College student Chitose Karasuma is determined not to do boring things as she enters the adult world. To this end, this bad-mannered beauty barges into a facility that trains would-be voice actors and actresses, somehow landing a job at “Number One Produce,” a seiyuu agency managed by her older brother, Gojo. In Chitose's mind, she's poised for greatness, but finds herself at a loss when she continues to only get minor roles. As she clashes with other girls in the agency, including a cunning airhead and a girl with a Kansai accent, Chitose is about to learn that there's more to succeeding in this competitive industry than she imagined.
So this one is kind of hard to explain. This anime has potential to be good (nowhere near Shirobako level), but it so far consistently goes for high to low. There are moments where you love the show and its really entertaining and enjoyable and then there are moments where it's an absolute snooze-fest and the plot seems lackluster.
However, this anime is still above average. Our MC, Chitose Karasuma, is very cynical and sarcastic. Her personality is great, and she often has monologues in her head about how great of a seiyuu she is or how annoying another character is. She is stubborn and can be stuck-up. That's what makes her fun to watch. The other characters aren't much to write home about.
The art style is fine, nothing special. The OP and ED are not that memorable, but not completely distasteful either. I'd say the high point of this anime is the way they portray the anime industry as a whole, stating points like light novel adaptations are boring and don't follow the story and PVs are often better than the animes themselves. I find that quite amusing.
Overall, this anime could be good. I guess we'll just have to wait for the end.
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I'll say something about me. I'm a big fan of shows that clarify how something works internally, depriving a bit (or a lot) of the common sense that usually surrounds it. There are anime that do this in a clear and objective way and those more subtle, that prefer to extend things for a better understanding of the viewer. Oh, I almost forgot. We still have aniem like Gi(a)rlish Nunmber that tend to bring a more comical air in their narrative, but that don't relieve the clichés and end up overloading people like me, who are not ver fanservice fan and those stuff.
Analyzing the quality of the anime itself, its plot and animation, it's clear that Gi(a)rlish is a underrated anime. Many people quickly condemn it because in the first episode, where something has suggested that the show seemed to be pure appeal to "miniature woman culture" and their idol attractions (voice, ideal beauty, etc.) and ignored that this is the REAL seiyuu scenario in Japan today. In fact, not only in the seiyuu scenario, but in the idols as a whole things are more or less similar to that. One thing that has really pissed me off is the way the japanese otakus view their stars, as a sort of official overvalutation and extremely paranoid fanbase. I always imagine that the artists themselves think this is creepy as fuck, most of those speeches or even super "kawaii" gestures were actually just cheap acting and they just want to do their job and go home (A lot of people thinks that too). From that point of view, I was able to ignore all those bullshit, thinking seriously about the fact that they are dubbers working in a scenario that I admit not having so much knowledge.
However, there are certain aspects, such as personality of the characters that has no connection with reallity of their career. For example, the mindset of main character is something that I find interesting because she is ambitious but desillusioned. Because of that, she thought a lot of herself in the beggining and after a reality shock, she realizes her place and that she needs to improve if wants to remain on the stage. This is definitely a positive point. But, when we take a look at her two initially friends (I'll not even mention names) we have the famous maternal figure that tends to be the voice of reason and experience. On the other hand, we have the mascot. A girl who has certainty or confidence and whose attributes are the uncinscious charisma for being a "kawaii pet" and her innocence, almost if she were a child (despite of being, theorically, a adult woman). Can you visualize? Of course you can, since both are almost a require for a well-done fanservice show. After all, it's the ultimate desire of a sick and pervert "otaku" (for me at least), that perfect girl that'll never exist in real life. Those two characters show us, despite the noble intention of anime, how the studio was unable to put clearly the central idea before our eyes because of the attention-grabbing elements that are essentialy unnecessary.
It's like a pizza slice filled with onions. For me the pizza is still good, but the onion is unnecessary. For many, onion is pretty good and the more the better. For me, if it's in a small amout it's surpassable, but when it extends across the surface that bother me deeply and I end up having difficulty in taking all of them out or trying to ignore them while the taste it's completely compromised. Sorry for the silly comparison of who seems be fat from birth, but I think I made it clear that deep down for me, this is a good anime, but its surface is pretty nasty. You see, it's fun when when we see the protagonist facing challenges because it makes us see, through her mistakes, that the world of Anime Dubbing is very complex and cannot be easily mastered by a newcomer. But when we pass on to the secondary characters, with their cliche personalites, which in the end add nothing positive to the story and the unreal situations, like all staff members get along so well and very important people to the production acting so careless and in the end, everything goes well (you know which character I'm talking about).
Concluding, it's an anime that can entertain a lot if you have an open mind to understand how the world of there artists works. I've always really enjoyed seeing how things go on behind the scenes of anime industry, because I feel myself closer to it. I can imagine in every new anime, more clearly, how it was produced. If you've heard in recent discussions that it's a tottaly cliche and no-content anime, do not be fooled before you se for yourself. Ideed, has some cliches, but you see that there's an interesting idea through the episodes. Don't expect much of it, but expect something at least. I hope you enjoy seeing how an ambitious and considered "douchebag" by several people, behaves in the face of the hard reality that is working in a competitive industry. I liked.
Story: 6/10 - As I said, the idea is cool. The problem was the waste of time with cliche execution and a lots of happy-hour with no connection and contributions to the series.
Art: 8/10 - Animation is good sometimes, sometimes it's just normal. But in general, above avarage, especially in the scenes in which they carry out some promotional video or in which they sing and/or dance. The trace is the same as always (loli in everywhere).
Sound: 7/10 - I'm not used to judging this sort of thing, but I think it was ok. Nothing that I have found impressive, but nothing weak or mediocre. In fact, if a don't mind about it, it's a positive point, that's it.
Characters: 5/10 - Well, that would be one of the weaknesses of this show. It was not necessary to appeal to the types of characters that are shown. They should have better developed the protagonist instead. Almost no character beyong her has any meaning at all.
Enjoyment: 7/10 - Since I watched with low expectation, I found it much cooler than I thought in beggining and I have to give my special thankings to my friends for letting me down so much. An anime fun enough to maybe make you feel interested in the Seiyuu career.
Overall: 7/10 - The usual. I like some things, but it's far from ideal. I reccomend it, it's good in showing the seiyuu universe. And I hope I change my mind until the end of it, I really would like to put it in a higher position on this season.read more
What better way to show how the anime industry works than through anime? Shows about the anime and video game industries are gaining popularity, and feature everything from voice acting to hentai game creation. Hold onto your hats, things are about to get meta over here.