AKB0048 has opened me to fabulousness, and ultimately entertainment.
No, seriously. When this show started airing I was an ignorant hater, ready to join DES in eradicating idols and their crappy music from the universe. I still recognize that idols are basically the dumbest things ever, but AKB0048 is an amazing show. It takes the idol concept and makes something sublime, beautiful and enthralling out of it. We explore the commonly discussed existential ideas of identity with more finesse than I’ve ever seen in any other anime. AKB0048 even takes the “try hard” theme that is so common and inane and turns it into something profound and revolutionary. It’s amazing.
Then there’s the entertainment aspect of the show. Where else are you going to see girls singing and dancing along with a tribe of giant monkeys while fighting an army of enormous robots with lightsabers? Nowhere, that’s right.
Then there’s the characters: I love how some of them act like complete assholes and let their ambitions trample over all of their friends. So many delicious tears. It’s beautiful.
I’ll stop gushing now. If you want to read more about why AKB0048 is the greatest thing ever check out my earlier post. The take home message is, don’t be afraid to try AKB0048, even if you don’t like idols. I initially dismissed it, and it took about six episodes for me to realize the brilliance I had been purposefully ignoring due to my prejudice towards idols. Don’t be a fool like me.
- Storytelling – A – The greatest story ever told.
- Voice – A – Who the hell comes up with this crap, it’s genius.
- Characters – A – Tears and endless yuri shipping.
- Attention Grab – A – I watched something like 40 episodes of AKB0048 in a single week, it’s that good.
- Production – A – Excellent use of CG and crappy idol music. They even tricked me into liking some of the crappy idol music. You win anime.
- Overall – A