Super Sonico is a clutzy, adorable, and well-endowed 18-year old girl. She's a complete sucker for anything cute, especially stray cats, all of which she giddily adopts. However, though Sonico should be enjoying a carefree and simple lifestyle as a young college student, her life is really anything but easy: she must balance being a professional model, working part-time at her grandmother's restaurant, and practicing guitar and performing concerts with her friends Suzu Fujimi and Fuuri Watanuki in their band, First Astronomical Velocity—all while attending college. SoniAni: Super Sonico the Animation follows Sonico as she faces daunting challenges in her search for her place in the world, even when her days are brimming with love and happiness.
#01: "LOVE THE WORLD" by First Astronomical Velocity (第一宇宙速度) (ep 1) #02: "Sky Love Hurricane (スカイラブハリケーン)" by First Astronomical Velocity (第一宇宙速度) (ep 2) #03: "Summer Illusion (サマーイリュージョン)" by First Astronomical Velocity (第一宇宙速度) (ep 3) #04: "Moonlight de Buttobase! ~MOONLIGHT STAR~ (ムーンライトでぶっとばせ! 〜MOONLIGHT STAR〜)" by First Astronomical Velocity (第一宇宙速度) (ep 4) #05: "Crystal Dream (クリスタル・ドリーム)" by First Astronomical Velocity (第一宇宙速度) (ep 5) #06: "Nightmare Buster (ナイトメア・バスター)" by First Astronomical Velocity (第一宇宙速度) (ep 6) #07: "Star Rain (スターレイン)" by First Astronomical Velocity (第一宇宙速度) (ep 7) #08: "Shinjitsu no Hikari (真実のヒカリ)" by First Astronomical Velocity (第一宇宙速度) (ep 8) #09: "Go! Go! (ゴー!ゴー!)" by First Astronomical Velocity (第一宇宙速度) (ep 9) #10: "Affection" by First Astronomical Velocity (第一宇宙速度) (ep 10)
#11: "Very Merry (ベリメリ)" by First Astronomical Velocity (第一宇宙速度) (ep 11) #12: "SuperOrbital" by First Astronomical Velocity (第一宇宙速度) (ep 12)
What do you usually get out of something that is inherently a marketing ploy, for an animation studio no less, for an anime? For the vast majority of people, they don’t really think of it that much and just go with the flow while they’re getting suckered into the gimmick. Not that there’s anything wrong with that at all. When the marketing has something to show for it with lots of fun creativity mixed in to make the experience worthwhile to go through, it can be conceived as quality entertainment for the masses. Now take most of those qualities away that make the show quality
entertainment and you have Super Sonico the Animation.
Showcasing the boobilicious Super Sonico, the mascot of the company Nitroplus, the show is mainly existing just to appease to the fans of Sonico to have her own show where she is the main star. I, myself, never really knew much about this particular character outside of being just a part of some April Fools joke that Nitroplus put out in the ONA for Madoka Magica until I saw the poster for the Winter season and showed her in nothing but a tight slim bikini. Likewise, I was intrigued to see where Nitroplus was going with this angle of giving their own mascot some much needed life into her to make her more than just something purely for the sake of aesthetic beauty, for better or for worse. By the time I was half-way done with the show, I couldn’t help but wonder how a show like this can’t seem to get down the important steps of making a character endearing and charming.
Getting right down to it, this whole show is mainly just about Sonico, and the show doesn’t even try to make the rest of characters even slightly interesting or entertaining. Sonico must have enough charisma to carry the show forward to keep the charm looking fresh on the eyes and pleasant to listen to with our ears. Unfortunately, the amount of personality is almost second to none by the simple fact that she’s just not a fleshed out character in the slightest. In the sense that whenever I look at Sonico, It’s not that she’s a bad character because her only reason for existing is that she has big breasts. It’s just that, all I see from her archetype is a mascot. Throughout the majority of the time, they do absolutely nothing to make her seem like more than just a mascot and we simply watch her do everyday activities without any significant growth.
There’s even an episode where they actually give Sonico some bit of material that actually makes her more of a human character that involves her interacting with other people and learning about what they do and how they live out their lives, without any kind of fanservice shoved down our throats as most people would expect. Now this becomes a big problem in a form of a question: What is this show exactly supposed to be? Is it a purely fanservice show? A slice of life show? An all-girl rock band show? Or is it a zombie horror show? All of these genres mixed together in an episodic fashion, badly I might add, make Super Sonico a show extremely puzzling to figure out what it wants to be. It can be frustrating for me who just wanted a fun fanservice show to only have around 3-4 episodes entirely devoted to it and the rest are only partially present; and even those aren’t really that titillating to even be acknowledged.
To extrapolate my point about Sonico being a flat character, many might see that her cheery personality and optimistic nature fuels her as likable and charismatic. You can have a character like Sonico just fine with those qualities, but you can’t just rely on them alone because it makes her as a person with no humanity. Like I said, since she’s nothing more than a mascot character, I can never see her as anything else but that unless she’s been given enough development for me or anyone to care about her. Sadly the amount of scenes that are shared with Sonico and her friends wouldn’t be enough to see Sonico as anything but vapid.
As you might already know, Super Sonico’s music consists mainly of your standard J-rock compositions that play from the Opening, Ending, and some concert scenes in some of the episodes. These are actually some of the best qualities of Super Sonico. The opening theme is rhythmically fast and with a fast vocal performance that compliment each other very well. There’s always a different ED song in each episode which is always welcomed especially with a show that’s focused on music. The concert scenes, despite the rather average CG animation on the characters, are nice to listen to thanks to the top-notch vocals.
The technical aspects of the show do have some high quality art to make the show look pretty by the animation studio White Fox, who’s no stranger to animating some of Nitroplus’s more well-known original works such as Steins;Gate. Not to say that Super Sonico achieves that same level of quality as Steins;Gate, or even Hataraku Maou-sama for that matter, which was also made by them. Sonico, herself, is drawn nicely with her firm thighs and nice breasts complimenting her well-endowed figure. I’ve briefly mentioned about the CG in the concert scenes and that’s probably the weakest aspect about the animation. Don’t come here and expect Angel Beats quality concert animation with this one. There were several moments where the drummer’s playing style wasn’t syncing correctly with the music and even with some of the guitar playing as well.
I could consider this show as somewhat of a disappointment, but on the other hand, I wasn’t really expecting much either. There may have been some good ideas to show forth in giving some decent fanservice for the season, but after a while I just kept looking at the clock to see if the episode was almost over. The show just kept dragging on and on over really simplistic characters that aren’t all that enthralling or entertaining to look at. It’s far from the worst though. It would just be best to listen to the OSTs of the show and have fun with those than the actual fanservice. When even that becomes more memorable than the titillation, that’s not a negative to be taken lightly.
This is the first time I've written a review on MAL, but I feel the need to because I think all people see when they look at this anime is Super Sonico and all that she and her merchandise implies and automatically discard it. While I can't really blame them for that because the merchandise implies a lot, I gave it a chance and was pleasantly surprised. While it's no masterpiece, the fanservice was mild, the characters outside of Sonico were actually interesting and engaging, the soundtrack was excellent, and overall it was enjoyable to watch.
The anime was fairly episodic, and it didn't
leave much for the fairly simplistic overarching plot of Sonico coming into her own as a band member and a model, but it was still well executed and the episodic subplots were well done and all contributed something to the base plot.
It got across the point that it needed to and it didn't detract at all from the anime with too much 3DCG, low quality BGs, etc.
The music in the show was excellent and always fit the mood very well. The OP and the multitude of EDs were all well done and Sonico's band, First Astronomical Velocity, had quite a few catchy and well orchestrated songs. With the premise of the show being musical in nature, the good soundtrack gives it a good boost and made it fun to watch.
This is I think where this anime shines, and interestingly enough not because of the main characters, but the supporting characters. Every episode Sonico would go through some kind of ordeal that involved a side character that would develop throughout the episode and end up being affected positively somehow by her. They all had interesting backdrops to their scenarios and were given ample characterization in the small amount of time they were featured, and each one in some way or another contributed to the overall plot of the anime. There were also a few side characters that were in the background throughout the series that saw gradual development such as a chubby girl that came to terms with how she looked and even learned to embrace it through Sonico.
The anime was made fun with the high quality soundtrack and the color saturated visuals, and each episode had an interesting premise with engaging side characters. It's not a must watch, but if you're looking for something to just casually watch that you'll enjoy for its simplicity and episodic nature, you won't be disappointed.
SoniAni: Super Sonico the Animation is a music, slice of life anime co-created by Nitroplus (the creators of Super Sonico) and White Fox (the creators of the anime); the anime has 12 episodes and aired between January and March 2014.
It is important to note that SoniAni: Super Sonico the Animation was designed as a marketing tool for Nitroplus to sell Super Sonico brand to people. Each episode we see a new day of Sonico’s life; she gets into different situations and different trials. It is an open secret that all slice-of-life shows don’t have a complex story;yet, it helps you to relax; that is
why we watch SoL shows. In Sonico’s case, the show was sometimes boring; yet, it was a very funny experience for me.
Main Protagonist – Super Sonico - Voiced by Ayano Yamamoto (Nae Tennouji, Arisa Kajiwara) – She is an 18 years old college student that works as a model, a waitress at her grandmother’s restaurant and is in the band called First Astronomical Velocity with her two best friends; she has the position of the band’s vocalist and guitarist. Sonico always wears headphones and is never seen without them; she is easy to get embarrassed in front of other people, she sleeps so much that it requires someone to help her to wake up, she also can’t live without pasta. All in all, her character was funny for me: she tries her best to get the job done, even when it gets her into problems, she enjoys helping people with their problems and she always stays happy no matter what.
Suzu Fujimi - Voiced by Mai Goto (Pina Sformklan Estor, Chelsea Blankett) – She is one of the Sonico’s best friends and a member of the First Astronomical Velocity as its bassist and leader. She normally wears a pink nurse uniform and tries to get Sonico to wear crazy outfits for concerts; Suzu is very amusing character: she always has a plan to solve problems and tries to help Sonico with her problems whenever she can do it.
Fuuri Watanuki - Voiced by Mami Ozaki (Hana Isuzu .Elena Shiina) – She is also one of the Sonico’s best friends and a member of the First Astronomical Velocity as its drummer. She is very shy, always sleepy, or hungry. She was a very interesting character for me, as her indifference, has always caused problems to her friends and it was really funny.
SoniAni has a very bright color scheme to draw the viewer to the life of Super Sonico, which is nice and fun. Alack, there were also some problems about the characters: the show focused on Sonico well, but the other characters didn't receive enough time for development, and it was a real problem of that show. The animation of the characters; on the other hand, is very well-made and looks great, except when it switches to a different style, when the OP and ED were shown; the animation in OP and ED was good, but for some reason, the animation in the anime was much worse.
The voice actors did amazing job and I highly appreciated it; their characters looked alive and realistic; it was very pleasant for me. Finally, the music part was is one of the best things about the show; the songs fit every episode well.
SoniAni is one of the anime, which I can’t hate, but I found it difficult to enjoy a show so similar to K-on, IdolMaster and others. The anime did everything to make its music scenes similar to Love Live’s, but when it works well in Love Live, in SoniAni it feels very forced and not needed. While I know the show was a marketing tool, they could have done a better job of presenting Super Sonico to the public; the story didn't feature anything new, some episodes were boring to watch and the style of animation used for the songs was much better than for the anime. I did enjoy Sonico’s, Suzu’s and Fuuri’s characters a lot, as they really carried the show for me, but the supporting character were dull and boring.
SoniAni is an anime that can only be enjoyed by a fan of the brand; its lack of the story, the focus on Sonico and bad development of supporting characters (not saying that the show is cliché) ,will probably make it hard for most of the people to enjoy SoniAni.
SuperSonico: The Animation started off well enough but quickly became a drag with very few redeeming factors. Unfortuately, Sonico was not fleshed-out nearly enough to sustain the show on her own, and an emphasis on fanservice rather than characterization really cheapened the whole experience.
There are a loud group of anime fans who will tell you that Super Sonico The Animation is nothing more than a blatant Nitro+ publicity campaign designed to lure in the Otaku with a disproportionately sexy mascot. These people are not far from the truth. However, this a slight exaggeration because the show was not totally bereft of substance. Don’t get your
hopes up too high though.
For a start – the OST was easily one of the best this season. Many scenes felt particularly magical thanks to an inspiring musical backdrop. Sonico’s band, First Astronomical Velocity, also provided plenty of ear-candy along the way. Think K-On! but a little more grown up. The OP was also neat, and a number of EDs (I love it when shows do this) were a bonus each time. It’s fair to say that the anime lacked in a few critical areas, but the music was spot-on every time.
However… Besides the arguably decent animation quality, it’s all downhill from here.
Sonico might be super-cute, but she’s also super-bland without a guitar in her hands. There was not a single piece of memorable dialogue over the course of the show, and the comedy was weak. I did find it consistently hilarious when Sonico would introduce herself as “…S-Super Sonico desu” to people (who would respond totally normally, as if this was a common female Japanese name) but that was about as funny as the show got. Being a total klutz at all times, Sonico would often find herself in a bunch of awkward jams – but the delivery was way too contrived and unnatural to get a laugh from me.
Sonico’s band-mates were also disappointingly generic. Besides the musical aspect, neither of them had any real impact on the show. Furi-chan's VA was particularly irritating. There was more than ample time to develop them but by the end it had all been wasted on cheap fanservice and boring dialogue. While there is an emphasis on music, Super Sonico: The Animation is a slice-of-life anime first, and slice-of-life is nothing without a quality cast of characters.
Again – the strength of Super Sonico: The Animation is in the music. Nothing else really managed to capitalize.
Final verdict: Skip show, aquire OST.
While the show was mostly trash – episode 7 was entirely different. A surprisingly modest inclusion, it followed Sonico on a very personal journey of self-discovery and introspection. The pacing was perfect and everything just worked for once. Part of this was due to a lack of fanservice (besides a brief hot-springs scene, but it was pretty tame) but the episode stood up on its own. Call it a diamond in the rough.
Who's that girl, the quiet one avoiding everyone and looking straight ahead? That girl who loves music? That weird girl who loves tech? What was her name again? Until you remember lets just say she is one fabulous anime girl with headphones.
Popular anime can be split up into two types: series with a great plot and great characters, and series with an overload of cute girls. Although both may sell, we, the avid anime fans of society, have a right to demand more than just moe. Let's discuss this never-ending fatal attraction.