Five girls came to a training school to become voice actresses holding each thought in her mind. Momoko - she wanted to be a voice actress to meet her favorite voice actor. Rinka - she is an armature voice actress, but she didn't have special purpose to become voice actress. Yurika - she likes anime very much. Tsubasa - she was a girl in love, and acted only as a boy. Amane - she found a deadlock as a actress and tried to find another way. They managed to get over the difficulty to become voice actress although they couldn't perform as main characters yet. There is a love romance with a boy works for an anime company, and you can catch a glimpse of situations of anime industries.
So far the only full-fledged story that deals with the life of Anime
voice actors, or, Seiyuus (There is REC, but not as dedicated as this one). Despite
the fact that the artwork of this series is of average quality, and that
filler romance takes up too much time, it does present a lot of
realistic aspects of the Anime voice acting industry. Highly
recommended to Seiyuu fans yet do not expect super intelligent
storyline other than how up-and-coming actors(actresses to be accurate)
struggle through their green days.
Mixed with somewhat cliche comedy and romance, what's good about the
storyline is that it faces the true problems of the industry such as
of voice acting and more emphasis on the look of the actors/actresses.
Professionals have to move to front stage to cater to the enthusiastic
fans curious about other aspects of them that they don't necessarily
excel at, e.g. singing. The experience of humiliating interview, the
heart-pressing training school days, and the embarrassing first-job,
etc. all depict the hurting truth in this career: Here talented+diligent people
take pain with little gain other than small niche popularity. Yet as in most
Shounen works, the protagonists managed to find their own positions
eventually and started to take off with their childhood fantasy.
Comedy elements mostly center around the #1 protagonist Momoko, a
mindlessly ambitious girl that you saw a lot. Her ignorance of life style
of Seiyuu conveniently serves as most audience's perspective; that gives
you a bit of RPG flavor.
The romance (a love triangle) between two actresses and a young Anime
art designer is kinda filler material and I understand that romance is
a must for stories like this. Fortunately, the boy in love also provided enough
inspiration to our girls in focus.
With a luxurious 25 episodes, the story is at first pretty episodic, then when
the romance sets in, it becomes a little draggy,
but over the course a lot of character introspection enables us to realize
the "3D" Seiyuu's fear and joy, often obscured by the happy shinny 2D characters
that they give life to. The ending is very creative in my opinion in that it tries to
demonstrate the power of voice acting in a visual fantasy and surely was a lot of fun
to me. Overall the story works for what it is.
An interesting setting: the agency that the protagonists work for is
called Lamda 8, while in reality, some of the cast of the series
are signed to the famous agency called Sigma 7. So apparently a
You will see typical Shounen style drawing but the number of colors used
are fairly limited. Good things is given that Seiyuus often work indoors, there
are a fairly elaborated outdoor settings as well. Character faces and body
figures are nothing special. You still see the typical big eyes, slim body
What can I say? Given that this is about voice acting, you get
to hear quite a few top-notch actors doing what they do and they
really mean themselves here! Most of the five female protagonists are
newbies but I really enjoyed 高本めぐみ(Takamoto Megumi)'s performance;
it was passionate, cheerful, and sentimental at times. Check out
her voice samples on Sigma 7 homepage
(http://www.sigma7.co.jp/profile/w_51.html), and you'll probably be
surprised how this young girl can be multi-facet in
styles as a lot of the older big names can. I'm really looking forward
to her further output (There will be one in which she leads again
early 2009). Veterans such as 三石琴乃, 榎本温子, 若本規夫, 緑川光, all played their
part properly, as true veterans in the field XD.
Speaking of music, there is nothing to "wow" for, though OP would be
anther reason to applause Takamoto's talent, where she
proves herself a capable vocalist with incredible energy, voice
quality, and vocal range. Another chorus version presented by all 5 protagonists gets
put on in the latter half to support the plot and is equally nice.
I get the feeling that this story is more of a showcase of the
industry; a lot of character development should be left with a
question mark. The #1 protagonist Momoko received much more effort
than the other four, and thus gets to stand out. 落合祐里香 (Ochiai
Yurika), though received much more attention than Takamoto in real
life, falls flat in her part, and disappeared almost entirely in the
later half. Relatively veteran 山本麻里安, 高橋直純, 新谷良子,
こやまきみこ all did well, though no screamer. The other new star
坂本梓馬, who has a boyish girl voice, showed extraordinary vocal
talent in the OP version 2, but her acting still has a lot of space to
Well, as a hardcore Seiyuu fanatics.. I ENJOYED it BIG TIME because
you don't really have a lot of choice in the entire Anime history that
deals with the subject. It's self-contained, fun, and somehow
realistic in the sense of career path in general. I've watched it
twice and strongly feels that I will come back to it again.
In short, don't get fooled by the art or technical issues. It's a
must-have for Seiyuu fans and general audience will learn fairly a lot
about Seiyuu, voice acting, and voice production from this series. I
do hope that there will be more of this kind in the future. But I
doubt it. So cherish the opportunity!
So this is the first all-out seiyuu anime that I have seen. Airing in 2006 in Japan only, I wasn’t entirely sure what I was getting into. I originally wanted to watch this because of the title Love Get Chu….. and the OP that I found. It was enough to make me go “Hmmm, yes this might be fun”.
Love Get Chu is about a group of girls trying to become seiyuu (voice actors/actresses). It’s a very coming of age, slice of life, comedy type of anime. The girls that we’re introduced to are not experts; rather, we
watch them become seiyuu from the very beginning, training school. The girls themselves are pretty great, they’re all very different personality wise, but they’re also full of clichés, so if you hate that, this probably isn’t for you right off the bat. We have our super Main girl, the star of the show, the airhead who’s entirely naïve, the natural klutz and the one who is always ready to cheer everyone up; Momoko Ichihara. We also have the shy, quiet and reserved girl Rinka Suzuki, the tomboy Tsubasa Onodera, the observing intelligent girl Amane Oohara and the childhood friend Yurika Sasaki.
There is also a male lead, the guy who is a part of a love triangle, the one who wants to become an animator, the filler; Atari Maeda. I call him filler because he’s honestly not needed for Love Get Chu. Most of the time he’s just sort of “there”. Sure there are episodes where he helps Momoko get to know herself better or where Momoko can rely on him sometimes, but by the end of the 25th episode, I was rather tired of seeing him. He’s the childhood friend to Yurika and the love triangle involved Yurika, Momoko and himself.
The story in Love Get Chu is that of what I imagine other seiyuu like anime are, but since this is my first time watching one, I have no direct comparison. I think the biggest issue Love Get Chu has is identity. It starts off as a “we’re going to become seiyuu” and “we’re all rivals” sort of thing. Of course by episode 5, they all become seiyuu and the anime takes a turn for the hardships that are included to become one and the difficulty it is to be a really good seiyuu. It then goes into idol territory and tries to bring up some sort of antagonist; at least that’s what it looked like. I can’t even remember his name; I swear his name is only said like 10 times or something. There are these business and political aspects to Love Get Chu which just show up for seemingly no reason at all. If the entire anime had focused on either becoming a seiyuu, idol, or a combination of both, instead of shoehorning romantic elements and some fake antagonist, I’d give it an 8 or more.
It’s a little funny, thinking about the way Love Get Chu started and ended, they could be considered different genres really. The beginning has all this great work, lovely animation, great face reactions, super funny scenes and antics between the girls. A little further than halfway through and despair and sad things start to happen, of course it doesn’t last long at all, but my problem is “why”? Why bother having it if you’re not going to expand upon it. Same with the romance elements and things. I’d actually have preferred it if Yurika won Atari; her tactics were slimy and really bad, she took advantage of Atari being drunk and not remembering anything to make him hers. Things like that, which when typed out (and watched too) is 100% dark when compared to the Love Get Chu I watched in the beginning. Like I said, I think Love Get Chu had an identity crisis and just couldn’t figure out how to make 25 episodes of worthwhile content; would have been better off being 1 cour.
Art style, depending on how you look at it, could be considered bad or good. Airing in 06, most people would expect something nicer to watch, but I actually liked the very early animated art style. It’s cute, the eyes are extra big, the mouths can get crazy wide and faces are different. The entire aesthetic looks really pretty and the outfits the girls wear, oh my goodness, super cute stuff. If there is one part of the show that I really really liked, it’s the art style, the beautiful bright colors, the clothing, the way the world looks; I loved watching Love Get Chu, that’s for sure.
Sound and things: An anime with a huge focus on seiyuu, so the best thing is how different each seiyuu can sound. There is one specific episode that really highlights the powers of a veteran seiyuu, I won’t spoil it, but being able to do 5 different sounding people, that was really cool to listen to. BGM is very normal and nothing to praise, except for when the sadder things start to happen, the change in both tempo and expected music is very stark and different. OP and ED are pretty amazing. The OP is what made me want to watch Love Get Chu, it’s cheerful, it’s super happy and the animation to go along with it is fantastic. The ED, which took a little bit to warm up to, is what I would say J-Hip/hop or something; once the beats drop and the vocals kick in is when the ED shines and makes it good to listen to. It’s also accompanied by Usumaru, Momoko’s keychain mascot usagi doll who dances on screen, so it’s super cute.
Over all, I think Love Get Chu is a very good anime, it probably does things differently than other seiyuu shows, since I figure this is a genre that’s hard to really make interesting. The “dark” business and politics of hosting and managing seiyuu is rather unnecessary, but appreciated since it shows some different things. The romance is okay, or more like mediocre; the way Momoko breaks down is very anime, very exaggerated and most definitely not real; the way she handles the truth however, can be very real and that’s a very delicate aspect of a girl’s life to pull off, so good job on that front. 8/10, but only because talking about the art raised it a number.