Listeners

TV (12 eps)
2.259 out of 5 from 646 votes
Rank #9,731

In a world where the entire idea of music vanishes from existence, Echo Rec is a young teen who comes across μ, a girl who, oddly enough, has an auxiliary port on her body. Together, they’ll work to rock the foundation of society and bring music back to the world.

Source: Funimation

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MaxwellCoffeeCat
7.5

ANIME LOTTERY GAME SPRING 2020 (This is my third time writing this review because I keep accidentally deleting everything, so third times the charm!) Listeners is a show that started off very weak but ended fairly strong.  The biggest downfall of Listeners, was how much hype that it had received before episode 1, because it was advertised, really well, and the concept sounded very exciting. This anime just wasn’t able to reach these high expectations, and so many people dropped it very early. The major problem that people had with the show was the awful eye sickening mixture of 3D and 2D animation, that I’m sure any long time anime fan knows way too well. This was a problem that did get fixed overtime, and towards the end of the series, it no longer burned your eyes out, and it actually looked well done at times. That’s one thing I will mention a lot through this review, improvement, because this anime, in the short amount of time it aired, did show a lot of improvement throughout its course, which is one of its charms.  I am a big animation nerd. I love to animate, and I love to watch animations. This anime didn’t have any Sakuga, or anything interesting animation-wise, but the art style was well crafted. I really enjoyed the aesthetics of the background art, and the animation style of the EDs.  That’s right, I said EDs. Every single episode had their own ED, and they were all pretty well done. (My favourite one is episode 10’s ED!). The soundtrack was pretty well done for the budget they seem to have had, and it fitted the show nicely. Talking about music, this show’s whole theme is music, in a world, where music doesn’t exist anymore, which was an actually pretty interesting concept, that I think they portrayed pretty well. There are a lot of music culture references as well. One of the OST albums is a Beatles parody. The world-building and character-building is really really well done, but I felt that the writing was trying too hard to show off as much of this world that they could, without seeming to impact the story (though in the end, it DID impact the story, but it just felt way too episodic in the beginning). The main characters travel to different towns, and every town has their own distinct feel, and their own cast of characters, and as someone who takes a great interest in world building, I think that they honestly did a pretty good job.  Now comes to me advertising the Anime Lottery Game, because I’m going to be honest, if it wasn’t for the game, I would have dropped this anime really early on, because I found parts of it really really painful to watch, but I am glad that I was forced to stick through it, because I honestly really really enjoyed the last couple of episodes, and I wouldn’t have been able to experience that otherwise.  Would I recommend this anime to a new anime fan? No, because it’s not a show that’s going to draw you into the vast world of anime, but I would recommend it to a more seasoned fan, who can handle being patient enough with some really dry episodes, and wait for the way better-done ones. I also would recommend this to anyone who just really likes musical references, because this show is full of them. 

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