Review: Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 1000%Posted: September 30, 2011
Anime: Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 1000%
Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures
Number of Episodes: 13
Length per Episode: Approximately 24 minutes
My sleep schedule is getting so screwed up. I try not to sleep during the day, but I’m just exhausted by the end of my classes for the day. Next thing I know, I’m waking up at 4:00am.
There’s a lesson to be learned here: 7:30am classes suck ass. Never take them.
You can’t really say much in regards to Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 1000%. Most people would just look at the name and already starts walking in the other direction. Harems, whether they’re normal or reverse harems, get a general dislike from most people.
But the thing is it never really bothers you in this show. I mean, yeah the show cycles through each of the guys by giving them each an episode and they’re all obviously romantically interested in Nanami, but the thing is the show almost seems to be doing it out of some obligation rather than out of a desire to do it. Rather than each character’s episode seeming to focus on them becoming romantically interested in Nanami, it seems like the main focus is giving them an excuse to throw in a preview of the character’s character song.
…Okay, I can’t pretend to review this show seriously.
Lets get to the point: this show is absolutely hilarious. Whether it’s the regular antics of characters, the over-the-top dramatizations of when they’re doing songs, or Shining Saotome being Shining Saotome, it’s almost non-stop laughing. Watching it on niconico also helped make it even funnier.
I still maintain that the show doesn’t take itself seriously. The biggest example still being Shining Saotome. You don’t just hire Norio Wakamoto of all people to come voice some crazy, lunatic principal who throws in English every other sentence. In fact, most of the more dramatic tensions are broken up by him (though obviously “dramatic” should be taken lightly). It’s not exactly common practice to resolve a part where the main character is crying tears of sadness or joy by having his laughter be heard in the distance, shortly followed by popping up out of nowhere to explain the situation.
So then the argument becomes: should a show that doesn’t take itself seriously still be able to get a high score of any kind?
Uhm, no shit. The answer to that is blatantly obvious. If you’re laughing through a show whether it’s a high-class comedy (whatever the hell that is) or one that’s just constantly poking fun at itself, the fact of the matter is that in the end, it’s a question of whether you enjoyed how your time was spent. In that regard, it shouldn’t matter how you got your laughs, so much as how much you’re smiling to yourself or at the show throughout it. Implying a show can’t be a good way to spend time just because it’s humor is based on not taking it seriously is stupid. Think about it: people will purposely watch bad shows to laugh at them, so how is this any different? Though I’m still on the fence of whether this show is necessarily bad, since it was still amusing at times without needing me to make fun of it (I.E. Shining Saotome).
Oh, and the music. Holy crap all of that music is earworm status. Each character song was better than the last (up until Natsuki’s, because his was too fucking awesome to be topped). Now, obviously the music isn’t the greatest stuff I’ve ever heard in my life, but it was nice to get songs that weren’t generic J-Pop OPs.
Honestly, the only thing I didn’t like about the show was episode 11 or 12 when the DO-RAMA. happened. It almost seemed like the show was saying, “Well, you know, we’re obligated to have a climax of some kind, so whatever, here you go.” Unlike other parts where they weren’t taking themselves seriously and being amusing about it, it seemed like they genuinely didn’t give a crap about the drama and wanted to get it over with, so it just came off as stupid. But not the amusing kind of stupid.
What it comes down to is that you just need to let go of that predetermined mindset to need shows to be like Death Note or Baccano or whatever. Just as much fun can be had by laughing at a show or poking fun at it when it isn’t already doing that. If you can let that mindset go, there’s a genuinely amusing experience to be had here.
RATING: 9 out of 10.
Fun Fact: Except for the last one, all the screenshots were taken from the same episode. It was the best one.