The monster Winter 2021 anime season rages on, giving fans more anime than they could possibly hope to watch… while anime bloggers like me are here to help you separate the wheat from the chaff. We’ve got five idol anime series this season — Idolls, Wixoss Diva(A)Live, I★Chu: Halfway Through the Idol, Gekidol and Idoly Pride. Which idol anime series is worth your valuable time? Keep reading to find out!
Your 2021 Idol Anime Scorecard! The Bad!
Let’s get this party started with Idolls: IDOL Survival. It’s a 100% CGI-based anime about idols who sit around their room talking about how hard it is to make it in the idol world… with a talking Tiki doll that gives them advice for some reason. I assume the “anime” is based on a mobile game, but the name is so generic I can’t find information on it using Google.
As you can guess from my frequent ranting about trying to replace hand-drawn character animation with “cell-look CGI” to save money — because those animators just make so much money, you know — I’m not a fan of this approach. I don’t know why I’m perfectly okay watching a Vtuber or characters in a video game rendered with CGI, but when it’s sold to us as anime, it trips my “uncanny valley” trigger.
Peter’s CGI Hate-o-Meter Score: 5 stars. Kill it with fire.
Your 2021 Idol Anime Scorecard: the Pretty Good
Next up is Wixoss Diva(A)Live, the fifth anime series in the Wixoss card game series. It’s sort of an idol and magical girl anime hybrid, based around the card game.
When watching a new anime, I try to guess whether it’s an original work, based on a manga or light novel series, or if it’s connected to a popular social game. In the final case, you can usually tell right away because the budget is super-high, as the creators lavish money on the anime project to thank existing fans of the game and draw in new players, as well as to lower their taxes from all the money pouring in from the game. If you’ve watched the previous Wixoss series, you might enjoy this one.