Mud off the metaphorical weaponry, metaphorical star buttons, and metaphorical Takarazuka impressed magical girl outfits, on account of Revue Starlight: The Movie is lastly hitting US theaters!
Revue Starlight: The Movie is the film epilogue to the 2018 summer time season seasonal, Revue Starlight. Though it initially hit theaters in Japan on June 4th, 2021, the film continues to be carried out in theaters throughout the nation. The popularity of this movie cannot be understated. Of us, that is maybe slightly little bit of an exaggeration, nevertheless I really feel we’ve obtained an actual phenomenon on our arms.
I recall seeing fan artists for this franchise talking on Twitter about seeing the movie for the twenty sixth time. I used to suppose this was excessive, nevertheless I’ve since been confirmed horribly, horribly improper. There could also be merely no denying that this film possesses some sort of brain-altering magic to it, and now you (positive, you!) can see what all the fuss is about.
The Revue Starlight franchise was initially launched by Bushiroad in 2017 with a stage musical and an anime in progress. Though the Revue Starlight franchise is fairly widespread in Japan (or on the very least, widespread enough to warrant 5 stage performs, quite a lot of stay reveals, an anime, quite a lot of manga, a cellphone recreation, and now a movie) the sequence hasn’t been as a whole lot of profitable with western audiences. Many who watched the anime seemingly watched it via as quickly as by means of the 2018 summer time season season to take care of up with what was airing on the time. Few caught spherical to check out the stage performs that ran sooner than and concurrently with the current, due to the dearth of official subbed releases.
The discharge of this movie is already ushering in new Revue Starlight followers from phrase of mouth alone. It is, plain and simple, merely that good. If it weren’t for the movie being launched for such a restricted time, I might seemingly be a part of the aforementioned Twitter artists in seeing it 20+ events on the large show.
Persevering with from the place the distinctive anime left off, the ladies of Seisho Music Academy’s 99th class have moved previous Starlight and for the time being are coping with graduation. The film, clocking in at a runtime of two hours, explores in good (and significantly surreal) component the character of shifting on inside the face of change. Once you’re accustomed to the events of the distinctive current, a story exploring the concept of shifting on and altering is probably ringing some alarm bells in your head. Once you aren’t accustomed to the distinctive current and in addition you’re nonetheless learning this textual content, you had greater restore that! When you’ve gotten been already completely on board and in a position to e-book your tickets, solely to go get jump-scared by a talking giraffe, properly… that’s not on me.
The whole sequence is on the market to watch on HIDIVE. It’s solely 12 episodes (merely binge-able) and, for my part, it’s a masterpiece. Once you like anime and also you need musicals (or maybe merely actually really feel open to the considered musicals) this one’s for you. It must be well-known that in case you’re planning on watching the current for the first time, I might recommend watching it with subtitles, as every showings of the film are subbed.
Okay, now that you just’re achieved taking a quick 4 hours to watch the anime you probably can e-book your tickets and be completely alarmed by a two hour exploration of the concept of shifting on. As you will take note of now that you just’ve watched the current, it’s not exactly a problem the franchise takes frivolously; the movie continues that sample. This actually beautiful coming-of-age story handles the sophisticated emotions involved in graduation in a fashion that is constructive to resonate with many. It serves as the correct epilogue to the anime.
The film, a love letter to every stage and show, just isn’t like one thing you’ve ever seen sooner than. It revels in its larger-than-life medium, whereas nonetheless feeling linked to its roots as a play. It combines the simplest of every worlds: the surreal, dreamlike top quality that comes from the constraints of the stage mixed with the limitless prospects of film visuals. This was a high quality already evident inside the genuine anime, however it absolutely’s taken to new heights inside the movie.
However when this movie is such a large hit in Japan, why has it taken so prolonged to get it available on the market internationally? Why solely the US? And why only for two days? Successfully…
There’s a lot that might contribute to the very small, very casual fanbase Revue Starlight has open air of Japan. Whereas the anime, Shoujo Kageki Revue Starlight had little opponents all through the shoujo type for the 2018 summer time season season (which might have contributed to what number of people watched it when it first aired), sustaining with it was robust. It was solely obtainable to watch on one streaming service, and it wasn’t launched for home video until 2020 with two very expensive selections for beneath twelve episodes.
The dearth of accessibility blended with the scarcity of merch obtainable for Western audiences can sometimes suggest a dull franchise. It’s a miracle the worldwide mannequin of the cellphone recreation is (AS OF WRITING) nonetheless up and dealing! In order so as to add to this, the franchise was marketed inside the US as an idol anime very similar to Love Reside! Though Love Reside! and Revue Starlight are every owned by Bushiroad, Revue Starlight could possibly be very lots not an idol franchise. Sadly, this misunderstanding had turned many potential viewers away.
Though the aggressively restricted launch of Revue Starlight: The Movie has irritated many—significantly non-US worldwide followers—the movie getting this launch the least bit is a decidedly good sign. In any case, ticket product sales are a secure strategy to resolve franchise repute.
While you anticipate the movie to hit theaters near you, there are numerous non-anime components of the franchise you may check out! Have a take heed to the franchise’s substantial soundtrack, an enormous portion of which is on the market on Spotify and Apple Music. (My personal favorite is “Junjou Unclassified.”)
Once you’re in extra of a learning mood, you probably can take a look at the Revue Starlight manga. Shoujo☆Kageki Revue Starlight Overture by Sora Gato and Kanata Nakamura particulars the first 12 months of the stage girls’ time at Seisho Music Academy. There are 9 chapters, every specializing in a particular character. Once you’re looking for one factor a lot much less introspective, there’s moreover a gag comic often known as 4-Koma Starlight by Makimaki Mawaru, and in addition you had greater think about it’s obtained jokes! Every are good, and every current a substantial amount of notion into the characters that won’t be completely captured inside the fast run of the anime.
Lastly, there’s the cellphone recreation, Shoujo Kageki Revue Starlight- ReLIVE. It’s a gacha recreation, which means there may be maybe some amount of spending precise money to get your favorite character. This will not primarily be your issue, though the game is relatively forgiving in route of free-to-play clients. Once you get earlier this mechanic, nonetheless, the game has a lot to produce—significantly inside the writing. The story expands on the character arcs started inside the current, and, in present chapters of the game, has even begun to bridge the outlet between the highest of the current and the movie. Moreover, it’s fulfilling!
All this content material materials must be succesful to tide you over for the few days’ wait till you probably can see the movie! Possibly it could even… get you completely invested? (One can solely hope.) The franchise is deserving of plenty of love, and there’s undoubtedly room for heaps further of us to adore it.
This theatrical phenomenon is collaborating in in select theaters June fifth and sixth. Go to the Sentai Filmworks website today and try showtimes near you!