Virtual Reality and the arrival of Circlet Technology has changed people's lives. A new competitive electronic sport called Circlet Bout emerges, and schools duel to determine the strongest Circlet Bout Club and player. One day, Yuuka Sasaki gets mistaken for a challenger and battles against Chikage Fujimura, the best player in Japan, tying the intense fight despite her inexperience. These events lead to her passion for the sport, deciding to become a Circlet Bout player.
Two years later, Yuuka moves to Tokyo and enrolls in Union School, a place where she can practice and pursue her dream of fighting Chikage again. After her arrival at the Union School, she discovers the club closed. Now her first goal is to help the athletic Miyuki Kasahara and club manager Ayumu Aizawa reopen Union's Circle Bout Club and return it to its former glory.
Yay progress. And one rare show where in the midst of the review, only to be the SOLE representative of such a show like this from start to finish. Now I really want my 4 hours of time-wasted garbage back.
This has got to be one of the most obnoxious shows I ever watched, on the levels of bad game-to-anime productions, and don't get me started on the original game that not only was it existent in good ol' Japan, little to nobody has ever heard of this game, much less the show. As the saying goes, good games don't make better adapted mediums, and Circlet
Princess here just defies the belief of it all.
The (non-existent) story begins in a futuristic world were current-gen technology such as VR and AR are a commonplace in the show's world, where a new sport was born: Circlet Bout. Utilizing both VR and AR technologies, the eSport has gained popularity in defining the overall skills and abilities of inter-school competition. In comes the "don't worry, be happy" protagonist Yuuka Sasaki, who got sucked into the eSport without much inquiry (or her lack of ignorance), chosen to fight for no reason, then gets into a school (where CB is supported) that has its reputation lost, and her being the protagonist, the happy-go-lucky self begins to inquire people into the club and train alongside her for fights...all to be known that the whole CB thing was just an experiment??? Wow...*come I give you a clap*
Character-wise, I didn't find anything worth appealing about the girls here. It's just a rag-tag team of skills in abilities, recognition and word-of-mouthing. To have Yuuka Sasaki was the MC girl, I'd say the producers went too far to have her being the sunshine to everyone's presence. so much so that as time passes, even with her character development from gaining wins to suffering regretful losses and picking her feet back up again, she's still a character that I definitely can find any resemblance to, and that is an annoying one. Sure, her team members of St. Union (Nina, Ayumu, Reina, Miyuki) made sure to stand alongside her for CB stuff, but by personality and character alone, they would be a good clique group for nothing else rather than the focus on CB. Even Chikage, the supposedly final boss and experimental guinea pig of CB, she always looks stern and fierce.
I was "pretty expectant" of Silver Link's production values on this show, and it's clear from the start that the art and animation was absolutely stunning, to the point of it being barely watchable. It was rough and stringent amidst the decent looking art, with every episode having a majority of repeat frames. Just, try not to squeeze your eyes while watching this.
Music is decently mediocre. That's not to say that this aspect saves the show either. Similar to Pastel Memories, the OP is decent with some good pumping-tunes, and is the highlight for me. And once again, the ED fares much worse. Regardless, a total glut of nothingness.
Due to streaming rights, it's (not so) sad that only the Chinese streaming company bilibili gets the right to broadcast this nonsense. That's OK, as I'd rather be happy with the rest of you to stay clear of this crap-ton garbage of a show.
If you don't know already, circlet princess failed to be picked up for localization. Therefore if you wanted to watch it you had to do so through some, not so legal, means with a fansub. That or you have connections of some kind. In the end, no one talked about it.
It is about yuka, a country girl that went to the city on scholarship. While she was there she learned about a new sport and through a misunderstanding she fights the champion. After that she is determined to fight her again. Stuff happens and eventually she join a tournament with a new team in order
to try again.
It a rather basic plot if you really think about it but it is handled well. But there isnt much to talk about. Watch the girls and what happens as they try to win.
The art and animation is unremarkable, not bad but doesnt stand out in anyway. It just gets the job done as for the characters as well.
In the end, try it out, it a good time waster anime or just a simple guilty pleasure
This show is mentally on par with other shows like Pretty Rhythm or Aikatsu is very simple in therms of character building or plot, why am I not as forgiving as if I was rating those shows? easy, Aikatsu and Pretty Rhythm are shows for children hence simple characters and easy plots that at points can become a little more complex are fine, Circlet princess is a show made for young male teenagers with the amount of fanservice it has literally in the first episode there is a nude main character with some sideboob action and some ass shots just because, so it's hard for
me to forgive how dumb the main character and how much the show abuses the dumb factor isn a lot of situations to progress the story, is pretty jarring and it makes incredibly difficult to get on the story, also the voice of the lead characters gets on my damn nerves, she talks like she was 6-8 years old being 16.
the only saving thing I can say is that the characters can be very pretty at times when they are focused but that's it
I'm sad because if they had put a little effort in this it could have been a decent show, now if you want a show that is similar in a sense but way better overall go watch Angelic Layer.