In a rural town undergoing revival through music, high school students Kanae and Sousuke meet none other than Beethoven and Mozart! Calling themselves "ClassicaLoids," this mysterious duo creates a strange power through the "music" they play.
One night, stars fall from the sky and gigantic robots appear, causing trouble every single day! Bach, Chopin, Schubert also appear as ClassicaLoids. What is the mystery behind the powers they possess? Are they humanity's friend or foe?
As a classical musician, I was really thrilled with the premise of this anime. I was excited to see what kind of characterization would take place and how each composer's music would be adapted in a modern day context.
With that said, I couldn't finish the first episode the first time around. I wasn't quite ready for the experience ClassicaLoid was trying to give me. We've got a rambunctious house full of maladjusted geniuses. There's a lot of fun, a lot of chaos, and a lot of music. Once you commit to the madness though, you're in for an interesting ride.
The Story - 5; Without any
spoilers, I must say that the story is a bit weak and takes a bit to unfold. I'm almost sure that the storyline intentionally takes a backseat to the comedic antics and absurdity that makes the backbone of this show. The last two episodes really floored me, honestly. You watch an anime like this for the experience, not the story.
Art - 8; I really like the style and think it works well. Love how each character really has their own aesthetic. Beethoven is undoubtedly Beethoven. What's also nice is that the style remains consistent and there's little/no change in quality over the span of the series.
Music - 6; Man, was I let down by some of the arrangements featured in this show. Instead of lamenting some of the weak music, I'll highlight what I did like. The arrangement of the "Alla Turca" from Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 11 into a "Thriller" mashup was borderline genius and hilarious. The story behind and presentation of "Fur Elise" was also hilarious. These two alone kinda overshadow some of the duds and really heightened the comedy for me.
Characterization - 6; This is a tough part to talk about because it's probably my biggest gripe with the show. Some characters are done nicely, even if their antics get repetitive or annoying--namely Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt, and Tchaikovsky. Some characters are too one-dimensional for my liking, though. I would've liked to see more out of Chopin, especially his friendship with Liszt. Schubert is basically thrown under the bus from his introductory episode until episode 21. It's a shame he was made to be not a whole lot more than a Beethoven fanboy, when he was quite a composer in his own right historically. It started to grate my nerves how lazy the script would get at times, with Schubert doing nothing more than agreeing with Beethoven or shouting "sempai" intermittently. There's a lot more content to explore with these characters and their musicality outside of odd quirks (like Beethoven wanting to create his own guitar...) wasn't explored a whole lot, which is disappointing, especially with the Musik they wield not having as much context without the whole notion that, hey, these men lived and died by their music.
Overall - 6; Many enjoyable moments, but not an anime to be taken seriously or to go into with any expectations whatsoever. The first few episodes are slow, but as soon as you get the first inkling of an idea that this series might be as nuts as it is, you might be hooked.
This anime is made by sunrise the same studio who make gintama and gundam.
This anime is really underrated im watching this thanks to some highlited reviews that give score 9&8.
If u're fan of comedy well u will not be disappointed dont be fooled by music genre or classical music story plot! No its not focused on classical music at all! Idk why this anime get only 6,5.
Firstly the art is amazing 10/10 for some reason I feel nostalgic when see this anime art. the art is like that you see on epic adventure fantasy anime like letter bee,gosick for example but at the
same time it have a modern style too like sad anime anohana or ano natsu de matteru. Its like blend of both of it and its like an art for epic anime. But the art style is rarely used these days and you will see the hint of gintama in this anime. The way they make the jokes,characters, and even how the characters grinning are similar.
I thought that this will be some serious music anime with little comedy but the comedy are so funny and whacky the first 2 min watching this u will already laughing or grinning at least. And this anime should have slice of life genre it have heartwarming story.
it doesnt constantly tell about music but the characters life,pasts,family and friends too. The good news is we got 25 eps of it! So you will have quite long journey to the whacky comedy world, heartwarming slice of life story plot and some music.
Music is a universal language, but nobody understands Bach.
Famous composers have come to life (again) to do…something. The plot is very thin with this anime. There is an actual purpose for the creation of the Classicaloids, but it’s irrelevant for most of its run. Only within the last 2 or 3 episodes does something reminiscent of a plot happen, until then we are treated to a lot of episodic nonsense. I found the comedy to be very repetitive, it’s basically one of the Classicaloids acting like a total numbnut, causing a massive chaos or one of them gone missing and the others (for whatever reason)
wanting them back. The introductory episodes in the beginning of the series were the best in my eyes, since the characters were still fresh by then and the interactions not stale yet. While many anime nowadays suffer from being only 1-cour, Classicaloid would have done so much better if it was, instead we get a heavily dragged out 2-cour anime that gets boring way too fast.
It’s…colorful. That’s almost all the positive things I have to say about the art. The characters look somewhat clunky and unreal with those big borders around them. There are tons of off-model shots as well. The animation isn’t much to brag about either, only the times the Classicaloids use their powers look slightly appealing, but after a while these effects start to lose their charms. I sometimes got the feeling Studio Sunrise is trying to produce a Trigger show but they don’t know how to do that, but I have a wild imagination, so don’t take this as a fact. Bottom line, Classicaloid looks very cheap and lackluster and it doesn’t feel like the animation department was very ambitious with this show.
An anime about music should sound extraordinary good, shouldn’t it? Well, not really. Obviously, we get to hear a lot of classical compositions of the characters’ namesakes, but unfortunately they are mostly mediocre at best J-Pop mixes of said pieces. There are a few positive exceptions, like Mozart’s Turkish March remixed with Michael Jackson’s Thriller or the show’s version of Swan Lake, but most of them sound very lame. The voice acting is okay mostly, there’s nobody doing a bad job there. The opening song falls into the same category as the rest of the soundtrack while the endings are just reprises of songs used in the respective episode. I mean, it’s cool they use all those classic pieces at all (and possibly teach young viewers about their composers), but it could have been done so much better.
The composers are portrayed as exaggerations of the originals. Mozart for example is a carefree, childish ladies man, Tchaikovsky is a grumpy alcoholic and so on. This may get old really fast (and it does), but it’s not that much of a problem. I was much more horrified by the sheer amount of dickery they evince towards each other and even more towards Kanae. That poor girl is forced to let them stay at her house, she does all the housework, cleans, cooks, washes, and all they ever do is make her life as miserable as possible. The same goes for Sousuke, who is basically a humanoid parasite. Maybe the show would have been more enjoyable if it had more likeable characters.
There are tons of anime that should be 2-cours or more, but are forced to squeeze themselves into 12 or 13 episodes. Classicaloid is the exact opposite. At least half of the episodes were screaming “FILLER!” into my face, provided one beliefs that this show has an actual ongoing story. Classicaloid CAN be funny at times, but these times are so rare, that it just bored me most of the time. I mean, just look at how lackluster this review is. It didn’t hurt to watch and I didn’t want to end my life or anything, but if I had another chance, I would choose not to watch it again. Maybe you will enjoy it much more, who knows, humor is subjective after all.
This review may contain minor spoilers.
Note: This anime has no serious bone in it. Abandon all your hopes for serious plot, complex characters or deep and tragic/sad backstories. If you’re a fan of these, stop reading here. Also, consider the fact that I love classical music, which may had affected my scoring.
„Spielen wir unsere Musik!“
Starting from the anime’s title, ClassicaLoid, some people (including me) may immediately thought about Vocaloid. And it would be almost accurate. Instead of Miku and Co. we have Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and many other representatives of the good old classical music. From the same people who brought Gintama and
DanKou to life, ‘Sunrise’ let us dwell for a while in the colorful, choral, melodic, rhythmic, melodious and (sometimes) noisy world of ClassicaLoid.
The anime is episodic and does not follow a story, neither has a complex plot. It revolves around the cast, their interaction and everyday lives, all tidily wrapped up in a simple humorous atmosphere. The plot is rather original, where else you can see the great Ludwig van Beethoven cooking gyoza and ‘An die Freude’ sounds in background while he miserably fails his task.
The ending of this anime, oh that ending, was maybe the trigger which made me give this anime 8/10. And I don’t talk about the music used there. 24 episodes building plot-wanna-be, making evil plans against our protagonists, only to be blown away by UFOs (literally).
Simple, cute, colorful and charming art style, which really brings up the atmosphere of the anime. I was actually impressed by the complete lack of a dark palette, even in the antagonists. There is no even a sign of a connection between characters and color palettes. It feels like I just hit the “Random Customization” button in some RPG game,
if you watch carefully and have a keen eye you may notice that every character has his own, non-repetitive color scheme and style, which somehow fits them perfectly.
This is my favorite part. As I mentioned above I love listening to classical music, so from the first note of the first episode (you'll see why) to the last of the ending, it felt like a fresh breath of mountain air in the middle of spring. You can hear Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, Mozart’s Turkish March, even Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, and of course the obligatory An die Freude. This aside, these masterpieces are “normalized” so they can reach even the youngest watcher. Cute and catchy tunes, simplified lyrics that would stuck in your head for days.
Seek no depth of the characters here. Honestly, the only thing that dragged my score this up was the absolutely absurd characters that are completely opposite of the real deal. Despite that, you’ll probably love each one of them, I swear, I didn’t bring myself to dislike not even the antagonist.
First I was rather sceptical toward ClassicaLoid, but I was pleasantly surprised when I broke the 3-episode rule. I found myself going one episode after another, not skipping neither the opening nor the ending. If it wasn't for my university activities, I would had probably "ate" this anime in the same day I started it.
I finished this anime one week ago and I watched it with my roommate. We still make references to the anime and even there is a running joke between us about “Beethes” and “Motes”. I started ClassicaLoid right after I completed Ajin, so I wanted to shake the Horror vibe off me and I was more than surprised to find this hidden gem in the bottom of the trash can.
Truly an unappreciated and underrated piece.