Following the first season's gag action theme, the second season titled To Be Heroine features an original story and a new set of characters.
You is about to leave home when she suddenly enters an incredible world. Appearing in front of her is an eight-year-old naked boy, and before she could even grasp the situation, she's attacked by assassins from a mafia group who were chasing the young boy. What was even more unrealistic for You was that the leader of this mafia was another assassin's attack.
Who are those naked kids, why did her shoe turn into a warrior and above all, what kind of world did eight-year-old boy come from? Just like the first one, he's also almost naked! While trying to escape from the attackers, You loses one of her shoes and by a strange kind of magic, her shoe turned into a warrior who was able to save her by blocking the You enter?
Not sure why it says 12 episodes when it's actually 7 but whatever.
The synopsis doesn't actually describe what this show really is. It way more then that. It starts off just like what the synopsis says but it's only for like 3 episodes and then shit happens fast. I don't want to spoil it but it has some really good drama that happens. Starts off funny, insane, and stupid but then transforms into something else as if to hide the true nature of the show in the later episodes.
It's only 7 episodes but it's action packed basically every second of the show. It is
a little bit predictable and cliche but I feel like they did the cliche's well and even though it's predictable it's still a lot of fun to watch. I started watching this show on a whim and I'm so glad I did because it was amazing. Give it a try if you have't already you might just love it.
Side note: The animation is amazing, the fight scenes are so well done I had to re watch them a few times cause of how amazing they were.
I am not truly sure which part of this series annoyed me the most. Perhaps the half-Japanese half-Chinese voice acting which served no purpose in the series whatsoever. The Chinese parts were not acted in any sense of the word, instead just spoken in the most monotonous and personality-lacking way imaginable.
Our main character was not much better. Heroine-chan is simply uninteresting and boring. Basically every 5th word in her dialog is "sorry", which would be somewhat meme if she was Canadian. Every time she forms a sentence, she takes the first part of the sentence back and starts over from the beginning. I fail to
see how this is supposed to serve the series or her character. It feels annoying and nothing more.
The story is just stupid. Our heroine needs to be a heroine because that's the point of this series. To achieve this, she randomly teleports to a place where she speaks Japanese instead. Th story centers around her saving perverted toddlers from the arms of sword-wielding villains. Everything happening in the Japanese-tongue side of the world seems to symbolize her Chinese lifestyle because this is apparently a very deep and complex story. The slice of life drama in the Chinese section is offensively bad. The whole writing relies on character archetypes used as plot elements and literally evil people getting owned by heroes who save "victims" from being wronged. I felt physically ill after witnessing this. Not because it was so unfair for the characters, but because it was so hideously written. Why this series is considered to be a comedy if beyond my understanding.
The art an animation surely do not give glory to anything in the series. During fight scenes, our fighters "disappear" because they are supposedly so fast and amazingly powerful. In reality, they disappear so their movements didn't need to be animated. Half the time they still are visible, and what we get are fast paces but generic fights which mainly seem like bad excuses for content. There is a perfect word for it: lackluster, and that pretty much can be used to describe everything else in the series as well.
To Be Hero had beyond catchy songs, and awesome comedy. However, the series got old super fast tho and a quality drop occurred. Heroine on the other hand is bad from the very beginning and never got any better. I can't recommend this series to anyone. It's boring and fails to entertain.
*I am not sure if the other spoken language is even Chinese. I simply do not know and don't care much enough to find out. This series was originally released in Chinese, so I assume it is.*
To Be Heroine is a hit or miss kind of show. Either you didn´t got or enjoyed the underlaying darker tones camouflaged in extremely vivid colours and animation, wired plot (babies fighting almost naked and clothes are magical weapons = wired), and the mixed Japanese/Chinese audio. Or you totally got it and/or enjoyed said combination. As you can guess from the score I gave the show I belong to the later category. Actually, I think To Be Heroine may have been spring 2018´s best contribution in my eyes and ears. I started to watch it on a whim after seeing the PV. Worth to note
is that I usually not go for the combo of Super power and Comedy. But something had peaked my interest, and I was very surprised of how much I enjoyed To Be Heroine.
Somethings can be good to know in advance. In writing moment, the page tells you that its 12 episodes. It´s not correct, only 7 exists. The source material is an original project from Haoliners AL which is a Chinese Studio. You also don´t need to watch the prequel To Be Hero first. Apparently, they are not related plot or character wise, so you can go ahead and watch it as it is. And don´t let the two tags mislead you, I would´ve have labelled this as sienen and drama and maybe romance as well.
Even though only the story only spans for 7 episodes, they have used the time efficiently. It is focused on the important characters, sufficient backstories are provided, and the plot structure is surprisingly detailed. By the synopsis I believe that many can mistake To Be Heroine as a wired Chinese contribution to the Isekai genre, but that would be a wrong assumption. It may appear so for the first 3-4 episodes but evolve much further than that.
Basically, the show evolves in three steps. The first is the establishing platform with a heavy Isekai feeling and you try to figure out what´s going on, failing in figuring out what´s going on, to just sit back and enjoy the ride to see where the they are going to do with all miss mashed craziness (and if you can handle that it switches from Chinese to Japanese audio depending on which “world” our Heroine is in). The second step is the realisation that there is indeed something more going on. Back flashes work both as to get to know the characters and enfolding the next step of the narrative.
And here I need to point out that it’s not random plot points, even the most silly and random scene still service a purpose (even if just for laughs), neither does it do a complete change of story direction. The undertones and metaphors are there from the beginning and done in what I would call a clever way, which made the next step feel natural. Few writers have the talent to really incorporate important details along the way to make the evolution of their story feel like its building on itself smoothly. The third step is the unravelling and conclusion of our Heroine´s story. Because its her story and told from her perspective.
Speaking of our Heroine, I enjoyed her character a lot. In the dub/sub version I watched, her name is Hanaya Futaba. She reminds me of your ordinary high school girl, just living her ordinary life as she always has. Until something happens, and she finds herself in another dimension, summoned by a bold baby with a gold diaper who claims that she is his hero, and that she needs to fight the assassins that the other baby bosses send after him. Like that´s isn´t enough, the babies have the same name as her friends and roughly the same personality in this dimension as in her own. Hanaya first tries to get out of whole ordeal, the whole thing is obviously madness and she want nothing to with it. Use her clothes to summon handsome men fighting for her? What craziness.
I know, you thinking “what the hell?” right now? It is definitely such a moment when first introduced to To Be Heroine. My advice watching this is to just let go and see what it will take you.
Anyway, let me ask you a question. How would you define bravery? I discussed it with a friend a while ago. And of course, the definition will change from person to person. To me is being brave when you go ahead and do things that you are afraid to do, but despite that you pull through when it counts somehow anyway. Because if you feel no fear or hesitation when doing something outside your comfort zone, that´s not being brave for me, then you are just either fearless or stupid.
Why talk about bravery here? Well, because that´s how I would describe Hanaya best. She is brave, not fearless, cocky, arrogant or super powerful as your stereotypical hero. She is a normal girl in unusual situation and deals with it along away. It’s sometimes funny to watch (some of her age girl reactions is spot on). And sometimes its emotional to watch, and sometimes is bloody bad ass to watch.
As other reviewers have been pointing out as well, roughly half of the show has Chinese language and half it has Japanese dub (at least at the time and date when I´m writing this).
I haven’t watch any of Studio Haoliners productions before, but their work on To Be Heroine was very nice indeed. Think a combination of a toned down Kill La Kill and Katanagatari mixed in style and colours. That´s the easiest way I can describe the art style they used. I liked it a lot, it fit the Comedy element in the show, and they knew when to use more neutral colours and animation. Well done. The animation looked great to me, I definitely felt that some love was put into it. Fluid motions, good facial expressions, detailed and lifeful fight scenes, and cool angles. They also get thumbs up for the minimal unnecessary fanservice and the awesome OP.
To summon things up, To Be Heroine is a little jewel that many probably will miss. It mixed comedy, super power, sienen, drama and romance surprisingly well in my eyes. Few can mix those genres together and make it feel natural, but here I think they did a great job. Don´t get me wrong, it´s ludacris at times, but I enjoyed that type of ludacrisness, it was refreshing.
I normally never write reviews, simply because if you're gonna like it - you will. If you're not - you won't. BUT this review is only to let you know, the person who isn't sure if they should watch this yet, or the person who is confused three episodes in, that yes... you should finish it. It's only seven episodes, with a weak budget. But comparatively to the full season, big budget assembly line anime we watch every day 'To Be Heroine' is a refreshing change of pace.
The animation is sloppy, the voice acting is hard to listen to and the story is so
strange off the bat. BUT WAIT before you realize it you're caught up in a story you didn't realize you were, invested in characters you just met and getting all emotional at those final credits.
If you've got a couple hours to spare, you'll be rewarded for your investment.