I am gonna write a review for this because sadly no one has yet . I have to say this anime is my favorite out of all I'm watching for this season . It kinda breaks my heart why no one is giving it the attention it deserves .
Lately we have been getting numerous works which involve LGBTQIA+ characters and relationships , out of yaoi yuri or shounen-ai and shoujo-ai genre , I think this is great development for us and I'm glad its being normalized like it should .
So here we have our main character "Eripiyo" who's stans a female idol "Maina". She
goes out of her way to get everything she can from her merch , and spends all her money on that . She's always in awe of Maina's charms and claims her love for her everywhere to the point where she is recognized by everyone . She doesn't want anything , she wants everyone to love Maina and see the true potential she holds in herself . But what she sometimes forgets is that she doesn't give anyone a chance to get close to Maina , as she always buys all the merch . She often gets struck with the feeling that she's in love with Maina but she is yet to know that she loves her to the point of wanting a relationship with her . Her respect for Maina as a idol is something that always melts me , she never gets into her personal space , never wants to inconvenience her , and never wants her to get annoyed of her . She is more than simply just a stan . Maina on the other hand also has mutual feelings for her , though she craves for more popularity as a pop-idol , she deeply treasures Eripiyo's presence any and everywhere , different from Eripiyo though , she knows how she likes her and to what point . She is confident is her feelings and even straight up asked her too but it got too late for Eripiyo processed it right and answered her correctly . They both get jealous when they see each other with other people and I think thats adorable . Its rare getting a adult lesbian slow-burn romance so yeah I'm in with it !!
All in all I love the characters and how the story is proceeding thus far , I have high hopes for this Ngl ! Other characters are also interesting but these main two just take the cake for me .
The art-style is my favorite , super lovely cute and fluffy just as the anime itself and the animation is also great . I do want more of their performances though since we rarely get them .
The opening is also one of my favorites of this season , Its just way too adorable . The ending song is also great .
I'm greatly enjoying this anime , I wish it turns to be better and gets the attention it deserves .
TL;DR: If you want a light-hearted comedy romance that is plenty stupid but still loveable, Budoukan might be the anime for you this season.
Watching the first episode, I was already cringing and dreading what future episodes might hold. In less than 25 minutes, you see our MC go from a cute and respectably-dressed young women to a part-timer slob with a single cloth change that spends all her money and time obsessing over the least popular and most introverted member of an underground idol group along her wota friends. Yikes. Yet, somehow, it left me curious enough to watch the seconds episode. And I'm glad
Unlike the first episode and its cringe-fest of buying 10 CDs for 30 seconds of hand-shaking, the second episode show us the second half of this ridiculous relationship by focusing on the idols themselves. While people who walk the path of fame are typically framed as egotistical and self-centered, this episode shows that, not only they are people like anyone else, those milked fans, extorted as they might be, are still beloved by their idols, bringing meaning and motivation to them.
And as such, the stage is set for a yuri romance between the MC and her romantic interest, the ever so distant idol Maina Ichii. If the anime can keep the balance between humorous, borderline cringy fandom and actual romance with steady character and relationship progress, it will be one of the best romance animes of the past few years.
In the same way that Don Quixote allows us to envision a sick man attacking a windmill, Oshi ga Budoukan Ittekuretara Shinu allows us to watch a sick woman throw herself against the rocks of celebrity. Admittedly, underground idols enmeshed in capitalist fan-extraction rituals are rather small, round rocks, but it still hurts to watch.
Oshi ga Budoukan Ittekuretara Shinu's comedy comes from the hopeless extremity of Eripiyo's stanning, and its romantic energy comes from Eripiyo's idol loving her back-- unfortunately, the romance cannibalizes the comedy and vice versa.
What Don Quixote and Eripiyo have in common is a late-stage fantasy life that makes them heedless of
their own condition. Watching, I had to see myself as only a few stages behind: either wrapped up in the aggrandizement of chivalric romance (truly the shonen of the middle ages), or pouring immense time and resources on fandom that is essentially one-sided. Let's be honest-- if you're watching a mid-tier anime about idol fans, you're probably similarly diseased.
As a work, Don Quixote is clear-headed enough to live outside of the fantasy of its main character-- the narrators are unreliable, but the reader never thinks the windmill was a giant. Here is where Oshi ga Budoukan Ittekuretara Shinu is perniciously different: a romance at heart, it's clear from the outset that Eripiyo is going to get what countless real fans sacrifice themselves pointlessly for: a human relationship with their celebrity. Wish fulfillment can be a fun roller-coaster, as long as there's enough speed to cover the whole track. Here, we're four episodes in, and things are already slowing down, so I'm hopping out.
As an alternative source of "hopeless optimism comedy," I recommend Watamote, AKA "Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!"
As an alternative source of "gentle misunderstandings romance," I recommend Kimi ni Todoke.
There is an odd charm to this show honestly. I thought from the first episode. 'Did I just watch otaku idol fans the anime?' Not that is a bad thing by any stretch, after all it's very different from regular idol animes that I've seen, that just mainly follow the idol cast. Where this follows three certain idol fans and the idols in general, and it's nice to see.
But first, let me just mention how well done the art looks. The colours are exactly that. Colourful and bright. Not blinding or bad to look at, it really is great to see. The songs are
good too, as always in any idol show. The singing is always top notch, but the sounds in general are very pleasant.
As for the characters, I really adore the relationship between Eripiyo and Maina. You really feel that there is something there between them, and both are just really struggling to admit it to one another. Which is just beyond cute, and I'm rooting for them to finally get it off their chests come the end of the show. Plus it's amazing to see how someone like Eripiyo can go from a work lady, to suddenly the biggest fangirl ever, it's real amusing!
Don't be turned away by this shows theme, give it a watch! It's really good! I'm sure it'll continue being good as it goes along!