On February 13, as snow flurries dance in the air, a new idol unit is born at Pythagoras Production. They are the idols who will deliver their kiss to the ends of the galaxy: "Marginal #4." Its members, Atom Kirihara, Rui Aiba, L Nomura, and R Nomura, put all their effort into their entertainment career for the sake of the fan supporting them! They continue to mature as idols along with the senior unit pulling the entertainment industry forward, Lagrange Point, and the younger unit preparing to make their debut, Unicorn Jr. But when they step off the stage, they're ordinary high school boys with some chaotic student lives!
This is the tale of Margninal #4, a school slice-of-life about idols that shine brighter than the stars.
#01: "Shinobu - Just A Heaven (忍-Just A 絶頂-)" by Marginal #4 #02: "Melty♥Love♥Cooking" by L Nomura (KENN) & R Nomura (Yuto Suzuki) #03: "Revolution XX (革命XX)" by Lagrange Point #04: "Mr. StarrySky" by Rui Aiba (Naozumi Takahashi) #05: "REAL?" by UNICORN Jr. #06: "Kokoro Hitotsu (コ・コ・ロ・ヒ・ト・ツ)" by L Nomura (KENN) #07: "HOT★SCRAMBLE" by Atom Kirihara (Toshiki Masuda) & Rui Aiba (Naozumi Takahashi) #08: "Colorful (カラフル)" by R Nomura (Yuto Suzuki) #09: "Tamashii no Nonstop Lover (魂のノンストップラヴァー)" by Atom Kirihara (Toshiki Masuda) #10: "Kizuna (絆-KIZUNA-)" by Marginal #4
#11: "Kiss kara Tsukuru Big Bang (KISSから創造るBig Bang)" by Pythagoras★All Star (ピタゴラス★オールスター: Marginal #4 & Lagrange Point & Unicorn Jr.)
It's amost like Love Live! and Starmyu got an unwanted child, a very unwanted child.
No but really, I didn't have much expectations for this anime, but despite that it was way more dissapointing than I'd ever imagined.
It had absolutely no storyline whatsoever. It felt like a clutter of some random episodes. And while for some anime it may work, for example Yuru Yuri, it defenitly did not for this one. It doesn't fit the genre.
It defenitly had some potential to become a mediocre guilty-pleasure anime, but it tured out to be a huge dissapointment.
The only thing I kinda liked were some of the ending songs.
Marginal 4 is your typical idol show. It incorporates little character, story and animation and instead decides to focus all of its efforts on good music, which surprisingly pays off. I’ve never been a fan of boy idol groups but the opening song is incredibly fun to listen to and I even occasionally catch myself humming to it.
Most of the episodes are full of what feels like filler; basically lengthening out the show till it is ‘anime length’ before playing a short song. These songs are really the only content within the anime I enjoy however it is the most important content to be interesting.
and story takes a side-line, with all of them being incredibly flat and having the least amount of personality possible before it becomes noticeable, and you will end up purely identifying them based on their hair colour. What worries me is how the cast feel like 14 year old boys and act incredibly stupid for their age however it’s an idol show that’s really to be expected.
They certainly didn’t go out of their way to create top class art and animation as the song scenes are plagued with clunky cgi making them look animatronic. Tied with how the main characters all look practically unidentifiable from one another, when there is CGI and they all wear hats, I have virtually no clue what is supposed to be happening.
A cute idol show, however don’t go into this expecting a decent nor competent story. You are probably better just going and finding the music on youtube really.
If you're hoping for an idol anime like UtaPri or Love Live, this is definitely not the show for you. If you're ok with it being closer to B-Project or a slice of life, it's definitely worth watching.
Story wise, there's pretty much nothing to this show. It's mainly about the main 4 boys in school or at work (mainly recording CMs and such, not performing shows). What little plot there is is extremely predictable, and often very silly, but enjoyable if you like silly shows.
The animation isn't the best, but it is very good, especially compared to previous Rejet anime. The only downside is occasional
odd directing and bad 3D models. The performances are most 2D, with 3D used for a lot of the motion that isn't close up on the characters.
Fitting for a music anime, the music is the best part of the show. It's a bit different from the music this series had before the anime, but in a good way. The opening theme is especially catchy.
There are attempts at character development, but aside from one character, it usually fails. If you already know the characters from previous installments of the series, the way they're portrayed is fine, but it might be a bit boring if you're going into the show blind.
Again, Magifo is more slice-of-life than anything else. It has a lot of comedy elements, and hits the nail on the head with its jokes about 99% of the time. If you have trouble with second-hand embarrassment, some of the enjoyment comedy-wise might be diminished (Atom), but otherwise it's a lot of fun. The ending theme is also something that's oddly looked forward to throughout the episode, as they have awesome music and fun videos. It's definitely more enjoyable if you're already into the series, but I think it's worth a shot either way.
If you really enjoyed Uta No Prince-Sama and expected this to be like it, you're going to be disappointed.
The story is practically non-existent. It's the story of 4 high school boys that became a band, and each episode demonstrates a totally different aspect of the anime every time. It's pretty inconsistent, and I never knew what to expect next episode (in a bad way).
The characters are very 2D and stereotypical. They try to create character development, but it doesn't work out well for them as the series progresses.
Since this is a primarily music anime, the music and sounds for it aren't too bad.
Some songs are great, some songs are not. It's really hit or miss, and the only music you'll get by the characters are either in the opening or ending of the episodes. But overall, the timing of their music and sounds are good, and the quality is decent.
The art is your typical, pretty boy art style, but it seems unfinished at times. The faces are very weird when zoomed out, and the animation isn't consistent. The overall quality of the drawings are average, nothing to call home about. The best animation you'll see at the end of the episodes featuring the characters in their songs.
I did get some enjoyment out of it though. Whether it be by laughing at how ridiculous the story is or how surprisingly good the character songs could be, it was enjoyable at times.
Overall, it's not that great, and you're not missing out. This latest episode (ep 10) was just ridiculous (not going to spoil how ridiculously laughable the "story" was).