(Shōjo☆Kageki Revyū Sutāraito)
|Butai Revue Starlight: Show Must Go On|
|Original run||January 6, 2018 – present|
|Original run||January 6, 2018 – present|
|Shōjo Kageki Revue Starlight Overture|
|Written by||Kanata Nakamura|
|Illustrated by||Sora Goto|
|Published by||ASCII Media Works|
|Magazine||Dengeki G's Comic|
|Original run||January 30, 2018 – October 30, 2018|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Tomohiro Furukawa|
|Produced by||Akane Taketsugu|
|Written by||Tatsuto Higuchi|
|Music by||Tatsuya Kato|
|Licensed by||Sentai Filmworks|
|Original network||TBS, CBC, BS-TBS, MBS, RKB|
|Original run||July 12, 2018 – September 27, 2018|
Revue Starlight (少女☆歌劇 レヴュー・スタァライト Shōjo Kageki Revyū Sutāraito, lit. Girls' Opera Revue Starlight) is a Japanese media franchise created in 2017 by Bushiroad and Nelke Planning. It primarily consists of a musical, performed between September 22 and 24, 2017 at the AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo and a 12-episode anime television series by Kinema Citrus which aired between July and September 2018. It has received three manga adaptations, all of which began serialization in January 2018. A smartphone game titled Shōjo Kageki Revue Starlight: Re LIVE, developed by Ateam, launched in October 2018. A spin-off anime has been announced.
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.
- Karen Aijō (愛城 華恋 Aijō Karen)
- Voiced by: Momoyo Koyama (Japanese); Brittney Karbowski (English)
- The main heroine of the series, who made a promise to Hikari that one day they will stand on the "Revue Starlight" stage. She doesn't like mornings, but enjoys practice at daytime. She is energetic and loud-mouthed, but very friendly. In the Revue Starlight auditions, she uses a cutlass.
- Hikari Kagura (神楽 ひかり Kagura Hikari)
- Voiced by: Suzuko Mimori (Japanese); Patricia Duran (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. 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 (Japanese); Olivia Swasey (English)
- A hardworking and talented stage actress who is a natural at acting. Despite her beauty and Prima Donna looks, she is a loner who doesn't have any friends. She has a rivalry with Claudine who aims to be number one. She fights using a long rapier.
- Claudine Saijō (西條クロディーヌ Saijō Kurodīnu)
- Voiced by: Aina Aiba (Japanese); Christina Kelly (English)
- Being born from a Japanese father and French mother, she is a talented girl who has been acting since her childhood. Her wish is to take Maya's spot at the top. She fights using a longsword.
- Mahiru Tsuyuzaki (露崎 まひる Tsuyuzaki Mahiru)
- Voiced by: Haruki Iwata (Japanese); Maggie Flecknoe (English)
- Karen's best friend and roommate who is very shy despite her great talent. She is always admiring 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 (Japanese); Shannon Emerick (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. She may sometimes overthink despite having good judgement. She fights using a bow and arrow.
- Nana Daiba (大場 なな Daiba Nana)
- Voiced by: Moeka Koizumi (Japanese); Luci Christian (English)
- Junna's best friend who is also a mother figure towards the girls. She is not only talented at music and dance, but also production as well. She is nicknamed "Banana" due to her name and distinguished hairstyle. It is revealed that she has previously won the Revue auditions, using her privilege as Top Star to go back in time and reexperience the 99th Seisho Festival's production of Starlight countless times. She fights using twin katanas.
- Futaba Isurugi (石動 双葉 Isurugi Futaba)
- Voiced by: Teru Ikuta (Japanese); Chelsea McCurdy (English)
- A kind and strong combatant despite her short stature and sharp tongue. She is Kaoruko's childhood friend, who often has to help her get to school. She fights using a halberd.
- Kaoruko Hanayagi (花柳 香子 Hanayagi Kaoruko)
- Voiced by: Ayasa Itō (Japanese); Savanna Menzel (English)
- Futaba's childhood friend from Kyoto who always relies on her. As the granddaughter of a Japanese dance master, she is a high-class lady and also very calculating. She fights using a naginata.
- Giraffe (キリン Kirin)
- Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda (Japanese); Jay Hickman (English)
- A mysterious talking giraffe who watches over the Revue Starlight auditions, granting the winner the ability to stand on any stage they wish.
The series began as a stage play performed at the AiiA 2.5 Theater in Tokyo. 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. A new stage play titled Shōjo Kageki Revue Starlight: The LIVE 2 revival will be performed at the Maihama Amphitheater in Chiba from July 12 to 15, 2019
A manga adaptation of the musical drawn by Tsubaki Ayasaki, 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. 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.
A 12-episode anime television series by Kinema Citrus aired in Japan between July 12 and September 27, 2018. The series is directed by Tomohiro Furukawa with series composition by Tatsuto Higuchi and character design by Hiroyuki Saita. 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. 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. MVM Entertainment acquired the distribution right for the UK and Ireland via Sentai Filmworks. 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.
|No.||Title[a]||Original air date|
"Butai Shōjo" (舞台少女)
|July 12, 2018|
|At Seisho Music Academy, Karen Aijō, a member of 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"|
"Unmei no Butai" (運命の舞台)
|July 19, 2018|
|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 Revue Starlight 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.|
"Toppu Sutā" (トップ スタア)
|July 26, 2018|
|Hikari tries to keep Karen away from the Revue Starlight 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 Tendou, ultimately proving no match for her.|
"Yakusoku Tawā" (約束タワー)
|August 2, 2018|
|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||"Is "Shine" Even Possible?"|
"Kirameki no Ari ka" (キラめきのありか)
|August 9, 2018|
|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"|
"Futari no Hanamichi" (ふたりの花道)
|August 16, 2018|
|Already annoyed over not being selected for lead role auditions for the school's Starlight production, 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 Revue Starlight audition. Recognising all the effort Futaba has put herself through, Kaoruko becomes to determined to try harder and manages to win the audition.|
"Daiba Nana" (大場なな)
|August 23, 2018|
|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 Starlight 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"|
"Hikari, Sasuhou e" (ひかり, さす方へ)
|August 30, 2018|
|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 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. Nana warns Hikari that Starlight is written as a tragedy, and Hikari will inevitably have to battle Karen.|
|9||"On the Night of the Star Festival"|
"Hoshi Matsuri no Yoru ni" (星祭りの夜に)
|September 6, 2018|
|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"|
"Saredo Butai wa Tsuzuku" (されど舞台はつずく)
|September 13, 2018|
|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 against Maya and Claudine. While initially overwhelemed 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.|
"Watashi-tachi wa" (わたしたちは)
|September 20, 2018|
|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 Starlight book that was left behind by Hikari, Karen discovers the story goes beyond what was in the play, prompting her to return to the underground theater, where Hikari is imprisoned.|
"Revyū Sutāraito" (レヴュー・スタァライト)
|September 27, 2018|
|Karen arrives in a desert area, where she finds 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 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 class of Seisho Academy finally put on their performance of Starlight, bringing it to its true conclusion.|
A Japan-only smartphone game titled Shōjo Kageki Revue Starlight -Re LIVE- developed by Ateam and Bushiroad 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. A worldwide version of the game, localized into English, Korean, and Traditional Chinese, was released on April 22, 2019.
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