A year ago, I was browsing through a Chinese forum and heard a wonderful piece of Christmas music. After digging around for a little bit I discovered that it was from Idolmaster. Of course, I didn’t know that it was a xbox360 game and decided that I should go and watch the anime. Somehow I kept procrastinating on it and ended up marathoning it only a few days ago, so here I am writing up a review for it.
Plot in a sentence: a girl, Haruka, tries to become an idol but instead somehow becomes a pilot for a giant robot that’s used to defend the earth from meteorites, only to realize that things are more complicated than they seem.
The character designs aren’t great, but they certainly aren’t bad and some of the side characters are very well designed. The mechas had very interesting designs, and the outfits for the pilots were interesting too, in a bad way (shiny pink fabric should be used in accessories and nothing else). When I saw the first episode, I thought that it looked older than it’s 2007 production date, but as the episodes went on, the art improved.
Very solid. I won’t say that everything was amazing, but There were certainly no faults that I could spot and the entire thing was very consistent. The second opening animation was particularly well done and worthy of praise.
Music and voice acting: 13/15
I didn’t particularly like the performance of Haruka’s VA, but the entire cast did a good job. Music was a central theme in the series, and it was utilized well, although there was nothing that was really fresh or interesting. For some reason I really love the second opening, although I have no idea why.
It begins with light-heartly, exploring the history of the different characters, with lots of laughs and the mandatory swimsuit episode. But all the while, a larger story was being hinted at. Episode 17 was, in my opinion, the turning point of the series. After that episode they began to actually show blood, which the studio has conveniently avoided before, and everything starts to come together. However, it didn’t come together all that cleanly and I wished that they arranged the turning point to come earlier.
Typical of Sunrise, the plot was insane, slightly illogical, and full of people who stay dead. Those who manage to stay alive all have some development to them that makes them interesting, from the old man who overpowered a trained group of armed men through brute force to a nurse who took over pretty much an entire military base with a baseball bat.
I don’t know why, but this series really grows on you! You can pick at its faults (and plot holes) all day long, but that won’t change the fact that I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s light, it’s fun, it can be touching and all in all it’s really a good series to watch.
Total: 79/100 B