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A cast of wacky characters, who engage in crazy antics - so if that's your thing...

Review of Classicaloid
by Rivka
Posted on May 9th, 2019
Positive 8
Overall Rating
1 of 1 people found the following review useful

IN BRIEF: A not-very-mad Japanese scientist creates a series of artificial beings. To his surprise, when they wake they believe themselves to be the reincarnations of classical composers, and call themselves ClassicaLoids. It's hard to argue with them, as they can produce nigh-magical Musik (not just music, but Musik - the result of a ClassicaLoid pouring effort and emotion into their music). Over time, the ClassicaLoids either escape from or get hired by the company that financed their creation. None of this comes up at the start of the show, however. In the cold opening, a teenage girl named Kanae needs to figure out a way to save her beloved grandmother's mansion from demolition. She ends up renting rooms to a handful of wacky strangers with musical skills, as well as her irritating childhood friend Sousuke, who wants to be a star but has absolutely no talent. Hilarity ensues, as well as a lot of gyoza, magical transformations, mind control, plots for world domination, funny animals, and aliens.

***This review covers both seasons 1 and 2, so beware of spoilers.***

OPINION: ClassicaLoids has a high bar to entry. You need to enjoy wacky shows that have a lot of episodic and/or pointless plots. You need to like classical music at least a little, and not mind the edutainment angle. And you need to be able to tolerate the majority of the cast - in a show of silly characters who are all very different in their quirkiness, there will inevitably be ones you don't like (for me, I had to grit my teeth through Mozart's carefree prankster persona and his love of fart jokes, and I disliked the delusionally-confident Sousuke and season 2's petulant revolutionary Wagner almost as much).

There are some problems with gender issues, as well. Kanae is repeatedly pressed to choose a boyfriend, even though she's not interested, because the other female characters think that a woman's happiness comes from marriage. On the bright side, there's some attention paid to gender identity, and the portrayal is nuanced - the scientist didn't bother matching up appearance and gender to the original incarnations, so there are two ClassicaLoids who are female now and were male before. One of them is perfectly happy, and the other is experiencing some believable dysphoria. The show is also not homophobic, and has at least one episode that makes it clear that love is love no matter the form.

That said, I really enjoyed myself with this show. The first season has a certain effervescent quality to it that made it a joy to binge watch. I do believe that some of the purposeless episodes from both seasons could have been excised, and the two seasons distilled into one, without issue - in fact, 50 episodes of comedic silliness can be daunting, and a "mere" 25 would make the show more accessible. Nevertheless, consider giving at least season 1 a try (it has a satisfactory conclusion by itself).

Clarifying my rating system:

1-6: If I started watching, I stopped once it clearly fell below 7. I would never watch or recommend. [Further clarification: 1-3 is pure excrement, and I would rather be getting un-anesthetized surgery for the entire running time. 4-6 is the kind of thing where I would sincerely rather be doing chores, but could survive sitting through it if a friend begged me to.]

7: I watched at least part of it, and may have stopped due to not liking the plot twists, character derailment, etc. I may have watched the whole show, but recognize deal-breaker tropes in it, and I'm unlikely to rewatch; thus, huge caveats to any recommendation.

8: Not my thing, but usually I at least respect it. Generally, I didn't like it enough to rewatch it, but also didn't see huge problems in the plot, characterizations, etc. and thought it was worth finishing. I'd consider it mostly harmless to view, with the occasional caveat; it's possible that over time I would upgrade it to a 9 if I liked it more on reflection. I would recommend it to the right audience.

9: I enjoyed very much. It may have had one or two issues, but not enough to diminish enjoyment. It's possible that over time I would downgrade it to an 8 (changing tastes) or upgrade to a 10 (realize it's never left my mind). I'm likely to rewatch, and might decide to buy the DVDs. I'd recommend it to most audiences.

10: Virtually flawless. I'd definitely rewatch, and am likely to buy DVDs. I would shill to anyone.

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