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darkchibi07



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:18 am Reply with quote
So unlike getting into Love Live Sunshine via the anime, getting into the BanG Dream S2 anime is utterly foolhardy unless you're deep into the franchise. That's a real bummer.
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sourpatchthekid



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2019 6:40 pm Reply with quote
darkchibi07 wrote:
So unlike getting into Love Live Sunshine via the anime, getting into the BanG Dream S2 anime is utterly foolhardy unless you're deep into the franchise. That's a real bummer.
It's not super hard to get into it if you want to. A bunch of the in game character intros/stories are on youtube if you don't want to play the game yourself. You also don't need to know ALL of it just a base level of famillarity with the characters.
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joeydoa



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2019 7:01 pm Reply with quote
I have never played the game, have only watched season 1 and found season 2 to be absolutely fantastic - a serious upgrade in all facets. If you are not somebody who has to know the backstory of every character that appears and can go with the flow - it is a fun experience. It was my choice for best of the season out of a dozen shows I followed.
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Animegomaniac



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2019 7:36 pm Reply with quote
I too know nothing of the franchise but found season 2 to be thoroughly enjoyable. The secret to the show/franchise is that only about two or three members of each band actually has a real personality while the rest fill out their role in the band together with a characteristic. It's a cheap trick but it's easy to understand why they had to do it.

And then there's Hina. Completely in the background in her band which is an odd place for the lead gutarist, she steals any scene she's in just by being the nice girl version of Haruhi Suzumiya. For me, the highlight of the second season was watching Hina pull off a Chu2 producer gambit by making supergroup for the joint festival, seemingly by accident at first but since she got the last member when she herself backed out of the guitarist role, it had to be by design.

Between her and Hello Happy World!, there's a lot to watch and be entertained by, regardless of how well you know the franchise.
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KariOhki



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2019 9:00 pm Reply with quote
darkchibi07 wrote:
So unlike getting into Love Live Sunshine via the anime, getting into the BanG Dream S2 anime is utterly foolhardy unless you're deep into the franchise. That's a real bummer.


The difference is the Love Live game is made up of fluff stories, and the BanG Dream game isn't.

You could even just watch the Girls Band Party Pico mini-episodes to get a taste for what the game-first characters are like before jumping into S2. And like mentioned, there's youtube channels with game events recorded so you don't even need to play.

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producer CHU2 being notable as a rare true antagonist in a series like this, who peppers her speech with bizarrely-accented English in one of the strangest seiyuu performances I've heard in a while.


It's only "bizarre" because it's not typical Japanese-pronounced English. The seiyuu is pretty skilled when it comes to speaking English and carried it over into the character (the RAS characters being heavily based off of their seiyuu)

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The look of the first season was one of the few solid things about it

Hard disagree here, due to how often season 1 went off model. Yes the CG can be a bit "robotic", but at least there's no melting faces.
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GhostStalkerSA



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:38 am Reply with quote
KariOhki wrote:

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The look of the first season was one of the few solid things about it

Hard disagree here, due to how often season 1 went off model. Yes the CG can be a bit "robotic", but at least there's no melting faces.

Agreed, the art style of season 1 was one of the things that put me off of it. Sucked that GuriGuri didn’t get new 3D models when they appeared that one episode.

Also, love the fact that this season played with Tae being in RAS, because when RAS was originally formed by Bushiroad as The Third (TBD) last year to play songs by the bands in the franchise whose members don’t actually know how to play their instruments in real life (so basically everyone except for PoPiPa and Roselia), Saechi (Otae’s seiyuu) was their support guitarist before they hired on Rikopin, aka Rokka’s VA. Also funny is that Tsumutsumu, Chu2’s VA, was the last member of RAS to join, instead of being the one to form and produce the band in the first place.
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st_owly
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2019 6:00 am Reply with quote
I wanted to punch CHU2 every time she was on screen I found her that annoying. This season was a lot better than the last one though.
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yurigasaki



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2019 1:49 pm Reply with quote
I'm absolutely joining the chorus of voices that disagrees on this season looking "worse" than season one – I liked season one just fine but let's not pretend that it didn't look like it was drawn with a potato 90% of the time.

Season 2 in contrast has great visuals and while it's true it doesn't push the boundaries or do anything whack with the camerawork... uhhh, I don't really think it had to? It's a goofy slice of life music anime, I'm not really sure what you were expecting.
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WashuTakahashi



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:48 am Reply with quote
I really didn't care for season 1 but decided to give season 2 a try. I only played the game for maybe a week before getting bored, but it was enough to have some familiarity with the characters.

Season 2 was DEFINITELY better than season 1. But my main complaint was the fact that the songs weren't translated. Several episodes lead up to resolution through song and you sort of get the feeling of things...but for us non Japanese speakers it took away a lot of the impact those scene might have had.
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