Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 1000% Episode 2
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Series Premise: Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 1000% is a weekly television anime series started in July 2011, based on a female-targeted video game from 2010. Haruka Nanami has always dreamed of becoming a musical composer for her favorite idol singer, and takes one step closer to realizing her dream by entering the prestigious Saotome Academy, which is chock-a-block full of dreamy budding idols and those who want to create songs for them.
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Episode Summary: For their first assignment, the students in Haruka’s class are paired off to create a pop song, with one writing the music and the other writing the lyrics. However, right off the bat, Haruka is embarrassed in front of the class when they learn she doesn’t know how to read musical notes. As she studies hard to learn how to read and write music in one day, her partner, Interchangeable Idol A, is also having a hard time with lyrics, entreating the other students, Interchangeable Idols B, C, D, E, and F for help. Eventually they manage to produce a song, which ends up being successful.
My Impressions: Make no mistake about it: Uta no Prince-sama is quite an awful show, I don’t think there was ever any questions about that. The question was, is Uta no Prince-sama so terrible that it is actually worth watching for the entertainment value of how terrible it really is?
Ah, that’s still up for debate. I’m sure it would be much more laughable if I was watching this with a large group of friends so we could point and snicker at Haruka’s stupidity the entire time. (Ah, but that would require me actually having friends, I guess…)
In any case, the very premise of the episode itself is beyond ridiculous. So, Haruka, who has been accepted to one of the most elite specialized academies in Japan, is in the top class, has devoted her life to composing music for her favorite idol…cannot read sheet music? Seriously? I CALL SHENANIGANS! Then again, you have to remember the whole concept of this show (as well as how it is presented) is so over the top to begin with, that to nit-pick that detail is a bit unfair.
It seems that all that Haruka’s really any good at is to appear completely shocked ALL THE TIME, with that deer-in-the-headlights look of hers, huge soulless eyes like limpid pools of runny watercolors. Poor little Useless Girl is beginning to realize she’s in over her head. But wait! As long as she holds true to her dream and works hard enough, anything is possible…right? Right? Right!
And Useless Girl finds herself surrounded by a veritable stampede of bishounen pretty-boys, parading around the school grounds showing off how absolutely fabulous they are. I’m sure the female fans can distinguish between them and rattle of their names, but for me they were just interchangeable swiffy guys that sort of all melded together into an unidentifiable mob. All except for Useless Girl’s homeroom teacher, the cross-dresser with the huge poof of cotton-candy hair and shapeless oversized sweater. He/she rocks!
In any case, that’s enough ragging on the Pretty Boy and Useless Girl Parade, and that’s enough of the show itself for me. My plate is way too full to keep this show on the menu. Maybe I’ll return back to watch in the future purely for the lulz, if I can find a group of people to watch it with. Because taken at face value, Uta no Prince-sama is an hilarously-terrible show, and should only be watched if you are prepared to laugh at its terribleness.
- Previous reviews:
- Episode 1 (October 5)
- Info resources:
- If you like this, you might also like: Starry Sky or Kiniro no Corda.
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “The sparkling bishies are back! I know I said I probably wouldn’t be blogging this, but it was just too good to pass up XD. A switch from the introductory episode straight into the otome-type content here, but there were still some spots here and there that really shouldn’t have been funny but were.” – Metanorn
- “I don’t really…like the heroine in both her physical features and personality. For one, I remember watching a horror movie and one of the characters had similar eyes like hers. IT GAVE ME NIGHTMARES. As for her personality, I want further character development. She’s nice and all but a part that really got to me was when she kept on insisting that Tokiya was Hayato. Deem this fandom or whatever but that is just plain rude in my opinion.” – The Otaku’s Blog
- “So far it is all playing our fairly predictably, but it’s working well and the characters continue to be fun to watch, especially as I like Ittoki so far. The animation continues to be the most striking part of the show for me, even with Haruka’s strangely dead looking eyes, and just watching it for that alone makes it worthwhile since it stands out so much. The story is nothing special so far, but it has potential to be fun.” – The Fandom Post
ROUND TWO RESULTS FOR SUMMER 2011 SHOWS:
Thumbs-up for Round Two: Mawaru Penguin Drum, Kamisama Dolls, No. 6, Dantalian no Shoka
Thumbs-down for Round Two: Blood-C, Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 1000%
Coming up next: Ikoku Meiro no Croisee, Nekogami Yaoyorozu, Kamisama no Memochou, Nurarihyon no Mago Second Season, Natsume Yuujinchou-san, Usagi Drop