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Wikipedia claims that the capital G in BanG Dream! (Japanese title: Bandori) stands for ‘girl.’ Seeing that the term comes up in season three to announce the competition for all Japanese girl bands to find the best, you might make that claim. But then, BanG Dream! introduces Argonavis. An all-male ensemble of would-be popstars. As switches and paradigm shifts go, cool! Because, with Argonavis, the franchise has decided to exchange the levels of estrogen for testosterone and see what goes. And, with the darker feel for the rising action at this point in the series (two or three episodes to go, with the hopes and dreams of seasons plus+++++), testosterone seems fitting. Argonavis centers on the unlikely rise of a shy young man, Ren Nanahoshi. He avoids crowds, but the lad has the makings for a superb vocalist. As a young boy, he was taken by his father to a rock festival. The masses. The shouts. The music wafting out into the bracing air. Impressed with the dynamics of a rock concert, Ren has now the impetus to pursue show biz. It would not be easy, but his bandmates Yuto and Wataru convince Ren of his talents and is off on this musical adventure, but only as a member of Argonavis Bandmates make for the solid plot line. Disagreements over purpose and style need to be ironed out constantly. Guitarist Yuto Goryo had been in a band before, but friction between him and vocalist Nayuta Asahi broke up the act. Yuto knows the frailty of the band ... and fears of his own inadequacy. Bassist Wataru Matoba is main support for Yuto and the cohesive force of band. As Yuto frets (worry, not the guitar thingy), Wataru conciliates. Keyboardist Rio Kikyou is a genius on piano and churns out melodies, but he does have a touch of the finickiness of the genius. Drummer Banri Shiroishi is a farm boy with manic drum skills, but he sees music as way to wealth, a tenet which galls Yuto. As for Banri, a traffic accident threatens the skills in his hand and dropped drumsticks in an omen for failure. With this mix of personalities, Argonavis plies the treacherous waves of the music industry. Add to the formula the band’s mentor and supporter, Kenzo Hakkoda, a former drummer whose bistro the boys in the band can find sanctuary. I once thought that series would rush to a collision between ARGONAVIS and GYROAXIA, their main rival. It could be a tale of two bands. Their styles differ from Ren's soft, soulful style to Nayuta's driven heavy metal sound. Ren respects Nayuta’s talents, but Nayuta is suspicious of Ren. Both are in competition for DesFes, which showcases new talent along with grand rock masters. But, Argonavis vs. GYROAXIA is a blind. Drop that thought. The main villain is the 'Industry' (symbolized by the nefarious manager Mashu) which chews up talented young performers and spits them out. Try pulling this on Poppin' Party. Chiyu Tamade has chutzpah enough, but any girl band that signs on with such sleaze … the notion is revolting! Again, all that is wrong with the ‘Industry’ is encapsulated in the manager Mashu. He discovers Argonavis (heck! he was the only member in the audience in Argonavis’ debut performance) and advances them as back-up to GYROAXIA, then pushes the rivalry approach. GYROAXIA’s lead singer Nayuta resents the up-and-coming Ren and pushes his vocal skills almost to the point of destroying his voice. At the height of the madness, Mashu then scouts Ren to develop a new band around him, dumping Argonavis in so doing. Ren will have none of this. Argonavis needs to combat the money-madness of the music industry so they can survive as an ideal pop band. And the series has the music. While boy-band BanG Dream have only two in attendance, their sound is riveting, the animation quite true to the music. The color scheme is dark, as is the verve and sensation this anime wishes to project. It is nothing like the cheerful girlie-band rendition of BanG Dream! with its series, specials, and OVA. Honestly, if Hello Happy World! ever showed up in this series, it would be the implosion heard around the anime world! A few more shows to go before season’s end, but it looks to be a suspenseful ride to the top of the show biz circus.
This show was not as good as people said it was. On this website as well as on MAL. I like the music genre but this show with its cheesy dialogue, terrible animation, one-dimensional characters I was amazed I finished this show in one day. The only decent part of this show was the sound design.
Story: Argonavis follows Yuto Goryo and Wataru Matoba as they search for members for their band. Along the way, they come across Ren Nanahoshi in karaoke. Ren Nanahoshi is an extremely awkward college student who remembers the thrill and joy he felt when watching a band for the first time as a kid. Their journey then continues as they come across multiple people, whether it be new bandmates or rivals. Argonavis is extremely cheesy and definitely not something to watch if you're not particularly into that. While watching Argonavis it was predictable and had certain plot points that seemed out of nowhere to me, at some points it even seemed like the plot developed way too fast. Animation: The animation chosen for this anime wasn't well-suited at all for the show. It was mainly animated in 3D and this made movements awkward and details bothersome. At one point or another, the animation may end up bothering you. Sound: The sound for this anime was absolutely wonderful. I love all of their songs, and this is actually good for an anime based around music. Characters: Each character has their own struggle they have to overcome throughout the show, whether to be "why they can't join the band" or during the making of the band. Each character annoyed me one way or another, but that's mainly just a personal opinion. The characters lacked some depth and were one-dimensional.
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