Anime Review: Girls Band Cry

Musical anime is usually fairly good. Bocchi the Rock, Your Lie in April, Ao no Orchestra, Nameless Noise, Ok-ON, and several other others come to thoughts so when Women Band Cry confirmed up, I knew that I needed to test it out since I usually take pleasure in reveals from this style. At first, I believed that the 3DCG animation was going to be bothersome; nonetheless, it has come a good distance since 2016 Berserk. However, was it adequate to not flatline this present?

Let’s Jam!

The Story

In Women Band Cry, Nina has deserted her dwelling and moved to Tokyo. She has no plan, no job, nothing. All she has is that this ambition to get away from the life that has induced her a lot ache and distress. There, she meets Momoka who’s doing a efficiency on the road. She was part of Diamond Mud however left the band and is now doing a solo act for a pittance. After assembly her, she wonders if the 2 of them might carry out collectively however there’s just one drawback… Momoka is quitting every thing and shifting away. After chasing after her and convincing her in any other case, Nina has a glimmer of hope to seek out her true calling.

After all, she will’t simply begin a band with two folks. Enter Subaru… a woman who’s being pressured into turning into an actress by her well-known grandmother however she would somewhat kind a band. She is aware of the right way to play the drums and with Nina on vocals and Momoka on guitar, they might try to pull off a three-piece; nonetheless, issues don’t gel nicely between them and they’re always stepping into arguments, primarily resulting from Nina’s lack of ability to get near or belief anybody (regardless of doing that with Momoka…)

Alongside the way in which, two individuals who have fairly the next on social media are on the lookout for a band to affix, one is a keyboardist (and a cussed perfectionist), and the opposite performs bass and is raid laid-back, carefree, and acts because the voice of cause. Now we have now Rupa and Tomo and the band is full! With 5 members able to take the world by storm, they purpose to take down Momoka’s former band Diamond Mud, and climb the mountain to stardom; nonetheless, their wildly dysfunctional relationship will get of their method!

The Characters

The place do I even begin with Nina? She is all over after which some. First off, she ran away from dwelling as a result of she was being bullied at college. We don’t know why till the final episode when the present lastly sheds some mild on it. I’ll prevent the spoilers however when you get to know Nina all through the present, you’ll notice that her cause for being bullied suits her completely. As a result of the varsity wouldn’t do something about it and nor would her dad and mom, she ran away from dwelling to Tokyo. Due to the bullying and feeling like her dad and mom don’t care, she develops an lack of ability to belief others. She will get by means of her days listening to Diamond Mud when Momoka is the singer. She idolized her and thought it was nice that she might kind a band along with her. Moderately than being a fan of Diamond Mud itself, she’s somewhat a fan of Momoka, her music, and her lyrics, and believes that her music deserves to be heard by everybody with the logic behind it being because it saved her, it might probably save everybody.

In a method, dragging Momoka again into the music world towards her will based mostly on that logic is extraordinarily egocentric. In actual fact, there have been many occasions all through the present when Momoka and Nina can be at odds with each other over that very matter. It even bought Momoka to quickly give up the band however every time she tries to go away, Nina retains bringing her again and that is the one half about Nina that I didn’t like. Nina thinks that she’s doing Momoka a favor and a service by forming a band along with her however, in actuality, she’s selfishly attempting to get Momoka to maintain creating music for her sake; nonetheless, we have now to have a look at the opposite aspect of the coin and that’s Momoka herself.

Momoka is a blended bag as nicely. At first, she agreed to kind a band with Nina just because she beloved the sound of her voice and she or he needed Nina to sing for her. It gave her some encouragement to put in writing music once more; nonetheless, that wasn’t all the time there. Within the very first episode, regardless of liking her voice, she determined to go away anyway… heck, she even signed her guitar and gave it to Nina by no means anticipating to wish it ever once more. For some cause, Momoka retains coming again, although. On the floor, she’s all the time on the lookout for an excuse to go away the music world behind as a result of she is aware of simply how unforgiving and chilly that world may be however, alternatively, she has this want for her music to succeed in different folks once more and to do it as not part of Diamond Mud.

A part of the explanation why she left the band was as a result of she wouldn’t be capable to make her music the way in which she wish to. After being signed to a report label, they went mainstream, and, subsequently, the label was telling them what music to put in writing and play. Her dream of touching the world along with her personal creativity was shattered and she or he couldn’t settle for it. In a method, that makes Momoka simply as cussed as Nina… and… identical to Nina, she was attempting to run away from all of it. Whereas they harbor completely different personalities, the conditions are so related that they notice that they want one another. I believe Momoka realized this a number of occasions which was why it was so onerous for her to actually stroll away from every thing.

Subaru’s story isn’t that deep. She merely doesn’t need to observe in her grandmother’s footsteps. She even admits to mendacity to her about going to appearing faculty simply so she might play within the band. She loves enjoying the drums and music is her true ardour and calling besides… how do you inform a world-famous actress who’s additionally your loved ones that you just don’t need to be like them in a tradition the place that’s severely regarded down upon and will even get you narrow off from your loved ones? Sounds excessive however that’s the way in which it’s generally in Japan and that’s the concern that Subaru has.

Rupa and Tomo are whole opposites however they want each other. Rupa has a fantastic creative sense however her downside is that she likes to drink… like… a LOT. Regardless of this flaw, she stays level-headed and balances out Tomo… her roommate, and somebody who could be very chilly and direct in her suggestions. In actual fact, Tomo’s harsh criticism is why the 2 of them are on their very own. She tries her hardest to maintain it to herself after they be part of up with Nina, Momoka, and Subaru however it will definitely comes out; nonetheless, Nina takes her criticism to coronary heart and makes use of it to enhance. When Tomo sees this, it’s like her shell breaks and she or he begins to see them in a brand new mild.

It’s robust to say who my favourite character was on this present… all of them had their endearing quirks and their flaws. Perhaps Rupa as a result of she all the time appeared chill and laid again. The one hurt she ever did was to herself along with her extreme ingesting. Outdoors of that, she by no means actually induced bother for anybody. Looks as if the kind of particular person you may simply be no matter is round and nonetheless be accepted. The remainder are simply method too dysfunctional for me to place up with frequently so yeah, Rupa wins. Congratulations!

Artwork, Animation, and Sound

Okay, so the elephant within the room is right here going to be the truth that 99.99% of Women Band Cry was produced utilizing 3DCG animation. I say 99.99% as a result of there was an episode the place we did a flashback and a short second within the remaining episode the place the present used conventional animation over CG. I by no means thought I’d see the day once I would say that the standard animation caught out like a sore thumb and broke the immersion however but… right here we’re.

However that assertion ought to communicate to the general high quality of the 3D animation. Now granted, there have been some elements that regarded just a little janky however for a superb majority of the time, every thing was fluid and plausible, and nothing regarded robotic. Toei Animation knocked it out of the park on this sense and whereas it wasn’t tremendous good, it’s in all probability among the best 3DCG anime I’ve seen in an extended whereas.

Facial expressions have been accomplished amazingly and while you abandon conventional animation, you are able to do sure issues that carry extra life to the present… belief me, Women Band Cry was crammed to the brim with little nuances, actions, gestures, and split-second animations that you’d by no means see in a traditionally-created anime. Due to these fast microsecond moments, the anime was given this really random really feel to it. Add in spontaneous and seemingly random traces from the voice actors and also you get an anime that appears extra real looking than scripted and the animation matched that feeling completely. It’s onerous sufficient to do that in a traditionally-created anime however to drag this off utilizing CG is much more spectacular.

I used to be very apprehensive to be taught concerning the present being in 3D however after watching it, it didn’t trouble me one bit. In actual fact, I’ll dare to say that I couldn’t think about this present another method.

Now, so far as the soundtrack goes… it is a present about music so it has to have a banger soundtrack, proper? Properly… sure and no. The one music I might recall from the present was the insert songs created for his or her band… which is an effective factor as a result of that’s what you need. You need to have these songs stick in folks’s heads in order that they exit and purchase the soundtrack and, in the event that they determine to tour in actual life, purchase tickets to the concert events, merchandise, and every thing else. In that sense, I believe Women Band Cry did its job and did it very nicely.

Ask me about the remainder of the soundtrack and out of doors of that one piano model of the opening theme music (which can also be an enormous banger, btw), I couldn’t let you know something. Lots of the time, the present will use ambient background noise or nothing in any respect which provides the present a somewhat distinctive really feel however when there must be a second that’s backed up by music, it’s there… sadly, once more, outdoors of only one music, I can’t recall something they did.

However significantly, the insert songs have been phenomenal. Purchase the OST.

Total Ideas

To be sincere, I type of bought scared when it got here time to evaluate this present as a result of Women Band Cry and Jellyfish Can’t Swim within the Evening have had two very related premises. They each contained women who have been trying to overcome their very own private adversities and make within the leisure world. One simply offers with making a band whereas the opposite needed to create an internet media group. Fortunately, in the long run, I wasn’t as confused as I believed I’d have been as a result of Women Band Cry does sufficient with an analogous premise to be fully completely different.

The one factor I beloved probably the most was one thing that I touched upon within the animation part and that was the realism of the present. By that, I meant how conversations have been carried out, how spontaneous among the dialogue and matching animations have been, and so on. Even with among the most spontaneous characters in anime historical past, numerous them felt pressured or scripted. The conversations right here appeared fairly pure and matched how folks their age in as we speak’s world usually talk.

The story felt as if it was all over at occasions, although. Individuals randomly give up the band, come again to the band, and simply argue with one another, one second the band works, the following it doesn’t and heck, even in the previous few episodes, they get introduced with a possibility, take it, change their minds, change them once more, they need to do it, then they don’t… it’s chaotic. It’s each a constructive and a detrimental for me as a result of whereas it made it look like no person on this present might ever make up their thoughts, you additionally notice that that is how it’s generally in the true world and this present doesn’t attempt to disguise it or glamorize life to the place you assume that that is the way it must be or any of that nonsense.

It’s sloppy for a cause and it simply works. It offers the present a sure allure and makes it stick in your head… and that works, too as a result of even if the present wasn’t on any U.S. streaming service, folks went out of their strategy to discover a strategy to watch this present as a result of it did one thing only a few reveals do… seize your creativeness and make you need to see extra. Not as a result of it was good (it was) however as a result of it did one thing completely different, it stood out, and it grabbed your consideration that method… after which made you notice it was good and that created the proper storm.

However, as good because the storm appeared, there have been some imperfections alongside the way in which. Regardless of the try at realism within the dialogue and story, generally, it appeared a bit too outrageous. Among the reasoning behind Nina’s bullying type of made every thing they constructed it as much as look like a waste… and, oddly, the utilization of conventional animation in elements simply felt bizarre in a present that was purely meant to be 3DCG (once more, by no means thought I’d say that.)

It was an amazing effort by Toei Animation that produced a high-enjoyable present that I believe anybody who loves music or slice-of-life Women Band Cry is a present it’s best to exit of their strategy to watch!

Women Band Cry

Abstract

Women Band Cry takes 3DCG anime to a brand new stage and dares to do one thing completely different. Its spontaneous dialogue and matching animation create a extra real-world really feel versus different reveals that would appear extra scripted. The story was a bit all over but it surely matched the spontaneous nature of the present that was backed by some killer insert songs.

Professionals

  • Nice music for a present about music
  • Various characters
  • Actual-world really feel with small nuances

Cons

  • The very minor use of conventional animation breaks the immersion
  • Typically the story appeared all over