It’s been another exciting season of anime this spring! Today, we’re giving our impressions and recommendations for current and recently finished shows, this time specifically focused on music and idol anime. While we didn’t get too many anime of this genre this season, they’ve nevertheless each been entertaining in their own way. Without further ado, let’s start the music!
1. CAROLE & TUESDAY
- Genres: Slice of Life, Music
- Air Date: April 10, 2019
Fifty years have passed since mankind began migrating to the new frontier: Mars.
It’s an age where most culture is produced by AI, and people are content to be passive consumers.
There’s a girl.
Scrapping a living in the metropolis of Alba City, she’s working part time while trying to become a musician. She’s always felt like something is missing.
Her name is Carole.
There’s a girl.
Born to a wealthy family in the provincial town of Herschel City, she dreams of becoming a musician, but nobody around her understands. She feels like the loneliest person in the world.
Her name is Tuesday.
A chance meeting brings them together.
They want to sing.
They want to make music.
Together, they feel like they just might have a chance.
The two of them may only create a tiny wave.
But that wave will eventually grow into something larger..
What We Got:
Set in a futuristic sci-fi Mars, where advanced artificial intelligence completely dominates the music industry, Carole & Tuesday follows the titular duo in their pursuit of making their own music together. Carole is a part-timer scraping by in the big city, while rich girl Tuesday has been living a sheltered life and feels totally alone. A chance meeting becomes the start of a close relationship full of music that will lead the two to become closer, competing in an exciting musical show against superstar rivals.
The latest from legendary director/producer Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, Space☆Dandy, etc.), Carole & Tuesday had a lot of hype even before release. Watanabe’s works have often had a strong affinity with music, but he hasn’t done a proper music-genre anime since the excellent Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids on the Slope) in 2012. Without much idea as to what to expect, Carole & Tuesday has proven itself to be worthy of all the attention as one of the best shows this season!
With great art, animation, and —most importantly— music, Carole & Tuesday stands out on production quality alone, but is further boosted by its intriguing sci-fi setting as well as the character dynamics of the titular duo and a strong supporting cast. Overall, we recommend this show even to those not normally interested in music anime, and are excited to see where the story will go in future episodes!
CAROLE & TUESDAY Official PV
2. iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Gekijou Climax Season
- Genres: Idol, Slice of Life, Comedy
- Air Date: April 2, 2019
This is the 4th Season of iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Gekijou
“Sorry to keep you waiting, Producer-san ♪”
This anime will cover the “Cinderella Girls Gekijou” from the popular game iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls.
The idols we all know and love are once again causing a commotion?!
So begins this hyper, short anime where you can see the other side of idol life - how they spend their days off, comical shows between idols, and much, much more!
What We Got:
Have you ever wondered what idols might do on their days off? iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Gekijou offers of a variety of answers in bite-sized, 4-koma format. A continuation and spin-off of the main iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls series, this Climax Season continues the idol off-day shenanigans.
As the fourth season of a 3-minute-per-episode, 4-koma style comedy based on a mobage game, iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Gekijou: Climax Season is mostly what you would expect, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing mind you. Focusing obstenively on what idols do on their days off, this series is light fun that will mostly appeal to hardcore fans of the series, with its many references to various artwork and events in the mobile game. If you have already watched the previous seasons and enjoyed them, check this one out too! Otherwise, some of the humor and charm will be lost on you...
iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Gekijou Climax Season Official PV
3. Kono Oto Tomare!
- Genres: Shounen, Slice of Life, Music
- Air Date: April 7, 2019
Tokise high school’s koto music club is on the verge of being abolished.
All that is left is the club president when a delinquent young boy visits along with a girl who is a genius with koto music.
This story of the sound of koto from each student all come together to tell this story of youths at an academy.
What We Got:
After his senpais graduate, reserved student Takezou Kurata finds himself as the president and only remaining member of his school’s koto club. Despite his timid nature, he is determined to find new members to save the club from being disbanded, but things get tricky when notorious delinquent student Chika Kudou barges in and demands to join. Later joined by prodigy player Satowa Houzuki, who seeks to lead their no-name school to be the best in the nation, and others, Kono Oto Tomare! follows the koto club members in their struggles to master their lives and instruments.
At first glance, Kono Oto Tomare! seems a bit generic: another school drama where the club is in danger of shutting down, new members are recruited, and a competition which might change everything is coming up. Thankfully, Kono Oto Tomare! had more to offer beyond its surprisingly rare focus on the koto, a traditional harp-like Japanese instrument derived from the Chinese zheng/guzheng.
While the above is all true, Kono Oto Tomare! is still able to stand out thanks to its thoughtful writing and characterization, something that feels very authentic. With strong voice acting and a well-developed cast of characters, along with some moments of stunning animation and music, and fast-paced storytelling, Koto Oto Tomare! is a show we definitely recommend, for drama and music fans especially!
Kono Oto Tomare! Official PV
For music and idol anime fans, Spring 2019 gave us some solid anime, but would have been more enjoyable with some more variety. The two best shows we got were both pretty dramatic, which might leave some wanting for something like a full, light-hearted idol show and/or a genre mashup along the lines of Macross or Zombieland Saga. In any case, we hope you enjoyed our impressions!
Since both Carole & Tuesday and Kono Oto Tomare! are continuing (and perhaps Cinderella Girls Gekijou too, for all we know), look forward to more discussion and much more from us in the future! Let us know your own thoughts in the comments section below, and be sure to stick around Honey’s for more of all things awesome, anime and otherwise!