I don’t normally call out on yuri subtext in CGDCT and idol anime because that tends to be a given. But man oh man was I feeling the subtext between Re:Stage‘s Mana (Amane Makino) and Sayu (Akari Kitou). You have them dancing together and talking about a connection they’re feeling with one another. When Mana runs off, afraid to become an idol, Sayu holds her hands and tells her she really wants to be idols with her. And when that doesn’t work, she chases after the bus Mana is riding in. How? HOW ARE THESE TWO JUST FRIENDS?!
…oh yeah, I should probably be talking about whether or not I liked the show.
It seems alright. Much like Love Live!, Re:Stage! Dream Days is centered around students practicing to become idols which is an angle I always find neat. It’s much easier to buy into an idol anime when you don’t have to think too much about the real world baggage the idol profession deals with. The only thing I find odd about the premise is the name of the idol club itself. For whatever reason, it’s called the “Lyrical Tradition Dance Club”. What a bizarrely fancy way to say “idol club”. It’s like if a gaming club called themselves the “Electronic and Interactive Entertainment Club”.
I kind of like the characters introduced so far. Mana and Sayu have some befitting backgrounds with the former being the younger sister of well-known idol and latter aspiring to become one. Watching them become friends can get really cheesy (and again, I struggle to believe these two are straight) but it does make for a decent core. I genuinely do want to see these two partner up (one way or another). Truth be told though, the most entertaining character so far is Mizuha (Masumi Tazawa), the club president. I don’t know why she’s in a kimono preparing tea (the most unlike an idol you can possibly get) but it was funny how she tried to coerce Mana into signing an application and then try to elicit sympathy by fake crying. The student council vice president was also pretty amusing with how she runs down the absurd number of clubs to Mana with neutral delivery. Sadly though, she doesn’t seem like a major addition to the cast.
Where the show really needs to impress me though is the presentation. Not so much with the art — it looks fine for the most part and while the dancing scenes can look a little rough, the fact that it isn’t achieved through blatant CGI is admirable. Where I’m more concerned is the soundtrack. I stand by this, no matter how competent or even amazing an idol anime’s story can be, it lives or dies by how infectious its tunes are. The music shown so far sounds pretty decent though bear in mind, none of the songs are actually sung by the main characters. The real test is when they’ll actually sing.
I can see myself dropping Re:Stage! Dream Days, especially as this season is (surprisingly) looking to be a little packed with shows worth watching. Still, I enjoyed the first episode well enough so I’ll give this the three episode rule for now.
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