Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- Rhyme Anima

Title:Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- Rhyme Anima
ヒプノシスマイク-Division Rap Battle- Rhyme Anima
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Notables: ASANUMA Shintaro
Animation - A1 Pictures
The 'Party of Words' has taken control of Japan, and passed the 'H-Law' which requires the destruction of all conventional weapons and forbids the production of any new ones. If the people want to fight, let them do it by singing into 'Hypnosis Mics', which are capable of 'causing listeners to suffer various misfortunes'.

13 episodes
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Unevaluated Stretch [series:4200#628]
(Part of one episode watched):

I was trying to crystalize exactly what it was about this show that rubbed me the wrong way, and when I tried to select keywords for it, I got a hint. It is definitely a 2020 release, and appears on TV, and is related to music, but other than that I didn't know how to describe it. Is it comedy? Is it drama? It needs to be distinctly one or the other, but it felt ambiguous to me. It almost seems like something you would have seen on MTV in its heyday. Various rap bands/gangs have formed which control their territories by singing the living crap out of opponents. Somehow a good(?) song has an effect on the targeted people something like a bomb going off nearby or being tasered. This show seems like it will be mostly singing with colorful animation but not much of a story (the ANN summary said this situation had come about in the aftermath of WWIII, but there was no mention of such a thing in the first half of episode one). But here's my problem: I do not particularly want to listen to 'Jap Rap' music for 23 minutes or so. Even if a plot comes together, that seems like a heavy price to pay in exchange. I quickly got the impression that this show wasn't exciting me. There was an unusual warning of 'strong and explicit language' but it didn't seem particularly shocking to me; perhaps what's 'explicit' in Japan is lame in the US. Will there ever be an explanation of how these microphones work? And why does everybody seem to have differently colored right and left eyes? The women of the Party of Words are monitoring these gangs, but why wasn't clear and I wasn't left curious. In fact, this show left me so unexcited that I quit around halfway through.

Last updated Sunday, October 04 2020. Created Sunday, October 04 2020.

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