Lemon Angel Project is a new Winter 2006 anime that didn’t really get that much press. I thought the character designs looked pretty good, and I was looking forward to watching it. I figured it might be like another anime, Wandaba Style, which was pretty cool. Days came and went, and it seemed no one was going to sub this anime. Finally MahouSekai-Fansubs decided to give it a go. Was it worth the wait?
First off, I should warn you that I was really confused by this episode, even after watching it twice. I think it has to do with the random flashbacks and forwards, a la William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury. Minaguchi Tomo is a girl who happens to be trying out for the second iteration of Lemon Angel Project, an idol group. I can only assume that she makes it (otherwise this would be a really sad anime), and the rest of the season shows her adventures in the world of pop idolism.
Along the way, she falls down a lot, hangs out with her squeaky voiced friend Yuki, and dreams of being reunited with her long lost senpai.
I’m kind of split when it comes to the character designs. About half of them are good, and half are generic. The gothic girl and her cheery counterpart the glasses girl are well done. Tomo is sort of okay. The rest are fairly generic. I’m hoping in the next episode, megane girl gets some more screen time. If not, it’ll take a lot for me to keep watching this anime.
Another thing I want to note is the voice acting. A few other bloggers have already pointed this out: Tomo’s voice is really annoying. Not just when she’s talking, but when she’s sounding distressed and stuff. Yuki’s voice is also generally squeaky and annoying. Most of the time I don’t really notice voice acting that much, but in this case, it really stood out. For an anime about idols, you’d think they’d get better voice actors.
You also might think that an anime about an idol group would have an awesome OP and ED (depending on your opinion of idol groups). Sadly, the OP and ED are pretty generic. The OP kind of sounds like a level from Mega Man. The ED is sleep inducing. The song they play in the middle of the episode, "Revolution" is better than both the OP and ED. I wish they used it for the OP instead.
Listen to the OP: Angel Addict by Ryou Shihono, Ami Koshimizu, Miki Maruyama
Listen to the ED: Girls in Love by (I’m not exactly sure who)
Overall, Lemon Angel Project is not looking good from the first episode. The characters aren’t very likeable at this point, and Tomo’s voice is annoying. Why can’t they make the show about glasses girl and goth girl!? I might stick through a few more episodes just to see what they end up doing, but this anime has mediocre written all over it.