Mar 26, 2020
LegendAqua (All reviews)
Just like how Eripiyo idolized Maina, LA does the same with Makino Yagami

Oshi ga Budoukan Ittekuretara Shinu is a meta commentary about the good side of fandoms and their love of the thing they love. Bankruptcy be damned~!

Oshi ga Budoukan Ittekuretara Shinu tells of Eripiyo voiced by Ai Fairouz who becomes utterly obsessed with a minor member of an even less popular but rising girls group ChamJam and like the title puts out, Eripiyo would die if she along with ChamJam would go to Budokan. This is the daily life of Eripiyo as the highs and lows of being a fangirl of a minor member of a pop girl group!

Now Eripiyo isn't the only narrative focus character in this as the minor member Eripiyo is obsessed with Maina Ichii voiced by Hina Tachibana gives us a perspective to the idol side on how they look at only only their rising popularity but how she interacts and views fans...or in Eripiyo's case, trying to emote more to her biggest fan. To this end, we do get more on the other members of ChamJam, especially from the center Reo Igarashi voiced by Kaede Hondo as well as the pseudo-shoujo ai relationship of the shy Yumeri Mizumori voiced by Kaori Ishihara and Maki Hakata voiced by Maya Enoyoshi as the calm and cool-headed one of the bunch and we get their perspective on certain situations they go through as an idol group.

Back to Eripiyo's clique, Eripiyo may be the biggest stan of Maina (and everyone knows it) but she's friend swith other fans who have their favourites, from Kumasa voiced by Tomoaki Maeno the biggest Reo stan even before the formation of ChamJam to Motoi voiced by Yoshitaka Yamaya a Sorane stan. We get to get differing perspectives from these two, with Kumasa having likings to Eripiyo just with a bit more leverage and his affections coming across to Reo unlike Eripiyo to Maina struggling to communicate at times. Motoi's perspective is more of a casual fan perspective view but having some tendencies Eripiyo and Kumasa has such as wanting to marry Sorane etc. So yeah Eripiyo, Kumasa and Motoi brings in differing perspectives of fan culture in the idol perspective, in which LA pretty much heavily relates to Eripiyo in wanting a rather minor member (Maina for Eripiyo and Makino Yagami for LA) of an idol group (ChamJam for Eripiyo, Cinderella Girls for LA) just that Eripiyo's a bit more intense than LA is (considering most of the material for Makino Yagami for LA is limited as it is, Eripiyo however...has utterly free reign). With this being said, though LA relates to Eripiyo as a character, LA's favourite character would go to...Maki Hakata...huh MAKI(no) that or Yuka cos ditzy almost ad-lib genki.

The animation done by 8bit was actually great, from it's dazzly character designs, to it's decent backgrounding though ChamJam's lives would need to be said that they used 3DCGI sparingly and used traditional animation for the Lives they did, which LA very much appreciates which harkens back for LA to the original Idolmaster Live animations. For 8bit, the animation was nonetheless great in certain areas, mainly the background work and the striking character designs especially coming from that ChamJam makes mos to fit's characters looks ALMOST lookalike yet LA can tell who's who.

The voice cast was GREAT, from Ai Fairouz as the error-prone hyper genki almost paranoid Eripiyo, to the shy sometimes misunderstood Maina, the strong confident and leader-like reo as Kaede Hondo, the fanboys and affectinate takes of Kumasa and Motoi from Tomoaki Maeno and Yoshitaka Yamaya respectively. From that there are quite a few notable minor voice actors doing bit roles like Satomi Sato and Shizuka Ito as Misaki and Murota as the ChamJam staff and reina who's voiced by Kana Ichinose. What else, but this voice cast was GREAT, with LA having to say that both Hina Tachibana and especially Ai Fairouz just easily getting LA's MVP of this voice cast. From Dumbbell Kilo de Matteru to Oshi ga Budoukan Ittekuretara Shinu, pulling strike after strike eh Ai Fairouz?

Oshi ga Budoukan Ittekuretara Shinu is one of those unique idol anime that not only looks at the struggles of an idol group but this one looks at the fan perspectives and THEIR struggles as well and yes because Eripiyo relates ALOT to LA, LA can actually see this anime as a meta commentary to the struggles, the good and the bad of fandoms but mostly good perspectives of it. YES Oshi ga Budoukan Ittekuretara Shinu on another light makes it out as to what happens when someone takes their obsession to the point of them taking multiple part time jobs to the point of exhaustion just to buy CD's for some popularity contest which is a YIKES in many ways but nonetheless if anything Oshi ga Budoukan Ittekuretara Shinu leans on the good side of fandoms and what it's affections of the fans reciprocate to the idols in question and wanting the best for them and having the popularity they deserve is something only people stuck in idol hell truly knows and experiences *cough* SPARKING FOR A YEAR *COUGH* *COUGH*

Oshi ga Budoukan Ittekuretara Shinu as an anime looks like a love letter to the fans in general and that their affections won't go ignored, like crazy hijinks abound for Oshi ga Budoukan Ittekuretara Shinu but the message and thought it there and blatant in Eripiyo.

Eripiyo is the epitome of fan culture, the good, the bad and the money.