Thursday, October 20, 2016

Girlish Number Episode #02 Anime Review

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What They Say:
No one wants to get stuck in a boring profession, so when college student Chitose Karasuma storms into a voice acting training facility, she thinks that her future is poised for awesomeness. However, this bad-mannered beauty is in for more than she bargained for as she gets accepted into the talent agency “Number One Produce.” Together with her coworkers, including a girl with a Kansai accent and a cunning airhead, Chitose charges into the competitive world of professional voice acting.

The Review:
Content: (Please note that the content portion of this review may contain spoilers)
After being named as the heroine for an upcoming anime adaptation of a popular light novel series, Chitose is ecstatic. However, that ecstasy soon dies down when she finds out that there are four other main heroines and that the anime is actually going to be a harem series. That being said, she's still determined to show off what she's got and ultimately become super popular and rich! But before that, she needs to assimilate with the rest of the cast. Among the heroines, we see the return of Momoka and Kazuha, who worked as the main actresses for Chitose's last series. In addition to them, we have Chitose's timid friend from school, Yae Kugayama, and the sporty otaku straight outta Kansai, Koto Katakura.

Of course, we all know that there's a lot more to anime than just the seiyuu. With that in mind, we begin to see our first problems in terms of development for the series.In the first full-on production meeting, it is made known that the author of the light novel books isn't particularly happy with the character designs he's been shown. Not wanting to damage the original property, Kuzu-P and the rest of the staff elect to have the artist redo his designs and wind up completely rearranging the entire work schedule in order to do so. But that isn't enough to slow down Chitose and the rest of the gang.

Even though designs are still in the works, the studio has scrounged up enough animation to put together a PV. And what better way to premiere a PV than with an exclusive preview event featuring all five heroines? Chitose, of course, takes this as yet another sign of how super-famous she's going to be and winds up coaching Yae, who is incredibly nervous about doing something like this for the first time. Regardless of how 60% of the heroines are still newbies, the premiere event ends without a hitch and the fans seem to love it. As the day comes to a close, Momoka and Kazuha once again head home (Because famous) and Chitose and the others go out to celebrate.

In Summary:
Being an episode utilized almost entirely for character introductions of Yae and Koto, the second episode of Girlish Number swiftly moves along the plot while staying consistently enjoyable throughout. Chitose's cockiness and quick inner monologues are probably my favorite part of this entire season so far, to be completely honest. Having a roster of five, exponentially different (And adorable) heroines is going to make my "Top 10 Cutest Girls" countdown a royal pain this time around. With each of them having sufficient time to strut their stuff, I'd say that Girlish Number is showing exemplary signs of pacing and I'm expecting it to remain consistent in that department hereafter. Backed by quirky, fast-paced dialogue, this anime is definitely enjoyable thus far. It's still not too late to check it out if you haven't already.

Grade: A-

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

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