Metropolis of music, MIDICITY. A kitty girl wearing gothic lolita clothing named Cyan is scouted by Maple Arisugawa, the president of a music agency. From there, she meets chuchu the honor student rabbit girl, a net geek dog girl named Retoree, and an alien sheep girl named Moa. Together, they form the band named "Plasmagica," and aim for the top of the world. However, the path there is long and tough, and keeping in high spirits is important. By battling against other strange bands, Plasmagica slowly grows toward a top-grade band. In the end, they'll be a band that becomes the driving force of MIDICITY's music industry... Maybe?
Before I get started:I would like to say, this is a marmite anime, there are people who will love it and people who will think what the potato am I watching, and then there are people such as me who will think the latter while loving it, this is my honest review of Show By Rock!! I do not put spoilers in my reviews! Story:The story of this anime makes about as much sense as driving a nail through your foot and then calling yourself stubby, however that is it's charm, It starts out as your typical music loli sparkly thing type of anime, oh that isn't normal? yes this anime is pretty much weird from the start, this is what you get if K-On, Madoka Magica, Tokyo Mew Mew and Hello kitty have a child, it wants to be a music anime (something it does very well) the songs are excellent. however it also wants to be a magical girl anime, an action anime, a friendship anime, a drama anime and pretty much every anime genre you can fit a loli into, lolis are pretty small, they fit in a lot of things, anyway back to the original point, the story of this anime is not one you should take seriously, of course by now you probably realised that, It's an excellent story in my mind a little rushed but very heartwarming, in the same way watching a cat dance to music is heartwarming, to me the story was very gripping, like eating my favourite snack, I can never get enough of it. Animation:The animation seems to have some CGI WAIT DONT GO YET The CGI if that is what it is in this anime is extremely good, in fact it is better than most western CGI I have seen, the anime also has "mostly" traditional art styles and animation that we have come to get used to in previous years, this animation is excellent better than some of the top anime out there honestly, there is not much I can say about it other than it is very satisfying to watch, satisfying like drinking cola with your favourite snack. Sound:The sound is great, there is lots of music, yeah I know right? who would have thought, music on a music genre anime, crazy right? the voice acting is very good, not much I can say about that, the rest of the sound effects are great sparkly and the like magical girl style in a music anime, yeah i'm still trying to make sense of this anime, though sometimes whacky and weird, overall sound wise this anime gets a 9.5. Characters: Now here is where the anime is lacking a little, not in the character design or backgrounds but in the development, there is always something to be desired, don't get me wrong the characters are very relatable and lovable, however... there is just not much in terms of developing the characters, it all seems a bit rushed, for 12 eps it is understandable, however, do not let this get in your way of watching this anime, its an excellent watch if you are into whacky characters and lolis... lots of lolis. FINAL VERDICT: This anime was very enjoyable for me, I watched it to the end within 2 nights, it was whacky, weird and had me looking at my screen and pretty much thinking "what the heck is going on now?" while the anime doesn't seem to know what it wants to be, that it self is a charm, this is the sort of anime you want to watch when you do not want to think about anything and just want a no brains crazy weird nail to the brain.
The story line of this anime was okay, although throughout this anime the development was rushed. It isn't realistic (in my mind) that Cyan would only have to increase her experience ( through the crystal in chest ) by having a few shows with the band. I feel to make this anime better adding a few more original songs and rock battles could have helped to fill in the empty story line. The animation was okay as well, I didn't find any major flaws in the animation of this anime. The sound was good. The songs were catchy enough and the sound throughout the anime was okay as well. The characters themself lacked plot. The only two characters that were really expressed were Cyan and Moa. With hints of ChuChu's jealousy. Although all of the characters had cute outfits and were cute in total, which I think helped a lot because without the cute-ness I probably wouldn't have watched this anime. Overall this anime was okay, I probably wouldn't watch it again though.
Show by Rock!! did an excellent job at what it set out to do. As someone who plays the original mobile game daily, I feel that it made an excellent portrayal of the contents of the game without expecting you to already have played it. However, it felt a bit rushed, although I realize it is difficult to create a cohesive story and universe in such a short series. The story is that Cyan is transported from the real world, where she is a high school girl who is too shy to ask to join the school's music club, into the world of the mobile game SB69. Nobody in the game actually knows they're in a game, which gives it a different angle than if the characters from the game had intentionally brought her into the game. She finds herself in Midi City, where she joins the band Plasmagica, a girl band managed by the run-down Banded Rocking Records. The bands in the anime have to fight Dark Monsters by playing music for them. Over the course of the anime, the band becomes more and more popular, and increases their musical skill until they eventually defeat the profitable record company controlling the dark monsters. It feels rushed in that there are hardly any performances by Plasmagica, and yet Cyan's music skill seems to increase rapidly. Every other element of the story was pretty fun and enjoyable. The art was beautiful. There was genuine effort in nearly every frame. You never had those weird background character faces where the eyes get all beady. (Being Meguca is suffering...) Some people might be put off by the CG furry versions of the characters, but I found them to be somewhat hypnotic. Not to mention that's what they always look like in the game outside of UR cards. The only time I can ever remember being bothered by the animation was when I was looking at Aion's hair. Something about it just made it look like it was tissue paper pasted to his scalp or something. It looked like it had absolutely no weight and somebody had just scribbled it on haphazardly. Which sucks, because Aion is one of my favorites. I also didn't really like that generic anime boy look they stuck Rom with. He's supposed to be very muscular and adult looking. But otherwise I loved looking at this anime. I normally don't comment on sound, but Show by Rock!! has some of the best music I've heard in an anime. I get this music stuck in my head on a regular basis - I especially love Falling Roses, the first song ShinganCrimsonz plays in the anime. The musicians they hired for this franchise genuinely have talent. The characters weren't anything to brag about. I really felt Aion was the only one who had any substance. Retoree got quite a bit of exposition as well, but I felt that she was too much of a stock character to really get invested. They also didn't feature a lot of my favorite characters from the game, but I'm trying to keep quiet about that as much as I can... Overall, I was totally addicted to this show for a couple of weeks. I'm still hesitating to change all of my avatars and my phone background to things other than Rom... While it's nothing to get invested in, it is completely adorable and enjoyable to watch.
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