The Ultra Super Pictures Special Stage event announced at AnimeJapan 2015 on Saturday that the Miss Monochrome television anime series will receive a second season. The season will run within the 30-minute Ultra Super Anime Time block beginning on July 3, 2015.
To kick things off, I presume that you - the person reading this - has watched the first season of Miss Monochrome: The Animation. In that case I,ll get straight to business.
Miss Monochrome: The Animation 2 continues the story of Miss Monochrome, Maneo manager and Ruu-chan. Each episode focuses on one of the aspects of super idol life, like touring, fanbases, merchandise and so forth, much like the first season.
Each episode lasts longer than last season, allowing for better plots for the individual episodes. The show is as light-hearted and funny as ever, and all in all I'd like to say that Miss Monochrome: The Animation 2 does what the first season did, but even better :D
The Japanese T-Pain is back! Miss Monochromosome returns to bring us longer episodes! More songs! More rope to hang ourselves with! Yet despite my trepidation at returning to a short that I hadn't enjoyed previously, it seems something happened in the last two years that means this Miss Monochrome was actually a somewhat enjoyable watch (maybe it was the GF:Beta cameo? Maybe not).
Season two of Miss Monochrome picks up where 2013's story left off. Left penniless after being conned by Mana-chan out of her fortune, Miss Monochrome now lives in a tiny, tumbledown room with a newspaper bed with only her charging station, her job at the convenience store & her faithful robovac Ruu-chan left. But those setbacks clearly haven't put a dent in her determination to pursue her dream of becoming a top idol, so she's back on her feet with a plan to make an album & go on tour. If only she knew where to start.
The changes between season one & two of Miss Monochrome are pretty much all for the better. The story this season has a much more relaxed pace than in season one, which struggled with its shorter run time & less focused story to feel like more than something stuck in front of a music video promo. The longer length of each episode means that each story has more time to be setup & carried through, & since most of the characters in season one return to season two it means less time is needed for character introductions. It's also clear even before the announcement of season 3 that season two really shouldn't be viewed as a complete story in itself, which explains why its climactic episode feels like a mid-season finale rather than an actual ending.
The humour also seems to have improved noticeably. References are given more weight than just a passing quote or remark, & some episodes indulge in some particularly absurd scenarios. My personal favourite was when Miss Monochrome is briefly whisked away on a whirlwind romance - sorry, "friendship"- by a giant battery (Shocking, isn't it?) There are some atrocious puns (promoter...pro-motorist...Initial D reference opportunity!) & it does suffer the usual anime problem of repeating a joke ad nauseum, though.
The returning characters are all more or less as they were. Maneo continues to be Miss Monochrome's well meaning but not all that helpful boss & manager. Mana shows up now & then to remind everyone that she's happy to help when the opportunity to defraud presents itself. Kikuko is there to offer encouragement when her & Miss Monochrome's paths cross, & Ruu-chan continues to be the little robovac that could. The only noticeable change to the existing characters is Miss Monochrome seems to have learned sarcasm between season one & now, but not how to express it in a way others can pick up on it. This ties in with the main new character introduced to the show, Yayoi, who is a gullible klutz that will all too eagerly rush out to do whatever ridiculous thing Miss Monochrome tasks her with. The other main addition is Akiko, a coworker at the convenience who can also play a wicked guitar riff. Overall they're an enjoyable bunch to watch, though Yayoi's insistence of saying "I'm such a klutz" every episode gets annoying pretty fast.
It would be amiss to talk about Miss Monochrome without mentioning the music, since that's what it's really all about. I won't pretend to be a fan of what's normally considered idol or vocaloid music, so I wouldn't say any of it was particularly enjoyable. However, it all seemed okay for what it is & the OP in particular had some charm to it that meant I didn't skip it after the first listen. The same can't be said for the ED, though. Not because of the song, which was alright for what it was. However, the ED sees the return of the 3D Monochrome performing a mocapped dance routine & it's even more the stuff of nightmares than last time. The mocap is good enough that the body moves like an actual person, which makes Miss Monochrome's oversize anime head bobbling about on top of her shoulders look like something out of a horror film.
Much to my surprise, Miss Chromosome 2 turned out to not only be an improvement on season one, but actually rather enjoyable to someone who didn't really like it previously. It's not without its problems, but it has it's charm & the focus of lighthearted comedy rather than the usual teen melodrama that usually makes up idol stories is a refreshing change. Will have to wait & see if season three continues this, but for now Miss Chromosome 2 is a enjoyable first half & a notable improvement on what came before.read more
I was certainly glad to hear that there was a second season coming out for Miss Monochrome. Now that I have watched it, I must say that I am somewhat disappointed.
For those who don’t know the story of Miss Monochrome, Miss Monochrome: The Animation 2 is a continuation of the first season, Miss Monochrome: The Animation. Our main character, Miss Monochrome, wants to stand out and become a famous idol. Although she has taken a few steps to become one, she doesn’t know what else to do from there. As a result, she decides to make her first album and go on tour.
The pacing in this anime is somewhat slow as the episodes carry on with its story. With that being said, the story progresses much more. Something that should be noted, before you watch this, is that it builds its suspense off of the first season. If you watch this alone, you might not feel the same suspense as for the people who watched the first one. I advise that you watch the first season before you watch this. The thing that interested me the most about Miss Monochrome was its ridiculous, over-the-top comedy. While Miss Monochrome: The Animation 2 pertains some of that over-the-top comedy, it doesn’t hold that same amount as the first season.
Needless to say, the art style of Miss Monochrome: The Animation 2 is very reminiscent of the first one. The atmosphere is upbeat, light, and the character designs are unique as always. However, the upbeat atmosphere sort of counteracts with Miss Monochrome’s sense of humor making the anime seem a bit of a mess. There is also a bit of 3D CGI included, but only at the ending theme song like the first season.
Moreover, the characters are the same except that Miss Monochrome has developed a sense of humor and a bit of a selfish personality. For example, she is more sarcastic in this than the first season. Being the android that Miss Monochrome is, she doesn’t know when to use sarcasm properly. While some may find this humorous, others may find this to be off-putting as the same jokes are repetitively used. Speaking of sarcasm, when Yayoi Konno, a new character that wasn’t seen before in the first season, takes what Miss Monochrome says to heart, she creates a larger than life situation which usually results for the worse. Expanding on a few characters I mentioned, some additions include Akiko, a talented guitarists who is conveniently an employee at the store where the main characters work at, Yayoi Konno, Miss Monochrome’s promoter who is a bit of a klutz and overambitious about the work she does, and there’s an idol group called Caramel, but I won’t go into too much detail about them.
Surprisingly, all of the voice actors and actresses have returned except with a few new additions. If you didn’t know, Ruu-chan has gotten a voice actor. Unfortunately, he doesn’t speak as much as I hoped for, but nonetheless, he was still fun to hear. Akiko and Yayoi were also fun to hear, I thought they were a great addition to the show as they seem to create fun moments. For those who wanted an opening in the first season, Miss Monochrome: The Animation 2 has added a theme song called Black or White which is about one minute long. Also, the ending theme song is called Step by Step which is about two minutes long and mocapped with a 3D CGI version of Miss Monochrome which is similar to the first season’s ending. Both songs are sung by Miss Monochrome; if you’re a fan of VOCALOID, you might like the way she sounds. To me, the opening and ending theme songs sounded all right, I did not hate it nor did I like it.
Miss Monochrome: The Animation 2 does make references to other shows here and there, incorporating it into the story which indeed make it funnier. It also references jokes back to the first season. However, the only issue I had with this anime was that it didn’t seem to have the same amount of humor like the first season. Some episodes were funnier than the others and other episodes felt stale. Like I said before, it felt like it was more plot driven and climactic.
If you want to get a better understanding of the comedy and story, it is advised to watch the first season. On the other hand, if you want to understand the references they make, note that this is not required to make it more enjoyable but you might want to check out a few other animes such as Initial D, Golden Time, and Wooser no Sono Higurashi. Miss Monochrome: The Animation 2’s humor pertains some of its unexpected funny moments, however, it is not as random as it was in the first season. Unfortunately, the show sets up for a third season. Hopefully, we will see Miss Monochrome become a popular idol. I look forward to watching the third season. read more