Lemon Angel was once the greatest girl band of Japan, but then it broke up and most of its members vanished. When a music producer decides to put together a new Lemon Angel, average high schooler Tomo Minaguchi is approached to audition for the group. Little does she know of the mystery behind the original Lemon Angel...
I finished Lemon Angel Project just yesterday and I noticed that it didn't have a review yet, so I thought I'd do the honours <3
Lemon Angel Project is set in the year 2017, and is about Tomo Minaguchi, a girl who's close friend and senpai Yui recently died due to "unknown causes". While she was still alive, Yui told Tomo that she felt happy and full of life when Tomo sang, and she was also the creator of the popular all-girl group called the "Lemon Angel Project", who mysteriously vanished shortly before Yui's death.
A year and a half later, Tomo, along with other girls, tries
out to become a member of the new and revived Lemon Angel Project.
Basically, it sounds dull, simple and recycled, right? Haha. That is so wrong. Lemon Angel Project is far from mindless and it actually covers a lot of things rarely seen in shoujo anime, such as bullying people from other countries.
The art was beautiful! I didn't notice the backgrounds very much, but the people were pretty much always drawn beautifully. Especially Erika; her hair was done beautifully. I think it deserved a 9/10. Nothing to complain about ;3
Heck, I loved the OP song, Angel Addict. It fitted the series just perfectly and was one of those songs that made me just want to stand up and dance, and that doesn't happen all that often ;3 there was a great number of insert songs and songs used in the auditions, and each of them was beautiful and fitted what was going on perfectly. 10/10!
I thought that the characters were going to be simple and standard, because I shamefully based my initial thoughts on this series on Kirarin Revolution. Oh how wrong I was. One or two characters are standard and recycled, such as Fuyumi, but others stood out so well. The one who was the most unique was Erika Campbell. I won't describe her here since I think you need to watch the series rather than read this to fully understand how she is different.
Let me just say, this is the ONLY series that has kept me up watching until gone midnight. I marathoned the first 7 episodes because it was just so darn addicting; I wanted to see more and more!
I don't like idol series, or series about girls trying to become famous singers. But this one was so different, I can't understand why it's rated so lowly here on MAL ;3; I enjoyed pretty much every minute of Lemon Angel Project, and I'd gladly watch it all over again.
Overall, Lemon Angel Project was fantastic. It had lots of things in it that I really wouldn't have expected, and it was pleasantly surprising in that sense. I would recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind a all-female main cast <3
I realise that reviews criticising the anime are rated as 'not helpful' a lot, but I want to say that I'm not trying to criticise the anime, just trying to help people get a better idea of it =]
Usually I don't like futuristic stories because I don't like sci-fi stories, but for once, the future year setting does NOT have anything to do with the anime except for more advanced technology. Overall, the story was quite, well, normal. It's quite obvious from the start who's going to be the star of the show, so even at the parts where it's supposed to make you tense
with suspense (rhyme =D) you don't feel anything XD BUT. Suddenly, as you watch the last few episodes, the truth suddenly begins unraveling rapidly and keeps you on your toes. And the last episode is simply sweet ;D
The art might look pretty good at first, but when you look closer, you can see that the way they draw the girls aren't so good. The head-body proportions are...kind of weird o_O But other than that, it's good ^^ Nothing to comment on, really, as it's not really a big feature of the anime, not like Clannad, or Sola.
Hm... This is supposed to be a musical anime, right? However, some of the songs I found were not up to my expectations. Other times, the songs are really beautiful, the most beautiful in my opinion Watashi wo Sagashite as it's really meaningful =D So it's really up to you, as many people have different tastes.
Well... As you watch the first few episodes, you'll find out something about the main character: she is very, VERY annoying. But miraculously, she suddenly becomes not annoying in the later episodes -_- Other than that, I think the characters were okay, but none of them were very outstanding. The most outstanding character, in my opinion, is Erika, for obvious reasons (and not her skin colour).
The enjoyment wasn't consistent throughout the whole series, but rather, I find that the anime keeps you relaxed and non-expectant in the first few episodes whereas as the show progresses it starts to build up and gradually the enjoyment meter rises. Thankfully the series is short, so you don't feel bored for too long XD
I almost wanted to give it an 8, but I decided 7 would be better because of the significant lack of consistency - good in some of the SAME area, bad in some of the SAME area. But that's just my opinion, and I want to share it with you. I hope you'll find my opinion of this anime useful in deciding whether you want to watch it or not! ;D
While perusing my preferred anime download site one spring morn, I stumbled on an odd sounding series called Lemon Angel Project. I scoffed at the title and decided to click the link and read the synopsis just for the sake of a cheap laugh. And just like that, on a whim, I subjected myself to Lemon Angel Project, possibly a hidden gem that got lost in the unforgiving trends of the anime season.
Before I rip it to shreds, I’ll just get it out in the open that I liked LAP despite its shortcomings, of which there are many. It’s a short feel-good series that’s hard
to dislike, with heartwarming moments and catchy J-Pop tunes abound.
With that said…
There are many good reasons why this was likely forgotten by everyone, and most likely doesn’t deserve a high place on anybody’s To Watch list. It’s a show that lacks subtlety and finesse, barreling straight on into a clunky mess of a story without any warning. Aesthetically, the animation isn’t great. It was a series from 2006, but even by those standards it doesn’t look like a fresh face.
It isn’t terrible, but the appearance is just so mundane that it’s hard to keep watching for the aesthetics alone. With the animation and art style alike denounced as mundane, it’d better have a story to make up for the lackluster visuals. After all, Welcome to the NHK didn’t look too good and that’s a classic in my books. [C] is looking hilariously off model most times, but it’s too interesting just to be held up by that.
Fortunately, there is a story in there. It’s just so predictable and obvious that the show almost doesn’t win points for it. The synopsis is essentially as follows: Tomo, oddly enough the only girl with an odd hair color in the universe aside from the foreign girl (Who’s made painfully obvious is foreign, but more on that later), witnessed the disappearance of her favorite pop supergroup, Lemon Angel, over a year before the current time.
She learns that the former leader, the elusive and aloof Miki, attends her high school and so begins to stalk her.
What begin as time honored Shoujou-Ai clichés quickly and thankfully change to Tomo stumbling on the dark secret of Lemon Angel and auditioning for the revival group. Along the way, she becomes more confident, makes friends, deals with her and her friends’ pasts and yadda yadda yadda. This has all been done before, and done better in Mahou Shoujo shows.
To be perfectly fair though, the drama is quite effective in some places; the tsundere being humbled by an old lady being a prime example.
Despite the occasional gold specks in the depressing dank of the story, these alone don’t save it. There isn’t a single challenging thought or deed, which I think has been done to attract and keep as many viewers as possible. However, it’s easy to see just how this managed to become such an obscure flop with such an approach.
Okay, so the story’s a big piece of shit, but what about the characters? Surely they can hold a show on their own if they have interesting enough personalities or backgrounds. Well, hypothetical inquisitive person who I always seem to quote, that would be the case. And to give the show even more credit, one or two of the characters are a little compelling. Too bad it’s balanced by just as many flat, offensive, and just plain hyperbolic characters.
For every girl in a modeling agency who wants to break free from her restraining, greedy, corrupt boss, you get two girls whose only collective goal in life are to be members of Lemon Angel. Also a gay guy who makes Liberace look like a ladies man.
For every two of those, you get a villain whose only reason for existing is to make the main characters miserable just for the sake of being evil. C’mon, this is a show about five girls and their rise to fame as part of a citrus fruit/seraphim themed phenomenon. For hell’s sake, Heartcatch Precure does better characterization with their villains. I mean Kumojacky at least becomes a little less smug over time.
Lemon Angel Project has little characterization, especially with the antagonists. They stay bad throughout the episodes that they feature in, and have no chance to redeem themselves. If their actions weren’t so cartoonishly villainous, they’d be marginally less boring than the color beige.
Speaking of color, the focus on the foreign girl Erika Campbell and just how foreign she is doesn’t make for a very compelling plot. Then again, I’m just irritated that I never found out what her nationality really is. They say she came from South America, but being ethnically ambiguous, that would still lead to confusion over the last name Campbell, a distinctly un-Spanish/Portuguese last name. She also looks and acts similarly to Kaolla from Love Hina, so that only complicates matters more.
However, where the characterization, overall plot, and animation fail, individual elements of the plot come to the rescue. It isn’t too much of a stretch to say that despite the lack of a compelling overarching narrative, the plot itself isn’t bad. I retract what I said earlier. The small elements, like Erika learning the truth behind her brother’s past and the entire train station episode, are done pretty well and with enough conviction to make me forget the lame… everything else.
Since I seem to be running out of steam, there are just a few more points I’d like to make, and gripes I’d like to complain about.
There are a few minor problems that I had watching it, in addition to the larger ones. These weren’t enough to really make my experience unpleasant, but they sure didn’t help LAP’s case at all.
First, the main character’s voice is annoying through most of LAP, even when singing. I don’t know any kinder way to put that. Some people just don’t like it, but I found it mildly grating after a little while. Imagine Ahiru’s voice from Princess Tutu, except cracking while yelling into a wind tunnel. Now you can imagine how unbearable Tomo’s voice really is at times.
Finally, the entirety of LAP was punctuated with thunderstorms to frame a dramatic moment. I can’t tell you just how unfortunate it was that every single evening and nighttime moment was accompanied by an intense rain and thunderstorm. The last episode had a particularly hilarious example where thunder would sound whenever any two characters argued. I counted four different storms, all brought on by internal strife.
To summarize my first point again, Lemon Angel Project isn’t bad. It isn’t particularly imaginative or good, but you could do far worse in the coming summer months.
I’m surprised to notice that considering how “old” this anime already is, there are just 3 reviews written on it. Lemon Angel Project does deserve more attention that it seems to have gotten by now, and with this review I will try to make you people want to at least check it out.
First of all Lemon Angel Project is a very good anime. There’s nothing amazingly special about it, there’s really nothing new you can’t find from other anime series already, but it certainly isn’t bad or boring or even waste of your time. It’s a series that people should watch with open minds and
without any assumptions or expectations. Of course it goes without saying, that not all can enjoy watching Lemon Angel Project. However, in order to give it a chance and to be able to get maximum enjoyment from it; keep your minds open and give it a chance without any negativity.
Generally speaking, Lemon Angel Project (LAP, from now on) has this very calming and warm aura and I felt really comfortable while watching it – I don’t know if that makes any sense. In other words it’s really easy to watch and follow, without having to use your brain, and this is actually something I consider a positive thing. It’s easy to watch, yet you still find yourself being excited and looking really forward to something to happen. You find yourself being happy, scared or sad for and with the characters. Now, being able to not use any brains was perfect for me, since it helped me to forget my worries and just relax. Now if you have read to this point, you are not that interested, and you usually like animes that really demands some brainwork from the audience as well, then I think this might not be the anime for you, and you can actually save some time by not reading the rest of this review.
Story is not original, but it's good and it succeeds. I'm not going to explain any details here and I'm kind of just trying to fill in something the other reviews don't mention. The beginning is interesting and succeeds in making watchers interested and leaves them wanting to know what's going to happen next. Pretty much everything that happens is somehow expected and storyline doesn't really surprise. The biggest surprise is actually revealed already in the beginning and that is about the first Lemon Angel group. Everybodys' motives and reasons for how they act, are all unwrapped and explained and for me they also were satisfying enough. Even the villains and their motives are believable and felt as reasons good enough for them being so evil. Generally story goes on pretty normally. Something good happens and then some bad person with nasty hidden agendas appears and makes characters lives diffucult again and then this bad situation is solved again and so on so on.
As I said, the story doesn't surprise in any way, but it really doesn't have to. This anime, you see, really succeeds in completely different aspect, which is the flow of the story. With this I simply mean that this anime and it's story move forward all the time, with the same smooth pace, determinedly and without absolutely no boring situations or scenes, just absolutely none. Something always happens and even if it's not something super exciting, it's something that keeps the watchers in tight grasp. This is something I feel like I can guarantee. (Send me a comment if you disagree and tell me why!)
There's only one more thing I'd like to mention under story section. In many many animes there’s often these situations where some character is just about to reveal something, and then for some unbearable reason decides to keep silent anyway, saying ”N-nothing, forget it” or something like that. I love the fact that this anime doesn’t have those situations almost at all. I love how LAP characters somehow have backbones to actually share every single one of their troubles with at least someone.
Art is okay. Main female character's are all cute and fit the story. Nothing really bad to say about the backgrounds and other characters either. Animation, on the other hand, is not that great. It's not bad, but occasionally it's pretty clumsy and especially full body views are not accurate and badly and sloppily made. But then again, full body views looking funny and stupid are pretty common in anime series. So nothing shocking here. This facto didn't bother me though. I was fully capable of enjoying LAP anyway.
Voice acting was just a little bit unaccurate at times, and didn't bother me at all actually. I liked all of the characters' voices, they didn't sound annoying at all. Music overall was pleasant and sometimes even catchy.
One funny thing about LAP is that it tells the story of singers, but these singers.. they don't really sing that much. I mean watchers hear clearly characters' own, specific voices only just few times and this is somewhat disappointing. I would've definitely wanted to hear them singing by themselves more. Oh well.
In my opinion, all of the main girls were cute and made me happy. I didn't feel like they were somehow lacking or anything. The main main girl Tomo, was adorable and I didn't think she was annoying at all, even though I can see what probably made other reviewers think she was. She was sometimes childish and made these childish sounds, but for some reason I couldn't think that she was annoying. I just thought that she was cute in her own way. I also liked the fact that she actually could defend herself and wasn't left speechless almost in any situations.
Overally characters were really satisfying and I think that even Miru-chan felt like part of the group all the time. Sometimes in animes, these quiet and lifeless characters are easily left out and they seem like they are living in their own world. Miru-chan was definitely part of the group. All characters were nicely introduced and their bacgrounds were opened and well explained. I liked every single one of them, they all had some good and some bad qualities. The best part of the main girls was the friendship they all shared. It felt really nice and bubbly to follow their conversations and them helping each other in different situation. In this anime friendship really doesn't betray anyone.
Enjoyment & Overall (8):
All in all LAP is a very good series and keeps watchers hooked all the way to the end. Ending was cool, satisfying. Sometimes we need animes like this. It’s not particularly shining in any specific area, it just doesn’t stir up any negative feelings in me and I like it. You don't have to worry about anything while watching it and you can just go with the flow. It’s exciting, but not so exciting that you can't sleep without watching the next episode. It’s just something you want to come back to next time you watch anime and you want to see how it continues.