Anime Winter Season 2013 Recommendations – Love Live!

I know, I know, I know. Anyone who has read about Love Live! pretty much say the same thing, it’s a shallow show about a bunch of girls who becomes idols to save their school…lame. I went in thinking the same thing and I was wrong, sort of. The shows premise is pretty much as I’ve described it. Honoka is you average second year high school girl (aren’t they all?) who goes about her daily life with her friends untill they hear the terrible news about their school closing down due to the low number of new applicants. While this actually doesn’t effect her in the slightest because all the current attendants will be allowed to graduate, she still feels a need to save school. To do this she investigates various ways to increase the number of applicants until she stumbles upon one method that seems to be a tie breaker from many young girls namely, the concept of School Idols. Now so far I know it sounds very bland and generic and….it is, however while the premise might sound bland and boring the execution of it is very well done.

Each character while in no way unique are still memorable and will give you a laugh or two the story seems to have a feel-good-underdog-rise to-the-top-feel of it and probably won’t offer much in the way of conflict except the occasional diet until you pass out and generic girl insecurity issues… oh and parents who want you to take over there rocket selling business or something.

Where the show really shines though is in it’s animation, being a show about idols there will be a lot of dancing and while you can clearly see that the dance animation was made in a 3rd party animation program it is still the smooth transition from static animation to  dance. The songs they “create” are your typical j-pop idol music, catchy and on occasion memorable in combination with good choreography.

As for characters…there are going to be a lot of them as they need one character to cover every aspect of a live concert so costume, music,director and so on. One thing the show aims to do is to show how hard it is being an idol with everything from multitasking of being able to smile and nail every move to music creation to (I hope) dealing with crazy otaku fans this is where the show breaks out from its premise and shows some much needed heart.

This show is clearly trying to get a piece of K-on cake but completely misses the point, heck some of the characters are almost rip-offs of K-on character i.e the black haired, up tight, sort of leader of the band ,who writes lyrics she is embarrassed over. When making this show they must have thought that, “Hey, if we take the same concept, but idols instead and thus increase the number of moé girls we can have more people will watch!”. While that is true to some extent I probably would’ve enjoyed a more focused show.

I know it seems like I’ve done nothing but excrete faecal matter all over the show but it holds a lot of potential and if nothing else it’s one of those shows that you watch because the animation is so damn good. I recommend this show to anyone who has the time for it or simple like the idol concept.

P.S If anyone understands the reason behind having pinkish knees on all the girls feel free to leave a comment.