May 19, 2018

Idol Threats

One thing I've been able to do while I've been... um... hobbled, is watch anime.  Take the laptop into the bedroom, set up a book holder on the bedside printer stand (what, you don't have a bedside printer stand?), open the laptop, put it on the holder, and voila!  Anime viewing station, perfectly angled for me to see the screen while in bed (I have a low bed).


What I've mainly been watching is Love Live Sunshine!!, the second installment of the Love Live idol-fantasy franchise.  I've gotta admit: I'm enjoying the hell out of it.  Well, duh, it's Cute Girls Doing Cute Things In Cute Ways While Wearing Cute Costumes (CGDCTICWWWCC?), of course I'd like it!

The one complaint I have, however, is that almost all the songs being sung by our heroes sound alike.  It's always the same themes: "shining", togetherness, happy, etc etc... very Up With People, if you're old enough to get that reference.  I mean, sure, that's all fine and dandy, and the music is done well, but it got dull.  That is, until Ep08 of the first season.  That's when these two show up:

I freely admit to groaning when we first meet them... it was obvious as hell that the Production Staff intended them to be The Great Nemesis, the "final boss" our heroes would have to defeat to win the competition and save their school.  I didn't want that... the series was perfectly fine without an ArchEnemy to worry about.  And then...
...I didn't care anymore, if it meant we'd get more music like "Self Control." I'm very near the end of the series... I just finished the 20th episode last night... and their first performance is still the best "in concert" in the show.   It goes without saying that the song is in heavy rotation on my mp3 player.  Calling it a huge (but pleasant) surprise goes without saying, but a greatly welcome one.

Posted by: Wonderduck at 08:28 AM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 Ooooooooh, that's a cracking good tune there. (And did they bust the budget animating that performance? Yowza.)

Posted by: GreyDuck at May 19, 2018 05:30 PM (h8yX6)

2 GD, would you believe that the animation in the performance isn't even in the show's top five?  Seriously, the animation in this show is as lavish as the Idol Team's costumes.

Posted by: Wonderduck at May 20, 2018 01:08 AM (h8yX6)

3 Hmmmmm.
Maybe I'll need to check this show out. And yes, I added the soundtrack CD w/ the full version of "Self Control" to my wishlist for future reference when I have disposable income again...

Posted by: GreyDuck at May 20, 2018 04:56 PM (h8yX6)

4

Yeah, thanks for pointing this one out!  I'll have to nab the soundtrack myself.

And, maybe, give the show a chance too.

I've got almost infinite capacity for "kawaii".  And I'm mostly-immune to "genki".

But "ganbatte!"... I haven't built up a resistance to, yet.  So I tend to fail out of idol shows.

Probably also why I'm not a big fan of sports shows, either, anime or otherwise. The standard chumps-to-champs arc is the same storyline.

Posted by: mikeski at May 20, 2018 10:56 PM (h8yX6)

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