The story begins the day before the graduation ceremony. Five middle school girls each are preoccupied with their real everyday lives. These girls meet each other in a fantasy world after being sent there through a sudden occurrence. There, they learn about the impending crisis that this world is facing. The way to avert this crisis is for the five to collaborate and bring their five hearts together as one through dance.
However, the five cannot come to love the world, and cannot tell their true feelings to one another, so their hearts are unable to unite. The time limit is fast approaching. Can the dance of the five girls save the world? And will they be able to graduate?
Expecting this movie to never be subbed, I was ready to give up when out of nowhere a group released fansubs for it! In a state of shock I downloaded the movie and watched it, having only a vague idea of what it even was. I had originally found out about this show after witnessing some impressive clips on animation while browsing random things on sakugabooru, and I decided to watch it because of them, I was not disappointed.
So, what even is this movie then? well it's a fantasy adventure story on the surface, where five girls are transported to a doomed fantasy land and
must save it from it’s fate with magical powers. But it’s also an effective coming of age story where they learn how to manage things in their lives not going exactly as they wished.
Also it’s a dancing show with cgi idol-like dance sequences, but don’t let that turn you off! Toei animation, masters of being the cheapest studio who can barely animate anything when they put it on TV are a totally different beast in their film department, especially their cgi teams. Pulling out all the stops, they deliver some of the best looking, cleanest 2d AND 3d animation here I’ve seen in a while.
I don't have a lot to say about this movie, it’s cute, it’s fun, it’s a treat on the eyes. The story is a bit basic at time but what can you do it’s just a kids show. Don’t go in expecting a deep masterpiece and you get a fun magical girl/idolish thing (no actual idols) that didn’t bore me once in it’s hour and a half runtime.
Also there was a sequel hook at the end please deliver Toei.
I've just watched Pop in Q in a local anime convention with two friends. Let's say we didn't expect that.
Before listing all the reasons why it was really bad, I have to say that the 3D dance+songs scenes were REALLY good. Not at Love Live's level, but were really fun. I watched all the movie just for these.
And one more thing I have to confess about- The funniest part was making fun of the movie. So if you and a few other friends are looking for stupid stuff just to make fun of it- I guess you can try this movie.
First of all, the movie
is probably for kids. There's no story at all, just one huge cliche.
Take 5 girls who are unhappy with their lives, throw them into a parallel world. They must dance to save the world!
You have the hardworking girl, the anti social one, the cute loli who's all cheerful, an extreme anti social one aaaaaand the main character who's "running away from everything". Throw them together. And each of them get some talking doll.
5 minutes later they're all friends!
But now the bad guys come, what's their motive? Unknown. They're just bad. Probably want to destroy the world. What are they? No idea.
Well girls! Dance and win! They're really good even though they've practiced for one day barely.
And then they discover their special powers- they're even more OP now.
That's about it for the story.
Story: 1/10. Non existent.
Let's talk about the good things now. There were a few dances and songs across the movie which were enjoyable. And Toei Animation did it quite well.
8/10 for art and 6/10 for sound (The sound track IS forgettable).
As for the characters: 5/10. Why? Well the cast was the usual stuff as I said before. Nothing special. As well as no development. Or more like there was development which made no sense.
Think there's a person who hates something and then come and tell him "Believe in yourself!" and then he'll like it and be amazing in it! Well that's what happened to everyone in this movie.
I wouldn't want to tag it as "for adults/for kids" but I would think a child would enjoy it a lot more than teenagers and adults.
Overall score/Enjoyment: 3/10. I do not recommend it. If you are looking for dances and songs just look up Love Live.
Let's start with my final impression of this anime: It would have been much better if it was made into a TV series rather than single movie.
The story is rather simple. As stated in the synopsis, five girls need to dance together in order to save the world. The main focus of this story is rather the character development; the girls to overcome their feelings against their real life so that they will be able to unite and dance together. That, however, was not very well presented.
Much of the light on character development was focused on Isumi, and little on the other characters
as well as interactions between the characters. As such, the other four girls' character development was poorly executed since it was not explored in depth and thus feels very lacking. Which is exactly why I feel that Pop in Q would have been better off as a TV series as it would have been able to explore each characters more deeply.
Otherwise, the art, the music, and the dance is nice and fun to watch.
Overall, I rate this film as a 5 (Mediocre) as the story and character development is not good but the visuals are fun to watch.
Side note: If they make a sequel out of this, I will likely watch it due to curiosity