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.
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.
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”.
Futaba looks to be the most tomboyish of the group whereas Kaoruko is a carefree beauty.
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…
Then there’s Junna. She’s the token strict chick of the group. Very interested in learning more about her.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Harukana Receive
- Revue Starlight
- Happy Sugar Life
- Asobi Asobase
- Yama no Susume 3
- High Score Girl
- Jashin-chan Dropkick
- Ongaku Shoujo TV