Konnichiwa minna! In this review, I will be comparing two series that ended at the same time, B Project and Tsukiuta.
Tsukiuta the Animation features 12 idols of two rivaling/sibling groups that are under the same company, the Tsukino Production. Both groups live under the same dorm and each episode features a different idol(s) as the main character.
B Project: Kodou no Ambitious, features Sumisora Tsubasa, a new hire in the A&R department of the major recording company Gandala Music. In the anime, the viewers can get a glimpse of how she manages the 3 idol groups being assigned to her, namely: THRIVE, Moons and Kitakore.
a. The genre and target audience
The genre of both series are music that surrounds male idols. With the idols performing for you, well, the ladies are certainly drawn to their charms. Both series are mainly targeted towards female audiences.
b. Both series start from the same ground
Tsukiuta and B Project both started out as CD series. Prior to the anime adaptions, both series only released CDs and drama CDs. (Note: Drama CDs are CDs that have voiced dramas, i.e: vocal dialogues which make up a story). During the Fall 2016 anime season, both series finally had their anime adaptions aired on different days of the week.
c. Both feature multiple groups
Both series have more than one group within the story, bringing the total number of ‘main’ idols to at least 10. In B Project, there are three groups involved, namely: Kitakore, THRIVE and Moons. In Tsukiuta, there are two groups being focused upon, namely Procellarum and Six Gravity.
Fun fact about the Kitakore unit: if you notice, the name of the group consists of both Ryuuji’s and Tomohisa’s surnames. (Kita= Kitakado; Kore= Korekuni)
d. The main goal that each group is aiming for
In both series, the idols set their sights on performing on the big stage. The viewers can see how hard the idols worked in order to make this dream come true.
- The groups in B Project strived to perform at the Japan Dome.
- Procellarum and Six Gravity had their sights set on performing together as sibling/ rival units.
e. Other media
Both B Project and Tsukiuta each have mobile games that can be played on smartphones. (Tsukiuta’s game is already released whereas BPro’s yet to be released).
Tsukino Park (ツキノパーク) is a free mobile application developed by Movic Co. Ltd. for both Android and iOS devices. It features five mini-games and characters under Tsukino Talent Production. You can visit the game’s official website here.
On the other hand, B Project’s mobile game is more of a rhythm game like IDOLiSH7 and I-CHU. The game features all the characters from BPro, including Killer Kings (not featured in the anime).
a. The “damsel in distress” a.k.a. manager
In B Project, we can see Sumisora Tsubasa, B Project’s new A&R accompanying the boys to their jobs and taking care of them. Here, the story of B Project is like any other cliche reverse harem anime where the female protagonist becomes the center of attention to the guys.
On the other hand, even though there are managers in Tsukiuta, they are both guys. Our dashing managers Kurotsuki Dai (Procellarum’s manager) and Tsukishiro Kanade ( Six Gravity’s Manager) are not only managers of the opposite gender but they do not take the center stage despite being the support for both groups.
b. The style of the series
While similar, both B Project and Tsukiuta have different styles in terms of the flow of the story. Even though both stories focus on the behind-the-scenes of the idols’ daily activities, B Project focuses more on the on-site/working experiences of the idols. With a more laid back feel, Tsukiuta focuses more on the idols’ daily activities on and off the working site.
c. Insert songs
The way the songs were inserted into the series can tell us a few differences themselves. B Project has more group songs as compared to Tsukiuta, while Tsukiuta has more solo songs compared to B Project.
When it comes to the opening theme and ending theme, B Project has a consistent focus on their opening theme and ending theme like any regular anime. Tsukiuta’s opening theme, on the other hand, alternates between Gravitic Love and -Lots of Love- LOLV. Their ending themes rotate based on the character being featured in the episode (i.e: solo songs.)
d. The idols
Another difference would be the idols themselves. From this difference, there are several points that could be pointed out:
i. Most of the members of the B-Project are somewhat child stars who trained under the same roof since young, whereas idols of Tsukiuta are regular people who were scouted.
ii. More info about the idols was mentioned within Tsukiuta as compared to B Project. On Tsukiuta’s official website, the viewers can find out a lot more about the idols, from their age to fun facts, and even their family background. However, B Project idols only have brief profiles.
iii. In Tsukiuta, most of the idols are still high school students and the viewers can clearly see how they had to juggle between their education and their idols jobs, making it more realistic and relatable. As for B Project, we only see their idol side and less was being mentioned about what they do other than being idols.
iv. Tsukiuta idols somewhat work independently from time to time whereas B Project idols can usually be seen in groups. This also applies to their music outside of the anime adaption.
(Fun fact: In Tsukiuta, you can find the female idols from the same series being featured in episode 8.)
e. The feel of the series
Tsukita is a more relaxed series as compared to B Project. B Project has a more dramatic style to it with more things happenings within the series.
f. The dance animation
B Project uses 2D Animation for their dance where as Tsukiuta used 3D animation for the dance scenes.
- B-Pro: Kodou no Ambitious
- Tsukiuta- (Tsuki no Uta)
Overall, I enjoyed both series and both were nice to watch. For B Project, I like the otome feels to the series and it is certainly a surprise to see how much the heroine has done throughout the series, i.e somewhat the typical otome/ reverse harem kind of thing. My favourite part about Tsukiuta would be its uniqueness in terms of the story and the performances.
If you are into the more otome/reverse harem kind of story line, then you may enjoy B Project more. However, if you more towards the laid back kind, then Tsukiuta may be your cup of tea. So, depending on your preference, feel free to check them out!