All the kawaii is burning my eyes
Lapis Re:LiGHTs is definitely not my kind of anime. I can’t really say I’m into the cutesy, girly, slice of life blend. That being said, after watching the first four episodes, I can tell you that -even for someone like me- this wasn’t so bad. Now, if you’re actually a fan of the cute girls doing cute things setting, then there’s a lot to enjoy.
First of all, let’s start off by talking about the animation. It’s vibrant, colorful and pleasant to look at. The character design is very thorough and the whole world of Lapis Re:LiGHTs is very… bright, I guess would be the word? You wouldn’t call it original or very imaginative; it’s plain to see where they have drawn their inspirations from but that’s not a big deal. Since this is effectively a fantasy setting and magic exists, I had my worries about how it would be incorporated into the story but this has been handled well.
Now, about the characters. They are plenty. You seriously need to keep track of everyone. Thankfully, not everyone is the same, each and every girl is special in some way or exhibits unique talents that come into play often. However, all of them are very moe, so if it’s kawaii you’re after then Lapis Re:LiGHTs has you covered. Since this is effectively all about them, we should talk about their interactions a bit. I guess they’re interesting enough, not terribly though. There is some comedy involved which is ok but pretty basic. So, yeah, it’s ok. As you can tell, there’s not much to write about. It’s just an anime that is cute and that’s about it.
I think that’s all. Oh, wait. I almost forgot. There’s music as well. I’m sorry about that. I left the music for the end, even though this anime is supposed to be about music. Isn’t that weird? Perhaps not, because up until now, the all important music element of Lapis Re:LiGHTs is pushed to the end of the episodes. You might argue that this is for the best. I understand that the point is to have a build up that reaches its zenith with the ending performance but so far, it’s more like an afterthought. Most likely this will change in the upcoming episodes, with the music playing a bigger part in the story. Maybe. Up until now at least, the music as well as the performances haven’t been special in any particular way. Personally, I’m not into this sort of thing. However, in case you are, then you’ll probably find it up to par. Obviously, this is aimed at the Japanese audience. That’s not to say that someone else might not find this enjoyable. But to me -at least-, having J-pop and its accompanying choreography star in a fantasy setting is a bit weird. A bit like organizing a J-pop concert in the Colosseum in Rome. I’m probably nitpicking but whatever.
The way I like to think of Lapis Re:LiGHTs is as a cutesy, girly anime. The music doesn’t really interest me but it doesn’t necessarily put me off from watching it. In case this is your sort of thing, then you’ll probably be happy with it. Unfortunately, this is rather niche so chances are most of you won’t search for it. In the off chance you do though, you won’t have much to complain about.