Is CLAMP-Illustrated Kabukibu! Worth It? Three Episode Impression Up!

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Kabukibu!

Genre:
Slice of Life

Airing Date:
April 7 2017

Studios:
Studio Deen

Honey’s Highlights

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Look at all of the bishounen! I am so pumped for this anime!
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Recently anime about Japanese culture has been a bit of a hit. Look at shows like Sangatsu no Lion and Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu. It only makes sense that Kabukibu! would be next.
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Plus it is CLAMP in charge of the original character designs! Rumor has it too that they have some control over the anime character desisgns as well. Cardcaptor Sakura, xxxHolic, Tsubasa: Resivoir Chronicle! Everone is going to look great!
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What is not to like?! This looks great!

Promotional Videos / PV

Official Images / Key Visuals

Synopsis

Regular first year high-school student Kurogo Kurusu (aka Kuro) has something he loves more than anything - Kabuki! He wants to join a Kabuki club at school, but such a club doesn’t exist. So, he decides to make one! As soon as he enrolls he asks his homeroom teacher if he can create ‘Kabukibu.’

However, this isn’t met with much enthusiasm, and it takes all Kuro’s got to get his teacher to agree to even let him start an appreciation club. Even then, he has to gather four other members. So, he starts recruiting others along with his best friend, a guy with glasses called Tombo.

Three Episode Impression

Kabukibu! Is the story of Kurogo Kurusu who has one love in live: Kabuki! His dream is to make a Kabuki club and put on a real performance with his club mates. Slowly but surely, he begins to collect members as we are introduced to them. CLAMP is the one behind the illustrations, so you know that their art style and influence is going to be prominent within the series.

To be honest, I tried really hard to get into this series. But the story is horribly done and while yes, as a lover of CLAMP, I do love the art of the series, the story is so bad. I stopped paying attention multiple times while watching just the first two episodes. The third was so hard! The reviews of it online are not favorable, and they are not undeserved. I have not seen episode four, nor do I plan to. Sadly, this anime is poorly conceived and while everyone loves a good train wreck, it has to have some sort of redeeming quality to it and this series does not seem to be anything more than fujo-trash. While that is not bad, it is hard to find anyone who is not a fujoshi/fundashi loving the series.

Characters & Voice Actors List

Kurogo Kurusu

Voice Actor: Taichi Ichikawa


Kurogo is a first year high school student who loves Kabuki. He is friendly and positive. His nickname is ‘Kuro’. Kurogo makes the Kabuki Association with two goals. The first is to put on Kabuki performances with their own abilities, and the second is establishing the Kabuki Club officially.

Tombo Murase

Voice Actor: Yuuichirou Umehara


Tombo is a first year high school student and Kuro’s best friend. He is proficient at using all sorts of digital equipment to make movies. Tombo sports glasses, is rather cool, and does not speak often. His favorite thing to say is 'Aa~'

Shin Akutsu

Voice Actor: Ousaka Ryouta


Shin is a first year student. Narcissistic, he loves to stand out, however he hates Kabuki? He is currently in a band as the singer, and he writes all of his lyrics.

Jin Ebihara

Voice Actor: Kengo Kawanishi


Jin is a first year high school student. Jin is the son of the famous theatrical family Shiroganeya. As such, he has been on the stage since he was a small child. He is incredibly harsh on himself and towards others, having a very stoic personality.

Hanamichi Niwa

Voice Actor: Nobunaga Shimazaki


Hanamichi is a second year student. His mother is a traditional Japanese dance instructor, and so he too became an accredited master. However, one day long ago he decided to quit dancing and devoted himself to learning hand to hand combat… Could it change?

Riri Miwayama

Voice Actor: Ayaka Asai


Riri is a second year student and childhood best friends with Hanamichi. She has studied abroad before. She has a bright and brisk personality which makes her popular among the boys.

Maruko Janome

Voice Actor: Yumi Uchiyama


Maruko is a first year student who is referred to as the “cosplayers god” since she is able to make all of her own costumes. She is a bit masochistic and has an aggressive personality. When she makes something, Maruko puts her soul into it and takes pride in her work.

Episodes12
Theme Songs
  • Opening Song: Running High by Hiro Shimono
  • Ending Song: Oedo-O • EDO- by Kabukibu Rocks
Adaptation
Light Novel

Main Staff
  • Original Creator: Yuuri Eda
  • Director: Kazuhiro Yoneda
  • Series Composition: Yoshiko Nakamura
  • Character Design: Majiro
  • Sound Director: Yukio Nagasaki
  • Original Illustrator: CLAMP
  • Music: Masaru Yokoyama

For more information: Official Website

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