Aikatsu Stars! Reviews where? Some blogging, and Twitter Woes.

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That didn’t last long, huh?

With so many stuff to do (gaming, general browsing, translating, working as a part-time writer), it’s very hard to set aside other stuff like watching anime and writing reviews. And from the looks of it, I’m considering dropping doing episode reviews of Aikatsu Stars!.

Aikatsu Stars! Reviews where?

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I’m not suggesting I’m not liking Aikatsu Stars. No, really, the show is great and I’m enjoying it. It’s just time isn’t really on my side and I’m having trouble keeping up with the shows I’m watching, especially Aikatsu Stars. And with no active people commenting on my reviews, I don’t have the drive to keep on writing.

Yeah, okay, I’ll do a quick review on episodes 9 and 10 because that’s how far I am right now.

EPISODE 09 MINI REVIEW

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As much as I love for Rola to win, it was strange she won this audition considering Yume carried Rola through those obstacle courses twice. It was very perplexing why Yume lost. Maybe they just want to see Rola in a taiyaki suit, or something. It’s still a fun episode of Yume and Rola beating those courses using their wit and strength. My only complaint is the anime didn’t give Rola an exclusive song.

EPISODE 10 MINI REVIEW

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This episode is similar to Soleil self-producing their concert by going to the locals and advertise their upcoming live event. However, episode 10 is more, well, dramatic, I suppose. The episode gave Yume that right magic to show the audience that she’s a worthy main character, and she’s not just a special snowflake. I actually teared up during the CGI dance sequence because the build up leading to Yume’s first ever live concert was perfect. I respect Yume more than Akari — essentially an Ichigo clone.

OTHER REVIEWS?

I will continue watching the anime, but there will be times I won’t be watching it every week. When I can, I’ll try to add mini-reviews, or something.

Some blogging, and Twitter Woes.

A SOULLESS HEART

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Maybe I should give up expecting Aikatsu! to give music a place in the anime. I just hate it when an idol is working hard to win the audition and just picked a song with no context whatsoever. Aikatsu music are fantastic, but they feel out of place in the anime because they didn’t give them purpose.

The writers at least knew this because they gave the Etude of Radiance a reason why it existed in the movie. Ichigo could have been heartless and picked the song from a random playlist and called it a day, but she didn’t. Yeah, Ichigo didn’t write the song herself, but she did contribute by telling Kanon what lyrics she wanted. And this also showed Japanese idols prioritizing their dancing skills over songwriting… a stereotype I often see in the 90s when the airwaves were flooded with talent-less boy and girl bands.

The anime itself is a big advertisement for selling Aikatsu! cards to little girls, but at least the anime has a heart. It’s just that heart lacked a soul. Beck won the Grammy’s because he wrote or is a big part in writing his album. How many songwriters Beyonce had for her album? 25 people?

This is why I still hold Full Moon wo Sagashite in high regard because the songs had a purpose, meaning, a reason why they exist in the anime. Mitsuki refused to accept  her producer’s song because her message to reach out her loved one is not in the song. You know what she did? She wrote the song by herself, and she was 12 years old with limited education. She had trouble reading English words, for crying out loud.

To you this is just a nitpick, but for me it’s a flaw not just to Aikatsu!, but to every idol anime out there. Maybe except Love Live! because they wrote Snow Halation, and they won the event using that song. I still don’t like Kotori, though.

SOCIAL MEDIA

If I recall correctly, I once said Twitter is a good place to talk about anime with like-minded people, and an alternative to 4chan. Turns out I was wrong. Twitter is fucking bad at socializing unless liking or retweeting your tweets is the next evolutionary step in human interaction.

Twitter is awful. I can’t even get a reply or start a conversation because people are either bots, refuse to reply unless you follow back, or not interested because they’re just following you for monthly lesbian porn. There is no one on my Twitter I actively engage in a conversation with.

Like one follower said: My target audience (the Anonymous weebs) does not use social media.

Yet again I’m stranded and alone with no one to talk to.

— SHiN @ Lazy Lily Fansubs

6 thoughts on “Aikatsu Stars! Reviews where? Some blogging, and Twitter Woes.

  1. Personally I’d say Facebook is better for actually interacting with followers and other fans than Twitter. Followed by Tumblr exactly inbetween.

    I’m about at the same point in Stars (a couple behind the actual show). So far it’s not grabbing me much. It’s not pushing me away yet (as the second part of Akari-gen nearly did for me until they got to the wrap-up episodes), it’s not bad, but it’s not doing enough new, and two things really bug me…the art direction looks a lot less talented than the original series, with a lot of uninteresting backgrounds and lazy architecture design, and and the other thing is they are far more heavy handed about the game tutorial card usage stuff, mimicking the new touch screen monitor from the arcade as an in-series UI for the characters to use. If the original series felt like a product placement, it’s got nothing on Stars so far.

    But I continue to watch…not as high on my list each week, but it’s not dropped out just yet. That last episode actually may be the first in a while to remind me why I’ve been sticking with it. We’re seeing some progress with Yume. It doesn’t feel quite as aimless as Akari-gen was starting to get. :/

    • I’ll skip FB and Tumblr partly because I don’t want to handle more accounts. It sucks, but I’ll continue using Twitter because it’s actually faster and convenient to monitor doujinshi and anime news. But yeah, socializing in Twitter is almost non-existent and impractical.

      As for the anime, there are some lazy work in the backgrounds or set ups like the mud trap is stationary so any idol who saw the trap will always go for the right answer. Oh and those volley ball shooter-things were lazily drawn like there are huge gaps for the idols to jump and avoid. And among other things. Story-wise, it’s kinda alright but since, yeah, we’ve seen the same scenarios before, there’s nothing to surprising a typical Aikatsu veteran viewer.

  2. Hi there, SHiN, I’ve been checking on your reviews for some time now, and wow, your reviews are actually great.

    Btw, my name is Staraptor Kwan, and I’m curious mainly despite the fact that you are a veteran Aikatsu blogger, I have never seen you at the Aikatsu Stars! Wiki before, where all the hardcore fans of both Aikatsu and Aikatsu Stars often gather to talk about the latest news, episodes, cards and so on. That’s where I’m usually at as well.

    Also, to tell you the truth, you’re not the only one who’s writing episodic reviews for Aikatsu Stars. There are three other people who are doing the same, one who writes his own reviews at gamesfaqs but is a part of the wiki, while the other two write theirs at the main wiki. I should know, because I’m one of the two episode reviewers operating over there. That makes you and me fellow reviewers of Aikatsu Stars!.

    The thing is, why not join the Aikatsu Stars! Wiki? Over there, I’m sure you can interact with more people and discuss Aikatsu matters, so I’m pretty sure you won’t be lonely anymore. Should you wish to accept my offer and join, then you can contact me later on at the wiki. My username is Staraptor Kwan.

    (P.S: You and I both also share two favourite idols. Namely Aoi-chan and Laura-chan. I should know, because those TWO ARE KAWALI, COOL AND AWESOME TO THE MAX!)

    • Hello Kwan! I’m not sure I fit in with the wiki community and quite frankly, I’m not the type of person to be in a forum environment—It’s too complicated to explain.

      But I’ll try to pay you guys a visit and check your community out.

      Cheers!

      • Don’t worry, you can take your time to consider my offer. But I recommend that you should at least visit the wiki; I’m sure that sooner or later you might get used to the environment over there. Like I said, you won’t be lonely anymore.

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