Legendary rap group The Dirty Dawg could have taken Japan by storm, but they broke up before they could. Now each member has joined one of four rival groups—fighting for the territories Ikebukuro, Yokohama, Shibuya, and Shinjuku. Battles for turf are fought with Hypnosis Mics. These special microphones have the power to affect the human spirit, and people now use rap to determine superiority.
Is it an amazingly good quality anime? No. Is it very obviously geared towards an otome/bl-loving audience? Yes. Is it still worth watching? Definitely! I knew a little about HypMic before the anime came out, so while I was looking forward to seeing everyone animated I had low expectations of the story and general execution of the whole thing (I had no idea how they were going to turn bishie rap battles into a full 13 ep anime). HOWEVER, not only did HypMic exceed my low expectations, I also found myself really enjoying every episode. The characters in this are actually more developed and "fresh" than your average shoujo (especially Ramuda) and I loved all their different personalities (yeah, some are cliche-ish but at least they're distinct!) and watching them interact. The animation and CGI are surprisingly good too, and though the raps can be cringey (the eNgrIsH nOoo), the music is still strong and there are some genuine bops. Basically, while HypMic isn't a good good anime, it's still really entertaining and I'd recommend this if you're feeling crap and need a pick-me-up.... or you just want to fawn over bishie rappers (and you're an Idol anime fan). It's definitely become one of my "guilty pleasure" anime (alongside Idolish7), so if there happens to be a Season 2, chances are I'll be watching it.
You may have stumbled upon this show while looking for a pretty-boy type show. Let me warn you now, you don't want to watch this. There are a ton of other shows who tried something similar and did it better. Liking anime boys is no reason to punish yourself with sub-par anime. Story: By far the weakest point of the show, there is barely any plot and a rather stupid setting. It sets up in an alternative modern world Japan where women have taken control of the government and make it law that all weapons are now banned and everyone must solve their problems with rap battles. It literally makes no sense, no matter how you look at it. It's just plain laughable. Its not one of those 'just don't think about it too hard' shows, because glaring plot/setting holes are everywhere and are very distracting. From there, most of the episodes follow a large cast of singers as they go about their days. In the last few episodes they try to come back to the 'plot', but again nothing was ever explained, so it is still frustratingly dull and senseless. They didn't make this show because they had a story to tell, they needed a vague reason for the characters to meet up so they could sell merch. Characters: All one-note characters with little to no character development. They are at least very easy to tell apart (different character designs) and all have different tropes. None are noteworthy, but its admittedly still fun to play 'who is best boy?'. Sound: While none of the songs used in the show were particularly memorable, I didn't mind the singing/songs themselves, and hearing rap in anime was actually a nice change of pace from the usual J-Pop/idol stuff. While some were more annoying than others, most of the characters were easily identifiable by their singing voice alone and I appreciated that. Overall: I get it, some people like trash with pretty boys. But this is more difficult to watch than other shows with similar audiences. If you want something that is at least decent, try Idolish7, Free, Host Club, or Yuri on Ice. That way you can get attractive anime boys AND a good show. There is no need to waste your time on shows like this.
i was already a fan of hypmic before the anime, so i watched this because i wanted to see the characters animated. i already knew the story would be crap, which it certainly is. the new characters are one-dimensional and predictable too. if you're a fan of hypmic im certain i dont need to tell you to watch this because you're probably gonna watch it already, but well, watch this because seeing them animated is really nice. it's not a super well executed anime but at least we got something. it's not super poorly animated like others from the genre. and the characters look good. if you're not a fan of hypmic or know nothing about it then i don't recommend this at all. the story sucks (the overall permise of the story from 'original' hypmic was already.. well, silly, but the other 'complementary' stories that are new in the anime are so worse. they're stupid and unoriginal), the characters feel crappy and one dimensional, like they only have one personality trait the whole anime. anime-wise that's what they feel like. some of the scenes are cringe and the rap battles could have been better animated. also the new songs are not as good imo as the already existing ones... besides that, it's nice to see the battles because they're so colorful (like the videos and the game, with the lyrics being colourful) and they're fun to watch because of that.
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