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.
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.
It 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 ^^read more
Allow me to admit outright that the only reason I started watching this show was because the main character, Kirari, is voiced by a member of one of my favorite music groups, Morning Musume. Because I'm a huge fan of shoujo, this was just chocolate frosting on the cake.
Unfortunately, Kirarin Revolution is full of cliches and predictablity. The only things "unique" about it that I can tell is that you basically watch an idol's day-to-day workload, with a tiny smidge of reality cushioned by the usual anime antics. Kirari does not become an idol because of a magical interference (think shows like Fancy La La or the manga Cyber Idol Mink), and she is not thrown into it with little or no problems. She actually has to work at her goal and overcome obstacles on almost a daily basis, learning it's not enough to simply stand around and look cute.
There is very little development in this story, and for every "useful" episode you will find several fillers. Every now and then you'll also get a "conflict" that takes 2 or 3 episodes to resolve. I know you should expect it to be that way for a series that's over 100 episodes, but this makes it very slow going. For instance, I have never seen a romance stretched out for this long before. It's enough to make even the most patient hopeless romantic scream "Just get together already!" (for the sake of spoilers, I won't tell you anything else).
The music in the show is catchy, but Kirari is a bad singer and pretty much squeaks her lines. Prepare yourself.
As far as the animation, the quality might have you shaking your head at times because of how OFF the characters can look. I've also heard that later episodes adopt a computerized 3D look - however, I haven't gotten that far and thus can't comment on it yet.
It's definitely a cute and fun show, and I do get enjoyment out of it (I am a firm believer in Hiroto's powers of awesome), but it's mostly a light, fluffy romp with not much else. I'm sure the young girls it's aimed at adore it (how else would it have gone this long?), but if you're looking for something with more substance (and half the length), look elsewhere. If you love to give all shoujo a chance, need something to kill time, and/or you just want to find a harmless guilty pleasure, jump right in.read more
As a fan of shoujo and magical girl series, I started watching Kirari because it looked adorable. And while it -IS- adorable, with cute character designs and a few notable tunes, namely the second opening theme "Balalaika", the series proved extremely predictable and had very few new ideas to bring to the genre. Each episode reads like a script and you can see things coming from a mile away.
Kirari is your stereotypical cute (and somewhat gluttonous) dense school girl who falls in love with an idol singer (Seiji, who ironically is equally naive). And of course, there's his co-idol, Hiroto, whom she doesn't get along with at all in the beginning who is yelling at her to stop getting in Seiji's way. Sound familiar? Kirari's cute, sure, but she has no experience in show business, yet she decides to try to become an idol anyway just so that she can prove herself and be closer to her new-found crush.
I would like to recommend this series, but I can't. It seems too much like a poorly done rehash of Full Moon wo Sagashite with every other overused shoujo plot device thrown in for good measure and a "na"-ing cat that seems to be even smarter than his owner. The abundance of optimism, happy feelings, and cartoon-like hijinks keep this idol's journey from being at all believable. It may be a fun romp for some in comparison to other plot-heavy series. The characters fill their roles well enough, but they don't really stand out. The music is cute, but average. The animation is mediocre.
Kirarin Revolution is incredibly saccharine, and while it is likely to appeal to young girls who don't mind that the show lacks in creativity, it probably isn't for everybody, and some viewers will find themselves bored.read more
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.