The anime's story follows Tsubasa, a new hire in the A&R department of the major recording company Gandala Music. Tsubasa is immediately assigned to oversee the idol unit "B-PROJECT," which is made up of three idol groups: Kitakore, THRIVE, and MooNs. This is Tsubasa's first job, and she gets involved in various incidents and accidents as she deals with this group of young men who each have their own differing personalities.
First things first... Nonsensical setting and story? I can live with that, not everything has to be perfectly realistic and not everything has to make sense all the time. It's "harem" again? Obviously if I didn't like those, I wouldn't even be on B-Pro's page here now. I'm no expert on art or sound, so all I can say is a personal opinion: I really liked the styling, the colours, the characters, the music. A solid 8/10 for those as far as I'm concerned, they all really appealed to me. Again, I don't expect everything to make sense or be realistic or perfect all
Having said all that, why the overall score of 6 then? I was full ready to give an 8, even as I just started watching the last episode. But by the time it concluded, I was so utterly floored with a slew of WTF???'s that I just couldn't. I have absolutely no idea what on earth went down there, or why, or how (well, some of it is explained, but it's spotty and inadequate). What I do know though is that it was really a complete a××pull out of exactly nowhere. It could be argued that the signs were scattered over the previous episodes, but one just does not expect something like this, not from this kind of anime. Not only does it not fit into the general upbeat and fun mood, but because it was all left for the last episode too, it just ended up being a sloppy mess, leaving the distinct feeling that it could've done with at least one more episode so that all this is properly unfolded, explained, and then tied up. That way it might have felt a little less out of place. As it is though, it managed to sour the entirety of the show, which is a real shame.
Some may like these real serious sudden twists that turn everything upside down, personally I really don't. Especially when it's ill-fitting for the genre.
B-Pro's story follows the idol group B-Project and that's basically it. This show doesn't really have an overlying story. It focuses moreso on episodic stories which really arent good. In episode 5, the plot of the episode is that one of the members of b-pro gets amnesia after falling down a staitcase while being chased by paparazzi, and this is just a way for us to know more about his character and his past. Was there seriously no other way for us to learn more about his character? Im also confused by how he survived falling down those stairs honestly because
he fell down an entire case of stairs and was bleeding A Lot.....
In episode, 6 it focuses on 3 members of the unit MooNs and how they, along with a bunch of others, are all auditioning for the same role in a play, which is kind of stupid on it's own, but this episode wasnt only stupid for that, the main plot point for this episode was about how one of the character's friends was there and he was handed a sword to practice with that was possessed by a spirit? Why is this show focusing on supernatural stuff when this is an idol anime? Also, despite being an idol anime, they only did two performances.
While majority of the episodes were stupid like the ones mentioned, the last three episodes, 10, 11, and 12 were pretty okay. Episode 10 focused on b-pro setting up a birthday party for Yashamaru, their producer or manager( i think idk really) and it was really nice to watch the characters interactions setting up the party. In episode 11, most of the episode focused on b-pro writing a song, and this too was nice to watch. Episode 12 was...interesting. It wasn't really how I expected it to end. To avoid spoilers, it showed some difficulties that idols may come across that I haven't seen much in other idol anime. The way it ended was also kind of sweet. But, this episode also had an antagonist like character, who I won't name because of spoilers, and his motivations are really unexpected(and honestly just stupid), and the character being an antagonist feels kind of forced. Seeing these last 3 episodes, b-project really feels like a bunch of wasted potential.
This show's art isn't good. The character designs are nice, they have all pretty colors and they're all recognizable, and the stillframes are pretty good, but the animations is pretty bad and it looks weird most of the time. There are occasionally decent looking scenes, but for the most part, its pretty ugly.
The sound is definitely the best part of this show. Even though the op and ed are pretty generic(damn are they catchy though...)and none of the bgm really sticks out, this show has a really nice voice actor line up and nothing sounds terrible, but some lines do sound off.
The characters in this show are bad. Theyre all very bland and never get any character development really. This show also does nothing to help you remember anything about the characters. Even after completing the show, I can only remember like 3 of the 10 main character's names. This show is trying to focus on too many characters at once and does nothing to try to flesh them out, so when they interact it doesn't really leave any impression either since we barely know these characters. Also, it feels like this show is going for a fujobait kind of thing sometimes, but it comes off as very forced because we barely know what these characters are like.
This show, despite being pretty bad, is enjoyable at times. There have been times where I've utterly despised it, but there have also been times where I've enjoyed seeing some of the characters interactions, or just enjoying making fun of it, and the last 3 episodes were pretty enjoyable.
Overall, this show is pretty bad. It has bad writing, bad stories, and bad characters, but it has nice character designs and music, and it at least attempts at being a decent show in later episodes. Though I wouldn't really recommend this show, if you really want to watch it for some reason, then you should watch episode 1 and then skip to episode 10 and continue from there. Nothing of that much importance happen in the other episodes really anyway. Also watch episode 5 for a good laugh
Okay so i watched this thinking it was another cheesy reverse harem that would be filled with flirts and a story line that was half-decent, but WOW was i wrong.
1. Plot was all over the place. With the main heroine looking more like a background character. The villain looking like it was thrown in at the end to fill in time. And the rest of the time just focusing on the male idols looking like eye-candy though...
2. The animation at times went in and out from looking really nice/well-portioned to times were there eyes almost lined up with there mouths. IT WAS NOT CONSTANT
NOR PRETTY. Only when the characters were still and not talking did they look okay.
3. Music was okay nothing that catchy or relevant to the plot.
I really thought this would be good enough to make you cringe or at least laugh at those cheesy moments but honestly the plot was not exciting enough nor understandable. So don't bother.
Lemme just start off by saying this is the overall best male "Idol" anime I have seen. That being said, male "Idol" animes tend to be bland reserve-harem stories spiced up with beautiful boys, songs, and a dull heroine. B-Pro is no exception, however it makes a great effort to not make the heroine not so annoying dull or Mary-Sue like which inturn makes the story much more fun and the anime an overall a great way to pass the time.
Story - 6
The story itself starts without you and there is not much that is introduced about what happens before the heroine comes along
even though the story seems to pleading for an explanation about the boys' success before B-Pro [in their respective groups] and how B-Pro "really" came to be.
Still, the plot is nicely paced and the boys get entire episodes dedicated to them, however their are obvious favorites in the way that there is less focus on certain guys. Considering there is 10 guys and only 12 episodes this is a fair sacrifice so that story is able to progress and we're not stuck with a repetitive reverse-harem gimmick.
[Spoiler-ish] However the ending conjured up in the last two to three episodes is surprising and somewhat uncalled for which is why I brought score down a little bit. The theme of this anime is overall light-hearted and gives little to no clues to the darker future which leaves you very confused as as it all happens too quickly and makes no sense. If they expanded this a bit further and the anime was longer this could have played out more smoothly but they compacted it too much at the end there and left the me with more questions.
I personally very much liked the design of the boys. A lot of colours and effects were used throughout the anime to bring life to the beautiful and handsome idols and their life. It was a little more crisp than I expected considering the move to make anime much smoother and softer recently--but the budget may have been used more on the amazing choice of voice actors instead.
Going into what I said above--the voice actors "made" this anime. It was very enjoyable hearing them speak, talk coquettishly, act, and sing. Most of the songs were very addictive and you very quickly may find yourself knowing how the song goes as parts are played strategically and almost incessantly.
Half of them were unique, interesting and the series focused on them. They had backstories and problems and our Heroine, of course, helps move them forward in their world of fame. However the way they divided the boys was very bad. KitaKore and THRIVE were full of bright characters and the series seems to focus on them and give them extra shine, while the MooNs boys seem to come up short despite making up half of B-Pro. Considering the anime seems to be about bringing these three groups together both in relationships and for fame there should have been some brighter individuals in MooNs. Considering the sacrifice for the plot in this short anime, they should have brought down a member from THRIVE or something to help give MooNs equal opportunity.
As mentioned, this is my favorite male idol anime show thus far. Plenty of fanservice, pretty boys, entertaining episodes, and songs to keep me intrigued throughout the anime.
My score is a little higher than expected, especially for this type of anime, but there wasn't much I could nitpick at so the score is what B-Pro is deserving of. Whether you like idol animes or reverse-harems, B-Pro is well put-together and an enjoyable 12 episode anime.