Suuko who has a special ability. She can make any idol popular just by writing about them on her blog! One day, while being forced to go to the supermarket by her sister, she happens to see a live performance from the Fukuoka based idol group “Iotrio”. Suuko decides that she will do everything in her power to push them into stardom. Unfortunately, she has to compete with the charismatic otaku blogger Ryuu-san who supports the underground idol Mariko!
Million Doll is a 3-minute anime based on a free web manga of the same name.This is a very short and cheap show produced by AsahiPro, a fairly old animation studio that isn't really known for much. I was actually excited for this show however, partially because I love indie stuff, but largely because it is directed by Keiichiro Kawaguchi. This guy is actually really good. He usually ends up working on bad stuff, but he's always the one creating the redeemable parts of those shows.The budget is small, the animation is pretty bad (not that that's ever stopped me enjoying something!) and each episode is very very short. The music is okay, but it's nowhere near enough to carry the show. It needs something to keep it going...I'd say that thing is passion. It comes across during the story, but the story it's self is very simple and it doesn't have much closure. Characters aren't all that well developed either. Still, that passion is there. A story of unknown idols rising to fame, written by a unknown author, animated by a group of people who are basically unknown. Most of the voice actors have only done Idolm@ster stuff before, so they are new to the scene as well.It's the up-and-coming telling a story about the up-and-coming, and because of that... I actually enjoy the show. For what it is, less than an hour long, I found it worthwhile. By the end, I was actually glad for the characters when something good happened, especially Mariko. Speaking of Mariko, that song she sings is actually pretty nice for an idol song. The guitars are great.So yeah, Million Doll... Not as bad as you'd expect.Oh, but I actually enjoy going to see up-coming idols live too, and I've seen similar things in the real world, so I'm also a bit biased by that. Still, I think if you have a passion for that stuff, you will like this show. The manga is probably a looot better, but I wouldn't say this show is bad. It has it's worth.
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