ARP Backstage Pass, which stands for Artistic Republic Performers, is an idol quartet using the most up-to-the-minute augmented reality technology to make performances more interactive. The young men who form the group, however, are just regular students at the International School of Music who were chosen to be a part of the project based on their talents and skills. Now this show takes you backstage to see how the whole thing started, as you meet the “real” versions of the characters, their friends, and the technology that brought them all together to perform.
The concept is really interesting, I haven't seem any shows before that take a talkshow kind of approach. When the characters are standing and chatting in the studio, it's the 'real' them, while the majority of the show is an anime about these idols. It was a bt confusing to me at first, but it makes sense. It also explains the drastic difference of animation and artstyle beween the two. It's definitely original!
I really like the chemistry between the characters while theyre doing the talkshow at the end of every episode. It feels pretty realistic and it makes the characters likeable. It also balanced out the otherwise pretty cliche storyline of the show.
The animation is average, nothing special in my eyes, but nothing looks off, so that's good. The colouring consistency however could have been better, they can't seem to decide whether Shinji's eyes are purple or grey, for one. But also between the 2D and 3D sections, the haircolours don't seem to stay consistent enough.
I do however really like how the concerts are animated, the colours are nice and the faces are really nicely done. They've really mastered the 'Idol-like' expressions, haha. The dances.... Not great. It seems to be getting better throughout the series, but still, it either looks like the moves are going absolutely nowhere, or they're so simple that it's not even remotely believable that these characters are meant to be dancers.
I wouldn't say that this show has a lot of quality to it, but I do find it very enjoyable. If you like idol shows it's definitely worth a watch.
The music is better than in most other Idol anime I've watched. I'd actually listen to these songs in my free time.