Present By Rock!! Stars!! is the fourth season within the nearly weirdly participating Present By Rock!! franchise, choosing up nearly exactly the place season three, Present By Rock!! Mashumairesh!! left off, and in some methods forming nearly a coda to the franchise as an entire – or at the least marking the beginning of a brand new part of the story. That is as a result of it manages to carry the entire numerous bands from the earlier three seasons collectively into one present, and whereas that does make for a crowded forged (particularly within the last episode), it additionally provides us a really full image of simply what the Midi Metropolis music scene actually has to supply. There is no assure that everybody is thru their trials and tribulations, nevertheless it positively provides the sense that probably the most main hurdles have been cleared, permitting everybody to maneuver on to the subsequent steps of their musical careers.
Since these steps are clearly loads nearer for established bands like Plasmagica and Shingoncrimsonz, who have been the main focus of seasons one and two, Stars!! retains the 2 teams from Mashumairesh as the first protagonists: Dokonjofinger for the boys and Mashumairesh for the women. The story begins with the 4 girls of Mashumairesh – Himeko, Howan, Ruhuyu, and Delmin – driving from Below North Zawa to Midi Metropolis, the place they’re supposed to fulfill their producer’s good friend, Maple Arisugawa. They meet him, all proper, however not in the way in which they’d deliberate: the automobile he is driving and the one Himeko’s driving get into an accident on the freeway, leading to a reasonably spectacular crash. The trigger behind it’s the unusual ghostly amp Ziipe, who has been terrorizing the musicians of Midi Metropolis, however who by no means seems for very lengthy – which implies that Himeko and the women get blamed for the catastrophe as a result of Ziipe has already disappeared and what the cops see is footage of Delmin utilizing her electrical beams in the course of the incident.
That the difficulty would not final for very lengthy is an efficient indication of how the sequence as an entire runs. There’s an overarching plot – the key music occasion Mashumairesh has come to take part in – however every episode is self-contained, taking the characters to a wide range of locations for ostensible coaching workouts or performances. These numerous venues are wide-ranging, and many of the main gamers get an opportunity to take part within the story’s motion. Solely Mashumairesh finally ends up going to the house of the Devilmint Dragons (i. e. Delmin’s hometown), however Plasmagica results in house once more, there is a sports activities pageant that each one the lady teams get an opportunity to take part in, an amusement park, and different staple anime venues. All of those actions are referenced after they occur, in order that they’re clearly not supposed to be throwaway adventures, however in addition they do not make the present type a very cohesive entire.
What, then, is the purpose? Whereas that is a good sufficient query to ask, the reply is probably a bit trickier. Present By Rock!! as a franchise is not actually about overarching themes aside from the love of music and the friendships of the varied band members, and even in that latter concept there is a truthful quantity of taking part in quick and unfastened with the viewers’s expectations with implied yuri relationships that do not really go anyplace. (Though there’s a very cute Himeko/Howan second when Himeko assumes they’re going to be sharing a dorm room since they have been residing collectively.) This is not essentially a present that desires you to assume too deeply about its symbolism or what it is saying about music or love; it is a sequence that desires you to sit back and luxuriate in your self, having enjoyable with the characters, the varied songs, and the music-based world itself.
In that respect, Stars!! does an excellent job. The sheer variety of bands provides us a wide range of songs in various types, and the ultimate episode features nearly as a medley of the franchise‘s best hits, with nearly each band we have gotten to know (or at the least heard talked about) over the earlier seasons getting a activate stage. Many of the character growth goes to the women of Mashumairesh, which does make a specific amount of sense, since we acquired two seasons of Plasmagica and the Below North Zawa group is clearly meant to reflect them to a level. Apparently sufficient we see Ruhuyu, the purple wolf, undergo probably the most adjustments as she calms down slightly bit. She’s nonetheless pretty concerned in her personal little world and the episode on Delmin’s residence island has her very targeted on studying to shoot beams of her personal (regardless of not being a devilmint dragon), however her time in Midi Metropolis and with Plasmagica appears to make her take into consideration being as misplaced in her head as she was in season three, to the purpose the place the opposite women begin to touch upon it in direction of the top of the season. She’s nonetheless very a lot the character she was after we first met her, however she’s grown up a bit, which was an fascinating selection for the character. It might merely be due to the truth that she’s out within the wider world in season 4, however regardless of the trigger, seeing Ruhuyu begin to rely much less on her fantasy crutches feels just like the form of significant character growth that we do not typically see on this franchise, or at the least have not seen since Cyan in season one.
Present By Rock!! Stars!! is an entertaining mixture of eye-rollingly foolish and plain previous enjoyable. Seeing the entire disparate characters from the varied seasons come collectively might be one of the best half, and the minimal effort with the Ziipe plot does handle to drag by way of in the long run in a manner that might anticipate a season 5. The music is catchy, the animation largely on level, and all in all this comes the closest to recapturing the magic that made season one so gratifying. We’re not fairly there but, however Stars!! is certainly main issues in the precise route.