Go for Hoi Hoi Hall! This is the passionate but relaxed 10 day story of struggling idols who fight to fill a 100 seat concert hall!
If you are looking for a short anime about idols in the same vein as Love Live, this probably won't be what you are looking for. This is definitely a more silly look on the profession as a whole, and for what the anime is, it was a smart choice to go in that direction. Story: The anime focuses on four female friends that are veteran idols with a very scarce fanbase. During the course of the anime they are doing whatever possible to increase their popularity with multiple hair-brained schemes. It is actually extremely endearing to watch them just to try to be competent, which isn't their strong suit. There is even a few touching scenes in the anime. But this isn't an anime trying to jerk tears out so they will be interupted by comedy. or begin with comedy, every time. Animation: This anime is not overtly ugly with its CGI. I tend to see it as very servicable and it did have its moments of actual charm. CGI has come a long way and the show does its best to have natural movements throughout the show, but there were series of frames that would look off occasionally. Despite this, It never truly hampered my enjoyment of the show. Sound: I sincerely enjoyed the music in this anime. The opening and the new songs the girls came up with to sing on stage were catchy and upbeat. I know I warned people that Love Live this was not, but the songs are easily the most real idol moments of the show. Characters: There are only a handful of characters in the show, but despite only having a cumulative runtime of around 80 minutes, they are at least a little developed. The main idol definitely gets the most screentime but each have a few moments to act out and leave a lasting impression. I will leave that up to each viewer to decide if it worked or not. Overall: Overall, I found Idolls! to be an enjoyable watch. I think it served itself well to be a short episode/runtime kind of show since its humor worked best in quick scenarios. If the show had decided to be full length, it would definitely have ran out its welcome. I recommend the show to people who enjoy seeing silly cliches of the profession be poked fun at, as well as those who just enjoy harmless short episode shows. Its not going to win any awards, but it won't be offending anyone either.
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