So long magical sparkling bishies, your fabulousness shall not be forgotten.
I’m doing this before Dantalian this week because THIS IS THE END. Uwahhh I remember when I first started watching this and my friends gave me strange looks when I told them about it…Though before I get all teary-eyed and start reminiscing, I should probably get on to the actual episode.
So to recap from last episode, Haruka’s been kicked out of the fabulous harem and Shining says that she’ll have to compose something that surpasses the ‘God of Composers’. He also asks if she’s ‘just a fan’ because she said that she only needs to hear them singing and nothing else last episode.
The bishies immediately protest because if Haruka is kicked out, than there’s no reason for them to be a harem anymore (completely ignoring all of the BL vibes they gave off during this entire anime). They threaten to break up the boy band (oh noes!), but Haruka stops them. She tells them not to miss out on this chance and that she’ll try her very best to write something for them that matches their fabulousness.
HOLY CRAP, SHINING DOES HAVE EYES.
Normally this is about the time that someone would start writing the music, but Haruka instead goes to bed and can’t sleep.
The next day, the bishies boycott their own debut by not showing up for rehearsal. Apparently no one knows where they are despite them hanging out together in the same practice room and Shining having a million and one cameras set up in the school. They talk about how Haruka is right about not missing this chance, but it’s pretty obvious that they all really love her (music. Sigh.) and aren’t too happy with her not being there. Suddenly, Tomo comes through the door with urgent news about Haruka.
Form Tomo’s tone, you’d think that Haruka was dead or something, but instead she’s just run away to her infamous grandmother -who is actually alive by the way; I totally thought she was dead thanks to Haruka’s inner monologues-’s house. Her grandmother just thinks that she’s on summer break or something and later asks Haruka to play one of the songs she wrote for ‘those boys’ (lololol even grandmother knows about the harem, but doesn’t care).
Even though Haruka tries to act normally, she spaces out a lot and keeps flashing back to Shining kicking her out of the harem. She even tells her grandmother that she just might not go back to school. To this, her grandmother goes and plays Twinkle Twinkle on the piano, and starts talking about how much Haruka liked music as a child. They were thinking about sending her to a music school, but she was too sick with generic anime disease #1 and so they were surprised when Haruka said she wanted to go to Saotome Academy.
Haruka finally cries and hugs her grandmother while telling her about how hard it was just to sit and watch them sing while she wanted to be with them too.
LOL Even grandma gets more action than the bishies.
So Haruka decides not to run away anymore and leaves her grandmother’s house. However, when she gets outside, her harem is standing there singing to her. Since I don’t think Haruka has ever told them where her grandmother lives, the only safe assumption is that they stalked her there. Anyways, them singing again causes another drug trip that recycles animation from episode 11.
After that’s over with, the bishies awkwardly watch Haruka cry as she goes on about how only SHE is allowed to write music for the bishies and everyone else should GTFO (lol okay not really, but it’s close enough). Haruka being this selfish and out of character would normally be weird, but then Shining shows up out of nowhere and explains that this is what he WANTED her to do. Since the industry is so hectic, kind people like Haruka need to be selfish in order to survive. So yeah, Haruka gets to be the only one to write for the bishies and she didn’t even need to write any music this episode to earn that position.
There’s a quick scene with Tokiya’s ex-president and ex-manager talking to Shining on the phone, asking him to take care of Tokiya. Also, they plan on seeing one of his boy band concerts one day.
Finally, it’s the debut and everyone who has ever shown up in the anime (minus Tokiya’s president and manager) is there (plus some other guys who I assume appear in the sequel games. If anyone cares to explain this, please do). Even Cecil (who apparently DOES have magical flying powers because he’s somehow on the roof) is there.
So yeah, if you haven’t seen it enough, they sing Maji Love 1000% and there’s the full dance. That being said, the bishies all sing their respective insert song name in the second verse (I thought that was pretty clever). The concert is a success and fabulousness triumphs once again.
I can’t get over how fabulous this anime was. Let me just say now that this is probably the best otome game turned anime out there right now. Scratch that, this is the best otome game turned anime EVER. Yeah, okay. Being extremely blunt, the drama was superficial, there was very little to no character development (and when there was, it was extremely abrupt and was caused by stupid things like collecting scraps of paper or crying while saying “Don’t give up! I’ve been one sidedly obsessing over you ever since I saw your face on a screen in the city while freaking out over the noise”) and none of it made any sense. Hell, it was based off a romance game and there was little to no romance. HOWEVER, this was a great anime nonetheless.
What started out as incredibly lame and cheesy (i.e. the episodic music inserts) became pretty natural as the episodes went by. Same goes for the random over the top-ness. By the end of it, it actually seemed unnatural and weird if UtaPri wasn’t doing anything incredibly stupid or out there. But that’s what made it interesting and entertaining to watch. Where else would you see what an animated drug trip looks like? Speaking of animation, it was pretty solid throughout the whole thing. Those colours were gorgeous and same goes for the lighting they used. What surprised me the most though is probably the fact that I found every single character extremely likable. While there were times that the characters were acting so stupid I wanted to punch them in the face, they all redeemed themselves later on. Plus I was amazed by some of the voice acting in this. Miyuki Sawashiro did an AMAZING job as Haruka and Yuuichi Nakamura’s trap voice never failed to impress me. Also, Wakamoto. I need not say anything else.
As endings go, this was pretty cheap. Having them all sing for her (after stalking her to her grandmother’s house)? Seriously? And Shining just letting her write for them because she made a speech? Lol silly me thinking that she’d actually have to write music or something to rejoin the harem. Whatever was I thinking? Lol, but if she’s ‘too kind’ for the music industry, then how the hell is Otoya ever going to survive? And that harem ending. I was upset over Haruka choosing that, but they managed to turn it around and make it hilarious. Plus the ending with all of them high fiving her before running on stage was pretty cute. I’m almost thinking that this ending is better than anything else they could have come up with (besides giving each bishie their own alternate episodes/ending like Amagami did).
The bottom line? PEOPLE SHOULD WATCH THIS. Starry Sky was terrible (don’t even get me started), Angelique wasn’t that great either and La Corda D’Oro and Hakuouki were okay, but this was better than all of them combined in my opinion. This is proof that not all otome game based anime has to be terrible. Plus, they made some money off me from me obsessively buying the games. They had to have done something right.
….And it’s over. I finally finished my second series at Metanorn! (because Sket Dance refuses to die isn’t over yet.) …. Yeah, I’ll miss this anime. Sparkling bishies, Wakamoto, extreme cheesiness and all. W-what are you looking at? I-it’s not like I’m upset or anything! *runs away*