Three girls, a trap, plus an otome game turned anime equals some surprisingly mixed reviews~
Hoshi: Hello all~! Hoshi here with some of our lovely ladies and our lovely trap of Metanorn for Starry Sky! I find the fact that a trap and three girls covering a bishie-filled anime is so wildly appropriate hahaha x’D Anyways, I was actually anticipating this anime a lot during Christmas and was dancing anxiously in my chair during a Christmas party so I can hurry back on my computer and check to see if it was subbed. Its epic list of EVERY fantastic male seiyuu in the anime world was so tantalizing I couldn’t help but sign myself up to watch this. Yet now that its first…episode (?) has passed, is the seiyuu list (and the gorgeous bishies) the only thing there is too love about Starry Sky?
Ness: Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday filled with some R&R this past weekend. It was nice to have at least one day off from work and I gained some free time to watch some anime. So, Starry Sky is finally here, a sign that the winter anime season is approaching (or maybe it already has). As the Trap of Metanorn, I expect to see lots of eye candy from this anime and if I don’t get any ‘kyaaah” feeling, then by all means someone else take over.
Captain: Hopefully everyone’s doing well, you know, had a nice Christmas and all~ Finally my Internet connection’s working again, so I can get on with some anime. It’s Winter season now, and Starry Sky’s out, so..here goes. The art style and seiyuu list pretty much sold me on this one. It’s a reverse harem with only one girl, so I’ve heard – Somewhat like Fruits Basket. I didn’t really like Fruits Basket, so I hope I’ll like Starry Sky. If I end up hating the show 5 minutes into it, maybe..someone else can review this. Looking forward to hearing Sugita Tomokazu though 😀
Hime: GAH. It’s so purdy. Must…watch…shiny…bishounen…! I’ve been looking forward to Starry Sky since they released the seiyuu line up, and when I saw the designs I got even more excited. Unf. Sign me up. I knew I’d be following this series even if it turned out to be terrible, even though the last reverse harem I saw destroyed my soul a little with each episode. Miracle Train! *shake fist* It’ll be hard to really get a good feel of the show in only 10 minutes but I’ll give it my best shot. And try -not to be too distracted by the prettiness- to be objective.
Hoshi: Now the Starry Sky anime has done something interesting, which I need to point out before anyone gets confused: since there are 12 different guys, there’s going to be 12 different arcs, so each “episode” is only 10 minutes of one person’s arc. However in February, they’re going to smush all the arcs together into regular thirty minute episodes (i.e three arcs for each 30 minute episode) for TV.
Our first arc starts with Capricorn, a red haired boy named Tomoe Yoh. One starry night as a young kid, he is walking around with his telescope, eying the sky when he suddenly trips and drops it. It rolls away, but is picked up by a girl.
The two sit together and start talking about the night sky. The girl finally introduces herself as Yahisa Tsukiko as his flashback ends.
Back to him as a teenager, Yoh enters Seigetsu Academy, a school specializing in astronomy with a large majority of male students and only one female student. Yoh decided to enter the school rather than go to America and research astronomy with his parents because he had to meet his ‘first evening star’ first.
Yoh is brought into his classroom, where he finds out he’s sitting next to the only girl at the school, Yahisa Tsukiko. As they finally meet each other again, she doesn’t recognize who he is, but Yoh simply tells her that they’ve met before~.
Hoshi: After watching this ten minute arc, I’m going to say right off the bat that I’m going to probably watch this mainly for the purty character designs and animation. I think the character designs are freaking gorgeous, despite some of the complaints the players of the original game think. The bishies already looked wonderful to begin with, so the fact they still look pretty damn great after being adapted to animation is spectacular. I was even spazzing out during Yoh’s childhood flashback because he looked so ADORABLE!! The animation is pretty decent as well, but from this first arc, nobody really moves much, heh. There was a lot of stand still and face shots so I might have to watch more to get a better feel of the animation.
As for this first story, it was very bland; typical childhood love story where he finds his first love again as a teenager and plans to get together with her. It wasn’t exciting at all, and all the while I was hoping something more explosive would happen, but it didn’t. I don’t want to be too harsh with this arc though because I know that there is going to more about him later on. Actually, I don’t want to be too harsh on Starry Sky in general because we still have what? 11 more bishies to go? I’m hoping someone else’s story or arc is going to be a bit more exciting *praying it’s the guy who Hiroshi Kamiya plays* So I’ll keep up with Starry Sky because like I said, the character designs are freaking gorgeous and that seiyuu list is just as completely irresistible as sexy asian men doing hip-thrusting dance moves. We’ll see what happens when it comes to the story once they start airing it regularly on TV. Otherwise, I’ll be just drooling over the bishies~.
Ness: I have read a few about this otome game turned anime and I found it interesting. It’s no surprise that most of the girls here at Metanorn had an interest in this anime. Who can resist a harem of anime bishis? As well, I’m sure that most girls who watch this anime will start to hate the main and only female lead Tsukiko Yahisa voiced by Orikasa Fumiko (Bleach: Rukia, FMA: Brotherhood: Riza Hawkeye and Hellsing: Seras Victoria).
With all that aside, my first impression on Starry Sky isn’t excitement and I didn’t expect for this episode to be around 10 minutes long. However, it makes sense since the series has to cover all 12 guys and I’m unsure if I could keep up with 30 minute episodes each focusing on a different guy. On another note, I never heard of a high school that specializes in astronomy but I guess it’s needed in this series as a sort of background surrounding to these 12 guys who represent the zodiac constellation. Can I go to a high school that specializes in ruling the world? Oh please~
I do say, the animation isn’t all that bad but I have heard some raving from those who have played the game about comparison to the character designs and I understand what they mean that the game characters look way better because they do. Also, the parents of Tomoe Yoh look the same age as him and even the teacher looks younger. There isn’t much of a difference in ages in the character designs, how horrific that the viewers can also ogle over the parents/adults. Anyways, I do like the background designs and the ending theme is pretty cool because it reminds you that this is based off of a game.
As for the story itself, it’s not something new yet many girls still love it. This first episode follows our first bishi of the series, Tomoe Yoh and his existence is typical but the starting point that will trigger competition among the other guys for the girl. If you’re looking for a harem bishi anime with some real story content, this isn’t for you. But if you’re looking for just something to go “kyaaah” over, be my guest in watching Starry Sky because there’s 12 bishis to choose from. Nevertheless, I didn’t get any “kyaaah” feeling from this anime (as stated in the opening), so I shall pass.
Captain: I.. lost it at the part where Yoh’s eyes were complimented, which was, I think, really 5 minutes into the show. No, just..no more. I honestly don’t know how I managed to pull through half an hour of that. They covered so little in one episode! It was just him going to school and meeting his little childhood friend. And WHY ARE HIS PARENTS SO UNDERSTANDING. What kind of parent would let their own kid go back to Japan from France just to see someo — I’m sorry to those who like this show, I really am. I can’t stand it. It’s just not something I like. Usually I’d give a show 3 or 4 more episodes to prove itself, but for this one.. NO, just no more for me. Though I do think the school is pretty cool, though. Other than that.. *crawls into a hole and dies*
Hime: Well that was a thrill ride, wasn’t it? *sarcasm* But in all seriousness I didn’t care that it wasn’t all that exciting. Because this is where I become a shallow bishiwhore and just blindly follow the rest of the drooling fandom. IT’S SO GOD DAMN PRETTEH. C’MON! Their school uniforms are awesome as well, I can see cosplayers wetting themselves in joy over this. I don’t like how they’ve chosen to air it though. I’d rather wait and have full episodes then these little internet snipits. It’s seems pointless I mean, guys, you may be good but you’re not Hetalia, this is not the way to make your show popular. I’ll keep watching, of course, but I have to judge it based on the other things I’ve seen. I’m definately not watching this for substance. I’m only hoping that it’ll be even a fraction of the awesome that was Ouran High School, since I don’t think I could take another Miracle Train or Uraboku. Damn you soul-destroying fanservice!
~The trap and (half of) the ladies of Metanorn have spoken. Until next time then~!!