After my post about the clichés that are repeated again and again in Romantic and Comedy anime series, today I decided to continue that trend and came back with another ‘Anime Clichés’ post. This time, I have chosen the genre ‘Idol’ or ‘Musical’. If you guys don’t know what that is, it’s generally a slice of life anime that centers around a musical background, which means it might be about playing in a school band, or playing in a middle school band, or in a high school band or….. Well, I think you get what I mean. That’s why, without any further delay, let’s get right into it!
- The Goofy Protagonist:
Be it horror, slice of life, romance, action or even thriller series; we always come across at least one goofy character. I don’t know what’s with the creators and their ‘Carnal Attraction’ with these kinds of characters. Well, in the musical genre, they just have to make the main character goofy or hyper energetic. For some reasons, she just HAVE to be lazy about important stuff, HAVE to get a sudden desire to form a random club and just HAVE to be the one who EVERYONE magically listens to. I swear to God, I will never be able to figure them out.
- The Strict Character:You guys know what’s a Equilibrium, right? If there is something negative, introduction of a positive substance equalizes the net value. What I want to say with this sudden science stuff is that 1, Science is the only thing that I have to think about after I entered High school, and 2, if we have a goofy main character, there has to be a strict character that will be there to scold the Protagonist as well as the other associated characters; only to get ignored by everyone XD
- Fewer members and the hunt to find more:As I mentioned before, the main character just HAVE to get this sudden desire to create a new club about something they have zero idea about. Since it is of musical genre, of course the club has to be regarding music and stuff, but the thing that pisses me off real bad about this cliché is the fact that the protagonist just suddenly decides to create a club and start something new and SOMEHOW manages to find all the required members (Oh yeah, they are always shown to be in some kind of member crisis, until a sudden character shows up, saving their club) and learn everything about it and just happens to get the whole band ready by the Cultural Festival. Bruh……… It took me 3 weeks to learn how to play a basic song in guitar (Well I’m slow so nevermind that example ._.)
- The Almost Failure First Performance:
Well it was easy to get the idea to start a sudden music related club, gather members and practice hard for the day of their first performance. It’s not necessary that it would go that smoothly all through the season (Well, K-On! was smooth throughout the entire story, *SPOILERS* it still came across a tiny bit of crisis when Ritsu and Mio had a fight). In most of the idol based anime series, the first performance either starts with an empty hallroom or a nervous breakdown. When all of us are convinced that it’s gonna be a failed performance, suddenly things starts to change and well, it turns out to be an ‘Fair enough’ show. How did they manage to do it? Magic.
- Cute Girls doing Cute Things:Musical anime = Cute girls. Like, that’s just completely obvious, no one watches these anime for the music, it’s all for the loli like characters who are wasting their time having a pillow fight or eating cake and practice for their performances only for a few days. I mean, come on, wouldn’t it be boring as hell seeing them just practice all day? To hell with logic, we want these cute girls to do certain cute things……. Like saying “N-Nyaa” while wearing cat ears in their clubroom.
- The Sudden Dream:While the protagonist had this sudden urge to make a band, its hunger for more doesn’t stops there as he/she suddenly decides to perform at a certain ‘Oh-So-Big-And-Famous’ stage. What’s more, the member of that band agrees to set that as their target without much of an opposition, and then suddenly starts to get ready for it……. Well, after finishing their cake, that is. God, I must say, Musical/Idol genre is the only genre that exploits the ‘Protagonist power’ so much. The side characters could literally do nothing but accept his/her orders.
- The great final performance:Guess what comes after months of practice, tea time breaks, soap drama and stage lives? Why, of course, their dream show! The live that they were all waiting for, the place where all of them wanted to perform at. Now, just like the sports cliché, they would try to enter this tournament before too but might get knocked away by their rival, however, by the second season, here they are, having the time of their lives. It’s beautiful and heartwarming, but at the same time, it’s very repetitive.
And with that I’m summing up this topic. Wew, it really was fun to write it again, even though I have a feeling there still are some clichés I think I have missed. What do you think of this post? Is there anything that you would like to add? Let me know in the comments below.