Well, and for a bit of mood whiplash versus my earlier post…!
I’ve decided to blog Prince-sama. I promise to not abandon it mid-season like everything else I’ve ever episodically blogged other than Shiki. Actually, no, I don’t, but I was excited enough about the first episode and grinning like an idiot while watching, so, hell, here we go.
First off, Prince-sama is utter crap. However, it is fun utter crap, and it is utter crap as done by a staff that clearly realizes that the material they are working with ain’t exactly Pulitzer caliber. Any notion that we are meant to take the proceedings seriously is completely chucked out the window with the appearance of SHINING SAOTOME. Trap idol homeroom teachers and goofy idols as inspiration for life dreams just work as extra reminders. Folks, this is camp. Sit back and enjoy.
Prince-sama is also helped by the fact that it hits on everything I was expecting from it, which is to say silly set-up and bad pop music complete with doofy dance numbers. I had been slightly concerned that there wouldn’t be enough crappy J-pop to aid the effort, but was treated to an awful OP and terrible ED in addition to a DRAMATIC insert song with DRAMATIC revelation. Awesome.
On the more legitimate good side of the ledger, the animation and art are both solid and pleasing to the eye. Additionally, and amazingly, our heroine has yet to come across as a complete nitwit. There was only one blushing moment in the whole episode, and it was excusable, as Haruka blushed after being swooped out of the way of a guy who had mistaken her for his dog.
…yes, one of the haremettes mistakes Haruka for his dog. Way to get off on the right foot!
Haruka doesn’t even blush when she trips in the dining hall and one of the bishounen catches her meal card. She also recovers and doesn’t end up on her face or in someone’s arms! Halle-frickin-lujah!
So, good on Haruka even though she so far lacks a personality for the most part and has a bogwater standard backstory. The fact that the idol who inspired her to attend the school turning out to be a really goofy and silly idol was a moment of brilliance, however.
Essentially, at its heart, Uta no Prince-sama is a reverse harem, just with the dumber aspects turned up to about eleven for comedic affect. You cannot watch this show and take it seriously, and, if you did, as the kids say, you’re doing it wrong. And, hell, at the very least, it is LEAGUES ahead of Starry Sky. I’M SO EXCITED FOR THE NEXT EPISODE.
Also, is it just me, or does the title sound a lot like “Utena Prince-sama”?