Show By Rock!! Episode 1 (First Impression)
Hello Kitty kills a monster with the power of ROCK ‘N ROOOOOOOOLL and joins a rock band.
I’ll get to the Hello Kitty part in a bit, let me back up for a bit. Our protagonist for this story is a girl named Cyan Hijirikawa. She loves playing music and singing, and wants to join her school’s band, but the problem is that she’s too shy to join. But she’s finally found the confidence to turn in the application form to be part of the band. Cyan is a sweet girl. She just loves music and wants to be part of the band, and she even daydreams of singing with the band, singing and pointing right in the middle of the school hallway, making a complete fool of herself. I love how she’s passionate about it. And I thought that in the end, she ended up signing up with the BRR label without even thinking because it was finally her chase of being in a rock band. So she dismissed the mystery of where the hell she ended up in, and just embraced the fact that she was part cat, and went on to sign up in the band. Which I thought was pretty funny.
So, in her room she’s playing a rhythm game on her phone, and all of a sudden the screen glitches, displaying something called Unicorn Music something or other on her phone, and then all of a sudden she gets sucked into her phone. She somehow enters the world of the game she was playing, and ends up turning into a kitty and crashing into a concert, sung by…foxes I think?, the main fox being voiced by Mamoru Miyano lol (I’m gonna be hearing him sing a lot this season). And here in this part is where I almost fell out of my chair. Now let me remind you all that SANRIO came up with the story. Y’know…SANRIO…Hello Kitty…yup. So the anime switches between these childish animals in CGI to the regular animation that we had before, and it was pretty strange and I admit that I was laughing a lot.
A skeleton monster appears and attacks the fox band, Cyan somehow gets the legendary Strawberry Heart guitar, and kills it with music. Then it’s over and we return back to the regular animation, and Cyan has no idea what the hell happened. The girls we saw in the show’s poster appear before Cyan, and an egg man. Named Maple or something, and he’s in charge of the label that Cyan eventually joins.
I was actually surprised how funny the show is. The humor is a little wacky, like when Fox!Miyano’s limo smashed into BRR’s van, and it just kept smashing into it and the girls had to ride in the messed up van. Maple being punished by a sexy woman fox…and…it’s just so funny, I don’t know. I guess what threw me off was the CGI and when the characters look like animals you would see in a children’s show. In the ending of the show, the other characters look like this as well, so I’m going to guess that this type of format is going to be used in this show the entire time. Now…it’s SANRIO, I get it, so I guess I’m not too surprised. But I was honestly laughing during that whole battle thing, and if the show is seriously going to be like this, then it’s going to be hard for me to take it seriously. At least the CGI is done really nicely. It was just so smooth and clean, compared to other CGI I’ve seen in anime. The movements were good, the colors were too, it actually didn’t look too shabby at all.
I also really like the regular animation style as well. It’s vibrant and cute! I like Cyan so far, I like the humor, I like the character designs, and I actually quite enjoyed the songs in both the opening and ending. I guess the main thing that’s strange about this show is the CGI, and I know a lot of people are going to be pointing it out, and I don’t blame them. It caught me off guard too. I guess it just gives it a different feel for the show. I know there’s going to be a lot of different opinions about this.
There’s no concise plot yet, I just wonder what the baddies in this show are going to do. It’s the simple “Rule the universe!” type thing, but I hope they do something different with that. Anyway, this show is super cute. Extremely cute. It gets even more diabetes cute when the CGI kicks in, or it just might be funny. For me, it’s both. I don’t know, judge my weird taste in anime if you want, but I think I want to stick for the ride.
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