The hype for this season of the series was built around one thing, all bands who appeared in Seasons 1-3 coming together. Question was whether it was a delightful reunion or not much was gained. Let us find out as we take a look at Show By Rock!! Stars!!, aka Show By Rock!! Season 4.
Check out my reviews of the first three seasons starting HERE.
Genres: Comedy, Fantasy
Themes: Bands, Music, Light Rock, Metal, Urban, Yuri.
Number of episodes: 12
Put simply Stars!! is about Mashumairesh!! proving they are worthy to stand alongside the veteran girl bands of the first two seasons.
Yes. The same goes for the new boy band introduced in Season 3, DOKONJOFINGER, proving themselves to the three established boy bands. There is a new 4th band introduced this season but we only get the bare minimum on their background. All I will say about the boy bands if viewers who like them (such as myself) can expect to have a good time in the three episodes that center around DOKONJOFINGER meeting the bands and for viewers who do not mind/tolerate them need not worry for they do not interact with the girl bands up till the last few minutes of the season finale during the “Mega Concert” mentioned throughout the show.
Back to our lead heroines. The season follows Mashumairesh!! as they meet up with the veteran bands, both heroines and former boss bands, as they meet them for the first time in person and viewers get to see how their past favorites are doing since we last saw them. I said Mashumairesh!! had to prove themselves to the other bands but it is not lieterally said they had to. It is more in the figurative sense. Fans of the 3rd season know they are worthy additions to the series but here our heroines prove their worth to the veterans and fans of the originals. Alongside that our heroines have more personal development, some members more than others, as their bonds as a band and with their respective significant other grows.
Plasmagica serve a mentor role for Mashumairesh!! while also seeing a bit of themselves in the newcomers during their ups and downs, motivated to continue doing their best. For those wondering if certain members of both bands have special interactions, yes, in one episode. The rest of the time they act as mentors and friends of Mashumairesh. Cyan also senses a familiar power in Howan but that was already hinted last season. Here it is made clearer.
Besides proving themselves as bands both newcomers must confront a dark presence like their predecessors. However, similar to the 2nd season the looming threat is not given as much importance as the bands’ development, which is for the best as many fans can agree the show is best known for its music and character development and interactions than battles against dark forces though we do get a small hint on the origins of Dark Monsters near the end.
By the way, for longtime fans who paid attention, no, that question is not answered. She is there just because though the closest answer may be she is summoned whenever there is a sign of danger.
Four seasons in and readers should know what to expect from the presentation by now, very colorful with cute CG chibis during performances along with jammin’ tunes of several genres. Still good.
Time to hint at the yuri progress:
Howan X Himeko are supportive girlfriends. Their love remains as strong as ever, always there for each other when needed and wanting to be together without needing to tell each other. They just know.
Ruhuyu X Delmin got the most development this season. Last time focused more on HowaHime for good reason. While RuhuDel had their time to shine together in S3 they shone even brighter in S4, oh yes indeed. This was definitely their time.
Sadly Cyan X Retoree haven’t made much progress in their relationship. On the bright side Retoree remains head over heels for the adorable blue kitty. Hopefully in a potential 5th season we get to see further development.
Overall Show By Rock!! Stars!! delivers enough screen time for the veteran bands while getting the new bands over as best as they could. It is more SBR. Fans of the show know what to expect by now and know whether they will enjoy the 4th season or not. The show left things open for a 5th season. Whether we will get one remains to be seen.
PS: Besides the main 4th season be sure to stay tuned after the ED for the 2nd season of “Show By Rock!! Short!!”. Most of the shorts are comedic but some of them also go into more detail on something that was brought up during the episode such as a character’s past.