Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle - Rhyme Anima

TV (13 eps)
Fall 2020
3.482 out of 5 from 1,095 votes
Rank #6,587

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.

Source: Funimation

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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.

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