Revue Starlight is a Japanese media franchise that was created by Bushiroad and Nelke Planning. It consists of a musical, anime adaptation, manga and a smartphone game. This review will be for the twelve episode anime.
The director of the anime is Tomohiro Furukawa, and it was written by Tatsuto Higuchi. The studio that produced it was Kinema Citrus.
Revue Starlight aired during the summer 2018 season of anime, and is available to watch on HIDIVE.
Revue Starlight is set at Seisho Music Academy, with the 99th Graduating Class rehearing for the annual production of theatrical play Starlight. In particular, the anime focuses on a group of nine students and their auditions.
It is the auditions where Revue Starlight really begins to shine. Without wanting to give away too much, said auditions are very different from what you might normally expect.
With nine characters, Revue Starlight actually does a fairly decent job at balancing them all and giving them equal opportunities to share the spotlight. It generally helps that characters get paired off for their respective auditions – and each one has a distinctive personality with their own ambitions.
The auditions give each character a chance to work through their personal issue and thus develop. This is where Revue Starlight‘s soundtrack gets the opportunity to shine, as there are a quite a selection of revue songs that are all excellent.
There is something of a formula with one audition per episode, though there is at least one exception to that rule. However, as the auditions tie in with each character’s development, this really doesn’t have any negative impact.
It is also worth noting that even when there are no auditions to watch, Revue Starlight still provides an entertaining experience.
Revue Starlight also delivers very nicely when it comes to yuri. Keeping it vague to avoid spoiling things, there are some excellent potential couples to be found here. The path of true love may not run smooth for all of them, but they do what they can.
With Revue Starlight, the best way to approach it is with as little knowledge of it as possible. Just know that it is definitely well worth watching.
Revue Starlight is an excellent experience, with that first audition being a particular memorable scene as it sets the tone for what is to come from the rest of the show.