On February 13, as snow flurries dance in the air, a new idol unit is born at Pythagoras Production. They are the idols who will deliver their kiss to the ends of the galaxy: "Marginal #4." Its members, Atom Kirihara, Rui Aiba, L Nomura, and R Nomura, put all their effort into their entertainment career for the sake of the fan supporting them! They continue to mature as idols along with the senior unit pulling the entertainment industry forward, Lagrange Point, and the younger unit preparing to make their debut, Unicorn Jr. But when they step off the stage, they're ordinary high school boys with some chaotic student lives!
This is the tale of Margninal #4, a school slice-of-life about idols that shine brighter than the stars.
#01: "Shinobu - Just A Heaven (忍-Just A 絶頂-)" by Marginal #4 #02: "Melty♥Love♥Cooking" by L Nomura (KENN) & R Nomura (Yuto Suzuki) #03: "Revolution XX (革命XX)" by Lagrange Point #04: "Mr. StarrySky" by Rui Aiba (Naozumi Takahashi) #05: "REAL?" by UNICORN Jr. #06: "Kokoro Hitotsu (コ・コ・ロ・ヒ・ト・ツ)" by L Nomura (KENN) #07: "HOT★SCRAMBLE" by Atom Kirihara (Toshiki Masuda) & Rui Aiba (Naozumi Takahashi) #08: "Colorful (カラフル)" by R Nomura (Yuto Suzuki) #09: "Tamashii no Nonstop Lover (魂のノンストップラヴァー)" by Atom Kirihara (Toshiki Masuda) #10: "Kizuna (絆-KIZUNA-)" by Marginal #4
#11: "Kiss kara Tsukuru Big Bang (KISSから創造るBig Bang)" by Pythagoras★All Star (ピタゴラス★オールスター: Marginal #4 & Lagrange Point & Unicorn Jr.)
It's amost like Love Live! and Starmyu got an unwanted child, a very unwanted child.
No but really, I didn't have much expectations for this anime, but despite that it was way more dissapointing than I'd ever imagined.
It had absolutely no storyline whatsoever. It felt like a clutter of some random episodes. And while for some anime it may work, for example Yuru Yuri, it defenitly did not for this one. It doesn't fit the genre.
It defenitly had some potential to become a mediocre guilty-pleasure anime, but it tured out to be a huge dissapointment.
The only thing I kinda liked were some of the ending songs.
Marginal#4 is a hidden gem-- not because of its originality, but its execution.
In a very crowded Idol genre --one anime series being VERY similar to another-- Marginal#4 stands out by being polished and humbled down. It is pretty wise for the anime to not bring out too many characters, allowing proper character development for the four main protagonists. I appreciate the finale that is not a complete 23-minute concert like the rest of its peers and the overall art and animation is above average (there is inconsistent asymmetry every now and then which is sort of passable). The music leans more towards mid-90s piano pop
which is a breath of fresh air amidst synthesized J-Rock the audience is very well accustomed to. No complaints here but admittedly, the overall product is not exactly a memorable piece of entertainment.
Marginal#4 is just like breakfast. Light, necessary, but unable to satisfy your whole craving. You may still need to add other anime for the rest of your day.
If you're hoping for an idol anime like UtaPri or Love Live, this is definitely not the show for you. If you're ok with it being closer to B-Project or a slice of life, it's definitely worth watching.
Story wise, there's pretty much nothing to this show. It's mainly about the main 4 boys in school or at work (mainly recording CMs and such, not performing shows). What little plot there is is extremely predictable, and often very silly, but enjoyable if you like silly shows.
The animation isn't the best, but it is very good, especially compared to previous Rejet anime. The only downside is occasional
odd directing and bad 3D models. The performances are most 2D, with 3D used for a lot of the motion that isn't close up on the characters.
Fitting for a music anime, the music is the best part of the show. It's a bit different from the music this series had before the anime, but in a good way. The opening theme is especially catchy.
There are attempts at character development, but aside from one character, it usually fails. If you already know the characters from previous installments of the series, the way they're portrayed is fine, but it might be a bit boring if you're going into the show blind.
Again, Magifo is more slice-of-life than anything else. It has a lot of comedy elements, and hits the nail on the head with its jokes about 99% of the time. If you have trouble with second-hand embarrassment, some of the enjoyment comedy-wise might be diminished (Atom), but otherwise it's a lot of fun. The ending theme is also something that's oddly looked forward to throughout the episode, as they have awesome music and fun videos. It's definitely more enjoyable if you're already into the series, but I think it's worth a shot either way.
I've never written a review before, but after seeing the reviews here, I couldn't help but think I should at least add my opinion. This isn't a romance shoujo anime like Utapri and I really don't think it should be compared to that. As previous comments said, it's more like Tsukipro and Starmyu.
As the others say, the story is kind of all over the place- but isn't that what life is like normally? Honestly, I think it did a good job of just showing cute scenes of what their lives are like as idols, and even though there's not really an overarcing plot line, it's
easy to watch an episode or two and enjoy it. You don't watch this show for the plot and the story, you watch it for the characters and the art.
I gave the story a 6, as it is admittedly the worst aspect of the show.
Honestly, I adore the art. The style is a little quirky, and sure, there are some scenes where it's not great, but you can find that in all animation. The 3D scenes were aptly used, the dancing in the endings and opening were all very well done and not at all choppy, and overall, the important scenes in each episode were animated beautifully in my opinion. Of course, the art style isn't for everyone, but I genuinely enjoyed it.
I gave the art an 8.
This is an idol anime, so obviously the music needs to be good. The opening was phenomenal. It was catchy, well animated, and made me want to dance along. Some but not all of the ending songs were very good as well. I really enjoyed 3 and 7, but my personal favorite was 5. It's very creative that each of the ending songs has to do with what happened in that episode, and it must've been difficult to come up with a song for, for example, pasta. Each of the boys also have a very distinct voice and they all sound very good together.
I gave the music an 8.
The characters each have distinct personalities, and even though they follow some tropes, they also completely obliterate others (like who the leader is). Yes, they don't have that much development, but it's an 11 episode series about idols, how much character development can they really throw in. It's a comedy about four idols, and for that genre, I believe the characters suited it well. I didn't dislike a single one.
I gave the characters an 8.
Finally, enjoyment. If you can't tell already, I really enjoyed watching this anime and I wish other people could have enjoyed it more too. I looked forward to it coming out each week, laughed and had a good time when it did, and eagerly awaited the next episode.
I gave the enjoyment (for me personally) a 10.
Overall, this gets an 8 in my book. I genuinely liked this series and I guess other people expected more from it. You need to go into it not expecting a whole lot of drama and intense moments, and instead just enjoy the ride because some pretty ridiculous and over the top things happen- but you can laugh at them easily unless you planned to dislike this from the start.