Through my distractions of playing F.3.A.R.
(FYI, even if isn’t quite as scary as the prequel, it’s still not for the weak-minded) and watching the all-new K-drama “Heartstrings,” I happened to pull out and finally write my first impressions for the new anime adaption of the otome game: Uta no Prince-sama Maiji Love 1000%!
The anime starts off with our heroine, Nanami Haruka, struggling to enter Saotome Academy (a music school intent on cultivating idols and/or song composers) so that she may participate in an exam to enroll. The guards, however, are unrelenting, insisting that she cannot be permitted to enter because she is late, at which point a boy comes along to help her.
After both continue to lead a fruitless persuasion, another boy comes and joins their efforts. He explains that the reason why Haruka was late is because she had helped a lost child find her mother. The guards still are unwilling, until one of them gets a phone call to let Haruka in.
Haruka then takes the exam and is able to enroll into Saotome Academy. She watches the Opening Ceremony and meets a new friend/roomate, Shibuya Tomochika, and the school chairman, “Shining” Saotome. In class and lunchtime, she meets her teacher:
and her bunch of bishie love interests:
After being acquainted, Haruka and Tomochika start unpacking to live in their dorms. Haruka talks about how she wants to compose songs for her idol, Ichinose Hayato.
While Tomochika is away, a black cat suddenly takes Haruka’s hankerchief and leads her to a Hayato look-a-like. Haruka says that she’s a fan of Hayato, but before she can say more, she is interrupted. The Hayato look-a-like says that his name is Ichinose Tokiya.
Tokiya denies being the same as the “idiotic” idol, Hayato. While Haruka insists, the school chairman comes in and says that Tokiya is actually the younger twin brother of Hayato, explaining the similar looks and voices.
The next day in class, Ringo-sensei explains the system of Saotome Academy and the rules that go along with it. While some are applying to become future debuting idols, others will learn how to become song composers. At the end of the school year, the idol classes will pair up with the song composer classes to debut along with.Their rule is:
Ringo-sensei’s first assignment for her class is for the idol class to compose a song while the song composers make the music. Haruka is paired up with Otoya. At first, the two are having trouble composing music as both have no background experience whatsoever.
While Haruka starts studying, Otoya asks others for advice. In the meantime, Haruka has a dream of her grandmother and is able to create a melody. Otoya overhears and is thus able to create the lyrics to accompany it, thereby finishing their song.
To be honest…I don’t think any of the boys are that hot.
*dodges tomatoes and bricks* BUT, I will say that I like Ren the most just because he was voiced by Junichi Suwabe (OHOHOHO, that sexy Atobe voice *o*).
I don’t really…like the heroine in both her physical features and personality. For one, I remember watching a horror movie and one of the characters had similar eyes like hers.
IT GAVE ME NIGHTMARES. As for her personality, I want further character development. She’s nice and all but a part that really got to me was when she kept on insisting that Tokiya was Hayato. Deem this fandom or whatever but that is just plain rude in my opinion.
The anime has a few funny chibi moments here and there that I like to watch occasionally. That might add in a few good points for the anime.
Overall: 5.7/10 (More like “HECK, am I gonna continue watching this?”)