And so it begins …
|Well, it’s episode 3 and finally time for the live! I’d say something about hoping for the idol group to attract more members, but after Hawt’s ‘nice boat’ reference the last post, I keep seeing Honoka as a secret yandere. She stalks because she cares. Er… anyways, your thoughts, Hawt?|
|I’m sorry for putting that mental image in your head Kara, but nothing is more fun than a bad-end gone worse! kukuku. Anyway, this week I’ll be keeping my thoughts brief, a new college semester has started and the first week is always very busy!|
They sure got the idol expressions down.
Karakuri // I don’t even know how they managed it, but I was somehow emotionally invested enough in this to cry a bit when no one showed up to the live. Maybe it was the fact that there was sad piano music or maybe it was because Honoka was close to tears herself. It was just so heartbreaking seeing all of the hard work that the girls put into this and having absolutely no recognition for that. Well, that and there was the fact that Honoka, the optimistic character who you’d expect to brush off the failure and sing anyways, was actually let down enough to be close to tears. She really, truly believed in everyone and her idea, only to have it fail completely. Of course, that all changed when the glasses girl showed up, but the part before that was still really depressing.
It’s still a bit sad that only the future group really turned up for the first live, but with the worst failure possible (at this point in the story at least) happening, µ’s can only go up from here. …Or at least they have to go up more before they fall again. I’m rather pleased that they found a makeshift production team in the nameless girls who support them and now we all know the story behind what brought those particular girls together (or to be more specific, what will bring them together in the future since most of them aren’t officially part of the group yet). I’m kind of impressed by how realistic the live turned out to be. Not just because it wasn’t a smash hit from the start, but it looks like they intentionally made it… how do I say this… less flashy? I mean, it obviously wasn’t a huge idol production that they spent tons of money on. The dance moves were something teenage girls could easily come up with and coordinate in a month or so. It was by no means a bad live, but it was modest and believable that they put it together in a short amount of time with minimal training. The singing was great though.
Honoka is slowly building her idol harem.
Karakuri // µ’s is coming together and so is the character cast. I’m starting to recognize the other characters now (sadly, I still don’t remember most of their names) and they’re starting to differentiate themselves from one other for me. Like the short haired first year is energetic like Honoka, but she seems a bit more wild. The glasses girl is kind of shy, but she’s excited by the idea of µ’s. Niko (twintails) is a tsundere (or maybe just disagreeable) and to a degree, so is Maki. However, Maki also has the whole piano playing thing to set her apart. Vice president seems to be the character who knows exactly what’s going on and moves outside people’s expectations. Eri is there to contrast with Honoka’s optimism at this point, but I’m sure she’ll become a strong asset to the idol group later when she inevitably joins. Umi continues to have a strong personality, as does Honoka. …Kotori seems more like a background character since she seems to agree with everything Honoka says at this point, but like the other characters, I’m sure she’ll slowly start developing an identity of her own as things go on. µ’s has hit it’s low point. Now it’s time for teamwork and friendship to save the school. …After saying that last sentence, I can’t believe that I teared up over this show. OTL
“I-I won’t kill all of you, I promise.”
Well, it was a great live and a not so great live. I can’t say that having nobody show up was good, but at least the girl’s self-made concert didn’t fail because they put it together themselves. …Or I guess you could say it failed because it wasn’t flashy enough to attract attention, but at least it wasn’t a failure because the girls couldn’t dance or sing. They had that part down (though with room for improvement), they just need to get people to listen to them somehow. In other news, I’ve been watching/listening to the Love Live videos that came out before the anime, and it seems like the character relationships are a bit different between the anime and that. For one, I could have never guessed that Umi was childhood friends with Honoka and Kotori since she seemed to hang out with Eri all the time. I wonder if this is a sign of friendship to come, or if they changed the relationship dynamics for the anime. Niko was a bit different too in that she acted like your typical teenage girl instead of being distanced from people like she seems to be in the anime… Oh well, I guess we’ll see how the characters sort themselves out with time. They’ve done a good job with my complaints from the first episode (though considering it was that the characters all seemed the same, of course that problem would be fixed). Let’s see µ’s pick themselves up from here and sing their way to success!
Kara, you’re not alone! At this point I’m 100% emotionally invested in Love Live. Sure, the first two episodes were great, but three has easily put this series on my list of favorites for the season. Emotionally unsettling at times, and undeniably exciting at others, Love Live has pulled me in and I don’t think I’ll ever let go. The performance had the perfect combination of energy and simplicity, highlighting the sheer amount of effort these three girls put in over the last couple weeks by focusing in on them, not on flashy backgrounds or lighting, and giving off a stronger sense of believability. Now it’s up to the six who witnessed the performance to take Muse to new heights, and I’m positive that is what the next few weeks will inevitably do. (Which I’m excited for!) So, I wonder now what endgame will be, perhaps a school-idol showdown against UTX?
Considering how entertaining this week’s episode was, I found myself looking past a lot of the show’s faults. That said, ignoring them won’t make them disappear and for someone not as attached to the series they might be a real turn-off. First of all, the Umi drama was a bit nonsensical at times. As much as I love her character, her resistance to wearing the idol outfit felt somewhat unbelievable. As far as I can tell, the idol uniform is not any less revealing than those outrageous school uniform skirts. Her apprehension towards performing was a great way to build characterization, but the skirt drama felt a little tacked on. If not for the stellar performance at the end, this probably would have gone down as one of the weaker episodes. Characterization seems to be one of the weak points of the show so far, lots of faces in the cast, but little behind them to make the characters any more than pretty cut-outs. I don’t want to jump the gun though, since we’re only three weeks in.
Another thing, once again, the CG. Though less apparent than some other performances (namely the ED in episode one), I really would have thought the entirety of the performance would have been CG-free. With only three girls (not the full group of nine) it would have been a perfect opportunity to go all out. Honestly, it wasn’t that bad, and the choreography/music more than made up for those few awkward moments. I can only imagine what the performances with nine girls will look like … I’m probably becoming a little too nit-picky now, but so far Love Live’s strengths overshadow any small complaints I have.
See you next week!