Apr 13, 2019
alwaysflying (All reviews)
This show has a lot of ambition and a lot of potential. However, it doesn’t use that potential to its full extent, leading to thematic sloppiness and loss of clarity. Still, if you can overlook that (and it seems many have), it’s an exciting watch even if you don’t generally like idols or musical girls.

Let’s start with the good parts: the sound and visuals are great. The songs are well sung, but even more importantly the background music is used to create a lot of tension and depth even in the clumsier moments. Choreography is on point, and though the quality isn’t consistent, when your worst is still good you’re doing well. The transformation sequence went slightly viral and it’s definitely a really good example, but many of the fights are just as eye-catching and the atmosphere of a certain desolate location late in the show is perfectly done. There’s also a really good use of graphics re: depiction of time, which unfortunately leads to...

Revue Starlight’s bad habit of dropping threads. The revelation that they’re living in a looping timeline is massive and presented as such: the time screens have been in use recurrently in the show from the start, and the passage of time is important to the plot; it reveals what happens when you win the Revue, it hints at the wider background of the Revue, and hello? They’ve been reliving the same year for who knows how many hundreds of years! Unfortunately, it gets resolved within the next episode and no more mention is made of it. It’s disappointing: they could’ve gotten a lot more mileage out of such an ambitious twist, but just like that it completely ceases to matter. The same problem happens with the show’s treatment of its societal commentary: if it intended to send a message about the nature of the performing industry, or society, or, well... anything other than friendship and passion, it failed. Though there are burgeoning hints of those early on, it completely ditches them in favor of a very safe storyline with very conventional themes for its genre. Thus, those threads are left dangling, and others seem to be there just to be there— the whole meta-thing with the giraffe comes completely out of left field.

I also found many of the characters fairly boring, to the point that I don’t want to write about them here. They almost have a monster-of-the-week feel.

If you don’t mind the above flaws too much then of course I’d recommend it for all the other aspects, and if you’re vaguely interested in idol/idol-related, music, or magical girl shows I’d strongly recommend at least checking it out. Just don’t expect something too deep.