The heroine, Tsukiko, enrolled to a school that was recently changed from all-boys school to co-ed. Since the area where the school is conveniently rural and the rather exclusive curriculums the school has, up until now the heroine is the only one female who enrolled to the school.
In Starry Sky, the 13 constellations of the Zodiac are personified into handsome young men. The anime will be directed by Kiyomo Sayaka who worked with Vampire Knight. Similar to Hetalia - Axis Powers, Starry Sky's anime will be distributed through the Animate.tv website and other means.
This review is based upon the first episode of Starry☆Sky. Ratings are subject to change.
Studio DEEN once asked: "Could you tell me you love my real self?" The answer to that is currently a resounding NO. Granted, it is indeed hard to make a good anime when 95% of the budget is allocated to sound production, but they could at least try.
Story - 4
Really - it's based off a visual novel series. It's not terrible, but it's leaps and bounds from being considered original. Tsukiko Yahisa is the only female student at a previously all-male school. There's really not much to be said in this department.
Art - 2
This is where the series really falls short. The original character designs are very appealing, but when most of the static animation is lip flaps, there's really not much to be said. Awkward camera angles, unnecessary camera pans to hide budget cuts, nobody blinks, etc. It's more of an Original Net Slide Show than anything, and it's terribly obvious. The majority of the animation in the eleven minute episode occurred during the ending sequence (which was already bogged down by the horrendously distracting Engrish). Most assuredly the worst aspect of the anime.
Sound - 9
Holy hot dicks from hell! Forget the generic music, this series has the voice acting cast of the Gods! It would be folly to get into detail. Just check the voice cast list and prepare to soil your panties.
Character - 8
Easily the most selling aspect of the franchise. Each star sign has it's own persona, and with so many, there's little chance of NOT being enamored with at least one of them. While each character is essentially a projection of a particular bishounen trope, Honey Bee does such a confoundedly good job at portraying them it's hard to care. Megane, Genki Guy, Genki Kid, Kaichou, WANGST, Mysterious Past, Childhood Friend, Delinquent - the list goes on. While the amount of cliche is a bit appalling at times, the characters are incredibly enjoyable.
Enjoyment - 5
Certainly not a chore to watch, but not exactly fun either. The episodes are short and full of bishounen - your eyes won't bleed or fall out. You might get bored though, especially if you've never played the games.
Overall - 5
A fan-pandering adaptation. Just go play the visual novels. If you like them enough, watch this too.
This is a review on the first 6 episodes of the Starry Sky ONA. Each episode is 10 minutes. Short, but does it work. Sometimes yes, sometimes no...
It's not the best. If you've read the synopsis, you can tell that this will end up being a rather cheap series. A harem of 12 guys almost always leads to a cheesy disaster. Surprisingly, it's not as bad as one would think. There is always a laidback atmosphere to Starry Sky making it a easygoing slice-of-life series. Albeit boring. My favorite arc so far is Tsubasa's arc. It portrayed him well and made use of two 10 minute episodes. It was realistic for the most part, though it didn't manage to fully escape the cheese that plagues this series. There really isn't much really romance in Starry Sky despite its title. The first arc, Yoh, was the only one in which Tsukiko is a romantic interest. Speaking of that particular arc, I suggest you to just skip it. Really. When I first watched this series, Yoh's arc was what almost made me drop it. It's just terrible. Just skip it. Tsubasa's arc, which follows Yoh's, is much much better. Kanata's arc wasn't as good as Tsubasa's but it was still enjoyable and again, did not have much romance. Still, however good Tsubasa's and Kanata's arc was, this show really does not make optimal use of 10 minutes. The pacing is wonky and despite only being 10 minutes long, the story tends to drag. A lot.
I was stuck with this rating. The character designs were drawn by Kazuaki and are therefore very nice to look at. Kanata's hair is especially a source of win. However, the characters are often drawn off model and sometimes just look ridiculous and ugly. In addition, there is very little animation. In effect, there's just flapping mouths, no blinking, a lot of background shots, and little movement. This anime's more like a slideshow with a drama CD voice over. Studio Deen was never a bunch of animators, more like a bunch of artists. However, they couldn't make this series look good, despite the little animation and lots of still images.
The music for the OP and ED are both instrumental and short, but they're decent. Very average, but decent. But what makes up for it is the amazing cast of voice-actors. If you go down the list, I'm sure you will find someone you know. This anime has most of the top male voice actors in Japan right now and they make the show much more high-quality. The monologues in Starry Sky can be long and boring, but since it's these guys who are saying them, it's not as bad. ^^
Given 10 minutes per episode, there really isn't much time to flesh out the characters well. However, each character has a distinct personality, a distinct objective, and a distinct past. Two 10 minute episodes are dedicated to each character. The first episode tends to be about their past and objective. The second usually wraps it up by either having the character complete their objective or reflect on their objective. Excluding Yoh, the characters have so far been realistic and enjoyable. Once again, however, there really isn't enough time to flesh them out and they all end up somewhat flat and one dimensional. Tsukiko being the worst as she has little backstory and a very cliche harem lead personality. Very plain. But, it's not too bad since she's really only a background character for the most part. And it seems that she will get fleshed out through the other character's arc since we learn more about her in Kanata's arc. But we will definitely not get any more information on the first three guys and they are all flat, but enjoyable.
Given the not-so-great art that gives me a headache, cheesy, slow story, and flat characters, it's very hard to like this series. However, somehow, it does make up for it. The voice actors are superb and are reason enough for watching their series, the character designs themselves are still pleasant, and the story doesn't come out as bad as it would seem to be at first glance. It's a very average series that I only watch when I am bored, but it's not a bad way to pass time. However, once again, I will say it again. Skip. Yoh's. Arc.
Every time I see the new anime season chart with all the shows on it, I always tell myself that I'm not going to watch another one of those unoriginal and boring school romantic-comedies. But yet again, I find myself adding another to my "watching list". This time, it would be Starry☆Sky.
The story is both romantic and somewhat comedic but not in an enjoyable way. Rather, the plot is cheesy and has just about every shojo cliché known to mankind. However, there are plenty of shows out there that use these clichés but are still amusing. Starry☆Sky uses them in every predictable way possible, making the plot terribly boring. Everytime one of the characters says something cheesy, I find myself cringing. And besides that, it's totally unrealistic. Come on, a whole school full of pretty boys and just one girl? That study astronomy and mythology all day? My favorite shows have a dose of realism in it, which Starry☆Sky has no of. But if you do find a school like there, please tell me! I wouldn't mind going there (:
The art was one of the only things I found good about this show. As can be deducted from the production art, the characters are all bishies except for the one main character. I'm going to be honest here; those boys are pretty dang attractive. In addition, the school uniforms are absolutely adorable and the backgrounds (buildings, etc.) are also nicely done.
I had no problems with the sound in this show. The voice actors do their jobs just fine and the music is also fine. However, fine is not remarkable and there is nothing new or interesting about it. Also, there isn't really and opening or closing theme. But there are these weird 5-second long instrumentals at the beginning and ending. Is that supposed to count?
As keeping with the typical shojo school rom-coms, the characters suck. I may sound overly harsh but they are just plain annoying. Even though the boys are incredibly attractive, they are so unrealistically perfect that they just become irritating. Just about every word out of their mouths are about how wonderful the main female character is. While on the subject of the main female character (she's so boring, I can't even remember her name!), she's your typical shojo heroine: kind, caring, pretty and pure to a T. It's just amazing how bad it is.
So, what have I learned about Starry☆Sky from watching the first two episodes? A. It sucks. and B. It sucks. The plethora of shojo clichés makes the plot worn out and boring, the characters are giant cheeseballs with no souls and the two combined make for an incredibly boring experience. However, the art is about the only good thing about the series. So, if you're in to school romantic-comedies with pretty boys and no orginality, then this might be for you! If not, look elsewhere because this will definitely not be your cup of tea.read more
In all honesty, I had really high for hopes for this anime. My friend told me it'd be amazing, and she saw previews for it and fell in love with it.
Today, I watched the first episode. After the twelve or so minutes had passed, I stared at my computer screen in total confusion. I literally asked myself what happened. Because, honestly, nothing really did.
The saddest thing about it was that I made a joke to myself. "Oh, it's like a really crappy doujin sound novel/ romance game that they turned into an anime." After I laughed at that, I decided to research the story, because frankly, I had just watched 12 minutes of nothing. When I came across a synopsis, I burst out laughing. Because guess what? This anime is exactly what I said it was; a crappy doujin sound novel turned into an even crappier anime.
It's sad, really, but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt. I only did watch one episode. But, I have this horrible feeling that the rest of the episodes will be exactly the same. read more
Anime boys come in all sorts of different hair colors; each one with their own charm and set of cliches/tropes. This time, let's focus our attention on white haired anime boys who tend to be a little bishi-er than most.
When you don't have the time or energy to indulge in a long and complex anime, but still want to watch something, there are a number of fantastic short anime options to choose from. Here are 20 of the best, as chosen by Japanese netizens!