Entering her Master's course, Nanami Haruka is facing an even more difficult time. And she isn't the only one. The main six members of Starish are assigned new seniors to watch over them! But the seniors aren't having the best attitudes about it.
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Some of you may remember me from my repressed review of Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 1000% . But like a moth burnt by the flame, I never learn my lesson. I'm back, baby.
Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 1000% introduced us to some vapid and brightly coloured characters who quickly grew a place in our hearts like a shockingly virile parasitic worm.
There's, you know, "her" / "thing" / "soup-eyes-chan" / "pink" (or as some call her, "Haruka"), the girl who can't sing - sorry, I'm thinking of the rest of the cast - I mean, read music. And then there's the rest of the
gigolos, "hime-cut", "manwhore", "blue guy with irritating vibrato", "heart-defect-kun", "guy who voiced a prison guard in Enzai", "yatta", etc. These, our beloved friends. They have returned to us.
Cecil is bored with being a cat and a grandmother and decides to enroll in Gigolo School with the rest of the cast. Unfortunately he brings with him a gaggle of other cast members. I would guess there was two dozen in all. It's difficult because they all came without their personalities. Don't forget your drinking games - drink when every new character is introduced and we'll end up colour-blind, hey girls?
Along with Cecil's janitor or whatever, there's the addition of a rival gang of senpai singers (presumably they were touring the world during the first season, or at least the countries that aren't anti-LGBT). Seems like these senpais finally noticed them. Well done boys. BTW, did you know the band's official name is STARISH? I thought it was Uta Pri. Not STAR, or STAR-like, just an 'ish'. Like, you know, they're not quite celestial orbs... more like glow in the dark watch faces. This is who we're rooting for.
As well as Senpais, STARISH (who knew, right?) are competing against HEBENSU for the Uta Pri Prize. Gee, with a name like that, I wonder who will win?
OK, sit back, 'cos I know you've edged towards the very boundary of what constitutes a seat. Time for some spelunking in what little depth this series has. Don't worry, we won't need a snorkel.
The music this time round is much the same. Various themes used throughout were forgettable. We skipped the OP every time, it's an anal waxing of a song. The ED is a little better. Of course it's incorporated into the final episode (as always). It's bland, too many parts, and for a long time I thought it spelt out STARFISH, but no, it was STARISH. That is, until Cecil joined the band, who saw that coming? He obviously brought with him the 'F'.*
P.S. Image songs were enough to drive me to violent crime. Blue guy's especially verges on animal abuse.
Depressingly high standard as usual. There's a lot less chibi this time round, obviously someone read my review.
The fight scene in one episode went shounen for a while, it was an amusing aside to take me away from my crushing despair over everything this anime stands for.
Less inside mist than the first series.
Haruka's fashion is a bit more toned down this time round, or maybe my retinas are just scorched.
Made me wish I was deaf.
Saotome is pretty much the saving grace of this series. Saotome is kind of Michael Jackson meets Goku. He talks in Engrish a lot and has a (sadly late) rivalry with someone called Raging who dresses like a pimp. I am shocked and saddened that we cannot date him.
Nisenpaa (Hey!) Saikoo na LOVE (Get you!)
Hajimaru yo (Jump!) Yes! Happy LIVE (Syun!x2)
Omatase shimashita hoshi wo yozora e (We are ST☆RISH!!)
Ai wa Shooting star!! 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Ok, enough of that before I get accuse of trolling, what we have here is the 2nd season of the parent anime "Utapri,' so far only a few things have change but the anime as a whole still focuses on the musical genre, so how did I rate every category of this anime? Here's how:
Story: Fair 6, I need you....S....
I would have given
it a 5, but due to some minor yet nice changes this part should be fair enough.
Art: Good 7, I feel you....T....
Let's face it, in this anime the art is on the character's sense of fashion, though it good, it was to elaborate and elegant for a commoner like me to comprehend.
Sound: Very Good 8, I kiss you ...R...
Like I said, this anime is more on the musical genre so therefore the plot is only an added bonus, and I mast say I like all the songs in this anime and so as the seiyuu's who sung it. I also like Nanami's seiyuu as well and Shinning Saotome's over exaggerated tone.
Character: Good 7 , I believe you....I..
Ok, Nanami maybe the driving force of STARISH, but it was the guys who has the most contribution with this anime's feature, though I could have given this part a 5, it was the introduction of Cecil Aijima that has added to the flair of the group. There is also the Sempais; Ranmaru Kurosaki,Ai Mikaze ,Reiji Kotobuki and Camus as well as the "Heavens", Ēichi Ōtori , Nagi Mikado and Kira Sumeragi who seem to be just a bunch of pretty face that were added for additional antagonist of the protagonist, We're Heaven, Yes We're Heavens.
Enjoyment: Very Good 8 , I hold you... S...
Not bad for an otome game to have a 2nd season, though the plot is lackluster, it was the songs that carry this anime's enjoyment.
Overall: Great 9, I want you... H...
Though there are some predictability in this anime, studio A1 did a good job on this anime's songs and episode theme, the end.
Nisenpaa (Hey!) Saikoo na LOVE (Get you!)
Kimi to dake (Jump!) Yes! Happy PULSE (Syun!x2)
MAJI de suki da yo (Yes, We love you)
Zenryoku zenkai de nisenpaa kimi no koto wo Love you
Ba, Bang! Ja, Jan!! Love you☆
Maji Love 2000% picks up the story where the first season left off. After making their - successful - debut, they are supposed to pick up the pace and become even more successful. They are to follow a special program while pursuing their careers.
I did read all the reviews before me, the general consensus seems to be that it is as good as if not better than the first season. I do not share that opinion.
In my opinion:
Story: While the story wasn't brilliant - not that I expected it from this anime - the first season, there was indeed more plot. To start
with "cataract" Minami and her inability of reading sheet music, which was the leeway to her sickly childhood.
There was the individual stories of every single one of the boys, from family member coldness of Jinguuji, to burnout of Hayato/Ichinose. Not only that but more importantly all those single stories got connected somehow to one fluid plot.
The second season does not have fluidity. There are single episodes that deal with the members of Starish but those do not really connect to each other. Then final/highpoint arc is introduced, Heavens vs Starish, and ... no, except for my suspension point there is really no build up in the story towards the end. The competition is announced in episode 11 cataract-girl struggles in episode 12 and bum you have the - obvious and over the top - resolution in 13.
Art: Except for cataract girl I really have no complaints. One could say I actually watched it for the art, as in bishounen. And yes, they are so, so, so, so very beautiful! If I could scoop out the eyes of Minami I would be ecstatic. But all things said and done, the beauty of the boys and the landscape (seriously, the schools in both seasons are like castles and the greenery and the lake, ..., I really wanna be there too!) numbs my brains and I forget about her creepy eyes.
Sound: I liked the music in the first season so much better. In my opinion compared to first season the sound of second season is pathetic. I have heard more entertaining and effective jingles than the songs of the second season. And if that is not enough they are pale imitations of the first season.
Characters: Maji Love 2000% is trying to compensate for the lack of plot via introducing a bunch of new bishounen. While visually considered I have no earthly complaints, I have to say, the season ended and none of those characters really helped the plot in any significant or insignificant way. They were just very pretty to look at. When they were first introduced as the sempais to help Starish members to become more "idol"y I expected for them to do something. Anything. Guide, or help at a crossroads of life or something. At the end, they were there. And they were pretty. Then there were the 3 members of Heavens. The evil act was just so funny that I have no complaints. Albeit, I am guessing it wasn't meant to be funny.
Enjoyment: I did enjoy it. Because let's be honest, if you are going to watch this kind of anime, you do not have or you should not have high expectations regarding the plot. So I took it on the face value and I did enjoy myself watching all the bishounen and making fun of cataract Minami and laughing at the antics of Saotome. I was sorry to see less of Hyuga Sensei and Ringochan and Tomochan but it is understandable with only 13 episodes you cannot thin out the plot more than its already watery self.
Overall: If you are in the mood something light and soul uplifting; with a plot that won't engage your brain in the least, curb your expectation and watch this. It is an anime with a lot of bishounen and beautiful landscape and acceptable sound.
It's even more awkward, ridiculous and hilarious in all the wrong moments than the first season.
I have a problem - should I give it a 1 because it's a goddamn awful series, or 10 because it's amazingly entertaining?! It surely is an outstanding anime, but not in a good way.
The art is better than in the first season and the characters have more interactions with both Haruka and themselves, they don't exist as background to the main romance anymore.
The story made at least a bit of sense this time, actually. The main plot, at least. No shapeshifting cats this time around.
The music is bad
and the choreography is even worse, but put it together and you'll have the time of your life, honestly. I cried of laughter during the last couple of episodes.
It's an anime for you if you're a tween girl or if you like making fun of stupid animes.
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