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.
Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love Legend Star is the fourth season of the long continued UtaPri anime series. When it was first announced in the end of the third season I already was scared how bad this season was going to get as the third season was the biggest disappointment for me. For my surprise I actually liked this season a lot more than the previous one.
The story starts where the third season was left off but immediately I noticed how much I enjoyed the first episode a lot more than the whole plot line of the third season. There isn't anything new, but
it felt like the corny writing from the second season was back what I had missed since the third season just felt boring and lacking in story telling.
Even though it's still having the same formula of being one boy/one episode (or in this case 2 boys while counting Heavens members in) the writing isn't bad at all for series such as this: it is not in any case even trying to be a master piece.
I'm really glad they took plot points from the games; I'm especially happy how they handled Otoya and Natsuki, but what I am still missing is the whole deal with Syo's condition from the games. I know the anime version is supposed to be a lot more light hearted than its game equivalents, but seeing how they handled the episodes with Otoya in it quite well makes me want to see all that angst from Syo's, and other character's routes, to be animated too.
Despite this I consider this season's story rather good.
I have always liked UtaPri's art style, but since season 3 I have noticed a slight drop in quality. It's not that distracting as in some other series and there is once again lots of improvement from the previous season, but in some episodes it can get quite bad. Also the cgi in the performances can take time to get used to at first. While not being the worst, the cgi modules look rather clean and are only used in shots far away, it's still quite noticeable.
There are a lot of positives too. Like mentioned, I have always liked the art style and there isn't any changes in it from season one which is a good thing. The colors and backgrounds are nice especially during the songs. The character designs still look good and I quite also like the designs of the new Heavens members. The animation is also solid, nothing spectacular but I don't really have anything to complain about it either.
As it being mostly a music based anime, the songs play a big part in the whole enjoyment. While not being my favorite season music wise, all the songs are really good and I always looked forward to them in every single episode.
The opening and ending are both really high quality and especially the ending is proven to be an earworm as its predecessors from previous seasons.
The voice acting is on point once again with all the old cast returning. I really liked the voice acting for the new Heavens characters as well.
The Starish members are all given more time to improve their own plots though some having purely filler based, but still enjoyable, respective episodes. The ones that stood out the most from the old characters were Otoya and Natsuki, them having the most development in their characters than others. The Heavens members also got nicely development in their character arcs though the show still mainly focuses on Starish.
The ones that felt lacking were Quartet Night, them leaving mainly in the background, and the so-called main character of the series Haruka Nanami. I'm hoping the future anime adaptation(s) will fix this since there is lots of depth to the Quartet Night characters that hasn't been shown yet and now that the anime series is starting to take plot points from the games I'm hoping they do the same with QN.
This season made me have hope for the future of UtaPri's anime adaptation (as in the new anime project has been announced) as it was in my opinion quite enjoyable and an improvement from the previous season.
There were still some episodes that felt dragging from others and some felt just purely rushed, but in the end it was a good season. The finale wasn't anything amazing, but it made me realize how much I actually care about this series and I am happy that it will still continue, be it another season or an ova.
As for someone who has been with this franchise since the first game I'm happy I watched this. After the third season I was actually quite reluctant to even start this season, but it surprised be in a good way and was actually one of the only series this cour that I never even considered dropping.
It's not anything great and still has lots to improve, but if you have seen all the previous seasons I'm sure you'll like this one too as it continues with the same pattern and you'll get to know the guys' backgrounds more.
I'm looking forward of seeing more UtaPri in the future.
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. ^^
I did enjoy the anime, but after the second season it became a bit boring. There is not really a plot after the second season, as you know that all of the main characters are going to fall in love with the main protagonist, every single one of them. I mean the main group thats fine, but having Quartet Night and HE★VENS also wanting her, gets a bit boring and just leaves you hoping that it will actually end soon, or progresses with a plot.
I liked the art style of the anime and manga, its definitely one of my favorites.
I thought that the
music from anime was amazing. I enjoy all of the opening soundtracks and most of the character songs. They are well thought out and appeal to a wide audience. Its a shame that most of the songs from season one have been taken off from youtube.
The characters are good but in this season, HE★VENS do copy ST☆RISH's characters a bit. for example; Nagi and Natsuki. They both have the cute and adorable personality, whilst one is rude and one has a split personality, which is also rude. Do you see where im coming from? But apart from the clashing of the personalitys, the characters have a really good back story.
Overall, i actually watch the anime for the music, tbh. The storyline does both me a little, but i put that behind me when new music is shown.
At present, sadly, the story is nothing progressive like the last seasons of this series; I find at present the basis is on an obsession between Part 1 and Party 2. There isn't much depth, not much background - It seems more of a drama than a reverse harem romance at this point, which disappointed me greatly.
As per past seasons, I enjoy the art style very much. Eyes are expressive, backgrounds are detailed nicely and there's always a beautiful amount of color and nice effects during the songsy parts.
The music so far hasn't disappointed, which is a relief considering the anime is based around music.
However, the songs are just "alright". They didn't blow me away like in previous seasons - Episode 6, thankfully, kept to that standard however.
Sadly, this is what frustrates me most about this season of Uta No Prince Sama - The characters we all know and love are either OOC (Out of Character), or are getting absolutely no development other than their obsession with their competition. Nanami, whom I adored as the heroine for having a voice and a part in the previous seasons, barely shows up and has little to no dialogue from episode to episode. Again, episode 6 made up for that a bit, but up until then I've never been so unhappy with how a new season has come out. Considering the appearance of Heavens and the clear conflict that was present during Season 2, I was expecting a lot more - Though it is interesting to get a take on their group's personalities, what with the addition of members, I would never take that over keeping the personalities of the characters I already love. Bland and tasteless.
My expectations for the show in general were high, considering everything Uta no Prince Sama has previously dished out. Season to Season, I've had nothing but a thirst for more, and have been thrilled when it was announced time and again that they would continue their series. The most recent one, I've been especially excited; I figured with a whole other group of antagonist men, things could get interesting. Maybe I would sit on the edge of my seat, awaiting what was to come. I've been disappointed, clearly.
Up until episode 6 at present, this barely qualifies as a decent anime; and I only say that because it breaks my heart to speak badly about an anime I've loved for so long. However, I can't accept the lack of character in general/at all with our Starish crew, the void where Nanami should be, and the progression of story that allowed me to thoroughly enjoy the show. As I've mentioned, episode 6 is starting to show more promise, so for any fan of previous Uta No Prince Sama seasons looking to avoid disappoint, I recommend you start there. I'm deeply hopeful that with the next few episodes, things adjust properly.
(P.S. The first episode still kind of makes me laugh xD Random buggers)
*Update* The anime has become increasingly disappointing and at this point is absolutely not worth watching for an Uta No Prince Sama fan, nor fo a Reverse Harem/Romance fan. At this time, the anime is moving forward in the same way as Free! or any other sports anime, with bits of yaoi innuendo within.
I have no issues with yaoi (positively love it, actually), but this is not what I came to see with this anime. The OOC tendencies have only gotten worse, and episode 6 is the only saving grace at this point. With most Uta seasons ending around 13 episodes - Leaving only 5 left to air - This anime has no chance of getting any better unless the sky comes crashing to the ground. I'm severely disappointed and would not recommend this anime to anyone.