The anime's story will start where the third season left off, at the competition for who will open the Triple S international sporting event. Raging Entertainment's HE★VENS idol group had hijacked the competition between QUARTET NIGHT and ST☆RISH, causing chaos. However, after the QUARTET NIGHT members suggest a certain idea, the three groups aim toward a new stage, with HE★VENS swearing to get their revenge on the other two groups.
This anime had so much potential when the first episode started. I wondered if I had actually started a hentai with the way the anime started off! I clearly was wrong but the scenes had led me a stray.
As the anime develops the plot begins to deepen as we have a 7 episode arc for the characters. I'm not going to spoil how those arcs went but I must say I have never been more happy and disappointed over the course of anything in my life.
The main character still has the same Lime eyes and is REALLY annoying. I've seen my fair share of
reverse harems at this point but she is by far one of the WORST. Diabolik lovers is an absolute watch if you want a solid heroine.
Overall my experience with this anime has left much to be desired. As we are on the verge of the movie coming out soon I wonder what more can we do? We already have 18 boys in our life and i'm not quite sure how much further we can go when the MC will not choose best boy.
If this is a show you enjoy then my review might not be helpful for you but this has been quite a ride and I am glad to get off here.
Uta no Prince-sama, Maji Love Legend Star; the fourth season in the series. One of the better seasons in my opinion. It took a different turn in the plot despite taking off from where season 3 left off. I've made a TL;TR of cons and pros at the bottom for lazy people.
As the series focuses mainly on music and hot guys in matching outfits, there ain't much "deepness" to the story, which the viewers might have realised since the previous three seasons.
Despite a few awkward quality slips, the art is still amazing. The details and shadows are spot on. Where the quality slips occour is
mostly during walking scenes where the characters have gigantic upper bodies and stickman legs that bend up and down to give the illusion of a character walking(Which is just hilarious and many great memes can be made out of it, so I can't even be mad about it) and shots where the characters are far away tend to give quality slips on the mouth movements but nothing too noticable.
Since it is an anime about music, the music is obviously tip top, the music has also been upgraded a lot since the first seasons. Additional sound-wise, there are a few times the background music almost drowns the speech which I have only experienced in the fourth season. For the voices, I'm personally a big fan of the seiyuus/voice actors, so I can not say anything negative about that.
In this season, the series goes a bit deeper compared to the first seasons. What I mean by this is that in the first season we got to know the characters by names and personalities while in this season, we were introduced to the characters backgrounds/backstories where some were somewhat deeper than others. However, what frustrates me is that they only get, what, less than one episode each to develop if they even developed at all, and since season 4 has 18 idols that all need their own screentime to shine, it has more become a big mess of characters to keep track of(However, although not all of them developed, some of them certainly did). The STARISH boys will however still be my favourites as I've had the previous 3 seasons to become attached to them.
There is a lot of humour going on in the first bit of this season(Episode 1 oh my goodness) with funny simple lines(Episode 3 *cough* banana *cough*) which makes it fun to watch, then there is the deeper stuff towards the end which makes it interesting to watch. I certainly enjoyed watching this season as much as the first season.
Now for the short pros and cons:
- Character development(For certain characters).
- Good music.
- Bonding moments between the groups.
- Still no romance(Not that I am expecting it to ever happen at this point).
- Too many characters to keep track of(18 bishounen idols y'all)
- HEAVENS is a poor copy of STARISH.
Overall I can really recommend people watching this season!
Y'all can shade me all you want for my rating of this season, I don't care. This season took so many strides from the previous seasons that I felt like I needed to give it a little extra love.
So, let's start with the art and sound. As far as the art goes, the only complaint I have is the CGI dancing. It's much better this season than last, but it's still really strange since the rest of the anime isn't in CGI. Other than that, the art is stunning. There were a few scenes throughout the season that took my breath away. The sound,
while not as strong as the first season's, was actually pretty good. The boys have to do duet songs with HEAVENS this season, and all of them were very well composed for the characters that were singing them. More on that later.
The characters and story I'm going to talk about together because they're the main two aspects of this anime that really improved with this season. My main complaint last season was that the boys didn't get focused on enough. I said that I wanted to see this season give us more on the boys' backgrounds so that way they'd develop more as characters and not just as idols. I got my wish. Not every one of the boys got an in depth episode, but the majority of them did get down and dirty with the fears that each of them has. There was one character specifically that had an AMAZING arc. It developed his character and it strengthened the bonds between the members of STARISH, which was something else I wanted from last season. Somehow, even though these boys weren't around each other for a lot of this season, they managed to develop deeper friendships with one another outside of music.
That kind of covered what I liked about the story as well, but I'd also like to say that this season's deviation from the excessive reverse harem that it was was a really good decision. The way the boys interacted with Nanami was actually normal for the most part, which kept me from cringing at every possible turn. Also, as far as the idol side of the story goes, this season also dug into the conflicts that arise when singing in a group, and it was all handled very well.
All in all, this season made a lot more sense, it wasn't excessively corny, and it actually turned out to be pretty heartwarming and exciting. These characters will always be fun to watch, but I'm glad this season gave me a reason to be intrigued. It's kind of asinine to say that this season makes up for the faults of the first few seasons, but honestly, if you've enjoyed watching it thus far, this season will feel like magic to you. I'm really looking forward to where the story goes.
As the fourth season of the anime, this season continues where it left off in season 3 and focuses more on the background story of each STARISH members as well as their interaction with HEAVENS. In season 3, we see STARISH cooperated with QUARTET NIGHT to make music while here, we will see STARISH cooperating with HEAVENS to make music as well. The concept might not be totally new but it's still entertaining and enjoyable.
While many people were disappointed about the minimal romance between Haruka Nanami and STARISH as compared to the previous seasons, I still enjoyed the show greatly and think that it is
actually a good switch of focus in the plot so that the audience will not be overwhelmed by the romance between Haruka and her harem. (like 7 or 18 people if you include HEAVENS and QUARTET NIGHT) Rest assure, there are still cute interactions between her and the boys, and her existence is still greatly relevant to the whole plot.
Art + Music:
Uta no Prince-sama has never once let me down in their art and music. I have seen a great improvement in animation and the effort in trying to bring in 3D animation in the part where the groups danced on the stage. Their music, including the opening, is lovely as always. Whether it's QUARTET NIGHT or HEAVENS, their music has also gotten more exciting and amazing.
I especially love STARISHs new song that they used to compete in the competition. While it sounds fresh to the ears, it also gives off the nostalgic vibe that fans and viewers can relate to from the theme songs that STARISH sang in the previous seasons. (It actually gives me chills 'cause it's really good).
I do not think this season will disappoint any uta no prince-sama fan, especially if you are looking forward to more pleasant melodies to heal your heart or more character's development and background story. So give it a shot, sit back and enjoy the show till the end. ^^