Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Girlish Number Episode #03 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)
The time has come for our beloved seiyuu to commence acting for their new anime! And while Momoka and Shibasaki are off to a great start (I mean, why wouldn't they be?), the other three girls are having a pretty hard time -- particularly Chitose. Remember back in the first episode when Momoka was all like, "Yo, you're pretty terrible at acting," and Chitose kind of just laughed it off? Well, now it's evident that she really is terrible. Like, really terrible. In fact, she's so bad that the recording sessions are being extended beyond their scheduled hours in order for her to just spout out even more terrible takes than her original ones. Needless to say, it gets pretty awkward in the recording studio and it isn't until Gojou talks to her about "Why she was chosen" that she starts recovering.

Apparently, Chitose was just at the right place at the right time and fit the criteria the producers of the series were looking for. That being said, Chitose now understands that she needs to step it up in order to keep her job and enlists the help of good ole' Momoka. What Momoka essentially tells her, however, is the same thing her brother has already told her. If Chitose is ever going to become a better actor, she needs to...well, act. And in order to do so, she has to understand the character she's playing. So, after watching film after film and anime after anime, Chitose is able to get a grip on her character's profile and essentially kills it during her next studio session, surprising even Shibasaki herself.

After the session ends, the two popular seiyuu finally decide that it's time to accompany those lesser than them to dinner. Hooray! Along the way, Chitose tries talking to Shibasaki -- who seem's even more estranged than usual this episode. Of course, Shibasaki is dismissive at first, but soon slowly starts opening up to Chitose, albeit about drinking. Regardless, it becomes apparent here that Chitose really does care about what she and Momoka think and that she isn't just a cocky newbie anymore. Good on you, Chitose. Good on you.

In Summary:
The character development begins! Chitose, understanding that she needs to work hard if she's ever going to become a successful voice actress, is able to ask for the help of others and ultimately improve herself in just one episode. The various time we spend with the audio engineers and studio staff in this episode also helps give us a behind-the-scenes look at how the producers feel about our main heroine. With a focus slightly deviating from the usual comedic tactics, the third installment of Girlish Number is just as entertaining as usual, albeit in a different way this time. With Momoka and Shibasaki slowly but surely becoming closer with the other three girls, we can definitely look forward to some adorable heroine chemistry in the near future. Also, for those interested in my ranking of said heroines for this series, your weekly update is that Momoka is very close to pushing Chitose out of the number one spot. She's just too darn cute.

Grade: B+

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

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