Anime Review: Oshi ga Budoukan Ittekuretara Shinu

oshibudo

Year: 2020
Length: 12 Episodes
Genre: Comedy, Music
Studio: 8bit

Synopsis: A girl is obsessed with her favorite idol, a minor member of a less popular group, enough that she says she’d die to see her play at Budoukan.


STORY

When I think of idol/music anime, I pretty much envision something along the lines of Love Live!. That’s just standard practice by now, but OshiBudo doesn’t quite follow that blueprint. Of course, standard idol anime put all the emphasis on the group and its members, and while this anime gives the idols their time, this one is more about the crazed fans that obsess over their fave.

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Anime Winter Season 2020: Final Thoughts

2020 winter anime season

It’s that time of the year again, so enjoy our Final Thoughts of the 2020 winter anime season that just came to an end~


22/7
Length: 12 Episodes • Genre: Music

22/7 anime nanobun no nijyuuni
Last year, I watched a Korean horror movie titled White: Melody of Death. It wasn’t great, but I liked how it was different than what you’d normally expect from something featuring idols/pop stars. I mention this because, at this rate, I’m kind of over idol anime. Almost all of them seem really similar, and the whole process feels like it’s just about selling some real-life CDs and merch (who still even uses CDs?!). Anyway, early on in 22/7, “The Wall” was pretty intriguing, and this show seemed different enough to make me hopeful that this wouldn’t be just another idol anime, but while it wasn’t as unique as an idol horror movie, 22/7 still wasn’t your typical idol anime.

The focus here isn’t so much on the music as much as it is on the individual girls themselves. Most of the girls had their own episode (there were eight girls in the group), so we get to see their backstory, learn their motivations, and get to know them much better. It’s a far more effective approach than what you typically see in other idol anime, so I was a lot more emotionally invested in these girls than those of other similar shows. Some of the episodes were better than others, and while some of the drama was kinda predictable, I still enjoyed it more than your typical song and dance. This anime was recommended in the comments, so I was hopeful it would have some yuri, and early on, things were looking promising. Miu and Sakura seemed to have a really close relationship (Miu x Nicole as well), but the show gets away from that, so yuri wasn’t as big as a factor as I was hoping for. Still, I found this a little more enjoyable than something like Love Live!, although I’m not sure that fans of that series or “traditional” idol anime would like this as much as I did.

7/10


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2020 Winter Anime Season: First Impressions

2020 winter anime season

It’s that time of the year again, so enjoy our First Impressions of the 2020 winter anime season that just started~


Darwin’s Game
Studio: Nexus • Genre: Action, Mystery

darwin's game anime
Nowadays, it’s not too uncommon to find media (be it anime, movie, or whatever) that revolves around a deadly game, and now you can add Darwin’s Game to the list. This supersized first episode starts off with a guy in a mascot suit killing someone, which sounds kinda corny, doesn’t it? Well, this anime is already consistent, because it ends just as cheesy as it began…

“Darwin’s Game” is a mobile game that basically pits players against each other in battles to the death, and it seems that if you die in the game, you die in real life. That’s nothing new, and even though this episode felt really familiar, I found it kind of enjoyable. The battle sequences were alright, especially the ones involving Shuka, the blonde girl that kinda uses chains like Spider-Man uses webs (except he doesn’t stab people with the bladed tips :P). So far, Shuka seems like the most interesting character, and the protagonist seems like your run-of-the-mill guy who has no idea what’s going on, but lucky for him, he’s actually super powerful.

To me, this seems like one of those shows that is unlikely to get much better, so you’ll know early on whether you’ll like it or not. I think Darwin’s Game got off to an okay start, and while I wouldn’t be that surprised if it ends up getting worse instead of getting better, for now at least, this has my interest.


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What to Look Forward to in 2020

Now that we’re in 2020, it’s time to once again look ahead at what the rest of the year has in store for us. Overall, 2019 was another solid year for yuri fans, with plenty of manga and visual novels to choose from, but you couldn’t say the same about anime. The good news is that it can’t get much worse, so hopes are high that 2020 could be an improvement.


adachi to shimamura anime

Looking ahead to 2020, the first thing that sticks out to me is the fact that we already have a pure yuri anime to look forward to. Over the summer, it was announced that Adachi to Shimamura would be getting an anime adaptation, and even though we still don’t know the length of the anime, it’s nice to know that there’s something good on the way~

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Yuri News Update: December 2019

It’s the final Yuri News Update of the year (and decade), so, unsurprisingly, most of this month’s stories involve some of what will be taking up our time in 2020. So for the last time in 2019, let’s do this.


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Yuri News Update: October 2019

It’s another jam-packed month of stuff to cover, so let’s get started.


princess principal crown handler

Finally, we have some concrete information about the first of the six-movie sequels to Princess Principal. The first film is titled Princess Principal: Crown Handler, and you can check out the short teaser below~

This first film has unfortunately been delayed to April, but regardless, I’m still very hyped about this. What I’m a little less hyped about is having to adjust to a new voice actress for Ange, seeing as the original voice actress, Ayaka Imamura, had to retire last year due to health issues. But seeing as her replacement, Aoi Koga, voiced Kaguya in the awesome Kaguya-sama: Love is War, this is really a non-issue to me.

However, what could be an issue is the change in scriptwriters as well as no mention of one of the studios responsible for the first season’s production, Studio 3Hz. But I think it’s still too early to push the panic button, and Yuki Kajiura is still involved, so I still have high hopes for this series.


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Yuri News Update: September 2019

The yuri hype train never stops, and this month’s installment sees a little bit of everything, so come aboard and enjoy the sights~


flag time yuri anime

The November premiere of Flag Time keeps getting closer and closer, and now that we’re just a couple of months away, we finally have a proper trailer to gaze at. Check it out~

Looks pretty promising, huh? The teaser we saw back in June gave us a tiny glimpse of what to expect, so even though this is going to be no more than an hour long, it should still easily be one of the yuri anime highlights of 2019. With how mediocre this year has been for yuri anime fans, this can’t come soon enough, so just give it to us already! 😀


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