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LOVE LIVE! SCHOOL IDOL PROJECT #1 - - Special Review

Hold your breath no longer - - it's the GLEE of anime!

One of these days, I’m going to have to recount the time Sam and I went to a Maid Café (on a dare, basically)…

This may very well be the shojo-est of shojo shows I’ve ever watched for this column. If girliness levels were ever measured on a scanner, then this would most definitely be spiking over 9,000. We get asked a lot about what titles are good to introduce anime to the uninitiated with and, damn it, if you know somebody who just joneses for the likes of PITCH PERFECT or GLEE, then I see no reason whatsoever why they wouldn’t eat LOVE LIVE! up.

And you know what? I was entertained. Charmed even. This is actually a pretty tight pilot that sets its predicament up rather swiftly and gets you to sympathize with the players’ plight - - even if that plight does seem unintentionally hilarious.

Look, I took my classes in high school as seriously as anybody could, but even I wouldn’t have gotten that bent out of shape if the place closed three years after I graduated. (Presumably, I would be more concerned with college and my forthcoming life after colleges - - but hey, we’ll roll with it). All the same, I find several layers of amusement in the rather preposterous notion of a teenager founding a pop group on something of a desperate lark with the hope that the outfit will get successful enough to attract enough freshmen to potentially forestall the closure of her high school.

For one, this seems like exactly the sort of scheme that gets forgotten about in a week. But saying this dream actually does become real (and this is an anime, so we know it will), wouldn’t the girls wind up rolling in so much dough as pop stars that they (ironically?) wouldn’t even have much reason to finish high school?

Such are the questions running through my head as I watch quick-draw musical numbers that involve computer-accurate dance routines in my anime…

Watch this episode, "May Our Dream Come True!" here and decide for yourself.

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metalsnakezeroon Jan. 28, 2013 at 7:04 p.m.

The show, so far, has been doing well with it premise and characters. The one thing I ended up liking about the show is the reality of the school idol plan of it may not working, adding some nice emotional layer to the show. Keep watching Tom and see where it going.

For a side note, the Love Live! School Idol Project started on a magazine where readers would influence parts of it production from character position in music videos, what they wear and hair style, and the very name of the group.

Kino88on Jan. 28, 2013 at 8:43 p.m.

I hated Eureka seven and many people called that one "the Real World" meets mecha anime, which made sense to me because I also hated the "the Real World", Glee is another TV show I hate so yeah..... I kinda feel in my gut were this could be going,

that being said nobody presents foot taping, hand clapping, Gleefulness with more genuine charisma than the Japanese do, so may be this is a more fitting flavor,

still that being said, seriously Japan enough with high school already, we know you have adults over there somewhere.....

why can't they have an adventure or two as well?

Marshal Victoryon Jan. 28, 2013 at 11 p.m.

Four letter word for tv i will not watch... GLEE.Blame it on the rain or blame it on Fame the movie or tv series.Happy i knew enuff Idol shows would be odds are close to thsoe other to..For those that love it good on ya.. just not for me.

NickyCharismaon Jan. 29, 2013 at 8:57 a.m.
Oh yes! More shojo. I'm always on the lookout for more shojo (sincerity). Is there a term for men who like shojo? Is "brojo" already a thing?
Petiewon Jan. 29, 2013 at 9 a.m.
I wasn't going to pick this up, since I'm already watching the AKB Idol Show (Space Idols fighting against the no fun allowed police), but if Tom has been intrigued there's no harm in giving it a watch.
No_name_here staff on Jan. 29, 2013 at 12:08 p.m.

@NickyCharisma said:

Oh yes! More shojo. I'm always on the lookout for more shojo (sincerity). Is there a term for men who like shojo? Is "brojo" already a thing?

@Marshal Victory said:

Four letter word for tv i will not watch... GLEE.Blame it on the rain or blame it on Fame the movie or tv series.

Hahaha! Love you guys.

zaldaron Jan. 29, 2013 at 2:09 p.m.

@NickyCharisma: Well there kind of is but all of them are rather insulting so...

cynically_happyon Jan. 29, 2013 at 4:58 p.m.

@NickyCharisma: Brojo is the best thing I've heard all day, thank you good sir.

DocHauson Jan. 29, 2013 at 6:15 p.m.

On the other hand, this anime teaches us that playing in traffic is fun as long as you can sing while doing it.

takashichea moderator on Jan. 31, 2013 at 2:24 a.m.

I think you referenced Tari Tari to Glee, but it wasn't like Glee. It was less teen angst and more about the ambitions of five high schoolers who are living life to the fullest.

I haven't tried this one yet, but it's too cutesy (maybe too Moe?) for me. Plus, I don't see any guys at all in this show. Huh, I wonder if there's you know what in the show.

Edit:

There is no teen angst in Tari Tari.

sickVisionz moderator on Jan. 31, 2013 at 6:30 a.m.

@NickyCharisma said:

Is there a term for men who like shojo? Is "brojo" already a thing?

We can only pray that it isn't and never comes into existence.

One of these days, I’m going to have to recount the time Sam and I went to a Maid Café (on a dare, basically)…

Suuuuure... it was just a dare. Or maybe it was because all I can imagine is some one asking if you and Sam are bad enough dudes to go to a maid cafe

Acura_Max moderator is online on Jan. 31, 2013 at 7:08 a.m.

@takashichea said:

I think you referenced Tari Tari to Glee, but it wasn't like Glee. It was less teen angst and more about the ambitions of five high schoolers who are living life to the fullest.

I haven't tried this one yet, but it's too cutesy (maybe too Moe?) for me. Plus, I don't see any guys at all in this show. Huh, I wonder if there's you know what in the show.

Edit:

There is no teen angst in Tari Tari.

I thought moe and cutesy were the same thing.

On screened, this would be a "save the rec center" type of movie.

takashichea moderator on Jan. 31, 2013 at 3:27 p.m.

@Acura_Max:

Okay, I finally watch one episode, and I got a Tari Tari vibe with the effects of declining birth rates are affecting schools. This show is not for me.

I wonder can a show be both classified as both Moe and Shojo. I was thinking what was the difference between the two since Shojo appeals mostly to girls with a few exceptions and Moe appeals mostly to guys.

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