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dogsicle
Oct 23, 2012





Classicaloid is an original anime directed by Yoichi Fujita (Gintama, Osomatsu-san) with scripts from Miya Asakawa (Polar Bear Cafe), Shu Matsubara (Osomatsu-san), and others. It's billed as a "musical action-comedy" and features remixes of classical music. Each composer is assigned one modern producer to remix their pieces. New episodes air Saturdays at 4:00am PDT/11:00am GMT on Crunchyroll.

Synopsis:

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High school students Kanae and Sōsuke live in a provincial town that is trying to revitalize itself with music. One day, suddenly "Classicaloid" versions of Beethoven and Mozart appear in front of Kanae and Sōsuke. When the suspicious-looking Classicaloids play music they call "mujik," it has a strange power: stars start to fall, and giant robots appear. Now every day is tumultuous. Eventually, more Classicaloids start to appear such as Bach, Chopin, and Schubert. (source: ANN)

Main Cast:

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Sosuke (Nobunaga Shimazaki), Mozart (Yuuki Kaji), Beethoven (Tomokazu Sugita), Kanae (Mikako Komatsu), a shoebill (???)

PVs:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4o9Xjp4M9I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3U2YT9b4QjI

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The Colonel
Jun 8, 2013

I commute by bike!


AnacondaHL
Feb 15, 2009


The ridiculous amount of musical references, both visual and audible, far surpasses my imagination and expectation. The music score and remixes are fantastic. Like holy poo poo, the OP, that flamenco remix of the 9th Symphony, this is brilliant and absurd. And I'm only 6 minutes in.

Mirage
Oct 27, 2000

At least CyberLowtax likes me.

As I see it, the main question to ask yourself before you watch this is "Am I a classical music fan with a particular interest in 18th and 19th century European dead white guys y/n?" If your answer is "yyyyy" (like mine is), this is FANTASTIC. If your answer is "yeah well I kind of like classical music I guess" then this is still pretty good. If you say "Ludwig lol what a stupid name" then keep on walkin'.

AnacondaHL
Feb 15, 2009


Bach too c00l for sch00l

why is Liszt a busty anime blonde lol I'm 100% in

The Colonel
Jun 8, 2013

I commute by bike!


i don't have a whole lot of knowledge of classical music or composers and i don't really listen to it but the first episode was still pretty fun

Cialis Railman
Apr 20, 2007



The Colonel posted:

i don't have a whole lot of knowledge of classical music or composers and i don't really listen to it but the first episode was still pretty fun



First episode was fun as hell. And it looks like Bach and his idol henchwomen are the antagonists? Wild.

Ka0
Sep 16, 2002


AS A PROUD GAMERGATER THE ONLY THING I HATE MORE THAN WOMEN ARE GAYS AND TRANS PEOPLE


Watashi wa Shuubettu.
Bethoven sempai ~ ~

Allarion
May 16, 2009

がんばルビ!


2nd episode was fun. Mozart being a pervert is pretty accurate. I'm more excited for the next few composers now that we got the big names outta the way.

Mirage
Oct 27, 2000

At least CyberLowtax likes me.

I had to look up who Badarzewska was. I'm weak on Polish composers, it seems. Tchaikovsky being female does make some sense since the real article was gay. Still wondering about Liszt though.

I like how Bach is apparently the godfather of the Classicaloid mafia.

Strange Quark
Oct 15, 2012



I'm not so sure you should be equating sexuality and gender, man.

mabels big day
Feb 25, 2012



Beethoven is the best part of this.

Shugojin
Sep 6, 2007

THE TAIL THAT BURNS TWICE AS BRIGHT...




mabels big day posted:

Beethoven is the best part of this.

GYOOOOOZAAAAAAAAA

A Tin Of Beans
Nov 25, 2013



Can anyone suss out any reason they made Beethoven so obsessed with gyoza ...? Dude apparently tried cooking once after firing his housekeeper and was so bad at it that he rehired her the next day. Unless I'm missing something he wasn't that into cooking.

Chaiko-chan the pop idol is the best goddam thing though

Mirage
Oct 27, 2000

At least CyberLowtax likes me.

A Tin Of Beans posted:

Can anyone suss out any reason they made Beethoven so obsessed with gyoza ...? Dude apparently tried cooking once after firing his housekeeper and was so bad at it that he rehired her the next day.

That could very well be the joke. He's not exactly having a lot of successes.

Also, I can imagine the writer(s) discussing what sort of utterly mundane food would be funniest to be utterly passionate about (and to scream the name of when failed). GYOOOOZAAAA

Strange Quark posted:

I'm not so sure you should be equating sexuality and gender, man.

No, you're right, I was just trying (poorly) to figure out the writers' thought process.

Erg
Oct 31, 2010



The first ep has so much good stuff going for it but I hated how there was like zero empathy for the main girl from the other three guys. Not even a "drat dude that sucks", just "oh no what's gonna happen to my stuff???"

I'm normally okay with rear end in a top hat characters if it looks like they'll get some comeuppance but all three of them take her for granted and it's just a matter of course I guess?

k4kk01
May 6, 2013



Third episode was really good- Liszt and Chopin were both great. I really appreciate that we're getting some characters who are at least not as overtly rear end in a top hat-ish.

Also, the way Liszt being a woman is addressed is pretty amazing: Mozart is jealous, and she basically says 'who cares' when asked about it

Overall, really appreciating the humor in this show & excited to see it continue! I'm a little worried about the expanding cast, but so far they've handled the characters well, and no one's seemed neglected so far.

Major Ricardo
Jan 30, 2001


k4kk01 posted:

I'm a little worried about the expanding cast, but so far they've handled the characters well, and no one's seemed neglected so far.

Well, eventually they'll run out of dead classical composers that people actually have heard of.

Yasser Arafatwa
Jan 13, 2009



russia has such a deep pool of classical composers they could go for 10 more seasons

and it would only get better

dogsicle
Oct 23, 2012



Major Ricardo posted:

Well, eventually they'll run out of dead classical composers that people actually have heard of.

i'll reveal my power level here and say that i hadn't heard of Badarzewska before this anime, so it's already gotten to that point for me.
anyway i'm glad that the cast is broadening, though i would like them to let things rest a bit after Schubert shows up next week (which looks to be hilarious). this week's ep also had probably the first remix i actually liked (Nocturne no.2)

A Tin Of Beans
Nov 25, 2013



dogsicle posted:

i'll reveal my power level here and say that i hadn't heard of Badarzewska before this anime, so it's already gotten to that point for me.
anyway i'm glad that the cast is broadening, though i would like them to let things rest a bit after Schubert shows up next week (which looks to be hilarious). this week's ep also had probably the first remix i actually liked (Nocturne no.2)

Agreeing with basically all of this. I'm pretty sure they won't just indefinitely/infinitely expand the cast. They wouldn't, right ...? Haha. I'm really looking forward to seeing where this show goes! It's goofy as hell and the humor hits just right for me. Hikikomori Chopin ...

I've liked the previous remixes a lot, though. Definitely a high point of the show IMO.

dogsicle
Oct 23, 2012



this week's episode was absolutely amazing. great sense of schubert's character, great comedy, some of the best animation so far, and we even got a reveal of what's really up with the classicaloids! i would've liked to see how schubert interacted with the cast, but the punchline of his last minute failure setting him back even further was too good to pass up. i'm sure he'll join everyone eventually...

AnacondaHL
Feb 15, 2009


Episode 4 was good. The one-notedness of the other characters was getting stale quick. Great music as always ofc.

dogsicle
Oct 23, 2012



it seems weird to feel like we're heading to a climax only 1/5 of the way through, but i won't complain. it entertains me to no end that Bach actually does just speak in musical directions, which his lackeys have to interpret.

also for anybody doubting the power of a penguin: https://twitter.com/NatGeoChannel/s...645411919065088

AnacondaHL
Feb 15, 2009


Weakass JPop Idol Nutcracker versus Power Ballad 5th Piano Concerto, this battle wasn't even close lol

Mirage
Oct 27, 2000

At least CyberLowtax likes me.

Next week's episode is titled "Mountain King." Are we getting Grieg, too? I didn't even realize I wanted Grieg but now I want that very much.

AstraSage
May 13, 2013



Mirage posted:

Next week's episode is titled "Mountain King." Are we getting Grieg, too? I didn't even realize I wanted Grieg but now I want that very much.
I don't know. There might be a chance but there might also be a bit of Der Erlkönig given next episode is seeming to be a bit Schubert-centered now that he's officially a tenant...

That said, I had fun with this episode capping the slow burn the series seems be doing to catch my interest by making call-backs to all the initial Musik from the gang, even when it's clear that too many Conductors send the Orchestra into disarray...

dogsicle
Oct 23, 2012



i didn't know Mozart composed for Ali Project, lol

this felt like a weaker episode, if only because it couldn't really reconcile the different tones (and why were Clasky & Klasky in it?). i'm not sure having the deer be alive at the end was a particularly great choice either. but at least the Motes/Shuu rivalry is entertaining, and Motes' mujik/the resulting confessions of worthlessness were good.

Shugojin
Sep 6, 2007

THE TAIL THAT BURNS TWICE AS BRIGHT...




On the other hand that was a pretty good skeleton in the sky spewing blue flames

Panic! at Nabisco
Jun 6, 2007

it seemed like a good idea at the time


I literally have a degree in music and had not heard of Badarzewska so it's definitely an odd pick. This show is completely insane.

Allarion
May 16, 2009

がんばルビ!


I don't recognize Badarzewska by name, but I've definitely heard Maiden's Prayer before.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae3Hm9FLG_U

Cialis Railman
Apr 20, 2007



This episode was really good. Bada and Tchaiko are just little balls of repressed emotion and it's hilarious.

Major Ricardo
Jan 30, 2001


Haha

Liszt yelling "Jesus!" when Beethoven got rejected.

dogsicle
Oct 23, 2012



fell behind due to internet issues but holy poo poo, the past two weeks have seen the show in top form. haven't looked around for writing credits but both eps were super evocative of Osomatsu-san, and 11 especially had me dying. definite uptick in expressive animation for that episode as well.

Allarion
May 16, 2009

がんばルビ!


Goddamn, Bach is pretty rad.

Shugojin
Sep 6, 2007

THE TAIL THAT BURNS TWICE AS BRIGHT...




Yeah it was a pretty rad episode.

eonwe
Aug 11, 2008



Lipstick Apathy

this is a good show

Van Dine
Apr 17, 2013



It took a few eps for this show to really grow on me, but now I adore it. I love having such a crazy ensemble cast. I'm so pleased this is a two-cour series.

dogsicle
Oct 23, 2012



The Thriller/Turkish March mashup was absolutely insane. I tend to fall off this show for weeks at a time but it has never stopped surprising me when I get around to catching up.

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Helter Skelter
Feb 10, 2004

BEARD OF HAVOC



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