Revue Starlight

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Revue Starlight
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少女☆歌劇 レヴュースタァライト
(Shōjo☆Kageki Revyū Sutāraito)
GenreMusic
Created byBushiroad, Nelke Planning, Kinema Citrus
Manga
Butai Revue Starlight: Show Must Go On
Illustrated byTsubaki Ayasugi
Published byBushiroad
ImprintBushiroad Media
MagazineMonthly Bushiroad
DemographicShōnen
Original runJanuary 6, 2018 – present
Volumes2
Manga
Yonkoma Starlight
Illustrated byMakimaki Mawaru
Published byBushiroad
ImprintBushiroad Media
MagazineMonthly Bushiroad
DemographicShōnen
Original runJanuary 6, 2018 – present
Manga
Shōjo Kageki Revue Starlight Overture
Written byKanata Nakamura
Illustrated bySora Goto
Published byASCII Media Works
ImprintDengeki Comic NEXT
MagazineDengeki G's Comic
DemographicSeinen
Original runJanuary 30, 2018 – present
Volumes2
Anime television series
Directed byTomohiro Furukawa
Takushi Koide (assistant)
Produced byAkane Taketsugu
Yūki Katayama
Teppei Nojima
Atsushi Iwazaki
Written byTatsuto Higuchi
Music byTatsuya Kato
Yoshiaki Fujisawa
StudioKinema Citrus
Licensed bySentai Filmworks
Original networkTBS, CBC, BS-TBS, MBS, RKB
Original run July 12, 2018 September 27, 2018
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
Anime film
Revue Starlight: Rondo Rondo Rondo
Directed byTomohiro Furukawa
Written byTatsuto Higuchi
Music byTatsuya Kato
Yoshiaki Fujisawa
StudioKinema Citrus
ReleasedAugust 7, 2020 (2020-08-07)
Runtime119 minutes
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Revue Starlight (少女☆歌劇 レヴュースタァライト, Shōjo Kageki Revyū Sutāraito, lit. Girls' Musical Revue Starlight) is a Japanese media franchise created in 2017 by Bushiroad, Nelke Planning and Kinema Citrus. It primarily consists of a musical, performed between September 22 and 24, 2017 at the AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo[1] and a 12-episode anime television series directed by Tomohiro Furukawa which aired between July and September 2018. It has received three manga adaptations, all of which began serialization in January 2018.[2] A smartphone game titled Shōjo Kageki Revue Starlight: Re LIVE, developed by Ateam, launched in October 2018.[3] A spin-off anime has been announced. A compilation film was slated to be released on May 29, 2020, but was delayed to August 7, 2020 due to COVID-19. A brand-new film is set to premiere in 2021.

Plot[edit]

At the Seisho Music Academy, the 99th Graduating Class is rehearsing for the annual production of the theatrical play, Starlight. Behind the scenes, however, an underground "Revue Starlight" audition, orchestrated by a talking giraffe, pits the students against each other in stage battles in order to shine as the top star. Karen Aijō, upon being reunited with her childhood friend Hikari Kagura, comes across these auditions and battles to become the top star alongside Hikari.

Characters[edit]

Seisho Music Academy[edit]

An elite academy known for its long history of participating in stage performances, as well as a respected institution.

Karen Aijō (愛城 華恋, Aijō Karen)
Voiced by: Momoyo Koyama[1] (Japanese); Brittney Karbowski[4] (English)
The main protagonist of the series, who made a promise to Hikari twelve years ago that they will stand on the "Revue Starlight" stage; one that she never forgot. She is energetic and loud-mouthed, but very friendly. She always loved the theater after seeing that performance with Hikari and works hard to make her dream come true. She doesn't like mornings, but enjoys practice at daytime. In the Revue Starlight auditions, she uses a cutlass.
Hikari Kagura (神楽 ひかり, Kagura Hikari)
Voiced by: Suzuko Mimori[1] (Japanese); Patricia Duran[4] (English)
Karen's childhood friend who was also amazed by Revue Starlight. After losing some of her brilliance as a result of losing the Revue auditions in England, she transfers to Seisho Academy to get a second chance in the Japanese auditions, later making a promise to Karen that one day they will stand on the stage. While she is very calm and mature for her age, she remains concerned for Karen's participation in the auditions and initially, objects Karen's participation. However, she is extremely terrible in studying, and doesn't know how to cook. She fights using a rope dagger, which was originally a sword before she lost the England auditions.
Maya Tendō (天堂 真矢, Tendō Maya)
Voiced by: Maho Tomita[1] (Japanese); Olivia Swasey[4] (English)
A hardworking and talented stage actress who is top of the class. Born to a prima donna mother and stage actor father, she has spent most of her life on stage. She has a reserved personality, but gets along with the others well. She has a great respect for those who work hard and wish to be the best, the most notable person being Claudine. Due to this they have developed a rivalry with each other. She is often called "Maya-sama" by the others due to her position as the top of the class and her amazing abilities. She fights using a long rapier.
Claudine Saijō (西條クロディーヌ, Saijō Kurodīnu)
Voiced by: Aina Aiba[1] (Japanese); Christina Kelly[4] (English)
Born from a Japanese father and French mother, she is a talented girl who has been acting since her childhood. Originally believing to be the best actor, she transfers to Seisho Academy expecting to be the "ace" of the class. She realizes how limited her skills are after meeting Maya whose skills exceed her own. Wishing to surpass Maya and become the top of the class, she develops a rivalry with her. She fights using a longsword.
Mahiru Tsuyuzaki (露崎 まひる, Tsuyuzaki Mahiru)
Voiced by: Haruki Iwata[1] (Japanese); Maggie Flecknoe[4] (English)
Karen's best friend and roommate who is very shy despite her great talent. Throughout her childhood, Mahiru was praised for her talent on the stage and with a baton, winning many awards. However, after transferring to Seisho Academy, she realizes how inferior she is compared to others and began relying on Karen as a means of support. She began regaining her confidence after battling Karen in the "Revue of Jealousy". She realises she can shine on her own talents and merits. Despite this, she is still admires Karen and dreams to become her stage partner, becoming jealous towards Hikari due to them being childhood friends. She fights using a mace.
Junna Hoshimi (星見 純那, Hoshimi Junna)
Voiced by: Hinata Satō[1] (Japanese); Shannon Emerick[4] (English)
An honor student with high academic scores who is also the class representative. She chose to be a stage actress against her parents' wishes. Due to her inexperience on the stage, she fears that she will fall behind the others in the class and works extra hard in improving her performance. She sometimes overthinks despite having good judgement. She fights using a bow and arrow.
Nana Daiba (大場 なな, Daiba Nana)
Voiced by: Moeka Koizumi[1] (Japanese); Luci Christian[4] (English)
Junna's best friend who is also a mother figure towards the girls although she is the same age as Claudine and Maya. She is not only talented at music and dance, but also production as well. She is nicknamed "Banana" due to her name, her distinctive hairstyle and her habit of eating banana. It is revealed that she has previously won the Revue auditions, using the power granted to her as Top Star to go back in time and reexperience the 99th Seisho Festival's production of Starlight countless times before Hikari returns to Japan, an event unprecedented in previous loops. Hereafter she begins to show a strong protective or possessive attitude towards her version of Starlight. She fights using a katana and a wakizashi.
Futaba Isurugi (石動 双葉, Isurugi Futaba)
Voiced by: Teru Ikuta[1] (Japanese); Chelsea McCurdy[4] (English)
A kind- hearted and strong combatant despite her short stature and sharp tongue. She is Kaoruko's childhood friend, who is dubbed her "Number 1 fan" by Kaoruko. She has always been supporting Kaoruko and originally transferred to Seisho Academy to be with her despite her lack of knowledge in theater. Her ambition has grown exponentially from then as she wishes to have the lead role like the others in her class. She is roommates with Kaoruko and often takes her to school on her motorcycle. She fights using a halberd.
Kaoruko Hanayagi (花柳 香子, Hanayagi Kaoruko)
Voiced by: Ayasa Itō[1] (Japanese); Savanna Menzel[4] (English)
Futaba's childhood friend from Kyoto who was born into a privileged family. As the granddaughter of a Japanese dance master, she is a high-class lady who was famous as a child for these skills. She was always told to practice and act a certain way which caused her to rely on Futaba for fun and support. This caused Kaoruko to grow dependant on Futaba, whom she forced to transfer to Seisho Academy with her, and for once, due to overconfidence and laziness, she is almost dropped out from the Starlight performance. Despite her elegance, she is very calculating, schemeing and arrogant. She fights using a naginata.

Rinmeikan Girls School[edit]

A school which used to be one of top best, but now is on the verge of complete decline. A group of stage girls there have decided to fight and prevents it from final closure and regain its position back.

Tamao Tomoe (巴 珠緒, Tomoe Tamao)
Voiced by: Tomori Kusunoki
Kaoruko's another childhood friend alongside Futaba and the head of Performance Department at the school. She holds a unique fondness for the school as her grandmother and mother both graduated from here. With the Performance Department facing closure due to its decline in performance, lack of success and decrease of membership, she strives to fight for its survival and prevents it from being closed. She has a weakness, however, and only Kaoruko can see it. She fights using a tachi.
Rui Akikaze (秋風 塁, Akikaze Rui)
Voiced by: Risa Tsumugi
She's a year younger than Tamao, but studies together with her since junior high. A kendo practitioner, she is very well excelled. Despite this, she has a stage fright. She has a friend, Yuyuko, whom she will call her "Yukko" instead. She's obsessed with anything of Tamao and is always afraid of losing Tamao, it is heavily implied she has some form of crush or romantic interest in Tamao. She fights using an odachi.
Ichie Otonashi (音無 いちえ, Otonashi Ichie)
Voiced by: Azumi Waki
Although her surname means "silent", she's actually a frequent troublemaker with a rioting energy. She isn't a deep thinker but has a straight-thinking and while is clumsy, she is willing to work and transform her to be a better stage girl. She has once aspired to be a singer during junior high. She's very close to Fumi. She fights using a Japanese war fan.
Yuyuko Tanaka (田中 ゆゆ子, Tanaka Yuyuko)
Voiced by: Iori Saeki
A frequent sleeper who even brings a pillow to the class, however in spite of her sleeping hobby, she is actually a very educated and smart person. However, she doesn't like showing it directly and always works hard in secret. She has a dog named Momoko. She dreams to become a rakugo storyteller. She fights using kunai.
Fumi Yumeōji (夢大 路文, Yumeōji Fumi)
Voiced by: Reo Kurachi
A student who transfers from Siegfeld to Rinmeikan to escape the unknown trauma of the past. Fumi is a serious, strong-headed and determined person, owning to her previous time at Siegfeld. Ichie has a fondness to her, but Fumi doesn't like it. Initially, she refuses to participate, but Tamao's kindness and her determination influences her to return to the stage. She works as a part-time waitress in a coffee shop and is obsessed with ponzu. She has a younger sister, Shiori, whom she is fond of. However, mysterious circumstances caused her to eventually distance herself from her. In one story she tells to Tamao, she refers to a story about an arrogant knight who is hated in his homeland, but soon finds back himself in another kingdom, implying the possibility she has been an arrogant student in Siegfeld before moving to Rinmeikan where she finds back the light, though it is unclear how real it is. She fights using a swordbreaker.

Frontier School of Arts[edit]

A relatively new school and has been stereotyped negatively for its frequent technological involvement on music and lack of successful stage girl performances. The stage girls of the school is determined to change the image.

Aruru Otsuki (大月 あるる, Otsuki Aruru)
Voiced by: Megumi Han
A stage girl without any stage performance background, however she's always full of happiness and never lets any sadness drown her down. Her happiness and cheerful attitude makes her easier to improve performance. Her childhood friend, Misora, has described her singing voice as "hoarse" and has been afraid of Aruru becomes unsuccessful. She fights using Colt Single Action Army.
Misora Kanō (叶 美空, Kanō Misora)
Voiced by: Ayana Taketatsu
Aruru's childhood friend and a more cautious person. Coming from a stage family background as her parents own a small theatre, she persuades the same option to become a stage girl, though her parents react with skepticism due to hardship. She has two younger sisters and two older sisters. Despite her cautiousness, she is also a food addict, often eats a shocking amount of food to keep up her stamina. She's good at basketball and other sports. She fights using a Wild Punch spear.
Tsukasa Ebisu (恵比寿 つかさ, Ebisu Tsukasa)
Voiced by: Emiri Katō
One of the best stage girls in the school, however she suffers an injury that forces her to withdraw for few months prior to the main series. Being convinced by Aruru, she returns to the stage. She has a strict upbringing due to her wealthy family, thus very serious about working to improve stage skills, but she always cares about her friends. She fights using Dust Devil axes.
Lalafin Nonomiya (野々宮 ララフィン, Nonomiya Rarafin)
Voiced by: Miyu Tomita
She is a year older than Aruru and Misora, yet she appears to be very childish, cute, carefree and energetic girl with passion to rabbits. She's a former model and is of German origin throughout her mother. She's very dynamic and serious in stage girl performance. Misora once resembles Lalafin to her sister. She fights using a One Millionth hammer.
Shizuha Kochō (胡蝶 静羽, Kochō Shizuha)
Voiced by: Mikoi Sasaki
She is formerly the President of Frontier School of Arts Stage Expression Course with an excellent stage skill but she initially declines the offer to become a stage girl. However, with Aruru, Misora and Lalafin's convinces, she joins the stage. She's a very tall girl and very health-conscious student. She is also a renowned gamer and incredibly fonds of computer. She fights using a scythe.

Siegfeld Institute of Music[edit]

A school with a great reputation for having impressive infrastructure, good curriculum and diverse staff. The school is a major rival of Seisho. Five major students there are referred as Edels.

Akira Yukishiro (雪代 晶, Yukishiro Akira)
Voiced by: Hotaru Nomoto
The Frau Platin and the head of the Music Acting Department, she is considered as the most elite student of Siegfeld. However, she is uncompromising and doesn't have great communication skills despite her popularity, often being very serious on working hard to become a model stage girl. Maya Tendou has been her rival since junior-high. She's unfamiliar with digital equipment, as she struggles to use computer to iPhone. Akira is noted to be incredibly fond of Shiori compared to the other Edels, though she is still very strict to Shiori in order to get Shiori improve. In one of her chapter later, she reveals to Shiori that, it was her fault that she was unable to keep Fumi stay. She fights using a jousting lance.
Michiru Ōtori (鳳 ミチル, Ōtori Michiru)
Voiced by: Yuka Ozaki
The Frau Saphir. She is a fellow Edel and very close to Akira. However, contrast to Akira's strict personality, Michiru has a softer, friendlier, energetic and outgoing personality. She's always supportive to anyone facing problems. She fights using a German greatsword.
Yachiyo Tsuruhime (鶴姫 やちよ, Tsuruhime Yachiyo)
Voiced by: Haruka Kudo
Holder of the title of Frau Perle, Yachiyo is very elusive and hides her main intentions, often provokes anger from other Edels due to her mischievous antics. Despite this, Yachiyo is also a renowned tailor, has a knack on design and sewing. Like Akira, she is noted to be fond of Shiori. She fights using a crossbow.
Liu Meifan (リュウ・メイファン, Liu Meifan, 柳美帆[a])
Voiced by: Yume Takeuchi
The Frau Rubin from China who was a famous child actor back home. She speaks fluent Japanese and always full of determination. She is fond of fortune-telling, being influenced from her grandfather, however most will avoid her fortune telling because of her predictions tend to bring bad lucks. She's also a dog-lover, and a crybaby sometimes. She fights using a serpent spear, which is driven from her favorite Three Kingdoms General Zhang Fei.
Shiori Yumeōji (夢大 路栞, Yumeōji Shiori)
Voiced by: Hikaru Tono
Fumi's younger sister and the new Frau Jade, who replaced her after impressing Akira during the auditions to search for a new Frau Jade. Contrast to Fumi's edgy behavior, Shiori is rather nicer, softening, less strict and easier to be afraid than Fumi. As a child, Shiori was frail and only started going to an actual school recently out of a desire to become a stage girl. Despite Fumi's distance and mysterious departure, Shiori respects Fumi and expresses her wish to restore their relationship. Akira is incredibly fond of her and treats her more leniently than the other Edels due to her age and fragility. She fights using a saber.

Seiran General Arts Institute[edit]

A school introduced in the stage play THE LIVE #2 Transition.

Koharu Yanagi (柳 小春, Yanagi Koharu)
Voiced by: Kanon Nanaki
The “Genius of Seiran,” a stage girl whose reputation and capabilities are acknowledged even by Seishou’s Maya Tendou.
Suzu Minase (南風涼, Minase Suzu)
Voiced by: Minami Tsukui
A stage girl who attended the same middle school as Seishou’s Mahiru Tsuyuzaki. Suzu was the ace of the cheerleading squad just as Mahiru was the ace of the baton twirling team. Inspired by Mahiru's skills at a baton twirling meet, she requested to incorporate baton twirling into cheerleading routines. Her dream is to stand on the same stage as Mahiru and see the view from it together with her.
Hisame Honami (穂波氷雨, Honami Hisame)
Voiced by: Yoko Kadoyama
A stage girl who attended the same middle school as Seishou’s Nana Daiba.
Kyōko Yakumo (八雲響子, Yakumo Kyōko)
Voiced by: Yuka Kobayashi
Seiran's club teacher.

Royal Academy of Theatrical Actors[edit]

The prestigious British performing arts academy where Hikari Kagura used to study before she lost the final revue.

Judy Knightley (ジュディ・ナイトレイ, Judi Naitorei)
A British stage girl who has an outstanding performance. She is largely unknown until she encounters Hikari in the final revue, and gains the win. Hikari's heartbreaking defeat to Judy has a traumatized effect on Hikari and forces Hikari to return to Japan.
Rosalie Addams (ロザリー・アダムス, Rozarī Adamusu)
Elizabeth Blethyn (エリザベス・ブレシン, Erizabesu Bureshin)
Aishwarya Shetty (アイシュワリヤー・シェティ, Aishuwariyā Sheti)

Other[edit]

Giraffe (キリン, Kirin)
Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda (Japanese); Jay Hickman[4] (English)
A mysterious talking giraffe who watches over the Revue Starlight auditions, granting the winner the ability to stand on any stage they wish.
Chitose Tsuruhime
The 58th Student Council President of the Siegfeld Institute of Music who had gone disappeared in mystery. She is first mentioned in the Re:LIVE version as Yachiyo is looking for the traces of her vanished sister.

Media[edit]

Stage plays[edit]

The series began as a stage play performed at the AiiA 2.5 Theater in Tokyo.[1] The first performances, titled Shōjo Kageki Revue Starlight: The LIVE #1 were held from September 22 to 24, 2017, and a re-run titled Shōjo Kageki Revue Starlight: The LIVE #1 revival took place from January 6 to 8, 2018.[6] A new stage play titled Shōjo Kageki Revue Starlight: The LIVE #2 Transition was performed at The Galaxy Theatre in Shinagawa from October 13 to 21, 2018,[7] and a re-run titled Shōjo Kageki Revue Starlight: The LIVE #2 Revival was performed at the Maihama Amphitheater in Chiba from July 12 to 15, 2019.[8]

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation of the musical drawn by Tsubaki Ayasugi, titled Butai Revue Starlight: Show Must Go On (舞台 レヴュースタァライト SHOW MUST GO ON), and a 4-panel manga series by Makimaki Mawaru, Yonkoma Starlight (よんこま すたぁらいと), both began serialization in Bushiroad's Monthly Bushiroad magazine from January 6, 2018.[9] A third manga written by Kanata Nakamura and illustrated by Sora Goto, Shōjo Kageki Revue Starlight Overture (少女☆歌劇 レヴュースタァライト オーバーチュア), began serialization in ASCII Media Works' Dengeki G's Comic magazine from January 30, 2018.[10]

Anime[edit]

A 12-episode anime television series produced by Bushiroad, TBS Television, Pony Canyon, Overlap, Nelke Planning and Kinema Citrus aired in Japan between July 12 and September 27, 2018.[11] The series is directed by Tomohiro Furukawa, with Tatsuto Higuchi handling series composition and writing the scripts, Hiroyuki Saita designing the characters and Yoshiaki Fujisawa and Tatsuya Kato composing the music.[12] The series was released on three Blu-ray Disc/DVD volumes, each containing additional original video animation shorts, between October 24, 2018 and February 27, 2019.[13][14] The opening theme is "Hoshi no Dialogue" (星のダイアローグ, Star Dialogue), while the ending theme is "Fly Me to the Star", both performed by Starlight 99-gumi, the series' voice actors. Sentai Filmworks has licensed the anime and is streaming the series on Hidive with English, Portuguese and Spanish subtitles, and is also dubbed in English.[15] MVM Entertainment acquired the distribution rights for the UK and Ireland via Sentai Filmworks.[16] A spin-off comedy series, titled Shōjo Konto All-Starlight (少女☆寸劇 オールスタァライト), was announced on March 31, 2019.[17]

No. Title[b] Directed by Original air date
1"Stage Girls"
Transcription: "Butai shōjo" (Japanese: 舞台少女)
Shinya Iino
Tomohiro Furukawa
July 12, 2018 (2018-07-12)
At Seisho Music Academy, Karen Aijō, a student from the 99th graduating class, is surprised when her childhood friend, Hikari Kagura, transfers into her class. One night, Karen follows Hikari as she sneaks out and winds up in an underground theater, where a talking giraffe is hosting a "Revue Starlight" audition between Hikari and classmate Junna Hoshimi. Noticing Hikari struggling, Karen dives in and joins the battle, managing to defeat Junna.
2"The Stage of Fate"
Transcription: "Unmei no butai" (Japanese: 運命の舞台)
Akane TsukamotoJuly 19, 2018 (2018-07-19)
As Karen tries to learn about what happened the previous night from Hikari, Junna is upset over Karen's sudden intrusion. Later on, Karen once again faces off against Junna in the auditions as other members of the class participate in their own. Although Junna is once again defeated, she is humbled by Karen's words and the two become friends.
3"Top Star"
Transcription: "Toppu sutā" (Japanese: トップスタァ)
Taku Yamada
Takushi Koide
July 26, 2018 (2018-07-26)
Hikari tries to keep Karen away from the auditions, locking her up in a shed to try and keep her still. However, Karen escapes and ends up facing against the top student, Maya Tendo, ultimately proving no match for her.
4"Promise Tower"
Transcription: "Yakusoku tawā" (Japanese: 約束タワー)
Masayuki KojimaAugust 2, 2018 (2018-08-02)
Hikari suddenly goes off somewhere, prompting Karen to search all over the city for her. Along the way, Karen learns that Hikari is upset over her losing to Maya. Upon finally finding her, Karen makes a promise with Hikari to become the Top Star alongside her.
5"Where the Light Is"
Transcription: "Kirameki no arika" (Japanese: キラめきのありか)
Yoshiko MikamiAugust 9, 2018 (2018-08-09)
Karen's roommate, Mahiru Tsuyuzaki, has become increasingly frustrated with Karen favoring Hikari over her. During the auditions, Mahiru faces off against Karen, letting out her pent-up frustrations over feeling worthless without her. However, Karen convinces Mahiru that there is plenty good about herself, managing to win the audition.
6"Stage Left for Two"
Transcription: "Futari no hanamichi" (Japanese: ふたりの花道)
Kazuki YokouchiAugust 16, 2018 (2018-08-16)
Already annoyed over not being selected for lead role auditions for the school's production of Starlight, Kaoruko Hanayagi becomes further upset when she discovers her close friend Futaba Isurugi has been secretly taking tap dancing lessons from Claudine Saijō, leading the two to have a fight. Kaoruko contemplates heading back to Kyoto, but Futaba catches up to her before she leaves, with the two deciding to settle their score in the auditions. Recognising all the effort Futaba has put herself through, Kaoruko becomes determined to try harder and manages to win the audition.
7"Daiba Nana"
(Japanese: 大場なな)
Akane TsukamotoAugust 23, 2018 (2018-08-23)
In her second year, Nana Daiba nostalgically remembers the 99th Seisho Festival's production of Starlight the previous year, lamenting that the next one won't be the same. She is eventually approached by the mysterious giraffe, who persuades her to take part in the Revue auditions by offering her the chance to stand on any stage she wishes. Managing to win the auditions, Nana is sent one year back in time to relive the same production, repeating the process to experience the joy over and over again. Upon reaching the present timeline, Nana is surprised when, after countless repeats, Hikari transfers into the class, as she had never appeared in previous timelines.
8"Toward the Light"
Transcription: "Hikari, sasu hō e" (Japanese: ひかり、さす方へ)
Fumiaki KōtaAugust 30, 2018 (2018-08-30)
Studying at a theater school in London, Hikari has been keeping in contact with Karen via letter. She is soon summoned by the giraffe and takes part in London's Revue auditions, but is unable to become the Top Star. As Hikari finds herself struggling following her loss, she eventually deduces that those who lose the auditions lose their brilliance on stage. Given the chance to take part in Japan's Revue auditions, Hikari transfers to Seisho Music Academy, leading to the present where she battles against Nana. Determined to fulfil her promise with Karen, Hikari's weapon, which had previously shrunk due to her lost brilliance, takes on a new form, allowing her to defeat Nana. However, Nana warns Hikari that Starlight is written as a tragedy, and Hikari will inevitably have to battle against Karen.
9"On the Night of the Star Festival"
Transcription: "Hoshi matsuri no yoru ni" (Japanese: 星祭りの夜に)
Taku YamadaSeptember 6, 2018 (2018-09-06)
While Karen and Hikari read the original story of Starlight together, Junna learns from Nana about how she had been repeating time to relive the 99th festival's Starlight, refusing to accept anything different. Realising that Karen is the one who has changed her repeat performance as opposed to Hikari, Nana faces off against her in the auditions. With Karen's vow of constantly evolving instead of repeating the same thing, Nana loses the audition, along with her chances of another repeat performance. As Junna gives Nana some comfort, encouraging her to look ahead to a future with new possibilities, the giraffe prepares for the final day of auditions.
10"Nevertheless, The Show Must Go On"
Transcription: "Saredo butai wa tsuzuku" (Japanese: されど舞台はつづく The Show Must Go On)
Kazuki Yokouchi
Akane Tsukamoto
Takushi Koide
September 13, 2018 (2018-09-13)
As everyone prepares for the final day of the auditions, Karen and Hikari spend the day together in Tokyo while Maya and Claudine recall how their rivalry and friendship began. With only four potential winners remaining, the giraffe announces that the final audition will be a duet battle, with Karen and Hikari facing off against Maya and Claudine. Though initially overwhelmed by Maya and Claudine's teamwork, Karen and Hikari manage to work together to defeat them. However, the giraffe suddenly declares one final audition, in which Hikari turns against Karen to claim victory.
11"We Are..."
Transcription: "Watashi-tachi wa" (Japanese: わたしたちは)
Yoshiko Mikami
Ryūtarō Suzuki
September 20, 2018 (2018-09-20)
The auditions end with Hikari refusing to use everyone's brilliance as fuel for the giraffe's "fated stage", after which she mysteriously transfers out of Seisho Academy. As months pass by without any contact from Hikari, Karen eventually realizes that Hikari paid the price that everyone else would've had to pay for losing, losing everything as a result. Translating the book of Starlight that was left behind by Hikari, Karen discovers that the story goes beyond what was in the play, prompting her to return to the underground theater, where Hikari is imprisoned.
12"Revue Starlight"
Transcription: "Revyū sutāraito" (Japanese: レヴュースタァライト)
Tomohiro Furukawa
Takushi Koide
September 27, 2018 (2018-09-27)
Karen returns to the underground theater and arrives at a desert area, where she finds an imprisoned Hikari stuck in an endless loop of trying to climb up a tower to reach a star only to get knocked down again. Determined to bring Hikari out of this stage that she chose for herself, Karen faces off against her in one final revue. Despite being beaten, Karen's desire to return home with Hikari allows her to come back for an encore performance and defeat Hikari, bringing her back to her senses. With everyone reunited, the 99th graduating class of Seisho Music Academy finally put on their performance of Starlight, bringing it to its true conclusion.

Films[edit]

On November 3, 2019, during the "Revue Starlight 3rd StarLive 'Starry Diamond'" concert, it was announced that the series will receive two new films. The first is a compilation film titled Rondo Rondo Rondo that was slated to premiere on May 29, 2020, but was delayed to August 7, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[18][19][20] The second is a brand-new anime film which will premiere in 2021.[21][22] The soundtrack to Rondo Rondo Rondo was released digitally on August 12, 2020, and will be released on CD in both regular and limited editions on September 9, 2020.

Game[edit]

A Japan-only smartphone game titled Shōjo Kageki Revue Starlight -Re LIVE- developed by Ateam and Bushiroad[23] was released for Android devices on October 22, 2018, and an iOS version was released on October 28. This game features a new story that differs from the anime series, and features 24 characters from 4 different acting schools, including the nine main characters from the anime, and features gacha gameplay elements.[24] A worldwide version of the game, localized into English, Korean, and Traditional Chinese, was released on April 22, 2019.[25]

Note[edit]

  1. ^ It is an official translation in the traditional Chinese version of Shōjo Kageki Revue Starlight -Re LIVE-.[5] The Japanese version shows katakana only.
  2. ^ All English titles are taken from Hidive.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Bushiroad Reveals Revue Starlight Franchise With Stage Musical, TV Anime Projects". Anime News Network. April 30, 2017. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  2. ^ "Shōjo☆ Kageki Revue Starlight Franchise Gets 3rd Manga Adaptation". Anime News Network. January 7, 2018. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  3. ^ "Shojo Kageki Revue Starlight Franchise Gets Smartphone Game". Anime News Network. June 24, 2018. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Revue Starlight official dubcast edition cast list". Hidive. August 4, 2018. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  5. ^ "柳 美帆 | 角色". 少女☆歌劇Revue Starlight Re LIVE 官方網站. Retrieved 2020-08-28.
  6. ^ "舞台 | 少女☆歌劇 レヴュースタァライト" (in Japanese). Bushiroad. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  7. ^ "少女☆歌劇 レヴュースタァライト -The LIVE-#2 Transition" (in Japanese). Bushiroad. Retrieved February 4, 2020.
  8. ^ "少女☆歌劇 レヴュースタァライト -The LIVE-#2 revival" (in Japanese). Bushiroad. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  9. ^ "Bushiroad's Revue Starlight Franchise Gets 2 Manga". Anime News Network. December 7, 2017. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  10. ^ "Shōjo Kageki Revue Starlight Franchise Gets 3rd Manga Adaptation". Anime News Network. January 7, 2018. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  11. ^ "Revue Starlight TV Anime Reveals Additional Staff, July 12 Debut". Anime News Network. April 30, 2018. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  12. ^ "Revue Starlight TV Anime Reveals Teaser Video, Visual, Summer Premiere". Anime News Network. January 8, 2018. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  13. ^ Loo, Egan (April 30, 2018). "Revue Starlight TV Anime Reveals Additional Staff, July 12 Debut". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  14. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (July 13, 2018). "Revue Starlight Anime's BD Releases Include Unaired Shorts". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  15. ^ Ressler, Karen (July 5, 2018). "Sentai Filmworks Licenses Revue Starlight Anime, Plans HIDIVE Stream With Subtitles, English Dub". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
  16. ^ "MVM Licenses Anohana, Domestic Girlfriend, Rascal Bunny Girl Senpai, Revue Starlight & More". Anime UK News. May 25, 2019. Retrieved May 25, 2019.
  17. ^ "Revue Starlight Franchise Gets Mini Comedy Skit Anime". Anime News Network. March 31, 2019. Retrieved November 5, 2019.
  18. ^ "Revue Starlight Compilation Film to Open on May 29". Anime News Network. January 22, 2020. Retrieved January 22, 2020.
  19. ^ "Revue Starlight Compilation Film Postponed Due to COVID-19". Anime News Network. May 12, 2020. Retrieved May 12, 2020.
  20. ^ "Revue Starlight Compilation Film Opens on August 7 After COVID-19 Delay". Anime News Network. July 12, 2020. Retrieved July 12, 2020.
  21. ^ "Shojo Kageki Revue Starlight Franchise Gets Smartphone Game". Anime News Network. November 3, 2019. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  22. ^ "New Revue Starlight Film's Teaser Video Reveals 2021 Opening". Anime News Network. August 10, 2020. Retrieved August 10, 2020.
  23. ^ "Shojo Kageki Revue Starlight Franchise Gets Smartphone Game". Anime News Network. June 24, 2018. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  24. ^ "舞台少女たちの新たなレヴューが、ここに開演!Android版をGoogle Playにて配信開始!". Project Revue Starlight. October 22, 2018. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  25. ^ "'Revue Starlight Re LIVE' Is Getting a Global Release Next Week as the Game Adaptation of the Popular Revue Starlight Franchise in Japan". TouchArcade. 2019-04-18. Retrieved 2019-04-20.

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