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A3! Season Spring & Summer

Score: 6.37/10

A3! Season Spring & Summer

Synopsis

"Director! Please help us bloom!" In Tokyo, there is a place called Velude Way. It is a district notorious for its performers and theatrical groups. Izumi Tachibana, who was previously a stage actress, arrives with a letter that reads, "Full of debt! Zero customers! Only one actor!" It describes the current state of the once-popular theater group Mankai Company. Her task is to rebuild the company to its former glory as the new owner and chief director. (Source: MAL News)

Going into A3! Season Spring & Summer / Act! Addict! Actors! Season Spring & Summer, I had thought it was just another male idol group tale. That’s actually apparently not correct; this is about acting rather than singing. However, mechanically-speaking, that doesn’t make much of a difference. It very much has the same formula as one of those boy- band stories (in fact, it follows those style points so closely that I’d bet that it was deliberately designed that way) and doesn’t offer enough beyond that for it to likely have much appeal to anyone who doesn’t normally like boy-band series.

That this is based on a mobile game is almost painfully obvious; the whole opening episode here is a classic “build the team from the ground up” scenario, complete with a fall to nothing to explain why the group is starting over and a crisis that puts a sense of urgency into the effort. Izumi clearly represents the player of the game, and considering that, she offers the one minor surprise: she might actually have a personality and definitely has a backstory involving acting. The series could have at least something going for it if she’s allowed to develop further along with the boys.

The boys show less promise. The starting character initial recruit is about as blandly the genki boy as they come, the second has the standard mixed-color hair with deadpan coolness but is only interested in Izumi, and the third recruit hasn’t even distinguished himself enough yet for his archetype to be clear. (There’s also the older theater manager in the amusingly-awful patched suit, but he doesn’t count.) Two of them know how to spout off Shakespeare, but beyond that we don’t see them much in performance action yet. The Next Episode previews during the closer indicate that more bishonen are slated to appear, and the name indicates that at least two of the necessary four troupes will be dealt with in the series, but based on appearances along none of them look any more interesting.

I seriously hope they delayed the episodes to up their animation skills because it's one of the trashiest I've seen and I thought my tolerance had been pretty high. I'm caught up to the most recent chapter in the game in Japanese and the story's as good as other prominent idol games (ie. idolish7, which is thankfully blessed with good art studio). It pisses me off these lovely a3 characters receive such poor treatment in comparison. They screwed up on the body motions? Fine, whatever. But they just had to also screw up on some basic face turnarounds, like c'mon. It's an idol anime and the face is like a good percentage of the selling point. With that in mind it might be a little much, but it would be nice if they put more thought in their framing so it's not all like, bam 3/4 head shots/half body shots + the little animated movement that they already cucked up on. Being super lenient and giving it a 5 for now for the potential it has in character/story and in hopes of some upgrade in the animation department.

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