Hallo and welcome to a reoccurring segment on the Alfredeo Blog called Currently Watching, where I discuss a show that I, like in the title, am currently watching, share my thoughts and if it’s worth continuing.
Today’s show is THE IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls (2015), a music comedy drama and an alternate setting from the original anime, THE IDOLM@STER, made by A-1 Pictures who also brought you shows like Fairy Tail, AnoHana and many more popular anime.
If you have followed my blog for a while, you know that I absolutely love the Love Live! series, a show about school idols and their adventures singing and dancing. But, before I actually jumped into the pits of idol hell, I watched another idol based show called THE IDOLM@STER some years ago, which I will tell you what make that show different from Love Live, if you’re wondering:
- Love Live‘s idols are mainly of high school age while in IDOLM@STER, there are idols of many different ages, ranging from 11 to 19 years old.
- IDOLM@STER is way flashier than how µ’s and Aqours are, mainly because there is an agency behind them and obviously have a bigger budget than a group of high schoolers with barely anyone supporting them.
- Promotions, events, interviews, mini concerts, photoshoots are things that the IDOLM@STER group do, while in Love Live, they don’t really do those things (maybe the exception of the extended story in Love Live School Idol Festival)
- IDOLM@STER has a more dramatic story than Love Live.
So, if you enjoyed Love Live!, why not give THE IDOLM@STER a try, and vice versa.
This is the third time I’ve tried to watch this show.
I don’t know if it was the sheer laziness, the loss of interest, just thinking “this isn’t as good as the original” or a combination of all three, but every time I watched this show, I just stopped in the middle of it.
But, after watching Love Live! Sunshine!! and seeing that the spin-off of a show that I really liked, actually wasn’t that bad, I decided to come back to this anime to give it another shot.
I loved the original IDOLM@STER. The entertaining yet dramatic story, the songs that they sang and especially the unique characters we see made me enjoy that anime a lot. So, when I heard they were going to make a show with another group of idols, I was definitely going to at least check it out and see how this group would be different from 756 Productions.
Here’s the synopsis from Anime News Network since I am too lazy to summarize this show:
A girl aiming to become an idol named Uzuki Shimamura is informed that she has been accepted into the Cinderella Project, a new project that collects girls and polishes them to become idols. After meeting Rin Shibuya, Mio Honda, and the other eleven fellow members of the group, the girls begin their journey at the 346 Pro talent agency, overcoming many trials and hoping to one day stand on the same stage as their senior idols.
The story is not bad and isn’t set in stone too much yet (I’ve only watched three episodes so far). I’ve been introduced to all the characters and it’s been in a happy atmosphere so far. But, I definitely predict that there will be some hurdles all these girls will need to jump over and that’s the dramatic aspect of this show. The original show’s drama was pretty forced, but was implemented in a pretty good way and they expressed each girl’s background decently. With that in mind, I expect there will be some sort of conflict in all of these girls’ lives that everyone or some will help them resolve.
This show’s music hasn’t disappointed me yet. This is a musical anime so I would expect there to be some nice-to-listen-to songs. And so far, it’s been nice. The opening and the background music really fit in with the tone of this show and speaking of the opening, it really does remind me of the original’s.
The characters are pretty interesting to watch. In these kinds of shows, idol based, everyone has to have a unique personality to keep the show interesting, show how they act, how others respond to their behavior and even a big element for picking out who the best girl is. For example, on one hand we have Ranko Kanzaki, a chuunibyou who likes to dress in goth clothing; and on the other hand we have Anzu Futaba, a girl who likes to sleep, doesn’t give a shit about work and only hopes to live off the earnings of being an idol. These characters also reminded me of the personalities of the Love Live! idols like how Chieri Ogata is basically Ruby Kurosawa from Sunshine!! and Rin Shibuya being a little similar to Maki Nishikino from School Idol Project.
I will have to say that A-1 Pictures improved the art and animation from the original series. While it still has that IDOLM@STER look to it, the quality of both art and animation seems to be better.
In conclusion, will I keep watching this show?
To be determined later. I feel like I need to watch a little bit more to see if this will get better and the story goes into full speed, because for one, I am only at the beginning and two, I still have faith in this show. I mean, it got a second season so I expect this anime to at least be entertaining enough to make me watch another 12 episodes.
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