Can't Study (2019)/BanG
Dream!: 2nd Season
(2018/all Sentai Complete
B+/A-/A- Sound: B+ Extras: C/C/C* Episodes: B+
a new group of anime series for you to know about...
is a girl who want to live a normal life, but all that is ruined by
her famous writer father who writes erotic novels. No thanks to him,
Ao-chan thinks that everyone thinks that she is also loose girl with
loose morals. She thinks that all men are pigs (which she isn't
wrong). But most of all she is afraid Takumi Kijima (the boy she
likes), he is handsome, nice and well mannered but to Ao he is the
wolf in sheep's clothing and wants to do ecchi things with her in
is also high school girl, but because upbringing by her father she
has been desensitize to erotica and porn. Everything to her sounds
like a double entendre. Especially Kijima-kun, everything he does
seems to send Ao into high school girl fantasy mode. And while her
father does care for her and he may have a pearl of wisdom from time
to time, 95% of the time he just trying to get her lose her panties
(and her virginity).
is a mini series, each episode is only 15 minutes long each. It is
comedy about high school drama with over imaginative students and
carnal desires. It is about a girl, the more she tries to avoid boys
the more she becomes bothered by them. A girl who worries too much
about something sometimes ends up becoming the very thing she is
trying to avoid. Extras include clean opening and closing animations
Can't Enjoy Her Youth - Ao watches out for Kajima-kun who makes
her think he is just like all the other boys.
Can't Easily Decline - Ao is frustrated when Kajima accidentally
get her book which is really one of father's dirty books.
Can't Protect Her Lower Half - Ao goes on a school training camp
but she is afraid it will turn into an orgy.
Can't Be Beaten - Ao has a rival in love, Miyabi ...and she has
no problems with using her wiles.
Can't Lead Virgins - Ao confronts Kijima about his and Miyabi's
relationship and she find out Kijima is still a virgin.
Can't Wait Any Longer - Ao goes to a meat festival and Kijima-kun
mistakes Yabe (Ao's father's editor) as Ao's boyfriend.
Can Handle the Beach - Ao and her classmates go the beach to
study, but can they really study or want to have fun?
Lacks Stamina - After the beach fiasco, Ao's tells Kijima to stop
trying so hard and to stop confessing to her.
Needs More Than Fantasies - Kijima starts avoiding Ao and she
begins to realize she misses him and they make up with each other.
Can't Offer Support - It's the school sports festival and nothing
can go wrong ...can it?
Can't Wear Silky Panties - Ao buys her first silk panties and has
a study night with Kijima-kun, but does she want to study with him
...or seduce him?
Ao-chan Can't Study - Ao and Kijima share their first kiss and
now they can't stop with just a kiss.
a new school year and as Kasumi, Arisa, Saya, Tae and Rimi are doing
more than just moving up a grade but also moving up their band
Poppin' Party to the next level and Kasumi announces to the entire
school that they are planning to have their own live concert this
year. However, they are not the only ones, along with other rival
pop idol girl bands they all plan to debut on to the stage in BanG
Dream!: 2nd Season
latest trend for girls is to play in bands. Poppin' Party, Hello
Happy World, Pastel Palette , Afterglow and Roselia are the hottest
girl bands,but to become the next all girl band pop idols is not as
easy as they think, the friendships, drama and rivalry, there is
practice, rehearsals, fittings, modeling, advertisements and many
more things to become a star. The but through all the difficulties,
challenges they remember why they sing and why they came together.
They inspire each other and others to dream and follow their hearts
and their music. However, when a mysterious producer CHU2 introduces
a new band, a dark horse, Layer and will do ANYTHING win, including
tear apart the other bands from the inside. Can the girls pull
together and survive ...or will they fall apart? In the end all the
girls have to face the same question, which is more important to them
...fame or friendship?
is an anime series about girls dreaming to become idols, what is
unique is there are multiple girl bands, each with a different style,
look and music. It was like watching a Japanese version of the
cartoon series Jem and the Holograms. In the end corporations
and producers are parasites in the entertainment business and a
negative influence on actors, artists and musicians when they care
more about profit, fame and influence than the music. Extras include
clean opening and closing animations and trailers.
Party! - It's a new semester and right off the bat Poppin' Party
announces this year they will have their own live concert this year.
Shout - Roselia also announces they will go independent and is
the favored band to win. Roselia's lead singer tells Poppin' Party
that they are not ready to go independent.
Girls - Karen meets Rokka a fan of Poppin' Party and they
remember why they play music, for the fans who love them.
Dynamic! A Wiiide World! - Kokoro from Hello Happy World band
puts together a crazy show for Poppin' Party while they sing and jump
from a hot air balloon (with a parachute).
Ring-Dong-Dance - The Pastel Palettes works out their differences
when Chisato feels that her singing isn't good enough, but Aya still
believes in Chisato and want to sing a duet with her.
Only Live Once - Afterglow and Poppin' Party is to play for an
outdoor street market, but when it gets rained out it doesn't stop
Won't Cry, I Won't Cry - The girls play for their cultural
festival at their school. Tae however is being scouted by her
childhood friend for another band, Layer.
Not Alone - Tae decides to try and be a temporary back up
guitarist for Layer, but little does she know she is being
manipulated to tear apart Poppin' Party.
Festival Symphony - It's the school festival, Layer forces Tae to
play for them and making her late for the school festival ...forcing
Poppin' Party to drop out at the school festival.
- Tae feels that she has betrayed Poppin' Party and tell Layer she
doesn't want to play for them anymore. However CHU2 of Layer
continues to cause Poppin' Party problems by making them to doubt Tae
by saying she is still coming over to their side.
Tears - Tae returns to Poppin' Party but CHU2 continues try to
create doubt between Poppin' Party band members. However, Tae writes
a new song to prove that is loyal member of Poppin' Party.
- Poppin' Party and the other girl bands decide they rather play
together than against each other and Poppin' Party plays their new
song for the other girl bands.
Kizuna Music - Poppin' Party and the 4 other bands come
together to play at their usual club house Galaxy and prove all they
really need is each other and their music to inspire each other.
is part of Class 99 of Seisho Music Academy for aspiring actresses to
become the future Top Stars. She is reunited with her childhood
friend Hikari and along with all the girls in their class they strive
to play lead roles in their annual play "Starlight".
However, at night the girls are taken down in a mysterious elevator
in their school ...in where the girls are transformed in magical
girls and they sing, fight and dance with real weapons to decide who
will become Top Star. But can Karen keep her promise to Hikari that
they will both become Top Stars?
Karen Aijo is student at Seisho Music Academy where they teach
singing, dancing, acting, and music for young aspiring actresses to
take center stage, 'Position Zero'. Every girl must prove she her
salt and she is the best in order to become the next Top Star and
take the lead role, however there can be only ONE lead role. Karen
is different, she made a promise with Hikari that they would both
become Top Stars, to her, her classmate are not rivals but friends,
but can she keep her promise with that kind of naivety? She
discovers every night all the girls have been disappearing every
night to sing, dance and fight deep underground with a talking
giraffe deciding who will become the next Top Star. Can Karen keep
her promise to Hikari when there can be only one Top Star?
anime series seemed at first like another idol series with a group of
girls dreaming to become pop stars but with a slight twist, they
sing, dance ...and they fight. The series symbolizes how female
actresses must fight, sweat blood and tears in order to achieve
stardom, that girls are not friends but bitter rivals and back
stabbing divas. It is a world where last woman standing wins.
Actresses are tempted and tricked by the promise of stardom by the
shadowy directors with their questionable goals. *Extras include
clean opening and closing animations, commentaries, shorts and
trailers, though a Premium box set (as pictured above in this review)
adds a ton of additional extras and would be the set fans will want
to get instead.
Girls - A new girl joins the girls of Seisho Music Academy class
of 99, Karen is reunited with her childhood friend Hikari ...can this
Stage of Fate - Karen tries to learn more about the secret fights
and discover how her class representative Junna is involved and
Star - Hikari tries to lock Karen in the shed to keep her from
fighting. However when Karen loses and Hikari is angry at Karen for
not listening and not knowing what happens after she loses.
Tower - Karen chases after Hikari and ends up playing hooky with
her for a day away from school and they remember their promises to
"Shine" Even Possible? - Miharu gets jealous of Hikari
for stealing Karen affections and she fights for Karen with insane
jealousy. If she can't have Karen ...then no one will, but can Karen
Left for Two - Futaba reminisces how she and Kaoruko grew up
together, how Kaoruko was given everything in her life while she has
had to earn it.
Daiba - Junna and Banna look back over the years and remember all
the girls who didn't make the cut and were forced to drop out.
the Light - Hikari recalls her London Theater classes and her
past with Karen and how she now returned to Japan to compete for Top
the Night of the Star Festival - As the annual 'Starlight'
performance draws near, the girls begin to worry who will win ...and
who will be cut from performance.
Show Must Go On - Karen and Hikari teams up and wins Top Star,
but just as about they are about collect their prize Hikari knocks
Karen off of center stage.
are - Hikari disappears for the next 6 months and Karen searches
for her and wonders where is she and what happened to her after
winning Top Star and learns Hikari has been a prisoner, a slave to
Revue Starlight - Karen learns that being a Top Star means
sacrificing yourself to the stage and that Hikari wanted to spare
Karen from the loneliness, but Karen fights to bring Hikari home and
to her classmates, to tell her that she isn't alone and to break her
free from curse of being Top Star.
1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfers on all three
sets look fine, colorful, sharp and have nice warmth and even depth,
though style (et al) on Study
holds it back a bit. All could possibly look impressive in 4K too.
All three also have solid audio by way of Japanese
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Stereo lossless mixes, with Pro Logic
like surrounds at times, so experiment with settings on your system
if you have one. Study and Starlight have English dubs in DTS-MA 2.0
Stereo lossless, but they are not as good as the Japanese originals.