Kodoani.com – The following contains spoilers for Oshi no Ko Season 1, Episode 1, “Mother and Children”
Aka Akasaka has become a name associated with high-quality manga. Following the success of Kaguya-Sama: Love is War, Akasaka’s second manga, Oshi no Ko, has been adapted into a spring anime by studio Doga Kobo. Instantly capturing the hearts of the audience, the anime currently sits at number one on My Anime List based on over 10,000 ratings, surpassing beloved classics like Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Steins;Gate and Attack on Titan. While this may seem shocking, it is actually a testament to both the quality of adaptation and the strength of Akasaka’s work. In addition to the beautiful animation, the anime is also a perfect blend of drama, humor and mystery, while sensitively exploring difficult topics. The fact that it does all this in the anime’s pilot, an hour and twenty minute episode, is truly impressive.
Oshi no Ko difficult to describe, precisely because it explores so many different genres and thematic elements. Centrally, the anime follows idol Ai Hoshino as she struggles with teenage pregnancy and eventually gives birth to twins. Her son, Aquamarine, and daughter, Ruby, are reincarnations of a terminally ill doctor and fan who both idolize her, and both know about the dark side of the entertainment industry due to her lack of knowledge. their closeness to their mother. The pilot anime series is a scathing critique of fandom culture, social parasitic relationships, and the sexualization and exploitation of minors in the arts and entertainment industries. At the same time, it maintains Akasaka’s signature penchant for wit, irony, and irony, while capitalizing on his humor without sacrificing real tension or drama. It’s a treat for fans of the guy’s work, throughout the story.
Dr. Garou talks about Ai Hoshino and B Komachi in the anime Oshi no Ko
Before diving into the really spoiler-heavy stuff, it would be wise to point out and explain the more obvious strengths of the series. Oshi no Ko’s animation is impressive, and this really shows up in any scene where Ai performs as an idol. The smooth, colorful shots that make up the majority of the series make for a truly eye-pleasing sight and also help create a nice contrast to the darker themes that emerge later in the chapter. submit. All in all, the art and animation are one of Oshi no Ko’s obvious strengths and help make it visually impressive in a way that only compliments its storytelling power.
Another part that makes an audience special is its pacing. The story moves in a quick and unhurried way. While an anime pilot episode as long as a movie might not be ideal for everyone’s taste, the team behind the anime clearly cared about Ai’s story unfolding in a satisfying way without rushing. go to the big plot until the end of the episode. Every moment of this show has a purpose and a need, and that also makes this pilot episode stand out from other anime.
What really makes the series so special
One of Oshi no Ko’s greatest strengths is the way it meanders, never fully committing to a genre and putting itself in a box. While the first moments have healthy humor and satire, namely the doctor who will eventually become Ai’s son, the second half is mostly focused on dramatic and mysterious elements. which is the central plot of the story of Akasaka. Of course, combining genres in this way isn’t unique to Oshi no Ko, but it does open up the possibility of making unexpected twists and turns through the subversion of genre trends and unpredictability of the story.
The scene where Ai is brutally murdered by a stalker at the end of the pilot episode is the climax of the episode, a reassertion of the main message of the series and a brilliant subversion of the standard idol/musician storyline. standard in anime. This change, although alluded to when Gorou was killed by a young Ai fanboy earlier in the pilot, is largely surprising as it occurs at a time when the story seems to be exploratory. Ai’s relationship with her reincarnated children, Aqua and Ruby. This scene also takes place after the show initially seemed humorous to explore children with more mature minds thanks to their understanding of their past lives, which marks a tone dissonance here that only makes The story becomes much more interesting. This scene moves the story in a quick and shocking way from the prologue to the actual plot, following Aqua finding out who was an accomplice to her mother’s killer and taking revenge.
This story change seems to be the cause of so many high ratings for the anime on MAL, and has generated considerable discussion about the series in the anime community. The visual murder of a beautiful young idol, with the apparent motive of being a frenzied stalker feeling betrayed by Ai Has a Child, underscores the criticism of Japan’s entertainment industry. appeared piece by piece before the turning point. It’s a fantastic piece of narrative to do so much with a single scene, and it’s safe to say it’s the most outstanding installment of the pilot and series to date.
Oshi no Ko is the slick anime genre that only comes up once in a while. In a medium that often runs on a tight deadline, it’s clear just by watching the test of this series that the creative team behind it really put the time and effort into making this adaptation a good one. possible. It deserves a 9.27 rating on the My Anime List for all of these reasons and every anime fan should be excited to see how the series plays out.