Episode 12 [Final Impressions]

It’s time for TINGS’ first anniversary live performance at Nakano Solar Plaza! These women have come such a great distance of their idol journeys and there may be nonetheless a lot for them to do. They’re nicely on their technique to changing into a Shine Put up!

It’s onerous to consider that we’ve lastly reached the ultimate episode. It looks like simply yesterday Yuki was telling our authentic trio that she was fascinated with disbanding the group. They had been combating an uphill battle and I’m completely enthused that the ladies had been in a position to overcome many alternative challenges to make it to the place they’re. Do they nonetheless have an extended technique to go? Completely, however with every little thing they’ve discovered this season and the viewers they’ve gained, TINGS is a bunch stuffed with rising stars. Maybe they are going to even overtake Hotaru sooner or later. 

As proud as I’m of those women, this last episode felt… somewhat lackluster? Quite, I feel we didn’t get the chance to simply benefit from the lady’s success. There have been so many little issues that wanted to be put on this episode that I nearly marvel if they might have benefited from having only one extra episode. As an example, we actually didn’t know what the ‘secret weapon’ with Kyouka was till their music began enjoying, however we don’t actually get any vital perception into the decision-making or how that exact efficiency made her really feel. We get a few feedback from the Supervisor and the viewers, however that is a type of situations the place I want we acquired somewhat extra “present” somewhat than “inform”. Then in fact we have now the entire beef with HY:RAIN (learn: with Ren). After having an episode and a bit devoted to how a lot Ren wished Haru again with TINGS, she virtually offers up on it when their music begins. It’s nice that we have now closure, however I simply want there was extra! A number of extra seconds of her being shocked and dumbfounded by the efficiency or perhaps a callback to her emotions on the Hotaru live performance! Extra than simply one thing greater than what we acquired! We spent a lot time constructing this pressure for all of it to be over inside a matter of seconds. 

And don’t get me began on the Hotaru issues for this episode. I like that they confirmed Haru and Hotaru interacting with one another after the preliminary live performance that sparked all of their pursuits in changing into idols. It was a great factor to have and I’m completely happy it was included within the sequence, nevertheless it felt somewhat misplaced. Other than Haru going “teehee do you keep in mind me?” there was actually no motive for that info to return out of this episode. It may have been a pair episodes in the past when Haru was nonetheless on the fence about giving her all. Someplace in that blend there may have been the “Why do you wish to be an idol?” dialog however extra in depth and private. For me, it felt like they remembered they wanted so as to add that second in, however couldn’t fairly discover the place a great place might be. After which in fact, we discover out the “Commit Seppuku” cellphone name lady is definitely Hotaru (nicely, technically that was the reveal however many people had been speculating). And it simply looks like she confirmed up simply to make an look after which disappear once more. To be trustworthy, I don’t know what I might have wished for the time being. Clearly the cryptic cellphone calls wanted a reveal, however did we even want the cryptic cellphone calls to start with? It simply gave Supervisor-kun somewhat extra display screen time. I… simply don’t know the way I really feel, apart from I form of want her position on this finale performed out somewhat in another way. 

However, we must always nonetheless rejoice the ladies for making it to Nakano Solar Plaza. They labored so onerous to get right here and I loved the trip. I’m somewhat bummed they solely acquired to carry out one music on stage, however I’d be mendacity if I stated I didn’t tear up somewhat bit. They’ve come up to now! And I can’t wait to see the place they go from right here! I don’t know if a second season / film is in retailer for us, however I hope TINGS continues to thrive!!


Closing Impressions

Shine Put up was a completely pleasant and refreshing anime for the summer season season. Total, I are likely to get pleasure from watching idol / music centered sequence, however I additionally know that a lot of them are fast money grabs. For me, the summer season season was a bit lackluster; there weren’t any anime that I used to be notably enthusiastic about watching and those who I used to be enthusiastic about didn’t give me a lot of a draw to cowl. Finally, I made a decision to cowl Shine Put up since I truly haven’t coated a real idol anime since becoming a member of the weblog. This anime utterly caught me off guard. I wasn’t anticipating a lot, however I grew to become extremely invested actually quick. 

Actually, the characters made this anime and by that, I imply the unique three women we had been launched to: Haru Nabatame, Kyouka Tamaki, and Rio Seibu. All of them had distinctive and attention-grabbing personalities from the beginning and we had been in a position to dig deeper into their insecurities early on, which made these characters so relatable and pushed my want to cheer for them. Haru is your typical genki lady protagonist. She retains the power excessive and customarily strikes all through her areas with pleasure. Early on, we don’t see her get mopey or unhappy about her circumstances and for the opposite women she does preserve the morale excessive. She is earnest in her want to grow to be a shine publish for everybody watching. After all, her greatest worry is outshining all these round her. A worry which got here from one other group she was beforehand in. We get to look at her slowly discover her true idol-self and it does really feel satisfying when she is ready to get on stage and provides us every little thing that she’s acquired.

Then we have now Kyouka. Kyouka’s entire schtick is that she tries to play pranks on others, however her supply and timing might be a lot better. But it surely’s endearing as a result of you’ll be able to inform that she’s attempting! She’s fairly run of the mill. She doesn’t make errors, but additionally tends to not stand out. Her greatest battle early on was whether or not or not she could be middle, one thing she’s been actively working away from since her first failed try. However because the episodes proceed, we get to see that she actually does wish to be middle, however she simply doesn’t have the boldness anymore. She desires to shine on stage, however feels that it isn’t her place. She doesn’t wish to be an inconvenience for others due to her personal fears. I’m so completely happy that she is the primary lady we acquired to give attention to on this sequence, as a result of she’s the one I associated to probably the most. That want to be one thing, but additionally feeling invisible and unworthy? UGH hit a bullseye on me. Which is why it was so thrilling to see her succeed in the long run!

And naturally, we have now Rio, the one which takes extra of a chuuni strategy. Of the complete group, I feel Rio could also be my greatest lady as a result of I simply love how dangerous she is at hiding her feelings and true emotions. At first, Rio is taken into account the weakest hyperlink within the group primarily attributable to her poor dancing skills. She actually tries her greatest, however she’s off beat or too gradual and consequently makes the complete group efficiency far more amateurish. She places on a facade in entrance of everybody, usually laughing about her confidence and the way good she is, nevertheless it’s proven that she is definitely actually upset that she’s struggling to maintain up with the opposite women. She chooses to exit to the farm for the TV program in order that approach she received’t make the opposite look dangerous. She’ll storm away from the place her group is handing out tickets and head someplace totally different and provides 200%. As somebody who’s dangerous at lots of issues that I like doing, she additionally actually resonated with me! So when she acquired her personal ballad and we acquired to see the others hug her & hear her voice? I used to be completely balling. I’m simply so happy with her!!

As for the opposite two members of TINGS, Yukine and Momiji… they’re okay. Actually, they didn’t get the identical remedy as the opposite three. Yukine has the perfectionist mindset instilled in her the place she seems like she needs to be probably the most accountable particular person within the group and Momiji is just a bit clueless but additionally actually good at dancing. I nearly loved them extra once they weren’t a part of the group, as a result of they appeared like a enjoyable little mini rival group for the ladies to work in opposition to. However as soon as they formally joined, there wasn’t a lot growth with them and actually they simply stuffed out the sound of their group. So, if there’s a second season / film / recreation, I hope that these two get a bit extra growth. It looks like they solely existed to make the large reveal for Haru, and that’s a bummer! Their characters have the potential to be a lot enjoyable!

Talking of Haru, I feel the story dipped somewhat bit when it grew to become so centered on her. I get that she’s the primary character, however the second half of the sequence felt far more rushed than the primary. It’s a pitfall of the 12 episode season, nevertheless it’s what. We made it by way of her hesitations to present her all, however then it shortly shifted to HY:RAIN attempting to get her again. And that’s the half that didn’t sit proper with me! I like the thought of this different, extra highly effective group, placing stress on the smaller, new group. Even the recruiting facet was fantastic with me! However I want they might have gone a distinct path particularly now that I understand how the sequence ends. There have been lots of feelings surrounding each teams, however to have all of it solved with the intro of their anniversary music? I really feel somewhat cheated. If we’re going to have the drama, I’d like for us to decide to it. As an example, perhaps Ren acknowledges that Haru ought to stick with TINGS, however nonetheless preserve the entire nearly ‘tsundere’ act and simply preserve difficult Haru to random issues. (Which I assume is form of implied for the ending that we acquired, however I digress.) We acquired an honest wrap up, however I’m caught with the query of “The place will we go from right here?”

The characters actually make this an satisfying anime. I like the distinctiveness and I like that supporting characters regularly make their appearances. Some characters fall flat and a few have you ever marvel why they’re there, however these with persona have sufficient to go round! I do know that sounds imply, however I’m notably fascinated with Supervisor-kun after I say that. He simply exists to present them the magic reply, however in any other case we don’t do a lot for him. He has particular powers, however they didn’t do a lot for us more often than not. Sure, we may see when somebody was mendacity, however a easy ‘teehee’ *wink* would have simply solved these items. And the lies Kyouka & Rio instructed at first, we may have gotten the identical end result with instinct. I simply want we’d have finished extra with it! And his entire character! I get that he’s most likely purported to be the self-insert, however self-inserts can stand to be extra attention-grabbing than he was!! Okay, I’m finished bullying him. 

Whereas there have been various issues I’ve points with, I did get pleasure from this sequence. In the event you’ve been following my protection you’d know that I’ve teared up various instances. I do know Shine Put up is supposed to be a multimedia challenge, so if Konami does come out with a recreation, I’ll most probably be enjoying it (supplied I can get my palms on a duplicate lol). 

Thanks for studying my rambles on the sequence, now it’s time for the toughest half – a score. This was your traditional underdog story, a bunch of three women attempting to develop their viewers from 37 to 2,000 and in the end reaching their objectives and discovering confidence alongside the best way. The airing of Shine Put up was tough to say the least. There have been a number of delays, however I could also be within the minority after I say that I feel that labored of their favor. They dealt with cliff hangers rather well, which stored me coming again. I simply wanted to know what occurred. Plus, TINGS was in a position to have a particular program aired in the midst of the anime. That most likely helped their reputation as nicely! This anime may have simply been made into a boring ‘cute women doing cute issues’ present, however you’ll be able to inform that there was coronary heart put into it and I recognize that. 

With every little thing stated, I’ll give Shine Put up a last rating of 7/10. This was a great idol anime, and I hope to see TINGS succeed of their future initiatives!!

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