Miss Monochrome – The Animation 3

Miss Monochrome – The Animation 3

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Miss Monochrome is an android who is determined to become a top idol since in the ever-growing competitive market. We see her still endeavouring to pursue all the ways in which she feels will make her a famous idol.

After reviewing the second season I’m straight in there with the third (the wait between these two was practically nothing). Miss Monochrome and her increasing entourage are back to being a feature on the Super Anime Time block. Since the third season was so hot on the trail of the second, we still have the same opening and closing sequences, making it seem like something not entirely new and fresh. However, this time around we are taking to the next level of Monochrome’s objective of becoming a famous idol.

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Monochrome’s debut album has been released and she has even climbed Mt. Fuji in order to boost its success. She’s also accompanied by her producer and new backing singers (girl group Caramel), which starts the season off on very optimistic footing.

From this point on, the series carries on in the same style as the two that proceeded it. The main different is that, since the beginning, Monochrome has since build up her team of supporters and the cast has expanded greatly. This definitely ramps up the fun and everyones contributions to Monochrome’s shows certainly makes them more impressive to watch. The up-coming idol is now on the lookout for a DJ (and I wonder just what this particular role will bring to a Japanese idol’s career, exactly) to add another facet to her singing and performing abilities. Meanwhile, she is continuing to plug away (sometimes quite literally) and get her face out there by doing time as a mascot, providing merchandise and making herself known to the public in some quite bizarre ways. However, they do say that there’s no such thing as bad publicity and Monochrome finds that at every venue she performs at, more and more people are paying to come and see her.

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This third season started off very strong, focusing on the growing cast and bringing their personalities to life. It helped to ease the literally-robotic personality of Monochrome and you can actually see how their relationships with her are helping the idol to lose her rigidity and making her more at ease on her path to becoming a performing success. We have some nice seasonal mentions, such as Christmas, and we even see some cameos from the HackaDolls, which was an unexpected surprise.

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We still have the occasional episode where the pace slows down and not everything is focused on Monochrome’s road to stardom. We have some nice scenes with Manager Maneo where we can appreciate that he is a manager of a convenience shop as well as Monochromes manager. He’s quite a quiet character compared to the rest of the colourful group and he’s been with Monochrome the longest, so it’s good that they haven’t completely forgotten him. There’s also small references to pop culture and other anime that have become iconic to this show and plenty of the usual mad-cap silliness where Monochrome takes some advice literally and executes it with ridiculous results.

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Towards the end of the season I felt that things were lacking a sort of significance for me. We see Monochrome succeeding and “standing out more”, as has become her catchphrase, but her path (usually riddled with setbacks) has suddenly become suspiciously smooth. No fourth season of this anime-short has been announced yet, but it’s likely there will be one on the cards for 2016. At least the opening and ending credits eventually changed to suit the story progression.

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We now have the Miss Monochrome trilogy, and it’s always been a consistently fun and charming anime show, but I hope that there is more of a break between this season and any forthcoming ones. Some of the repetitive elements could get a little dry and meaningless if there’s too much of them and I don’t want the aspects that make this show what it is to become stale and bland. If there is to be more of Monochrome-chan, I look forward to watching it further down the line.

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