The ghost singer with the fox mask who can carry a tune and the idol who can't sing at all take on the world of entertainment together! Hu Li hides his face and ghost sings with his amazing voice. Kong Que is good looking, but can't sing to save his life. The two of them will butt heads with each other, and their rivals, as they climb the stairway to stardom.
Someone is Watching
Stage of Darkness
A Wavering Voice
The Three-day Game
Under Unfamiliar Skies
A Song for Two
Ripples of the Accusation
Voice of Truth
I liked the show. The shortened episodes, the emotional expressions of the characters, the adherence to the plot and continuity made it feel like I was involved in soething worth my time and respectful of my attention. I was surprised at the blackmailer reveal (I guessed a few different times). The characters try to make sense within the circumstances they are working in, but some of the writing for them could be improved for their decision making (like sneaking in as cargo was the best move? you sure?) It was fun to experience, and I've watched it with others. 8/10 would watch it again.
I have to say, I really enjoyed this show. l liked that the songs in this were pretty upbeat to listen even though, they are somewhat hit/miss and the ending was pretty rushed with giving us a cluffhanger. However I still thought Kengo KAWANISHI (who also voiced Mash in Cautious Hero), Arisa KOURI, amongh e other voice actors involved, were very good singers and matched well on their performances as their characters. You have to laugh at the character Jiang Yao whose always pestering Hu Li to join the "agency" (watch the show to find out cause this is spoiler free yo), when he said OMG, immediately the Jojo came through me . Ah man, the sub actors really surprise you with English words in good clever timing! I also liked how the anime showed how the entertainment industry can be full of ignorant crooks who can mess with singers careers. Although this approach in this anime was much too light hearted for that but for real, it is scary and can be potentially dangerous for any singer groups if word got out about their personal lives. Definitely watch this folks if you need to just hear songs and not bother worrying too much about how the story goes!
I am a bit saddened by the criticism and bad ratings this show seems to be getting since i personally enjoyed it a lot. The story is original and intriguing and i never got bored a single time watching this show. The ending, although quite inconclusive still wrapped things up pretty well and in no way ruined the show for me. This kind of ending sets up the perfect conditions for -and almost makes it feel like there will be- a second season (although that is highly improbable). Over all, i'd definately recommend watching this anime, it's a fun watch and easy to binge too because of the episode format and overall length. Story The premise of this show is what made me want to watch it in the first place, it didn't sound like anything i'd watched before. The show is about a boy -Hu Li- who has no money to support himself or his family, the only thing he has is his singing voice and musical talent. He is scouted by an agency to act as a ghost singer for a popular upcoming idol -Kong Que- and agrees to do it if the agency supports his family financially. He gets the role, but has to constantly be on guard and careful not to be outed and create a huge scandal. The story is filled with plot twists, cliffhangers and suspense and at some points the second-hand embarrasment and frustration was almost overwhelming, in a good way. The pacing is over all pretty good, but can be slightly rushed at times. Characters There is a pretty limited cast of characters in this show and some don't even appear much, but i still think they all managed to play their role and contribute in some way. I'm still kind of torn regarding Kong Que though, at first i didn't like him at all. He was a dick to everyone around him, used Hu Li and was rude to him despite Hu Li being the main reason he was popular in the first place and continuously acted like a spoiled brat. However, when his backstory was revealed i couldn't help but feel a little sorry for him and for a while i almost forgot or considered overlooking all the shit he did. In the end, i'm not completely sure what to think about him, but i still hate him for what he did to Hu Li. As for Hu Li himself, the main character, i did like him. He was a bit goal-fixated at times which got in the way of character development but not to the point where it got annoying. Most of the other characters were very one-dimensional, but still not cliché and considering the length of the anime i still think they managed to fit a lot in there. Art The art was one of the best things in this series, it was both nice and consistant and the character designs were really pleasant too, i particularly liked Chuyun's look. Both the characters and the art were colorful and engaging, and the animation, although not outstanding, was also good. I never noticed a drop in quality which is the case with many other (often more long-running) series. Sound/Music This anime obviously had a lot of music, considering that it is a music anime and for the most part i really liked it. The opening was super catchy, i didn't skip it a single time, and the other music although not really my style we're also great. The performances we're always something i looked forward too while watching this show and the singing fit the characters really well (i'm not sure if it's their seiyuus who sing too, but it sure sounded that way). Ending (contains spoilers) The majority of negative comments and criticism i have seen for this anime have been about the ending, and although i agree to some extent i still don't think it was as bad as many make it out to be. Considering that the production team probably had a limited amount of episodes to fit the story into i think they made the right choice. Instead of rushing by trying to fit a proper ending into one single episode (which in this case only is 13 minutes) and creating a messy and confusing conclusion with a billion more plot holes they chose to only wrap up a bit of the main plot and let the viewers themselves imagine what would happen from then on and at the same time leaving the doors open for a second season. Yes, there were still a lot of details in this show that made no sense if you think about it, but unless you pay really close attention or think about it more afterwards you probably won't even notice them.
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