To be honest I had a lot of faith in episode seven for UtaPri because I really thought angsty Ranmaru was going to get somewhere. The basic gist of the episode breaks down into Ranmaru trying to give up rock and roll for his idol career because he feels that he needs to focus most, if not all, of his energies on his idol life versus his rock and roll life. I REALLY don’t understand why no other character smacked him and told him his entire life is about music and that music takes a lot of different genres. (Nanami you came in a bit late with your “I love both sides of you” dialogue). While idols can have a lot of poppy and peppy songs, he can still go for rock and roll every once in a while. It’s really not a big deal omg. Ranmaru why. And your shower scene was so hot as well.
Now that we’re at season three I don’t see THAT MUCH of a reason for Nanami to be that invested in the boys’ personal lives. Even though she’s technically just a friend, only a select few characters actually needed Nanami as inspiration or a plot device in order to grow and change in the episode. Arguably very few of them have actually grown or changed in any of the episodes.
While the members Quartet Night really doesn’t get along with each other on a regular basis, I would have really liked to have seen some down to earth talks between Ranmaru and his other bandmates because they’re arguably as experienced in the entertainment industry as he is. Rather than throwing in the STARISH members and Haruhi kouhai to help Ranmaru fix his problems, the plot should have been more Quartet Night-centric regarding character interactions. Up till now, Quartet Night STILL feels like a group that Shining put together on a whim.
Wasn’t a big fan of the insert song but I guess it went well with Ran-chan’s style. The lyrics are… questionable =.=”
Episode eight of UtaPri Revolutions was probably my absolute favourite thus far, not only because it included Tokiya (who’s my favourite character) but also because I found the interactions much more realistic than the other cross-unit partnerships.
Since Masato and Tokiya are both immensely calm and levelheaded people, they can easily shift into work mode and focus on lyrics writing and even deduce exactly why both of them don’t get along. They still hit a wall, as with all previous cross units but they’re both as determined as ever to overcome their differences. Still, Nanami was completely necessary in saving the day. When she hears the boys talking about their feelings regarding their music, she comes up with the melody for them. So basically for the entire episode, trying to write lyrics first was a fail. Music first, especially when it comes from our genius musical heroine Nanami, is always the best course of action, boys.
Tokiya and Masato especially look good together because of their character designs. Their stage outfits are on par and the song is AMAZING, really my favourite of the entire series, even more than the STARISH ending song or Mamoru Miyano’s opening. The insert song really pushes both seiyuu’s vocals, especially Mamoru’s range much higher than usual. I utterly fell in love with the poetic lyrics and the harmonies will TO DIE FOR OMG.
Now with the cross units completed, I really wonder if Shining is going to let STARISH compete at the big sports event.
Episode nine definitely fell a little bit for me after the epic duo between Masato and Tokiya. Ranmaru announces he’ll be releasing his own single anddddd Haruka is of course writing the lyrics.
I was quite surprised Reiji took an interest in the way Haruka composed songs. She always tries to get to know her singers and get a feel for their personality in order to make music that helps best exude their signature aura. But since Reiji always seems just happy and nice, there’s not as much to gleam from general conversations. Throughout the episode, Reiji endeavours to show Haruka his true personality. Strangely, Reiji muses quitting as an idol, claiming he ccould quit anytime if he wanted to, reassuring Haruka he doesn’t think of quitting anymore. OMG All the hints regarding Reiji’s back story in the original visual novel. We DID get an quick summary info dump of Reiji’s life but come on A-1 Pictures we have a BIT more time for deep introspection and heart to heart dialogue. Cut more magic variety show scenes between Reiji and his kouhai and allot more time for Reiji and Haruka emotional dialogue.
It seems that Haruka and Reiji have the most in common when it comes to loving their friends, their music and everyone’s smiles. Because they get along so well, we end up with a lot of random filler episodes with the other STARISH members that for some reason the episode MUST MAKE time for. The Reiji magic tricks are a lot cooler than the Otoya-attempted-failed ones LOLLL but the Reiji recording/webcam interlude on the magic show was the most hilarious cause it was pre-recorded and still he could figure out exactly how his kouhai were going to react and responded accordingly, beforehand.
Overall in episode nine, I have no idea what conflict there was even. WHAT EVEN UTAPRI. WHO WAS ANTAGONIST OMG.
BUT OMG REIJI ACTUALLY CONFESSED HE LOVED HARUKA. EVEN THOUGH HE WAS JOKING THAT’S BOLD FOR AN OTOME ANIME OMG.
What are you pondering today?