So into their second year, the five teams of the Musical Department are battling it out for the training roles for the third years' graduation performance. Honestly, the whole story basically follow the characters trying to get their senpai to notice them. Not disappointed in the least.
Jokes aside, the story is really about Hoshitani at this point and shows the influence of his friends which leads to his success, despite being the least skilled candidate for the training roles. And of course, it shows how he is able to influence the rest of the cast in return. The story
takes constant twists and turns that make it impossible to stop watching.
The art was decent at best. The transitions to the musical are much smoother and I love the design of the new characters. Although not the anime's strong point, it doesn't really matter because the story is good enough for you to overlook it.
Compared to the first season, the songs in the second season were slightly better. It wouldn't be a 7 if it weren't for the final song which was a masterpiece I absolutely love.
Since the beginning, I always believed the characters were Starmyu's strong point. I mentioned that it follows Hoshitani solely this season, but they still manage to treat the other characters appropriately such as Kuga and Nayuki despite the huge cast. Not only the main character, but everyone else's development was so impressive that when I rewatch the anime, I laugh. It wasn't exactly unnoticeable but definitely not unnatural either. They change according to the course of events that happen in the anime.
The best part that I didn't see coming were the discovery of new/hidden sides to certain characters, even the ones I thought were annoying. Along with new unexpected friendships, it made the anime so much more interesting to watch.
Honestly, I thought it would be worst than the previous season. But in actuality, this completed the whole anime that when I go back to season one, I enjoy it more than the first time I watched it.
If the creators made any mistakes for this anime... never mind they did not. The mistake lies in the fact that I was almost too impatient to see it get better. This season definitely brought out the true potential of Starmyu which wasn't possible without the introduction in the first season. It was amazing, completely worth it. Recommended for those who enjoy cliche stories.
After recently completing the first season of Starmyu (and loved it to the point of watching it twice my first time), I was so happy to learn about it's second upcoming season. However, I think in comparison, perhaps Starmyu tried to do a little too much in the same 12 episode format. Which makes it feel a little underdeveloped in most areas and characters.
As we continue with interjections of musical numbers, the storyline this time is perhaps a little weaker in comparison to the first season, and I already considered the first storyline pretty standard. The focus does not revolve around just Team
Ootori anymore but in fact an expanded cast of all the star teams and the previous Kao Council. For the first half most of the focus lies on introducing a lot of interactions between everyone for us to familiarize. Especially a new character called Ageha who serves as a "antagonist" for Hoshitani. Which really felt like an unnecessary amount to dedicate and makes the story drag on week by week only for a little spice of drama.
Some interesting parts come after exploring the wide cast in how they train for their roles and some of their personal struggles. Particularly Nayuki and Ugawa and especially Kaito. Sadly the amount of time to explore everyone is quite limited (maybe if we didn't have so many training montages). For the most part the journey intensely focuses on Hoshitani, which I think explored some wonderful thoughts on how to act and his "shine". Alot of people dislike this, but Hoshitani is supposed to represent the viewers in a way because he's a total newbie, so to understand anything we have to understand through him. I think the show does a wonderful job of showcasing the some inherent qualities of the musical acting world but sadly just didn't pace everything they wanted to accomplish successfully.
There were some more varied character designs this season surprisingly. I noticed however a lot more dips in quality though. But I have to say that the production for some of the song scenes/sets were definitely more elaborate and beautiful. There was more artistic expression in costuming and set design and choreography.
And again, this series continues it's fabulous choreos with no CGI. Also because we have some "action scenes" these are very well directed and enticing.
Arai Ken's techno/piano/upbeat music works again quite wonderfully for the series, with some beautiful new themes. The new voice actors are also quite another impressive addition to an already impressive vocal cast. One song that notes this is the Kao Council song sung by the Ancients, and you can really see the experience in their vocals.
Starmyu continues to explore a wide range of musical genres, but the songs were about half and half for me sometimes. Particularly we get a lot of crossunits between teams and I think it was a bit difficult tailoring songs for these wide range of characters. It's one thing to just sing a song, but a lot of the songs for Starmyu just make me think that these songs were made for someone to sing. It was great for them to again take these chances and wonderful to hear new characters and combinations.
The expanded cast is actually quite a gem, though overwhelming. It's really a disappointment that it was quite hard to focus and devote enough time to even half of them. Again, most of the focus is on Hoshitani's personal journey with how to become a role and what does that mean for him. We get tidbits of others that are a part of this journey and represent other sides that aren't just the main newbie with charisma working hard to the top. We get Kaito who is someone is trying hard to find his own pace in trying to fill big expectations. We get Nayuki and Ugawa that have skills but have to find the confidence to deliver. We get Ageha who's been expected to come out on top. And really, we only get so little of so many others that I would love to know.
Of course I enjoyed it! Inumine is quite precious this season and should be appreciated lol For the most part I was a trudging along, finishing the episodes never feeling satisfied. But the ending really wrapped it up spectacularly and basically killed me. So. Beautiful. If you might be a little saddened that perhaps it didn't turn out like the first season, believe me that Starmyu especially brings back its magic from then for the last episode.
After thinking back on it, nothing quite made me feel a little love for music like the first season than it's last episode. However, it's still a well done series that was at least consistent in its approach.
I genuinely enjoyed season 1 of Starmyu. The characters were fun and it seemed like they had a genuine goal to work towards. Though strangers at first, team Ootori eventually warmed up to each other and became close friends and developed more as people.
Season 2 just kinda awkwardly shoves all of that to the side.
Hoshitani is the main character and he gets most of the moments-- which is to be expected, but it seems like his stardom and amazing talent and energy is a bit overexaggerated by the rest of the characters considering how they work equally as hard as him if not
harder, or if they have waaaay more experience than him in acting and singing (for example, Ageha, Tsukigami, Tengenji, Inumine, and Tatsumi).
Nayuki's emotional revelation at the end of season 1 seems to have been mostly forgotten as he is relegated to a more minor role where most of what he does is cook food, act like a mom to everyone else, and comically overthink and misread situations.
Any new side characters who are introduced have virtually no impact on the plot and are pretty much completely unnecessary considering how obvious it is that people from the main two groups are going to get roles in the plays (save for a few more senpai characters who are there to train the cast for the roles in
Art & Animation: 6/10
The music and dances are nice. Animation is also good, although the art itself suffers quite a bit from same-face syndrome.
I know it seems like I'm criticizing Starmyu 2 a lot, but don't get me wrong: I do like it (Enjoyment: 7/10). However, it wasn't up to my expectations.
Overall Score: 6.5 --> 7/10
Starmyu 2 does have good moments. I won't name them here for the sake of not spreading spoilers, but it does have them and they're not hard to find.
However, in comparison to season 1, season 2 is a bit disappointing.