The harem flag has been raised
Why are all the shows I’m covering laced with stupidity this week?? Okay Dantalian wasn’t that bad, but this episode of UtaPri has me raging for reasons you’ll soon understand. I’m not even upset over my game not arriving anymore because this just completely overshadowed it. Even this doesn’t make me feel any better.
Despite Haruka having six extremely attractive bishies wanting to partner up, her life isn’t exactly rainbows and kittens because she doesn’t know which one to choose. Even worse for her, people are starting to talk because apparently she’s number one on the latest composition test. Why she hasn’t been promoted to S class since she’s so good is beyond me. Oh right and the reason she can’t make a decision is because everyone has helped her at some point.
Anyways, Ringo meets Haruka in a daze in the hallway and tells her that he’s not going to let her drop out if she can’t make a decision. Also, if she doesn’t turn in her form, all 6 of the bishies plus her will be disqualified (….what kind of establishment is this place? That seems kind of harsh), so she needs to take everyone into consideration.
So instead of deciding on a bishie, that night Haruka decides instead to think of Cecil. Brilliant. And then she spends the rest of the night writing something.
The next day, Syo opens his show box to find a note from Haruka and gets all excited because he thinks she picked him. However, he runs into Natsuki who informs him that they’ll be headed towards the same place. So all of the bishies assemble but Haruka is nowhere in sight.
So while they wait, Ren comes up with the bright idea that they should figure out who gets to be her partner before she arrives to save her some trouble. However, before they can all battle royale or whatever they were planning to do, Haruka runs in saying that she finally finished. It turns out she wrote a 6 person song so they can ALL be her partners. Otoya agrees right away and Syo does too, but the rest of the bishies aren’t so ready to be part of this sausagefest, so they tell her that they can’t give her an answer right away.
Just then, Shining comes in saying that he heard everything. He says the Haruka’s idea for a boy band is amusing, HOWEVER the composer-idol have to be pairs, so Haruka’s great harem plan is shattered. THANK YOU SHINING.
Haruka acts depressed while the bishies all figure “hey, maybe a boy band wouldn’t be so terrible after all” because they don’t want to waste Haruka’s song. Otoya comes to Haruka with half written lyrics because he loooooves her music and then Syo, Natsuki and Masato show up too. Together, they write out the rest of the lyrics.
So all 5 of them run to Shining’s helipad to make him change his mind. Ren and Tokiya show up too and despite neither of them even seeing the page of lyrics once, all of the bishies go and sing the ending song. Also, Haruka somehow acquires a keyboard during this scene.
If this happens to you when you hear bishies sing, you should probably seek professional help.
As much as I hate to write what happens next, I have to. The song is too fabulous for Shining, so HE OKAYS HARUKA’S HAREM. He also names the song they sang Maji Love 1000% because 100% just isn’t gay enough. So Haruka gets away with being indecisive and Bishies 1 through 6 throw away their chances at becoming the official anime pairing. If there was even going to be one at all. Oh yeah and Tokiya’s manager later finds him sleeping and looks at Tokiya’s phone to see Shining’s name. If they were going to add in so much Tokiya drama, why they heck would they have Haruka form a harem?!
No. Not even giving me Sailor Moon flashbacks is going to improve my mood.
End Thoughts: Okay, I know what you’re thinking (….I think). “Is Haruka choosing the harem ending really all that bad?” YES. YES IT IS. It means that pretty much all possible romance between Haruka and Bishie *fill in number here* is now impossible because she couldn’t pick a partner. If she can’t pick who to write music for, how the hell is she ever going to be able to pick a romantic partner? I rest my case. Also, in the game it worked out that your music partner=your romantic partner. So having her go and chose 1 bishie out of the 6 is like her cheating on her other 5 partners. Our last hope is Aladdin, but he got all of 10 minutes of screentime in his own episode and who knows if he’ll ever show up again. Tokiya’s 3 episodes of angst don’t even have a point to them now. …I just can’t see her getting together with anyone anymore. It’s things like this that remind me why I stopped liking harem anime in the first place.
Now for the positive things about this episode. WHAT POSITIVE THINGS?! SHE DIDN’T ACTUALLY CHOOSE ANYONE. *SOB* This just confirms that Shining is the greatest person ever. He made a noble attempt to save this anime from going down the gutter. Sadly, I guess it just wasn’t meant to be. Sheesh, even the bishies weren’t satisfied with this… Oh wait, I’m complaining again. Umm…. Well I guess it was interesting to see where the ending’s song name came from. Ahahaha…. I guess I should have seen this coming . The ending totally foreshadowed the formation of the Fabulous Starish Rangers.
…I don’t even know which direction this anime is going anymore. Haruka has her partners and has her song all written out. What the heck is there even left to animate? If she had chosen a partner, she could have had a few episodes of actual romance with said partner. I just don’t know. After thinking about this, maybe they did this whole harem thing to piss off the fans intentionally. You know, make them angry that Haruka didn’t end up with the bishie of their choice, so they go out and buy the game so they get the ending they want. If they were going to do this anyways, they could have at least thrown in the teachers routes. Get people to buy those games as well. Sigh.
Wait a second. THAT’S NOT A BISHIE!