Another year older but still a sweet cinnamon roll. Thank you for voicing these incredibly sweet and inspiring characters, however I mostly want to thank you for being my strength. I been having a tough year I lost my grandfather, I been stress from work, and I feel like a part of me is gone. Recently I have been watching more anime with you such as Ore wo Suki, Chuubyou Genkihatsu Boy, Ensemble Stars, Pokemon and Yowamushi Pedal. I want to thank you a lot for making me laugh and smile as Jouro, Yamato and Ritsu. Bringing a childhood nostalgic feeling back as Go, and for inspiring me once again not to give up as Onoda. Plus thank you for your cover song of Remember Me as sad as it was loosing my grandfather you help me to always remember the good memories I have with him. Most importantly thank you for lifting my spirits up as Deku I will always consider you both as my heroes. I love you, stay safe and healthy, and eat plenty of meat.
There’s this anime called Shounen Hollywood. There’s 26 episodes, it’s licensed by Funimation and you can watch it all on Hulu.
The premise is that there was a hugely popular idol group called Shounen Hollywood, but they disbanded. 15 years later, company president God (yes, that’s what he actually goes by) revives the group, scouting five new members and training them to be idols in a theater called Hollywood Tokyo.
The animation is so nice, there’s really catchy music (seriously, I love this soundtrack) and the boys have diverse, dynamic and lovable personalities. It amazes me that I never saw or heard anything about this anime until recently, but it came out around the same time as Free! Eternal Summer and DRAMAtical Murder, so it was probably overshadowed because the target demographic had other things holding their attention. And it’s a shame, because it’s extremely well done. It takes an understated, almost slice-of-life approach to telling the stories of these five boys, and the best part is watching them learn and grow.
Though it’s an anime about idol boys, it’s not like what you are probably used to from idol anime; it’s worlds different from UtaPri, for example. It’s a realistic depiction of the idol industry in Japan. There’s no over the top fantasy here, and no flinching away from some of the less pleasant aspects of working as an idol. Not all of the members are naturally talented - they have to work hard to perfect their singing, dancing and stage presence to the level that’s expected of idols. Their President shows them a lot of tough love, and their journey is rarely easy.
Their leader, Makki, is a former yankee, but he’s actually a good-hearted dude. Even if he can be a little obtuse, he tries extra hard to be a good leader for the group.
Kakeru happened to be scouted one day when he was working his day job. He doesn’t understand why girls would squeal and freak out over him, and he’s shy and lacking in confidence, but he tries his best.
Shun wants to be a world-renown rock star, and figures being an idol is a decent place to start. He’s not crazy about every aspect of the idol business, but he works hard at it regardless.
Tommy was a big fan of the original Shounen Hollywood and is living his dream by performing in the same theater they once did. He’s very enthusiastic and puts all his energy in being an idol.
Kira is a former child star and despite being the youngest member of the group, has the most experience in show biz. He handles idol work like a real professional and pushes his fellow members to do the same.
So there you go. I made this post because I’m really sad this show is so underrated and no one seems to talk about it, ever. It has everything you could want: Cute boys working together and overcoming trials through friendship! Good music! Beautiful animation! There’s even a possibly sentient horned owl.
Initially, I thought Makki was exaggerating because surely most people would rather be complimented than insulted, but then I realized his way of thinking makes sense if he was talking about the objectification of idols.
Yes. If your fans put you on an unrealistically-high pedestal and force you to behave as you do in their biased fantasies, it’s just as damaging as being bullied, even if your fans claim to love you.
Makki can’t say whether they’ll be able to attract such unhealthily-devote fans yet.
Afterwards, Kakeru says Makki’s thinking too hard, except Makki’s right. Oftentimes, fans revere their idols so hard, they forget they’re people with human feelings and limitations. They love them without actually respecting them as people.
People just shouldn’t expect a classical idol anime when it come to shounen Hollywood. This is more a philosophical slice of life which USE the idol industry too. Definitely not comparable to utapri and idolish7 because they were made with a different objective in mind.