Anime / BanG Dream!

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Meet the members of Poppin' Party!
BanG Dream! is a Japanese multimedia franchise created by Bushiroad, focusing on the fictional band Poppin' Party. The first manga began in January 2015, followed by two more in 2016, and in January 2017 an anime adaptation produced by Xebec began airing. Sentai Filmworks has licensed the anime for an English release, and Crunchyroll is simulcasting the series.

Kasumi Toyama is a high school girl who wants to find something she can be passionate about. When she attends a music performance at a Live House, she finally realizes that's the "star beat" she's been seeking and decides to form a band.

The series contains examples of:

  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: As part of her Cuteness Proximity tendencies, Hinako did this to Rimi and Saya in Episode 9, petting them as a person would a dog. In the same episode, Rii does this to Hinako to prevent her from subjecting Roselia to that behavior.
  • Anime Hair: Kasumi has to use a lot of hair gel to maintain those cat buns.
  • Big Eater: Kasumi, much to the delight of Arisa's grandmother.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: Tae has a pet rabbit "boyfriend," who is, rather unusually for a rabbit, completely chill during the band's loud performance in episode 5.
  • Clark Kenting: A downplayed example, as Kasumi, Saya, and Arisa couldn't tell that their school's Student Council President and Glitter*Green's keyboardist were the same person until Nanana took off her glasses in front of them.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Rii seems to play this role for Hinako, reining in the latter's behavior.
  • Conspicuous CG: In the opening during the band's performance.
  • Conveniently Seated: Rimi sits next to the window, but at the front of the row, and Kasumi is at the front of the middle row.
  • Cool Big Sis: Rimi's sister Yuri, who's also the lead sister for the band Glitter*Green.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Hinako is particularly prone to this when she sees girls that she considers "cute".
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Both the opening and the ending are performed by the in-series band Poppin' Party.
  • Dragged by the Collar: Rii does this to Hinako in Episode 9 after the latter suffered Cuteness Proximity towards Saya.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Saya greets Tae by name in the first episode, before Tae is properly introduced.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Kasumi has this dynamic with her younger sister Asuka, with the former being the Foolish Sibling while the latter is the Responsible Sibling.
  • Genki Girl: Kasumi has a lot of energy.
  • Girlish Pigtails: How Arisa wears her hair.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Rii is often seen with a plush demon she names Debeko, which she occasionally uses as a puppet.
  • The Glasses Come Off: Nanana removes her glasses when she performs with Glitter*Green. Until she took off her glasses in front of Kasumi, Saya, and Arisa, they couldn't tell that their school's Student Council President was also Glitter*Green's keyboardist.
  • Hair Decorations: Kasumi wears cute star clips in her hair.
  • Ill Girl: Saya's mother is anemic and prone to bouts of weakness. Saya's concern for her mother and insistence on looking after her is the reason she left her first band and initially refused to join Poppin' Party.
  • Mismatched Eyes: Tae's rabbit has mismatched eyes.
  • The Nicknamer: Kasumi calls Rimi "Rimi-rin" and Tae "O-Tae."
  • One-Gender School: The school Kasumi and friends attend is an all-girls' school.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Arisa wears this with the winter uniform.
  • The Quiet One: Hinako was thought by Tae to be this for Glitter*Green because she doesn't speak at their concerts. It's averted when it's revealed that she's actually a Cloudcuckoolander who was told not to talk during the concerts by Rii, not wanting her to ruin the group's image with her manic behavior.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Tae's hair reaches her hips.
  • Schoolgirl Series: It's a series about a schoolgirl music band.
  • Shrinking Violet: Rimi is very, very shy.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: There's no mistaking Rimi and Yuri for anything but sisters.
  • Student Council President: Nanana is this for Hanasakigawa Girls' Academy.
  • Tsundere: Arisa, but as Kasumi learns, she's actually a big softie deep down.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Arisa is Grade A in her spring uniform, and with her pigtails and Tsundere attitude, she's a rare Grade S.
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