Kirari Tsukishima, a gluttonous 14-year-old beauty, is a girl who does not care about idols and the entertainment world because her mind is occupied by food. Her obsession with food only causes her to be clueless about love.
One day, after saving a turtle that is stranded in a tree, Kirari meets with a handsome and gentle boy named Seiji, who gives her ticket to a SHIPS (a popular idol group) concert to show his gratitude for her saving his pet. Kirari then storms off to the concert and runs into another boy, who tears up her ticket and warns her to stay away from Seiji because she and Seiji live in different worlds. The outraged Kirari then sneaks into the concert, only to discover that Seiji and the boy who tore her ticket, named Hiroto, are actually members of SHIPS.
Finally understanding the meaning of "different worlds" (Seiji is a popular idol while she is an average middle school student), Kirari refuses to give up. Filled with determination to be with Seiji, she declares that she will also become an idol.
Shoujo anime like this is the reason people hate weaboos. The term "weaboo" wouldn't have such a negative connotation if people didn't imagine them as a neet with an obsession for disproportionate twelve year old girls (or boys) with eyes that take up half of their face, and prepubescent squeaking voices. This show was just all kinds of bad.
Shall we start with the horrifyingly cliche plot of becoming an idol? Talk about overkill. I don't know what prompts Japanese people to believe that you can wake up one day with zero experience or talent, and then happen to strike a deal with a record
company. But there's fantasy anime, so I won't be overly analytical.
The characters were so horrid it was almost laughable. That's right—I exceeded the cringing stage, and just had to laugh knowing there were some people who thought this anime was a good idea. For starters, Kirari, our naive idol sensation, is so irritating it's almost unbearable. Being hopeless and clumsy is charming in some heroines, but she is just over the top. The only character who seems to understand her questionable actions is her cat thing "Naa-san" who ALWAYS manages to have a dumbfounded expression and only cares about fish shaped takoyaki.
The only decent characters are Hiroto and Seiji, her main love interests, and consequential rival idols. If they're idols they need music right? The music... I think I've exhausted all of my negative synonyms already, but you get the idea. In the first 30 episodes, Kirari had two songs only. One of them was the opening which had so many flashing lights and spontaneous bursts of sparkle and color, I nearly had epilepsy. She continuously struck the "kawaii" pose and the lyrics were sadly composed.
Her second song, "Balalaika", brought up some questions for me. I was so curious I did some research, and it turns out it's Russian. So I'm just wondering how she learned Russian overnight and performed this song, and more importantly, why would the creators make her sing a Russian song? As you can imagine face palming was an action I performed several times during this series. These two songs were played at least once per episode, and it became a painful ritual.
I honestly couldn't handle it anymore after about forty some episodes. (Keep in mind there are over one hundred), so I dropped the series, but I didn't need to see more to know it was only downhill from there. I don't recommend you pick this up, but if you're ever in an internet argument and the other party starts insulting how you watch anime, after watching Kirarin Revolution, you'll understand why.
I think the animators should know that their art begins to deteriorate after each big problem is overcame by Kirari. What is worse is that Kirari matures, which kind of loses the comedy as time goes by.
Story: (2) --Because it can only gets more realistic and not comedic
Art: (1) -- Must I say, a rectangle face shaped Kirarin suits the world of Minecraft rather than the anime world
Sound: (4) --I had some opening and ending songs I liked so I'd say this is a decent score I'll give
Character: (6) --Naa-san is a character that is way past worthiness to be worshipped.....
--God is good to whoever can enjoy the anime without noticing the art
Overall: (5)--I enjoyed how the anime began but.....damn. It's a fair score, I am even thinking that I am too nice to give such a high score
That is all; my long held anger is finally being spoken and released.
(Btw most of my anger came from how they made Seji and Hiroto ugly. Such a horrendous crime cannot go unseen. )
This show had a great way of building up a single character fame, fortune, and story. I myself wasn't much of a fan of it though.
Story - 6. The story definitely shows you what it means to build from ground up. It showed all the tasks and hardships endured by Kirari as she worked her way up to the higher ranks of her overall goal. The reason why I believe it's fair and not any better though is because the story itself is VERY close minded and selfish.
Art - 4. A lot of scenes weren't animated at all, in fact, baby faces replace the characters
when a scene with much needed animation labor plays.
Sound - 9. I gave this a 9 because the voices were fluent, plus I liked the music quite a bit, even hoping that I'd play it myself someday.
Character - 7. They gave a lot of history and background to the main character kirari. That's really it.
Enjoyment - 7. I actually quite enjoyed this anime, despite my harsh ratings, I like the occasional romance and drama anime in which a single character goes through multiple hardships to achieve what she believes in.
Overall - 6. The average is a mere 6, but don't let this review stop you from trying the anime for yourself. Sometimes you gotta see that even celebrities are human to really appreciate other stories.
Kirarin Revolution is about a young girl called Kirari who becomes an idol because she wants to follow her crush, Seiji. However, as the story progresses, she wants to be an idol for more than that reason.
I gave the story a 4 because it doesn't develop much and far too many of the episodes are fillers. I can understand that the writers would find it hard to keep up a decent storyline for over 100 episodes, but still.. in each episode an event happens that would usually take a quarter of an episode in most other series, hence making the series feel very dragged out.
is aimed for younger girls who want to be an idol like Kirari, and that is probably why the lack of a decent story annoys me.
The art is fair enough. It isn't bad, but it isn't outstanding either. Kirari always manages to look pretty and cute, but that's as far as it goes. All the other characters and backgrounds look fairly plain in comparison to Kirari.
The music is catchy, up-beat and cute, just how it's meant to be. The first opening theme and the second ending theme are delightful to listen to and have very cute lyrics; I even have the second ending on my ipod ^^. The background music is a little repetitive, but not so much that it bothers the viewer.
Aside from Kirari, none of the characters stand out as they are all pretty standard - Seiji is dense and naive, Hiroto is a tsundere, Erina is a spoilt brat and similar to Luna from Seto no Hanayome, and so on. Also, none have had any development yet, which pushes my score down. Everyone seems to just be there to push the story along.
Yes, even though I've just been complaining about the series, I gave this section a 8/10, simply because I always know I can relax when watching this series without becoming bored stiff. It's a lovely way to relax after having a hard day, and the language is quite easy so I can paint my nails without reading the subtitles sometimes ^^; haha.
Overall, I thought that Kirarin Revolution deserved a 7/10. OK, it's not for everyone, but if you're like me and just want to find a nice and easy-going series about a cute idol, then I recommend it ^^