Hey, Uta no Prince-sama fans, this may be the right anime for you. Like idols singing and dancing? Idols with beautiful faces? We'll you have come to the right anime. Shounen Hollywood: Holly Stage for 49 is right for you! You'll be experiencing songs, and dances in some of the episodes!
It's about boys trying to be idols so they'll be known worldwide. So far, each episode is telling their lives before they joined the idol group "SHONEN HOLLYWOOD" and random stuffs happen each episode.
The art is a bit realistic. But there are mistakes or other drawings that I don't like because it doesn't
seem to fit the background perfectly. And their faces look like weird, I haven't seen an anime that has the drawing like this, but the character designer has done a good job.
The seiyuus used in each characters are just perfect, except for Amaki, Daisuke Ono would be perfect, Kakihara-san is not fitted with Amaki. The background song fits with the atmosphere of the anime, happy and joyful songs are perfect! The OP song & ED song are okay to me.
Their attitudes are like high school boys having their time of their lives dancing and singing happily, not like us otakus spending our time in front of the computer/laptop watching anime and stuffs. I really enjoyed some of the characters.
It's a bit dull. And the hell, it will also have a season two. I laughed.. because of their faces(no offense to the fans). Well, there are times that I copy them while dancing.
It was okay.
Well this summer season of anime had some really good shows and some really big disappointments. 'Shounen Hollywood: Holly Stage for 49' though was the biggest surprise for me. A nice slice of life with a lot of J-Pop 6/10
I'm genuinely impressed with the show, it doesn't mind telling you straight out some of the negative aspects of show business (especially how Japan produces their Idols) they have some profound lines here and there...I'm not a big fan of J-Pop so the music isn't really why I enjoyed watching this (and I'm sure with less of it I would have given it a higher score),
there's also no yaoi even if you would assume that by having an all male cast!
We follow our characters in what they're doing in their everyday life as well as their training to become Idols. Kakeru is a high-school student that was scouted, Ikuma the oldest member used to be a delinquent, Kira has always been in show business as child actor, Shun wants to become a musician, Daiki is an orphan and fan of the original Shounen Hollywood...so a colorful bunch that got together under 'Shachou' (former member of Shonen Hollywood) who manages the guys. We find out more about each ones backgrounds and dreams later on.
What I appreciate is, that you don't only see those characters having the time of their lives and saying things like 'This is great, I'll fulfill my dream of becoming an Idol...blah blah' sunshine and rainbows. No. They actually say things like 'I don't want to do this' or 'this is ridiculous and embarrassing'. They are holding a mirror on male Idols and what they have to go through. This show is more realistic and less melodramatic than other anime in the same genre, and partly responsible for that is the experienced manager, who tells Kakeru how it's going to be for him in the future. His friends won't be his friends anymore once he's famous, they'll probably sell private story's about him (whether they are true or not), the media is merciless and you won't make it with just talent or just hard work, and getting a fan base takes time. The manager already went through that, so he knows show business is never a save career. All those uncomfortable subjects are processed and I think 'Shounen Hollywood: Holly Stage for 49' is refreshingly different. So even if you don't like J-pop like me, this show has a lot more to offer than just hot guys and music. The members want to accomplish something out of the ordinary (maybe you have dreamed of performing on a big stage one day too), they're still young and inexperienced and many times lose hope and want to quit. The character development is well done, and so are the dialogs, and the pace of the anime is relatively slow, which I always prefer in slice of life.
Now what I don't like so much is the animation, compared to other anime it's really nothing special. The bands performances weren't spectacular, sometimes it was rather cringe worthy. And some moments were simply dull. But I was always waiting for the next episode because I wanted to know if they will become successful Idols, and if in the end that was what the boys really wanted. The journey of them becoming the next big thing looks pretty exiting.
With an all male cast, you'd expect the producers to take the usual fan-service route as we watch the bight, glistening lives of these up and coming idols. But Shounen Hollywood gave me a pleasant surprise.
First, this show won't please everyone. That's just that. For the same reason not everyone loves a bubbly romance or a quirky comedy, it's all preference and personal taste. Also this is just going to be an informal review focusing on the pros of the series.
If you've been watching loads of fast pace, action packed shows and need a little breather, then maybe you might want to give this
anime a chance. Shounen Hollywood is a slice of life through and through, and also one of the most realist works I've seen in a long time. The art style itself is more realistic then most anime (but hey different's not bad and it is all still just an art form). It's has a slow, easygoing pace most of the time, and that's where I think this series deserves some credit. It doesn't try to entertain it's audience with tones of drama, traumatic back stories, or shinning comebacks. Rather we see these teenagers as they struggle with their personal problems, insecurities, how they deal with each other, and how they ultimately grow together to make Shounen Hollywood (their group) a success.
Anyone familiar with the world of music would know that it takes A LOT of time and work if you want to make a name for yourself. And I like how Shounen Hollywood takes it's time, using a good majority of it portraying how they're just practicing to improve nonstop. Cause the reality is, your not going to get those fans unless you put your best efforts out there.
A last point worth mentioning is how fun this is to watch if you are a J-pop fan. Btw, I said this show was realistic but there's probably some people who would beg to differ. And I want to clarify that this show is realistic from a more Japanese perspective. Just different cultures, different values, different norms, you probably get it. So anyways back to my point. The Japanese idol industry is quite different then western pop music, and it was great to see it from a behind-the-scenes sort of way. There were several moments when I saw how several of my favorite guy groups had done or said the exact same things as these characters. And I laughed when realizing, like the Shounen Hollywood members, they probably get embarrassed having to say cliche catch phrases and pickup lines too. The songs themselves remind me of the J-idol style of music.
Despite what I've said about it, Shounen Hollywood does have times it could have been better. I truthfully enjoyed it but after all is said and done, I really can't say it was an extraordinary show. Other reviews say plenty on what kind of flaws it has so I won't. But since none of them highlighted what Shounen Hollywood did do right, I though I'd be the one to at least mention them.
I usually don't write about anything I watch... but for the people who are comparing this to Uta no prince-sama (One of my favorite Animes) obviously didn't watch this show- it has terrible character development... their voices are monotoned and their personalities are cookie-cutter Mary sues... The story starts off semi ok, but with all the secondhand embarrassment this show puts me through I really don't know what I watched... The guys are constantly negative and when they actually show any form of motivation it doesn't last long- or they're extremely unrealistically happy which makes me uncomfortable. It's overall boring and unless you've run out
of anime to watch, give it an episode or 2 try and decide whether or not this is up your alley. If not, find something worth your time and save yourself 2 seasons of the same crap that drags on and on... don't even get me started on episode 5. Good lawrd...
"Shounen Hollywood" is a heartwarming tale of teen idols.
When first coming across this anime, I instantly chose to watch it for its attractive men, and idol theme. Falsely thinking it would be a story resembling Uta-Pri’s, I spent this summer slaving over each episode, hopelessly waiting to see the boys actually perform as idols.
Kakihara (Natsu [Fairy Tail]) captures Amaki’s fiery spirit with his thin, but strong voice. He brings the boy to life, not doing a bad job at singing either. Likewise, Ohsaka’s (Staz [Blood Lad]) airy voice is perfect for the calm and insecure Kakeru. Ono (Kuroko [Kuroko no Basket]) also did a nice
job with Shun, continuing to amaze me with how his voice can switch from thin to rich and thick. His voice is very pleasant on the ear. Moving onto Aoi (Mikaze Ai [Uta-Pri]), it surprised me how his voice changed. Aoi has not been in a lot of animes, but being a singer, his voice floated across the notes. Lastly, Yamashita (Hiro [Glasslip]) was brilliant in his role of Kira. Having fewer roles than some of the previous actors, he made himself sound like one of the pros. Kudos to all.
As previously mentioned, I was excited to learn that there was to be an anime about music this Summer 2014. I patiently waited for the series to get through the character development and onto treating me with some actual idol scenes, but I was not rewarded for my efforts. It seems that the next season of the series is when the boys are actually shown in their idol career. Nevertheless, this was a very disappointing part of my watch. Now, the art style is very hard to get used to a first, for it is very realistic, and very unique. I did not like it, but now it’s warmed up to me. The music in the anime is very average. There were no one hit wonders or breathtaking OSTs. Overall, I felt that this piece was extremely typical.
If you found this anime and watch to watch it because of sexy idols, stop right there. This season of the show is purely character development, with a side of music. I suggest you go searching for another anime. However, if you are patient enough to wait through the first season on the whim that the second might actually have some action in it, then I say you should watch it. It is not a bad anime, though it's not that good either.
Story - 6
The story, be centered around five boys trying to become idols, is very good, but it would have been nice if more could have been explained.
Art - 7
The art is very weird at first, and takes a moment to get used to -- alright, maybe more than a moment. Even having gotten used to it and making through all twelve episodes, it's still a bit much for me. The art style is very realistic, but in the most odd and unique way.
Music - 6
The music is so-so. There are a few catchy tunes the characters sing, but nothing awe inspiring or jaw dropping.
Character - 8
The characters were actually developed. I got to see why each one wanted to become an idol, all that was hindering them from growing, and watching them overcome challenges they were faced with. I would have liked more background on the old SHOUNEN HOLLYWOOD, but it is what it is.
Enjoyment - 6
What started out as amusing just became mundane by the time I reached episode twelve. "Shounen Hollywood" had a lot of potential, but it didn't use much of it.
Overall - 6.4
Overall, "Shounen Hollywood" was a charming story that gave me an inside look to all the characters' minds, but it was missing several important elements like background development, and most importantly -- actually showing the boy dance and sing on a real live stage in front of a large crowd.
I never get interested in writing a review before but this anime is really underrated and underscored even though it did it's job well. Please beware that english is not my native language and the review is more and less cover both seasons.
At first I thought Shounen Hollywood will be just like other generic idol animes like Utapri or Idolmaster. But this anime actually took a different route, and it was a great decision. Instead of talking positive craps like 'idol is about your heart', Shohari taught the audience that 'there is no thing such as an eternal idol'. This shows conveyed the reality
in a very humble way; not criticizing it but also not glorifying it. You can dream as high as you can, but Shohari reminds you that dream can change and your future does not equal your dream.
They are practically talks about realistic things such as the importance of handshaking event, had to do embarrassing introduction, forced to do ridiculous TV job as a newbie, fans rejection of the new debuted group (Shohari actually has 2 generations and this anime revolves around the junior group), the rotation of who stands on the center, etc. One part I like about it is that they don't restraint of showing the rivalry between band members, but also not exaggerate it to turn into unnecessary drama. Before rival and friend, they are team mates.
The anime takes a slow pace, slow enough to make general audience get confused which direction this show is taking. But actually every episode this anime has its own importance. If you miss one episode, you will miss one great moment of character development. The characters are lovable and relatable, at least for me. Their worries are too ordinary that we even forgot we also has that kind of useless worry when we were young.
The script was also well done. It was not the best out there but it has deeper meaning than what it seems.
The voice acting is OK too, at least for the junior group. The casts for 1st generation was kinda unfit, but you can endure it because they are not the focus of the show. On the other side, the music is really good. They don't make it half-assed even though this is an underdog shows. I really love the OP and the changing ED songs are entertaining too, to the extent I never skipped it.
Animation is so-so. There are a lot of derp faces but not that much to turn you off. Instead they compensate it with an awesome backgrounds. Well, you can't expect much from a low-budget show.
Overall, it could be hard for a non J-pop fans to get into this because this anime bring a lot of J-idol references and that is one of the reasons why I enjoyed it. I as a fan of Johnny's, think that this show tried to make a vague reference of real Idol like AKB (the handshaking event) or Johnny's groups (the scene of counterfeit photos in unofficial idol shop, their performance in Mste, and actually the 1st generation kinda resembles Hikaru Genji). However, if you wanted a fresh Idol anime without unrealistic nonsense and you have enough patience in your mind, then you should not miss Shounen Hollywood.
*) probably will edit this after season 2 completed
Did you expect something cliché like boys singing and dancing and lalala? Then, that’s a wrong impression you have there mate. Shounen Hollywood Holly Stage for 49 is way beyond that.
One word is all it takes to make any anime worthy to be watched: interesting. It’s simple. If you think it’s interesting, then watch. If not, then don’t. It all boils down in asking yourself: Is it interesting enough to make me watch it?
So? What makes this anime interesting?
Well, what is an idol? Is being an idol the right path to take? What does it takes to be an idol? ---
These are the questions that swirls around the anime.
The episodes are mild and slow-paced, in a good way. This anime shows a different angle of idols. The masses only see idols as they are on screen, on a poster or on a picture. They shine. They sparkle. They always smile like they don’t have any troubles. However, what happened before all of that? What kind of road could they have taken to get there? What kind of lives do they lead?
The characters are fascinating especially, the five main characters. They aren’t boring at all since they have different personalities which blend well together. Each of them has quirks that make them interesting and stand out on their own. In addition, they are all eye-candies. Red, pink, blue, yellow and green… I couldn’t pick out a favourite out of the five.
So? Is it worth it?
Yes, I enjoyed watching this anime. Actually, I didn’t expect it to influence me this much. I’m so glad that I stumbled upon this show. I don’t mind watching the two seasons all over again.
I generally don't write reviews on anything I've seen, but I really think I should write on this anime.
From what I've seen on many websites, people bash this anime because it is not like Uta no Prince-Sama. Personally, I'm glad it's not UtaPri. I do enjoy UtaPri, but there are some things that I like here more the UtaPri.
People also need to realise that UtaPri and Shounen Hollywood may be about idols BUT one does not focus on love and beauty of the idol life, but the realism of it.
The story does start off a little slow, but it is very enjoyable. It is
about high school boys who want to be idols, but they face hardships. They are the second generation of Shounen Hollywood. However, many people are not fond of them being a second generation and send very hurtful letters to discourage them, however these boys persevere. These kids do it through hardwork and build up their talent without going to a school specifically for it. These guys start from the ground up. The only problem is it doesn't explain too much on why they were chosen for the group. (Maybe it does next season).
The art...is a little bit awkward for me. I got used to it though. It was pretty realistic, but there are some moments where the art was a little iffy.
I really like the songs, but there weren't any jaw dropping songs. I think their voices go well together. My favourite song is Eien Never Ever.
The character development is very good. I'm not too sure where some people say it was absolutely terrible??? But of course, there are a few things that seem kind of confusing, but not enough to outright say it was terrible.
I quite enjoyed watching this anime. I really liked how it focused more on the realism of the idol industry and was not all happy 24/7. I also liked how they didn't throw any romance in here. I really think that's what made me enjoy it so much.
It's a pretty good show. I recommend it to those who want to see something that deals with hardships and realism of the idol industry without all the mushy love scenes and ideas.
This is only a small review.
As you may know, Idols' anime are not the most popular when it comes to story, plot and character development. (Utapri is alive just because of the fangirls and the "good-looking seiyuus") So if you think there won't be a good Anime about idols besides Love Live, you're wrong.
Shounen Hollywood: Holly Stage for 49 is a nice and almost simple anime that show us the way an idol is and have to be born, how to act and also, how the idols feel themselves.
Nice music, a good character development and well desings is a cool combination; it
will include questions about life with Kakeru (one of the main characters) and the clichè part of being an Idol with Tomi but keep in mind: Shounen Holywood is great, you have to watch at least 3 episode to know if it is your thing or not. If you don0t like it, that's ok, but that doesn't mean Shohari is not good.
Reason for me writing this review is to help people make a decision if its worth their time watching the most cringey boyband in the anime world.
The story well i cant say its bad but i cant say its fun. Lets revive the former idols and become better sound like interesting thing but most of it is spendt learning uninteresting character stories and a random president who says strange things and does stranger things. I felt like it moved at a snail pace and and thats saying something. Its one thing about having a relaxing and chill atmosphere that everyone can enjoy like some
other anime got but when you only have watched 10 min it feels like you have sat there looking at the series in slow motion.
Its an idol anime with the most cheesy and boring songs in idol anime history. If you want nostalgia of how old boybands were then yes this anime fits you on the money but if you atleast want decent songs there are others.
The characters are like the story and sound uninteresting and cheesy to bot although some of the tries to pass themselves of as more serious its not that fun cheesy thing that many other idol anime has but its that feeling there you feel every bone in your body cribbling and you wonder what in gods name have i watched. To summarise you got 1 uninspired idol , one over the top idol whos happy about everything , 1 who actually just wants to sing , one who wonder what he even does there and one with an inferior complex which i dont understand.
I didnt enjoy this at all quite simply i just watched it full through cause thats the kind of person i am. I have watched bad anime full through because i want to review them properly although if its on going i cant do that. And this anime wasnt enjoyable at all it was just push through and hope something good happens but that didnt happen.
Overall if you like cute , cringey and uinteresting idol guys whos all random then this is the anime for you but if you want an anime with idols that makes you laugh , like and want to know more about then my advice is pick any other and you will hit better. I know i sound harsh on this anime but when i see it i cant give this anything good.