436th G-View: D4DJ: First Mix

We had singers, dancers, bands and stage girls so naturally the next step in “music girls with gay under/overtones” were…disc jockeys? Let us find out how this project went as we take a look at D4DJ: First Mix. “D4” is short for “Dig Delight Direct Drive”.

D4DJ First Mix Cover

Genres: Comedy, Music, Slice of Life

Themes: Disc Jockey

Number of Episodes: 13

G-Rating: 8/10

Plot Summary: Having moved back to Japan from abroad, Rinku Aimoto transfers to Yoba Academy where DJing is popular. She is deeply moved by a DJ concert she sees there, and decides to form a unit of her own with Maho Akashi, Muni Ohnaruto, and Rei Togetsu. While interacting with the other DJ units like Peaky P-key and Photon Maiden, Rinku and her friends aim for the high stage.

Rinku and Maho on stage

Put simply D4DJ is similar to most other “music girls” before it, meaning it is about cute girls coming together to form a group or band with aspirations of becoming musical legends. On the way they do cute, cool, fun, sexy and (depending on the yuri power) gay things in no particular order. While the goal differs depending on the anime this is the basic setup. Main difference of course is the DJ element. Initially viewers learn a bit about the basics of working behind the booth such as making remixes, controlling the beat and rhythm, the effectiveness of lighting on the dance floor etc. Later on this is lessened in favor of character development and new insert songs that cover different genres from techno, urban, classical rock and even rap.

Rinku eating her sorrow away

Speaking of music let us go over the presentation before continuing with characters and narrative. The reason is because it is one of the highlights of the show, provided viewers are okay with Japanese CG, specifically the style introduced in BanG Dream Seasons 2 and 3. I truly believe the animation in First Mix is the evolution of the style, providing incredible moments such as the incredible spaghetti scene. Not to mention the excellent facial expressions. Yes, most of the time the characters move around 20-25 FPS, especially during performances, but it works for the show. Again readers okay with good JP CG are in for a treat. As mentioned in the last paragraph the songs cover a couple of different genres and are quite catchy. Definitely worth adding to one’s “music girls” franchise song collection.

Rinku, Maho, Muni and Rei

Left to right: Muni, Maho, Rinku and Rei.

Let us move on to our four leads, which should not be long.

Rinku: Token genki protagonist. Not very bright but full of energy and the heart of the group who brings everyone together. Spent a lot of her childhood living in Africa, explaining her fish out of water beginning. Uses seashells as currency.

Maho: The levelheaded one with her own little quirks. She introduces Rinku to the world of DJs. Often has a hard time keeping up with her zany friends but usually does not lose her temper.

Muni: The tsundere. Her relationship with Rinku shares similarities with a certain other genki and tsundere musical duo. Good with video editing and has a stuffed kitty who may or may not be sentient.

Rei: The ojou-sama. Despite being spoiled by richness she is a prim and proper lady, eager to learn and relish everything the “common folk” do. The description may make her seem haughty but she is anything but. She is also my favorite character on the show whose cuteness is infectious.

Like many “music girl” shows the main draws are the characters, their interactions and music more so than the end goal as it is usually the same, to become a great group/band. D4DJ is no different, hence the journey being more important than the destination. Depending on how viewers feel about the anime archetypes each girl embodies they will either enjoy their antics or not. I found them a lot of fun to watch myself even though Rinku’s unbiased eagerness to go for broke no matter which group the gang went up against was a bit cumbersome. Eh. It is part of her character and her other positive attributes more than make up for it.

As of this writing the D4DJ series consists of six bands. First Mix goes over three of them while the other three make brief cameos or are mentioned here and there. The other bands get their own character development as well. Some members more than others. Both groups featured a leader and their (most likely) soulmate who got a lot of development, one member who was the live of the party and the “4th one” (Each group consists of four members) who was there. Both are pretty cool rival groups with one of the girls having an interesting worldview for viewers familiar with her condition.

Rinku X Muni

I would say the yuri is slightly subdued for the most part but undeniably there with three pairings that stood out for me.

Overall D4DJ is another enjoyable “music girls” anime. The DJ element is new and welcome with some radical tunes and performances. The presentation is pretty good for JP CG and the all three featured bands are fun to watch interact and occasionally flirt. Recommended to fans of the Girls’ Club subgenre.

Here is hoping a second season featuring the other three groups is on the horizon but with a chibi shorts anime confirmed it is hopefully only a matter of time. I mean, BanG Dream got 3 seasons and a movie so why not D4DJ?

About OG-Man

Yuri and Slice of Life are my anime passion.
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8 Responses to 436th G-View: D4DJ: First Mix

  1. Little Viktoria says:

    One of my top series of 2020! It deserves more seasons, and I would love to see more anime with this style of CG.

    My favourite girls are Muni and Saki. Muni because her expressions are so fun to watch, especially the contrast between her pouting and her joyful stage smile and winks ^^

    Saki is incredible, not only her otherwordly beauty but her personality as well. Being with her would be like seeing and hearing reality in a new way. Plus her voice is adorable. I was so happy to see her smile so much at the end. (Saki, when the next season comes, remember to finish what you started… before your friends censored your undressing moment ^^).

    Rei is super adorable too, as are all the other girls. I would dearly love to see the three remaining bands.

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  2. Giack31 says:

    I enjoyed this more than I initially thought.

    The animation style took a bit to get used to but it’s actually really good. I agree that the spaghetti scene was probably one of the best ones when it comes to animation.

    The music was really good, personally my favourite are Photon Maiden, second place Peaky P-key and third place Happy Around. Happy Around wasn’t bad but their songs felt like “generic idol songs” to me.

    Out of Happy Around my favourite character is Maho, especially her voice. I did ship her with Rinku at the beginning but the Rinku x Muni episode changed my mind.

    My number one ship of the show is Kyoko and Shinobu. Their backstory was so good and they are so cute together.

    I would really like another season where they present the other groups and make more songs. For now the game is coming out in the west this year and I’ll at least try even to just try the hololive songs they added in it.

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  3. Nick says:

    Another fantastic anime in an already packed Fall season. I really enjoyed D4DJ and it’s one I’m going to miss.

    Right off the bat the music is what this show is all about and they really went all out. Loved each group’s style of music, it fit them well and even when they remixed their own tracks, they still sounded very appropriate for the group.

    The characters were fun and easy to like. I think Muni might have been my favorite after all is said and done. Plus she’s just so cute too with those rabbit ears and big red bow on her uniform.

    No complaints from me about the CG animation, it fit the show well and it looked amazing too. Can’t talk about the CG without mentioning the Rinku rage eating scene. Man that was just a treat to watch, easily one of my favorite moments in the show because of how nice the CG worked there. Honestly I really don’t have an issue with CG snimr like this, I mean it looks great and it just suits the show well. After watching it I can’t imagine the show done differently now.

    Going forward I’d love to see another season, especially after teasing us with those other groups. Now that they’ve shown them I need to see more of them. BanG Dream was able to get 3 seasons and a movie, D4DJ could totally do that as well.

    All in all I really enjoyed D4DJ and it’s a top favorite of mine for the Fall season and for the year as well.

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  4. yurimylove says:

    yes 2nd season would be cool, hopefully featuring the couple of college groups, as we all know anime hardly ever depict college girls…

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