Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 1000% - Anime Review
Rating: ⭐ (1 star)
Length: 13 Episodes
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 3, 2011 to Sep 24, 2011
I’ll be the first person to admit that this anime was not for me.
When I was young, and foolish, I had a rule that I would finish every anime I started. I had a solid thirty or so series under my belt and I was feeling cocksure of my abilities as an anime connoisseur that I could identify good shows by visuals alone, and that even a bad show would at least leave a lasting impression that would leave me comfortable to analyse and critique it. At the first least, I was correct in that it left a lasting impression. It broke me, and my resolve to finish every anime I ever start. My MAL profile is now riddled with dropped anime, even ones that I would probably enjoy if I gave them a proper shot. All because of this one show that made me recognise how fleeting our time is, and how I need to make more productive and enjoyable use of my time.
Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 1000% which, for the sake of brevity, I’ll just be calling “Uta” from now on, is a reverse harem anime starring Haruka Nanami and her entourage of boys. Haruki dreams of composing songs for her favourite idol, and enrolls in this school only to discover she is massively out of her depth. Surrounded by already accomplished idols, poets, and musicians, Haruka struggles to find her place amongst the elite, until she spots a mysterious yet eerily familiar figure… Long story short, she’s so good at writing music that everyone falls in love with her the end.
To be fair, the anime does look very pretty, the characters have interesting and dynamic designs, and I’m sure there’s a character to fit anyone who’s interested in boys. My issue is that I am not, so this eye candy is tragically lost on me. The music is... okay? It’s an anime about it’s music, so there’s an obvious amount of effort that was put into it, but I honestly mostly found the songs forgettable. Maybe if there was a real earworm in there (Like K-on! Song roster for instance) I may have been a bit more interested. Instead I was stuck slogging my way through episodes and struggling to avoid falling asleep during the performances.
Another issue that prevented me from enjoying the show is that because there are so many boys (seeing as it’s a reverse harem) I didn’t really feel like I got to know any of them beyond “This is the cute one”, “This is the stoic one”, etc etc. I imagine watching more of the series would help me get to know them all better but… I’m not going to do that. The plotline was simply a vehicle for the girl to interact with the boys, and didn’t provide any intrigue or suspense. Which led to a wombo combo of me not caring about the characters OR what happened.
Also Haruka’s eyes are just straight up terrifying. She looks either blind or possessed.
One star. I’m hoping that by writing this out I may finally purge this show from my memory.
Author: Jace Cowan
Manager - Let's Go Akamaru!