321st G-View: BanG Dream!

A girl’s band show that takes some familiar steps seen in other similar shows. Question is what it did with the familiar tropes. Let us find out as we take a look at BanG Dream!

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Genres: Comedy, Drama

Themes: Bands, Music, School, School Life

Number of Episodes: 13

G-Rating: 8/10

Plot Summary: The series revolves around Kasumi Toyama, a high school student with a happy-go-lucky personality. She is initially excited that she got admitted into a prestigious high school. But in reality, she is actually looking for the “Star Beat”, a sparkling and exciting sound which she heard while looking up at the night sky during her childhood days. Ever since then, she is constantly searching for something that will stir her spirits up.

One day, while returning from school, she comes across a pawn shop owned by one of her classmates. In the storage area, she finds a strange star-shaped guitar with glittery stickers on it. Without knowing, she immediately decides to form a band after witnessing the performance of “Glitter * Green” at a live house.

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Tae (aka O-Tae) and Kasumi.

The best way to describe BanG Dream!’s animated debut as a whole is an origin story: How the band got together essentially. As mentioned in the introduction this show has elements/tropes to other shows with similar premises shows such as Love Live! Some of the character arcs will seem very familiar to viewers and this could irk some of them. While not a ripoff by any means there are times throughout the show that viewers who have seen any of the two Love Live! entries in particular will tell themselves, “I have seen this before”. Again whether this is a good or bad thing depends on the viewer.

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Arisa and Saya.

Despite the familiarity in several aspects, BanG Dream! manages take the familiar and still make it really fun to watch for people who enjoy Girls Club shows and especially girls bands shows. Both the humorous and dramatic parts are well done as the five main girls fall under familiar anime girl archetypes:

  • Kasumi is the genki leader who used her magnetic charms and determination to court the others into joining/wanting her.
  • Arisa is a tsundere to a fault.
  • Saya is the cool one who kind of reminded me of Love Live! Sunshine!’s You.
  • Rimi (aka Rimi-Rin) is the cute/shy one.
  • Tae (aka O-Tae) is the oddball, but not just your typical anime oddball. She is a special kind of odd.

The character development arcs for each girl is also nicely done. Some are again familiar while others such as Saya’s brought something different to the mix. The drama is effective and does not overstay its welcome.

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The class representative. My favorite side-character.

This is another one of those shows that has a large cast but because the show mainly focuses on the five main girls they do not get much screen time. On the bright side most of said girls leave a good impression where viewers want to see more of them in the future (If the show has one). This being an origin story at its core the show does leave a few, actually one side-character in particular with her subplot unresolved. Personally this character’s subplot is not interesting so it is not a big loss.

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All the girls performing in CG.

The animation has an odd start in the first two (maybe three) episodes. I cannot quite describe what the initial issue is but watching the first couple of episodes it felt like the show skipped a lot or felt edited: The transition does not quite feel right at first. It is not a deal breaker by any means but very noticeable early on. After the second or maybe third episode the odd transitions disappear. As far as the overall animation goes it gets the job done. Like some other idol or girl band shows there is CG during performances. It is nothing new and unless this is the first idol or girl band show the viewer has picked up it should not be a major issue for veterans as they are used to it. Besides, it is not bad at all. The soundtrack and songs are also enjoyable. I like the OP most of all.

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Kasumi using her yuri harem power on Saya while O-Tae helps out with comforting.

Besides Kasumi’s yuri harem power some of the other girls also have a craving for female flesh, especially one named Hina. The shipping material is solid in this one.

Overall BanG Dream is a good origin story that borrows several familiar plot elements used in other idol or girl band shows but it does a good job with what it is given to not be a major issue. The show’s enjoyment heavily depends on how accepting the viewer is of the “I’ve seen this before” moments and the not-so familiar stuff. Personally I think this series has the potential to be more than a glorified commercial for a mobile game and hopefully we will get more in the future.

PS: After watching this show viewers will either love Twinkle Twinkle Little Star more or never, ever want to hear it again.

About OG-Man

Yuri and Slice of Life are my anime passion.
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11 Responses to 321st G-View: BanG Dream!

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  2. LuzeriP says:

    I enjoyed this a lot. One of my favorite. The best arc was Saya’s. That scene when Kasumi and Saya had a fight unforgettable. Then again I like Saya very much. And I feel couple of unique characters like O-tae and Hina somehow refreshing.

    If this show really is similar with Love Live or Sunshine, I hope there’s going to be a second season just like them. Like first step is form a band and next compete with some rivals. After all we saw one of the rival (Roselia). Unless that was only to advertised their mobile game.

    Sidenote, maybe that side character didn’t need a subplot. She just bored. Aren’t we all sometimes.

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  3. Arisa and her tsundereness were the carrying force of this one for me. Though most of the other characters were awesome too (looking at you, character with unresolved side-plot for the one that wasn’t as awesome…probably the one you meant too). Personally wasn’t bothered by the perhaps not-all-that original plot and stuff, but then I am somewhat of a veteran of such series, I guess. Also, personally I thought the series is sort of a mix of K-On! and Love Live!, myself. Basically a slightly more music-focused K-On! or somesuch. Not that such similarities make the show bad at all, I though it was quite enjoyable.

    I rather liked the ED of the show myself. of all the music pieces. Also, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star with all it’s different versions will forever live on in my heart. Band version, go!

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    • OG-Man says:

      Precisely. As long as viewers don’t let the similarities bother them they’re good to go.

      Arisa is a sweetheart.

      Oh yes. I’ll add something regarding TW.

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  4. yurimylove says:

    I think O-Tae is the gayest of ’em all, so gay that even her mom can tell 😆

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  6. Christian Appel says:

    Do you review S2?

    Because I don´t want to spoil the relationship development of two certain girls there.

    So it would be good, if you review S2.

    S3 was postponed to January 2020.

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