Kyou Nukui is a first year high school student hikikomori. His hobby is making Vocaloid songs and uploading them online. One day, he receives a message from a fan asking if they could meet up with him. At the meeting place, three elementary school girls were waiting for him. The three of them want to form a band and ask for Kyou's help.
Is it already the year 2017 and you still haven't converted to the church of lolicon yet? That is very unfortunate, but maybe this anime will manage to enlighten you. At least it did a good job of reminding me of why I became one in the first place.
Tenshi no 3P is more or less the spiritual sequel to Ro-Kyu-Bu, coming from the same author and adapted by the same animation studio. So if you've seen that show, you can consider that a rough baseline on what to expect here too, merely that instead of loli basketball we here have a loli rock band. However,
it must also be stated that Tenshi no 3P is generally a bit more serious and wholesome than RKB was, but on the flipside it has less ecchi elements instead. As for whether that's a good or a bad thing... well that's up to you to decide.
The story mainly follows three orphaned elementary school girls, ostracized from their school classmates and living inside a church. In an attempt at spreading some joy both for themselves and for the local kids, they decide to form a band and then host a concert for them. In order to do so, they seek the help of the anime's high schooler protagonist Nukui Kyou—an independent music producer they found on the internet who lives nearby—and asks him to become their manager and help them fulfill their modest dreams.
Now it should be said that while the show is clearly made for lolicons primarily, it's not like it's totally unwatchable even if you aren't one because content-wise Tenshi no 3P actually has mostly more wholesome key plot elements in it. For one, the music is a rather central theme over the course of the story, and while it doesn't exactly go into detail about how the girls' are improving on a technical level, there is at least a respectable amount of effort put into the musical department of the anime, with numerous live performances and songs done by the main seiyuu cast. I guess you could argue that the girls are perhaps a bit *too* good at it considering their ages, but well that's anime for you. Mind you though, this is *not* an idol anime by any means; the girls are not trying to become professional musicians at all. This is only a small scale spare time project of theirs. We also have a decent amount of drama and characterization in the form of these girls' rather miserable life situations as orphans and outcasts in their school, and there are some genuinely touching moments every here and there. I especially find the rather noble intentions behind the girls' musical ambitions to be rather heartwarming. There are also some secondary characters introduced over the course of the anime who add some additional perspective on the strange relationship between Kyou and the kids and end up influencing the story in various ways as time goes on.
That said, even though there are numerous more serious merits to the show, in order to get the full intended experience of Tenshi no 3P then I think you pretty much have to be a lolicon in the end. Take my word for it: if you're not feeling some sort of subconscious desire to split Jun in two and attempt to make babies with her half the time she's on screen then you're missing out on about half the potential enjoyment value of this anime. Not to mention the dominant and sexually aggressive HanaKana loli Kiriyume that is introduced in the latter part of the show; I'd lick her toes any day of the week. It's definitely not as lewd as Ro-Kyu-Bu was and in general it does have a more serious atmosphere, but in the end the show's main selling point naturally lies with its lolis, especially the main trio consisting of Jun, Sora and Nozomi. They are rather different from each other with Jun being the ultra-moe poster girl, Sora being the comic relief character and Nozomi being the more vocal and emotional of the trio, so they balance each other out quite nicely as a group. Amongst the side lolis we also have the MC's jealous little sister Kurumi (who unfortunately doesn't get as much screen time as she probably deserved) as well as the rather forceful aforementioned Kiriyume who they end up meeting in the second half of the anime. To add a bit of variety there are also a pair of non-lolis involved in the form of the MC's childhood friend Sakura and Kiriyume's caretaker Yuzuha, the latter of which is supposedly an elementary schooler too but she looks way older than that so I'm not sure what that's about. So that makes seven girls in total, but as for whether that makes it a harem or not is a bit debatable since it's pretty unclear what kind of feelings the little girls really have for Kyou considering that they're still prepubescent (they probably don't understand what love is yet). Either way, their general depiction is leaning more towards moe than ecchi though—which is another difference from Ro-Kyu-Bu I think—as while there certainly are some occasional shots with a lot of underage skin showing (like bathroom scenes), for the most part the girls are presented as more cute and adorable than alluring. Most of the "lewd" scenes of Tenshi no 3P basically just consist of sexual innuendos in the form of some intentionally ero-sounding dialogue which in reality describes something totally innocent (you probably know what I'm talking about, it's a pretty common narrative trick in romcoms and stuff), usually as the opening scene of an episode.
This pattern does admittedly change a bit towards the end of the show (episodes 10 and 11 to be exact) as then the more serious arc that was ongoing has just ended and apparently they decided to round that out the anime with being a bit more light-hearted and harem-like than the rest of the show, and it does have more ecchi elements in it. However, considering that this show was ultimately made for lolicons primarily, I can't say this was a very unexpected development, nor did I mind it at all. It's difficult to say whether or not that means that the anime would've been better as a whole if the rest of the show had been more ecchi-oriented as well or not, but I'm fairly happy with what we got so I won't think too much about it. That being said I still certainly hope we'll see some doujins of these girls in the future. The last episode does provide a quite satisfying finale though.
All-in-all I would probably still say that Ro-Kyu-Bu was a bit better than Tenshi no 3P but this is still something I would wholeheartedly recommend to other lolicons or people who just like moe girls in slice of life shows in general (as the show doesn't really have much ecchi other than the last few episodes). Unfortunately anything remotely loli-themed is bound to get slammed by prejudiced and narrow-minded westerners for no other reason than that "it's creepy" so I'm sure there'll be a bunch of clueless statements thrown around in some places, but hopefully people will be sensible enough to not pay them too much heed. But at least the show is obscure enough to be able to dodge most of the obligatory hate bandwagon, so maybe not all hope is lost.
Started watching because I'm a huge lolicon. Ended up loving nearly everything else and at times even forgetting to stare at the pantsu. Be adviced that watching this and getting upset for showing off underaged girls and being more about a relaxed mood than some deep story is like watching a basketball anime and getting upset because you hate sports.
Expect to see a finely distributed little collection of fine little bodies, however that's not where this anime shines because those short scenes are just small bits of service woven into the story in a fun way. Music is a highly personal thing and taste may
differ greatly, that aside however the pieces generously included are of very high average quality with rich sound and gently peppy rock tunes. As for the story it's not important and something you're better off not reading or caring much about, this is a show that is meant to be enjoyed as a relaxing oasis of sweet tunes and sweet girls that just once in a while pinches you in the ticker to make sure you don't get lulled to sleep.
Another season, another cute girls doing cute things show.
Welcome to Tenshi no 3P! another boring show with moments of excitements that you can find in almost any cute girl anime. Our protagonist Kyou is an average schooler with a passion for music. He loves to make music and is, unsurprisingly, a NEET. With a cute little sister at home, his only aim in life is shown to be making music.
But a NEET can't stay one forever in an anime, so a bunch of cute girls come along and ask him to help them for a band. He agrees and what follows is your usual anime
STORY: Extremely predictable, Tenshi no 3P! has one of the weakest storylines of this season. Kyou meets girls, they try to seduce him, exciting moments and the end.
ART: This is one part where Tenshi did okay. The characters look good, the scenery appears beautiful and the girls look cute. No complaints.
SOUND: Being a music focused anime, I thought that I'd get some good OPs and EDs to download. While they may sound good to some, I hated them nonetheless.
CHARACTER: Don't expect any huge character developments from the show. Kyou remains shy as ever, the girls get cuter and my ship doesn't sail(Booooo).
ENJOYMENT: If you are in for cute girl stuff, you have hit the mark. There are plenty of tingling and exciting moments. Abundance of pantsu shots and whatnot, so if you love them you are in for a ride. Just don't expect to get overwhelmed watching Tenshi no 3P! It really sucks.
Conclusion? If you have nothing to do in life(like me) you can probably watch it. Otherwise, rewatch your old favorites. I should have done the same too.
Let me get this out of the way: If you didn't think K-On! was for you since it was a slice-of-life show more than a show about a band of cute girls, this show is a show about a band of cute girls, with an actual band-related plot structure.
It was absolutely great and adorable. I would say it doesn't have as much loli fanservice as you might expect. It's ratio of loli fanservice to loli moe is somewhere between GochiUsa and Dragon Maid.
I'll check out the no-fanservice edit and report back.
The show is adorable, although a bit formulaic. The first half of the first episode
is focused on what led our MC to become a music-obsessed high-school NEET, including subtle encounters with two clearly soon-to-be main characters.
From then on we hit straight into the story arc introducing the loli band, their immediate motivations, and two side characters including the suspicious characters from the first episode.
Then there's a story arc bringing the MC and the other 5 characters together, with a drama arc instead of a concert arc this time. A romance subplot is introduced for the most appropriate character.
The drama overflows into the next 3 episode story arc about introducing 2 new lolis and their tragic backstory, but this time it's a concert arc. The romance subplot becomes a joke harem.
Finally we get a 3 episode battle of the bands arc between the 3 loli band, and the remaining 3 lolis. The newest loli band loses, but there's no sense of closure as they say that it's only the beginning, and the romance subplot fails to even come up.
It's formulaic and arc driven story combined with a huge "read the source material or pray for Season 2 as you buy Japanese Blu-Rays" ending, knocked off a few points for me. But it was a serviceable story with it's heartstring moments. And it was more than enough to bring out the loli moe characters we're all clearly here to see.
Sound was great, loved all the rock tracks. A bit lazy with the editing at times, but the soundtrack was phenomenal for a loli-rock band show. The amateur aspects sounded amateur enough to be convincing. I really enjoyed one character's increasingly terrible piano practice.
The art in this show is good, but I wouldn't say it's fantastic. You can tell it was drawn rather cheaply, but they have great character design so the moe comes through when it needs to. I'd love to see what the blu-ray brings to the table, but I don't want to be put on any more lists.
The characters are all adorable and all get sufficiently enough backstory and explanation to make them believable. Which is a pretty high bar in CGDCT territory. Obviously, not as much time per character for development is available compared to other CGDCT anime, due to this show having a plot, but you're not left wondering what a certain character would do in any given scene.
I got a lot of great enjoyment out of the series, it was bright, cute, happy, and fun. The entire ride was comfy, but with enough bumps that it wasn't boring. I feel like they nailed the sweet spot for a balance in:
as well as tone and having great versions of a whopping 6 different types of loli waifus. The "main" girl is also pretty great.
Overall, I'd say this show delivered a lot more than I expected it would. I'd say it's a CGDCT show with just enough plot and romantic spice to keep you from sinking into complacency. Also, it's about a band, they play music pretty often. You get to see an animated 3 piece loli band play music pretty often.
If that's not worth a 9, I don't know what is.
EDIT: The source material is a light novel released in 2012, along with a manga adaptation that started in 2014. Neither is translated by an official source, or a fan scanlator. If you don't want to be blueballed by an inability to finish the story, learn Japanese or don't watch the show. If you just want 5 hours of cute moe lolis in a band, regardless of story, go on ahead.