[Review] THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS 1st & 2nd TV Anime

deremas_charaTHE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS TV Anime is based on THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS video game. The video game was first released in Q4 2011 amd the TV anime followed more than three years later in 2015. The total episode is 25 but divided into two seasons. The first season is 13 episodes and was aired from January 10, 2015 to April 11, 2015 and the second season is 12 episode and was aired July 17, 2015 to October 17, 2015.

THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS (in short, IM@S CG) follows the story of idols in professional talent agency. The first season of the TV Anime is about the road to become idols, which is not easy, takes patient, and quite challenging. The second of the TV Anime is about the difficult part in the agency where there are changes of company policy that does not favor the idols. From the story, I can feel that being an idol is not as easy as young might think. It’s difficult and challenging. It takes passion, strength, confidence, and strong will.deremas_ss01

The main characters are Shimamura Uzuki, Shibuya Rin, Honda Mio, and the producers. There a lot of secondary characters and supporting characters in the anime which gives you a difficult time to remember all of them if you didn’t know them before watching this anime. The variation of the characters is impressive. The seiyuu behind them are doing a great job as well. Surely, we have some popular seiyuu name behind the characters, but not all of them are popular when IM@S CG was created back then in 2011.

Personally, my favorite character is Nitta Minami, voiced by Suzaki Aya. Ayappe really did a great job as Minami’s seiyuu. But the reason I mainly interested with Minami is her reliable and dependable personality. My favorite seiyuu is Oohashi Ayaka who voiced Shimamura Uzuki. Hego-chin is really shining there. Even between so many bright stars, I can see and feel that Hego-chin is shining the brightest. Her voice really suits Uzuki’s character in a very impressive level.

The quality of the animation is very good to excellent as far as my eyes can take me. However, on outdoor location, the animation seems to be better than indoor location. It seems to be because of the lighting effect but overall, still looks more than okay for me. In short, on outdoor location, the animation is excellent but on indoor location, the animation is very good.

IM@S CG is about idol & music. So, how do I feel about the music in TV Anime? It’s a bit disappointing actually. Compared to anime in general, the music is very good, indeed. However, when compared to Love Live!, the feeling is still not there, unfortunately. But don’t take it wrong. It’s not that I hate nor dislike the music. It’s very good but still not as good as Love Live! which serves as my gold standard for anime with music theme.

To sum it up, THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS is a very good anime. Very good music, very good animation, and excellent voice acting. The story on the first season is something that I consider excellent. But on the second season, I think it’s just very good. The ending is excellent but the existence of Executive Director Mishiro annoys me. She is the reason I remove one point from the story and overall score of this anime. If Bandai Namco decided to make THE IDOLM@STER MILLION LIVE a TV Anime, I hope they would make a much more fun story so that I could enjoy it even more.deremas_ss02

Story 8
Animation 8
Sounds & Musics 8
Characters 9
Voice Acting 9
Overall 8
Rated as Very Good

A screen shot from THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS
1st Live (top left and right) and 2nd Live (bottom)

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