First Look: Dropout Idol Fruit Tart

Alternative title(s): Ochikobore Fruit Tart
Manga Adaptation by Feel
Streaming on Funimation

Premise

Ino moves to Tokyo with dreams of becoming an idol. Unfortunately the agency she joins is full of failures and they can’t even afford to keep their house. With no other way to pay the bills, the girls team up to form a new idol group.

Jel’s verdict: Dropped

I decided to watch this show hoping it would be an idol version of Girlish Number, a snarky scathing critique on an industry that deserves it. Taking jabs at idols is certainly nothing new, but I think there is still room in this world for more of it. I’m also interested in whatever studio Feel is doing as they’ve been cranking out some of my favorite obscure comedies (This Art Club Has a Problem, Hinamatsuri) over the past few years.

Unfortunately, none of that panned out. Dropout Idol Fruit Tart is an idol show. Sure the girls can get a bit snippy about their situation, but everything is being driven by the irrepressible Ino and her desire to ganbare! her way to the top. In addition to that, it’s slightly above average on the sleazy scale for idols shows, with a healthy of dose of male gaze and boob jokes throughout. So even if you’re one of those idol fans that gets turned on by purity and innocence or whatever, there’s that.

I will say at least the show looks good, with some real stylish, classic anime comedy art style shifts and silly facial expressions. They even have halftone dots! It was pretty hard picking screencaps for this post. Aside from that though, there’s not much reason to watch this.

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