Stage Fight – ‘Music Girls’ Episode 12 (Finale) Review

Stage Fight – An Anime QandA Review of ‘Music Girls’ Episode 12

What’s the show? Music Girls, Episode 12.

So the finale huh, what happens in this episode? The Music Girls perform at the music festival and it’s make or break for them—if they don’t attract a crowd of 10,000 people the president of their record label will disband their group.

Why are their eyes glowing… it’s creepy!

Uh-huh, perfectly logical plot point… so do they make the target? Well the number of people watching slowly rises as the Music Girls perform the same 3 songs they’ve been performing all season and then there’s a power outage at their stage and so people begin to leave. Hanako, our committed protagonist decides there’s only one thing she can do—she comes on the darkened stage and using the minimal amount of reserve power that powers the microphones decides to belt out a song.

If this were a realistic anime someone would have shouted “show us your tits!” or maybe that’s just what an Australian audience would do…

But isn’t she a terrible singer? Absolutely she is, and so people start mocking and laughing and filming her with their phones only for the Music Girls to come back out and stop her. They realise what she’s doing, she’s trying to make herself a spectacle so people will stay but they don’t want her to embarrass herself on their behalf. The crowd misconstrues their passionate words of support to Hanako as ‘fighting’ and even more people start filming to the point where it goes viral. Then in a move that I’m pretty sure I predicted in the first episode—Hanako is made a member of the Music Girls, with her own outfit prepared and everything! The power comes on, we have a 3D dance sequence and they aren’t disbanded because them going viral is more important than reaching an arbitrary number of attendees at a music festival.

Yeah! Like this super serious show!

That sounds kinda lame… Yeah, but I mean what do you expect at this point? This show’s ~pretty~ dumb but entertaining as heck and this finale continues that trend. There’s even a moment, where in unison, all the Music Girls slap their own faces as if to admonish their actions. I don’t think I’ve seen anything quite as absurd been portrayed so matter-of-factly!

Aww, she’s a member of the Music Girls now! Doesn’t change the fact she still can’t sing…

So your final thoughts on the series finale of Music Girls? The artificially created drama of this final premise really didn’t sell itself, like I never actually felt like the Music Girls were ever going to disband. But if, like me, you were only here for CGDCT with an idol veneer, added to that this series’ trademark quirky sense of humour and that Studio Deen ‘looseness’ to the animation then this series finale delivers exactly that—nothing more, nothing less.

And I’ll never forget this anime… ’til next week!

Previous Music Girls Reviews:

Idol Anime At Its Peak – Episode 1 & 2 Review
The Sound of One Hand Clapping – Episode 3 Review
An Idol Without Makeup – Episode 4 Review
Starving Artists – Episode 5 Review
There’s A 17 Year Old Girl In All Of Us – Episode 6 Review
Bikinis, Baths and Brotherly Love – Episode 7 Review
Disbanding Together – Episode 8 Review
Variety Is The Slice Of Life – Episode 9 Review
Outclassed – Episode 10 Review
A Roller Coaster Of Emotions – Episode 11 Review

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Author: Cactus Matt

I love anime and more recently manga too. What else do I need to write here?

5 thoughts on “Stage Fight – ‘Music Girls’ Episode 12 (Finale) Review”

    1. I think you might get a kick out of it tbh, I haven’t watched all those boy idol shows you watch but it seems comparable, at least in terms of being adorably dumb and endearingly silly.


      1. The boy idol shows are written as straightup goofball comedies but also have unintentional camp humour
        This one seems more earnest from you writting but still sounds like it could be funny.

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      2. It does have a very earnest streak but it’s also very silly. Sharon really enjoyed it and she doesn’t care for idol shows at all (not that this is an idol show, its more CGDCT) she said its like a parody that doesn’t know its a parody.


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