so, in Love Live), then I'd certainly give this a shot.
[On a side note, I've noticed that the prequel to Wake Up Girls has... LESS views than the series (lower popularity). Why is this? Because feggits didn't bother watching the ESSENTIAL prequel damn it...] read more
Opening Theme#1: "Tachiagare! (タチアガレ！)" by Wake Up, Girls! (eps 1-2)
#2: "7 Girls War" by Wake Up, Girls! (eps 3-)
Ending Theme"Kotonoha Aoba (言の葉 青葉)" by Wake Up, Girls!
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