Rie KugimiyaRina HidakaYui OguraYoshino Nanjo
Pole Princess!!
Medium: series
Year: 2022
Director: Hitomi Ezoe
Writer: Touko Machida
Actor: Anna Suzuki, Minami Hinata, Rie Kugimiya, Rina Hidaka, Rio Tsuchiya, Saori Hayami, Yoshino Nanjo, Yui Ogura
Keywords: anime
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 8 online CGI episodes adding up to about an hour
Url: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=26652
Website category: Anime 2022
Review date: 21 December 2023
Pole Princess
It's less amusing than I'd hoped. It's about pole dancing. "That might be a laugh," I thought, and gave it a whirl despite the horrible, horrible CGI. (Imagine zombies that have been dipped in molten plastic and are being moved around on strings like Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men.)
This show's agenda is to show that pole dancing is wholesome, normal and suitable for all the family. A moron at one point assumes it means "strippers", but otherwise our heroines treat it as a healthy, admirable physical activity no different from ballet and tennis. They think it looks cool. They admire people who are good at it. They find a lady who runs a pole dancing school and enrol themselves as her students, although not before the mandatory genre beat of having to gather XXX friends to be allowed to perform an activity.
The cast aren't bad, considering. The protagonist, Hinano Hoshikita, wants to put on a show to attract visitors to her grandmother's ailing planetarium. I liked the scene in ep.6 where she talks about grandad quitting his job to build the planetarium and then grandmother keeping it going after he died. Her friend Lilia Saijo couldn't be called memorable, but she's enthusiastic and likeable enough. There's a cosplayer who talks slowly (the moron) and an ex-gymnast who had to quit after she got injured, who gives the show a passable amount of emotional weight.
There's a bit of set-up for what I presume will be the plot of the movie. Yes, there's going to be a movie. Unbelievable. The champion pole dancer used to do ballet and is a figure from Hinano's past.
This show's first half is okay, but its second half can be a bit boring. They do dance training. At the end, they put on a dance performance. No surprises there... but, to be honest, the whole thing's far more formulaic than I'd expected when they said "pole dancers". It's generically indistinguishable from any number of "schoolgirl club" shows, except that it looks like reheated garbage.
It's reasonably likeable, though. Its cast are nice.