Shoujo☆Kageki Revue Starlight Episode 1: Magnificent Theater

I have been informed by several Nation members to keep a close eye on this series. So I have. The wait for the English subs was a long one but they had finally arrived today. Let’s take a look at what awaited us in the premiere of the last show on my Summer watch list.

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Good start.

After an interesting introduction showing younger versions of the lead duo watching their older selves and six other ladies on stage telling the audience what kind of story awaited us, we joined the first lead, Karen, and her “Tamao” (I can’t be the only one who thought that) Mahiru, getting ready for practice. Mahiru enjoyed their morning stretches quite a bit.

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Mahiru and Nana, aka Banana.

We then got a roll call. I’ll do my best to name them. Besides Karen and Mahiru we had Nana, aka Banana. She’s a close friend of theirs. I predict Banana will “save” Mahiru if it comes down to…”that”.

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Futaba (Red) and Kaoruko (Blue).

Futaba looks to be the most tomboyish of the group whereas Kaoruko is a carefree beauty.

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Claudine.

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Maya.

Next we have two hotties considered to be at the top of the class, Claudine and one of my current favs, Maya. They’re also rivals. We all know what that means…

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Junna and Karen.

Then there’s Junna. She’s the token strict chick of the group. Very interested in learning more about her.

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Maya and Miss Urara.

Before we get to the last member here’s the lovely Miss Urara, the class teacher. The show is set at the Seisho Music Academy. Basically an art school that prepares its students on music, dance and even kendo, all to help the girls become great theater performers. The ultimate goal was mastering the play “Starlight”. Karen looked forward to it as Starlight was her favorite play of all time. They also reminisced about the first time they performed Starlight. Junna thought it was sloppy and hopes to improve for the upcoming repeat performances.

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Karen’s weird dream.

Before the written classes started Karen dozed off for a bit. She had a strange dream where she was at Tokyo Tower and was pushed off it by someone familiar to her.

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Hikari.

Karen woke up just in time as Miss Urara had arrived and introduced a foreign exchange student. Someone Karen knew very well. It was her childhood friend Hikari. For the moment she’ll be the “Mei” of the group. Karen immediately volunteered to show her around her campus while Mahiru came along to make sure Karen didn’t mess things up as usual.

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Mahiru doesn’t like sharing a room with her “competition”.

Yup. Mahiru is the “Tamao”, or for a more recent example, the “Yaya”. Karen was focused on nothing more than Hikari, catching up with her and reminding her of their promise to become superstars together. In Hikari’s part she too hadn’t forgotten the promise.

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Maya not intimidated by Hikari.

Being an exchange student in an anime Hikari was unsurprisingly super talented, enough to grab Maya’s attention though she wasn’t worried as she could sense Hikari had yet to unlock her full potential.

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Hikari thinking about something.

As the girls talked about Hikari Karen looked everywhere for her friend. She noticed her outside running off somewhere. She followed her to a building and came in front of an elevator. What happened next I will leave that to newcomers finding out for themselves. Let me put it this way: When Karen pushed the button the show went from pretty good to “WTF AM I WATCHING!?”

Update: There’s one thing I forgot to mention. The series has a prequel manga called Shoujo☆Kageki Revue Starlight Overture. It is a prequel story set before the first episode of the anime. Check out the first chapters 1-3 HERE and 4-5 HERE.

My top 5 most hype Summer shows so far are the following:

  1. Harukana Receive
  2. Revue Starlight
  3. Happy Sugar Life
  4. Chio-chan
  5. Asobi Asobase

6-10 are:

  • Yama no Susume 3
  • High Score Girl
  • Hanebad!
  • Jashin-chan Dropkick
  • Ongaku Shoujo TV

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47 Responses to Shoujo☆Kageki Revue Starlight Episode 1: Magnificent Theater

  1. Bayuro says:

    I’ve been waiting for this anime and we’re just watching the first episode be like I was instantly entertained by their moves.

    About the main three girls, Karen, Mahiru and Hikari, I sense this three will having a love triangle ala ChikaRikoYou.

    To me, Junna is my best girl. The way she use her bow and arrow and how she poses with the other girls.

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  2. Platon says:

    First I agree with the list for this summer, for now, it might and probably will change as story of some of those anime progress.

    As for this show, it looks like there is again a lot of yuri moment, poor Mahiru, she is going to feel sad about Karen caring about Hikari.

    As for the end, I agree with the WTF moment, because nothing at the beginning showed where this anime is going.

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  3. perlen297 says:

    OHHH, so no wonder the anime is different from the manga. I’ve read ahead the Overture manga, expecting to see it animated in episode 1… not realizing that was a prequel manga. I was honestly disappointed, because I liked the Overture manga.

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  4. Giack31 says:

    This was good but then the second part happened and it completely lost me. WTF was going on? Why was there a giraffe there? What was that machine?
    The character seem all pretty interesting (especially the one with glasses)
    I can already tell that Mahiru is going to be the “Yayaka” of the situation and I fell bad for her. I can see what you said about Banana “saving” Mahiru but for the moment she seems more interested in Junna (she was taking photos of her). Maybe we can hope for an OT3?

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  5. LuzeriP says:

    I don’t know what to say. I was like, what is happening here? But I liked it. It was like an action movie. I can’t wait to see what is really going on.

    My best girl for now is the beauty one, Maya. I’ll add Kaoruko if she had more lines. And I agree with your list.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Same here. Most of us are so very intrigued.

      We’ll find out more about the ladies as the show progresses. But yes, Maya is currently the hottest with Miss Urara coming in 2nd.

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  6. I think Yuri fans into this concept might wanna Nancy Garden’s Good Moon Rising.

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  7. cirno9fan says:

    I have waited….so very….very long
    I remember (not exactly when, just the feeling) back when this project first surfaced. It was so long ago, and I was so excited. i followed the twitter account, waiting and waiting for it to be given a release season. And then i waited and waited for it to air. And it was worth it, it was so very worth it.

    I cannot believe how much it was worth it. I love musicals, and the way they’re handling this was just superb.

    I did not read the manga (I rarely do when I know something is getting animated, and less so when it’s a pre-manga to generate hype for an anime) but my guess is there’s something….else going on. Something not so simple, yet still real. I don’t know. I just know I have been hooked. I must know why Hikari was so against Karen becoming a part of this. If it were totally down to earth and nothing but an underground theatre, then there’d be nothing to worry about that deeply. There is something else up, and I must know!

    The show must go on!

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  8. tbiscut74 says:

    Wow. That last part took me by surprise! WTF Indeed. I am Intrigued.

    Also the teacher is indeed gorgeous. Not surprising considering i find short hair on a women very attractive, especially on tomboys and cool, sexy mature women.

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  9. Reapy_s0ul says:

    I hope I’m not the only one who got big Utena vibes from the second part, I’m not a massive fan of Utena, but I hope that doesn’t impact my opinion on this anime. My theory on the “Dream” for the time being is that it’s some sort of future image, what with the clockwork imagery and the gear moving forward. Either way we’ll see when it comes to that point (or doesn’t, or almost does).

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  10. Book of Lilies says:

    That ending… I have no idea what the hell is happening.

    The only thing in my mind is that everything is a dream and will be a dream. Or that we are in reality already watching the play.

    However, if the things that happened are actually real, that would be amazing, and I will just embrace the insanity.

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  11. Well, that 2nd half was sure…something. Colour me intrigued, I want more.

    Here’s hoping that, though there’s a main cast seemingly consisting of 9 members. there won’t be any sad, lonely lesbians left at the end of this. Whatever “this” is that this show is heading towards.

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  12. Alexis says:

    Hola

    He de confesar algo, cuando empezaron a cantar en el primer revue imaginé que era una especie de llamado de apareamiento lésbico (^o^).

    El ambiente uthenesco es el aderezo de esta ensalada. Esta serie tiene reminiscencias del Takarazuka. Se me hace raro que no hayan hecho obras yuri siguiendo este argumento. Cabe mencionar que este estilo es muy popular entre las mujeres.

    Sin duda alguna la jirafa es la que más llama la atención ¿que es? ¿una jirafa-kyubee que concede deseos a precios muy altos? ¿una jirafa-Kaiba (akuma no ridle) que le da a la protagonista acertijos sin respuesta?

    Aquí hay material para shipping, espero ver Maya x Claudine, me parece que son de esas parejas que si no pelean no son felices. Karouko x Futaba sería la segunda parejita, incluso hay scans en donde salen juntas en moto al estilo HaruMichi. Finalmente sería la kaicho y Nana, todavía no hay indicios pero sería interesante. Sobre un OT3 lo veo imposible… como vos lo menciona Hikari es una “Mei” en potencia y Mahiru cree en que hay UNA pareja predestinada, así que por lo menos para mi no hay esa posibilidad. Buscando en YouTube encontré el live action, concuerda mucho con el takarazuka, aunque no sé que tanto de lo que muestran en la obra se va a integrar al anime, decidí no poner la liga para evitar spoilers, a menos que diga lo contrario.

    La única pregunta que tengo hasta el momento es si los duelos definitivos serán a muerte… aaargh eso sería interesante y material de discusión.

    Como puede darse cuenta mi hype personal es por esta serie, seguida de Happy Sugar Life y Harukana Receive.

    Espero escuchar más llamad… digo canciones la primera se escuchaba increible.

    Nos escribimos aquí proximamente

    A-chan

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    • OG-Man says:

      Si. Los elementos de Utena fueron faciles de reconocer si vieron esa serie. En un conjunto reciente donde hablaban de esta serie mencionaron sus inspiraciones de Takurazuka. Sera mejor no referir a la version de live-action. Prefiero no saber nada de lo que puede pasar.

      No lo se.

      Si. Esos tambien son mis top 3 del verano.

      Si. Exactamente lo que

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  13. MarkS00N says:

    I know this is going to be special. While seemingly only a variant of idol anime, the first PV has battle in it, and checking who make it, I know what the director used to make, so I watched it even before the sub is out.

    At first I was like, “Well, I suppose they are going to do the tarazuka and battle in straightforward manner (like Idol Jihen for example, a bad example perhaps but I hope you get the point) or the battle is an imagination of tarazuka (like Stella Jogakuin Koutouka C3-bu), after all I expect more rotating wheel, or gear, or something…”

    And then Hikari comes and the wheel start rotating and the show’s true nature start kicks in. Everything that after that is simply revolutionary! Though one thing I truly do not expect is the show basically went Symphogear, truly magnificent!

    Not disappointed for one bit and I really want more from it!

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    • OG-Man says:

      Dood,. You know it’s a stage play anime. Only uneducated Western fools would mistake this for an idol show. It’s more like Takurazuka X Symphogear X Utena from my perspective.

      Most of us want more. Oh yes.

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  14. Zack says:

    I read the prequel manga before watching this, and it was pretty good.

    I thought this was going to be a normal slice of life series about girls going to a school for stage musicals, but that ending seemed to imply that’s not the case. Seriously, did the guy who did Revolutionary Girl Utena and Mawaru Penguindrum have a hand in making this anime? Because that entire scene seemed like something he would come up with.

    Honestly, that scene made me want to continue watching this show.

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  15. About time you review this. My worries have been answered and I can put them to rest. Finally, a multimedia cute girls series that does not have that putrid disgusting mentor guy cancer that is killing yuri and CGDCT. I have heard that this series is already yuritastic and the anime made it even more obvious. Feels like Love Live going Broadway.

    I also like the premise about girls and stage plays but some people keep saying it is another idol series. Hopefully they do more stage plays to set themselves apart. Furthermore, the anime got off to an amazing start with nice production. I love the not-too-moe character design too.

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  16. The ending was so amazing that if the show doesn’t continue to go in that direction, I feel like I will be pretty disappointed. When she was falling to join the fight and the BGM changes with the full red screen and all of the following machinery animation, I seriously got Madoka vibes, it really sounded like she was entering a witch’s labyrinth (I love Shaft shows and their avant-garde style). Also, the character songs combined with the amazing animation made the battle parts so hype (when Karen’s song started with a high BPM, I couldn’t help but be pumped up).

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  17. FantasyGirlKanna says:

    Ooohh nice! 😀 I can feel the somewhat seriousness of the show. It’s like an idol show Hibike style (in terms of the seriousness and talent of course) 😛

    Juuna’s immediately on my favorite list now after that move she made on Karen…plus she wears glasses 😛 Anyway, there’s the usual triangle, where the new one that comes along wins. I’m actually interested in Maya and Claudine’s rivalry. Out of all of them, it’s like Maya’s the best and Claudine’s the second best in my opinion, currently of course.

    Hikari most likely experienced something bad in England for her not have any heart, according to Maya. She might be very talented but Maya probably didn’t see any passion in her or enjoyment in what she does. She probably messed up in abroad and came back to Japan still trying to keep her promise with Karen and now feels uneasy talking about that promise due to what happened to her.

    Yeah the last part was really WTF, apparently they receive messages about audition details and stuff and Karen wasn’t supposed to be there in the first place. Maybe that’s also the reason why Hikari came back to Japan…the last part was a bit confusing but it’s still the first episode, hopefully I’ll get a better understanding next week.

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  18. B-M says:

    It’s a battle musical! Not quite Symphogear levels, but I’ll take its theatrics all the same. I loved this episode! Reminded me of Revolutionary Girl Utena but less weird, more down to earth.

    As an anime based on the Takarazuka Revue, it might be worth reading up about them on Wikipedia. They’ve had homosexual undertones as an all-female acting trope since they began, and anime is often influenced by them – Sailor Neptune and Uranus are homages to them, in fact https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takarazuka_Revue

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  19. Lukas says:

    where you watched this anime

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    • OG-Man says:

      It is out there somewhere. Can’t share links here.

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    • Platon says:

      If you put it in to google, you should be able to find working stream site to watch it. Shoujo☆Kageki Revue Starlight Episode 1 English Subbed and it will offer you more then enough, then just pick the save one. I will respect rules in here and not post any link as I don´t know which one or if any is legal.

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  20. x says:

    Theater + battle = a pretty good original anime.

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  21. Mauron says:

    This is off to a good start. Excellent yuri, and a talking giraffe. What more could one ask for?

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  22. Nick says:

    This was going along like a pretty normal show until that second half hit and oh boy did this show my me sit up in my seat. Wow like I said in my life tweets I did not see that coming at all, but man does this show have my attention now. Looking forward to ep 2 although I’ll probably be waiting for some fansubs as the HiDive release wasn’t exactly up to par.

    Oh and do I need to watch the prequel stuff before continuing? Like is it critical to the show? I didn’t even know there was something that came before.

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    • OG-Man says:

      It was shaping up to be a solid lesbian theater show but it also being a theater combat show elevated it to top tier Summer season viewing.

      Yes. I’ll be sure to inform peeps of those subs in the next episode.

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  23. yurimylove says:

    i’m guessing Hikari’s hairpins can double as ninja shurikens in a pinch 😀

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  24. NatC7 says:

    So I did some research on giraffes in Japanese mythology and it turns out the japanese word for giraffe is Kirin which the same word is a word for a type of yokai. So it doesn’t seem so random anymore. Here’s a link for anyone who wants to read up on it

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  25. Veela says:

    When Hibike! Euphonium meets Utena and even the aesthetic is like Kumiko and Reina, which I am very happy about, thank you very much. Strong start and the second episode is even greater.

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