Spring’s dose of fabulous is here.
|Another idol show!? Yay, finally something to fill the void left by Idolmaster. For those of you who haven’t heard much about this show, AKB48 is real life idol group who will feature some of their singers as the VAs for AKB’s characters, many of which have very little experience doing so. It’ll be interesting to see how they do in their new animated roles!|
Nagisa, Orine, Yuuka, and Chieri are four young girls living in a society where entertainment is banned. (
What could go wrong?) With only each other for protection the four brave the sewers in order to reach a an immensely populated crowd of pedestrians waving and cheering. For what you ask? Only a super fabulous rainbow machine that holds the team AKB0048, a group of illegal idols bringing hope through their powerful songs.
Suddenly the po-po arrive to ruin all the fun, but AKB0048 fights back with their own mechs causing a war to break out in the sky above the performance. Even when the police try to force the idols to surrender on their own ship, the girls work together to best them. As the idol group takes their leave after a glittery finale the four girls vow to join them some day.
T-Too much fabulous … c-can’t go on …
In current day Nagisa and Yuuka attend school where they soon learn AKB0048 is having open auditions. Orine works in a factory because her parents both passed away and Chieri is mysteriously gone. The girls record their audition performances, but Nagisa struggles. On their way home Yuuka meets up with her boyfriend.
The three girls all get through the first round of auditions, but Nagisa realizes her father would never let her go because he’s a government official and the anti-entertainment laws are still intact. Yuuka breaks up with her boyfriend for not wanting her to go while Orine reminisces over her sad past. Later on Nagisa overhears her friends saying the main reason for applying was to be together.
Nagisa decides she’ll go despite her father’s position and as she leaves she is confronted by her mother, who offers support and ties a handmade bow in her hair. She makes it to the train just as it’s leaving, but Yuuka and Orine work together to help her aboard. They make it just in time and head off to the next phase of auditions.
LEAVE NO IDOL BEHIND!
Hawt’s Top 4
8 Pics of the Week:
When “AH YES” just isn’t good enough.
If anything, you should watch this for the sparkly sweat bubbles.
Loved the tone of this scene.
Nothing is better than an action shot!
Let me just put this out there to start, but that had to be the wackiest, most inexplicable premier I’ve seen so far this season, did someone really think it’d be a good idea to combine idols and oppressive science fiction? (And you say this isn’t the first time?) Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed every second of AKB0048′s strangely entertaining, hyperactive (and most definitely fabulous) plot, but if you’re someone whose hoping for an intricately woven, compelling story then you should probably just back out now, these are girls fighting oppression with music, and robots, and electric hair decorations … you get the idea.
So, if you can look past the strong possibility of a campy, contrived story that panders to AKB48 fans, then you might find yourself enjoying this as much as I did. I predict that the show will have two types of fans, those that are watching for the laughs and those that find the drama somewhat touching and sincere. I’m sort of wavering in the middle right now because I found the mech portions (pfft, mech idols …) pretty hilarious, but the interactions between the characters were sweet and felt less artificial compared to the rest of the episode. The three friends in particular (I’m a long way from remembering names) for instance were all very endearing, Nagisa had a very emotional family plotline, Yuuka had to come face to face with her unsupportive boyfriend (yes, there are actually males in the story), and Orine had possibly the most pitiable and touching back story of the three. All in all, I really like the character and would say they are the strongest aspect of the series so far, putting in the realistically acted drama I’d hope for in a show like this.
For fans of beautiful artwork, I’m sure you’ll appreciate Satelight’s work on this show. The CG animation looked cruddy compared to the normal animation, it didn’t feel blended all that well … especially when you have 20 or so idols who are all doing the exact same movements at the exact same time, it’s creepy! Hopefully we’ll get some hand drawn animated performances (Idolmaster comes to mind), but it wasn’t all that distracting I suppose, there’s been worse. Visually the series looks fantastic. There’s always that feeling of gloom in every scene (as if the sky is always overcast), which goes well with the themes of oppression and unhappiness. I noticed a lot of odd touches were added to the show as well, like the abundance of hearts popping out everywhere, in eyes and hair for example.
The music didn’t stand out as much as I thought it would, maybe I couldn’t hear it that well over my laughing at the rainbow war machine, floating platoons of dance, and sparkle explosions, but it was nice to listen to overall. The most memorable for me was the second insert song after the initial performance. Well, I’ll be blogging this with hopes of many more laughs and heartfelt moments to come. I’m an instant fan for most idol and music related shows anyway, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy this to some degree. Until next time, see ya~