Angel’s 3Piece! – Anime Preview
Synopsis: A shut-in ever since he had a traumatic experience, Nukui Hibiki’s biggest hobby has been using vocalization software to create and uploading songs online. One day, he receives an email from some fifth-grader girls, asking to meet and discuss something with him. The three girls, who have grown up together almost like siblings, ask him to help them show their gratitude to the people who have taken care of them. The method they’ve devised? Putting on a successful concert at a place full of memories.(Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: Angel’s 3Piece! opens competently enough. We’re introduced to our shut-in lead, Nukui Hibiki, who is a very creative individual, but lacks quality social skills. It’s not the greatest of hooks, but could work as a drama, or slice of life if focused on Nukui’s efforts to grow himself and overcome his troubles. However the show doesn’t build itself in that way. Instead we’re introduced to three annoying little girls who end up taking the center stage. These three girls range from uninteresting to actively irritating, either from extremely unappealing voice acting or dialogue that makes the viewer feel awkward and uncomfortable thanks to its overtly sexual content.
Linny: Angel’s 3Piece is generic as heck when it comes to its characters. Like Tom already described, they aren’t all that endearing either and if you’re like me, the baby voice of one of the girls will actually cause you physical pain from the shrillness. The first episode also introduces other female characters early on, an online friend who our male protagonist either imagines or knows to be an attractive female his age and his younger sister who seems to be curious about her shut in brother’s music and thankfully nothing else about him.
Tom: As I said before the first half of the episode is nothing special, but nothing bad either. The second we’re introduced to these three musically inclined little girls the episode enters territory that feels all kinds of wrong. There’s frequent camera work leering on these ten-year old girls, focused either on their legs or near up skirt shots, if not direct crotch shots while they’re performing together. Even their dialogue aims to take the show into questionable territory, with one insinuating that if Nukui helps them he’ll be allowed to touch them.
Linny: We cannot stop emphasizing how uncomfortable this episode gets with how it treats and uses the little girl trio, one of who clearly and specifically states that she is 10 years old. The show manages to squeeze in one solid joke in regards to their age, as Nukui definitely freaks out and wants to abandon ship when he finds out how young they are and realizes how that could lead to all sorts of misunderstanding and trouble. However, the sweeping camera angles on the girls make it hard to ignore that this show is likely to make you end up on a watch list yourself.
Tom: Angel’s 3Piece could work, even once it introduces the little girl band. But it would need to abandon a number of uncomfortable elements that seek to sexualize the three girls, either for titillation (god it feels wrong typing that) or the humor of doing so. Either way what’s here is exceedingly uncomfortable, and enters territory few viewers will feel comfortable with. I can’t recommend this at all.
Linny: Unless the show completely abandons trying to use sexual humour in regards to its younger female cast, there’s no way most (more likely ALL) western viewers will be okay sitting through even a single episode. Barring that, the first episode of Angel’s 3Piece! had such generic wannabe musician characters that even its more appealing factors get drowned out. So ultimately I’d advice you to be safe and just avoid this anime.
Angel’s 3Piece! is available for streaming via Crunchyroll