Anime Ensemble Stars! Ep.1 - Sing, Dance, and Hand-to-Hand Combat!?

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Anime Ensemble Stars! Ep.1 - Sing, Dance, and Hand-to-Hand Combat!?
The TV anime Ensemble Stars! started in July. Even though fans expected a radiant story of idols, battles that suddenly started in the first episode have made a splash on social media. Let’s go over Ep.1 before watching Ep. 2!
Four years after the idol-raising game app Ensemble Stars! launched, its long-awaited anime has started. The official Twitter account introduced characters day by day before airing, which made its fans excited.

Ep.1 was broadcast on July 7th, 2019 in Japan. Fans had animated conversations about fascinating characters, scenes that remind them of the original app game, and performances that only Director Masakazu Hishida can create.

For this article, we look back at the highlights of Ep.1.

*This content includes spoilers. Please be careful if you have not watched it.

Summary of Ep.1 “New Breeze”

Yumenosaki Private Academy, the school of the idols, by the idols, for the idols, suddenly established the “Department of Producing.”

Anzu (played by Maaya Sakamoto) is the only female student transferred as one of the first generation students of this new department. She meets three members who practice songs in the classroom; Hokuto Hidaka (Tomoaki Maeno), Subaru Akehoshi (Tetsuya Kakihara), and Makoto Yuki (Shotaro Morikubo), a student from another class Mao Isara (Yuki Kaji) and her homeroom teacher, Jin Sagami (Tomoyasu Hishiba).

During the lunch break, Hokuto, Subaru and Makoto show Anzu around the school. However, the garden terrace is empty although it is usually always crowded with many students. Suddenly, they hear the sound of a guitar. As they go to the stage, Dre-Fes, they realized that the special event of Yumenosaki Private Academy will be held there!

Tetora Nagumo (Yoshiki Nakajima) is the commentator of the Dre-Fes “Ryuo-sen,” the title match that elects the strongest boy in the school. As a challenger, Koga Oogami (Yuki Ono) appears on the stage, but his opponent is not there.

The opponent is Kuro Kiryu (Shinichiro Kamio), the captain of the karate club. Kuro comes late to the stage and suddenly dropkicks Koga. Although Koga could fight back at first, he is blown away off the stage and smashes into Anzu.

While the audience is booing, Koga can’t accept the defeat. Hokuto scolds him saying “Don’t mistake your enemy!”. Koga flinches from his words and the school council members Keito Hasumi (Yuichiro Umehara) and Tori Himemiya (Ayumu Murase) get on the stage.

They announce that they will punish the organizers and the audience, which causes havoc. Hokuto and other members escape and carry Anzu into the school building. While Anzu is sleeping in the bed of the nurse’s office, Hokuto starts telling the truth about the school.

“Ms. Transfer Student, you are our bright hope that we’ve been looking for.”

Highlights of Ep.1

Fans of the Original Work Must Not Miss the Opening Movie!

The first highlight is the opening movie that all students of Yumenosaki Private Academy appear in. The opening theme is Stars’ Ensemble by Yumenosaki Dream Stars. Each scene is filled with characteristics of each group, which you can’t miss if you are a big fan of the original game.

Look for these scenes! Characters reflected on a marble; the license plate of the car showing the character’s birthday; a certain character appearing on someone’s smartphone; only one character who stays on the ground in the scene when all of the members jump up; the position of club rooms, etc - you’ll be excited when you find these!

Even if you don’t know the original game, please take a close look even at small performances. As the story progresses, you’ll find out what they mean.

A Good Relationship Between 2-A Trio: Hokuto, Subaru and Makoto

Hokuto, Subaru and Makoto are classmates and good friends. Especially, Subaru looks like he’s having so much fun when they have lessons together and when Hokuto bribes him with only 10 yen.

When Makoto searches for funny one-liners, Subaru teases him saying “You have only 100 seconds! 1, 10, 100!” On the other hand, when Hokuto says a lame joke, Subaru and Makoto keep their distance.

You can enjoy watching their silly antics if you become “Tenkosei-chan [Ms. Transfer Student]” of 2-A!

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