This anime series, which premiered as part of the Winter 2014 Anime line-up, features Nitro PlusCompany Mascot, Super Sonico, as she works as a model and musician. The series will be directed by Kenichi Kawamura with Yousuke Kuroda handling the script. According to the promotional video released by Pony Canyon, Super Sonico will be voiced by... Super Sonico.note She's actually voiced by Ayano Yamamoto, but Nitro Plus's been trying to cover it up after a PR incident.Crunchyroll is streaming the anime, which can be viewed here for viewers living in the following areas: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Latin America, Spain, Portugal, the Middle East, Turkey, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, France, and DOM-TOM, Andorra, Netherlands, Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco.
A Day in the Limelight: Several of the characters get an episode that focuses largely on them, at least in their interactions and relations with Sonico.
All-CGI Cartoon: The ending themes are rendered as such. The show itself is 2D animated.
Author Appeal: Tsuji Santa has a soft spot for chubby and outright overweight girls. Sonico has more than a bit of meat on her. Granted, it's toned down for the anime adaptation, but Sonico has generally gotten chubbier and chubbier with time with Tsuji in charge.
Awesome by Analysis: Subverted initially with Ena in episode 8. She is seen observing what happened at the restaurant early on, but makes a lot of baseless accusations and seems to be totally clueless on being a what it takes to be a detective. After the credits roll however, she reveals to Miina that the latter spilled water on the speaker, damaging it. Then before she could get it stealthily repaired, she was told Sonico and her friends were going to use the stage for practice, hence her surprise at seeing Sonico at the beginning. Thanks to a bunch of mishaps, including moving Sonico's guitar out of the room she collapsed in, Ena deliberately delayed the investigation and acted dumb so that Miina could save face and her job by not having the girls practice and find out about the defective speaker, which would have ruined their session anyway.
Balloon Belly: Happens to Ouka in episode 9 after she enters a hot dog eating contest at the school festival.
Barely-There Swimwear: In the first episode, for her modelling job, Sonico started out with a bathing suit that was about three sizes too small. She was then made to wear something that apparently crossed the line (we never got to see it clearly but it seemed to be pink and involve glitter), causing her hannya of a manager to appear and forbid it.
Episode 3 has Sonico doing a photoshoot in Okinawa.
Subverted in episode 6. Sonico and her friends were planning to go to the beach the next day, after showing off their swimsuits, only to then have it rain.
Berserk Button: Attempting to make use of Sonico in a sexual manner (risque bathing suit, being fondled by a tentacle kaijin) turns Kitamura from a friendly person into a wrathful hannya.
Better to Die than Be Killed: Sonico jumps off the ship in episode 6 with Fuuri and Suzu when it looks like they're going to be eaten by the other passengers. Unfortunately for them, the passengers regain their senses, and watch in shock as the three girls plunge to their doom before the credits roll...but they're saved after the credits end.
Big Damn Heroes: Sonico's cats do this for Rice, the cat Sonico finds in episode 10, after it's cornered by an angry dog. They do this despite Rice attacking two of them earlier.
Breather Episode: Episode 7 has Sonico go visit a small town where nothing much happens other than her brief interactions with random people. Contrast that to the more action-oriented previous episode where she was on a ship with people who went crazy after applying some ointment on their skin.
The Cameo: Other Nitroplus characters have a habit of either appearing in the background, or dropping by for an episode.
Naito, the mascot character for Nitro Plus' BL games, appears on posters displayed in the modeling agency Sonico works for.
Ouka, from Nitroplus Wars, shows up in episode 3, before playing a larger role in episode 6.
Crazy Cat Lady: Both Fuuri and Sonico's grandmother warn Sonico that she may become this if she keeps picking up stray cats in episode 10.
Cringe Comedy: The series has had instances of it, usually involving Sonico being nearly-naked, which serve the purpose of embarrassing Sonico rather than fanservice.
D-Cup Distress: Sonico at the beginning of episode 5, when she sees two schoolgirls reading a magazine with her pictures in it. One of them mentions her breasts being a bit too big, making her a bit insecure. However, shortly afterwards she sees another big breasted girl leaving a store with the same magazine, and thanks her for the purchase.
Establishing Character Moment: Sonico's manager makes his debut by arriving just as a client tried to take a photo of Sonico in what seems to be a rather skimpy bikini. His response? Intimidate them into not doing the shoot with his demon mask, with the implication that it's to him what the headphones are to Sonico.
Evolving Credits: The ending credits often have something to do with what took place during that episode.
Kinomoto, the journalist in episode 5, by her editor. One of them mentions doing a review on Sonico since she goes to a local university, and the former is against the idea, but the editor decides to do it anyway. She later calls up Sonico's agency, thinking they'd reject the idea, only to have Kitamura and Sonico agree to it.
This happens to Sonico a couple of times in episode 9. While she wasn't necessarily forced to, she usually won't say no when asked for help.
Green-Eyed Monster: Kinomoto, the journalist who does a behind the scenes interview of Sonico in episode 5 at first. She was a failed novelist, and grows a little bitter at how good and easy going Sonico seems to have it. However, she gets some inspiration from the latter's notebook and Sonico says she would continue playing music even if everyone thought it was awful because that's what she loves doing. This gives her an epiphany, and she decides to pursue novel writing again, along with giving Sonico a good review.
I Call It Vera: Sonico's guitar is named "Daydream". Doubles as It Was a Gift, as it was her sempai Toma's guitar first before it was given to her.
I Was Quite a Looker: Sonico's grandmother, as shown by the pictures in her restaurant and Sonico's own flashbacks, was very pretty. Three of the old regulars at her restaurant attest to this, being suitors of hers during her youth.
Locked Room Mystery: Episode 8 is one: the Cold Open ends with Sonico found lying unconscious in a locked waiting room, and her guitar is later found to be missing. Turns out the door wasn't locked at all; the culprit, Miina, just pretended it was in order to throw everyone off. Her motive was that she'd accidentally spilled water over the amplifier the band were due to use for rehearsal that night, and if the band were one member down, they couldn't practice, the damage wouldn't be discovered and she wouldn't get fired. She didn't actually steal the guitar until later, when Sonico started to come to, in a further stalling attempt; luckily Ena, who was investigating, saw through the whole thing and brilliantly obfuscated stupidity in order to help her get away with it.
Male Gaze: Used quite a lot during Sonico's photo sessions.
Marshmallow Hell: Ena uses this as one of the explanations for Sonico passing out in the waiting room in episode 8.
She has apparently worn them since she was eight or ten if not younger.
Never Live It Down: In-universe example. In episode 3, Kitamura, while drunk, arranges for Sonico to make a guest appearance in a TV show. He ends up accidentally upstaging the heroes of the show, and the director throws in his unscripted rescue. He's later offered a role in the show, which he understandably turns down.
Paper-Thin Disguise: Suzu and Fuuri impersonate Sonico when the latter becomes triple-booked on the first day of her school's cultural festival. While Suzu does a moderately-good job at fooling Sonico's classmates (who are still suspicious), it does nothing for Sonico's grandmother, who sees through it immediately. Ditto for the emcee of the beauty contest, who seems to realize it's really Fuuri, but is playing along anyway.
The Power of Friendship: Fuuri and Suzu help Sonico out in episode 9 after she's asked for to do too many things at the same time. Suzu has Sonico attend the concert, while she goes back to Sonico's class to help out their cafe, and Fuuri meanwhile enters the beauty contest in her place.
Product Placement: Since Sonico is a gravure model, this is inevitable. From the trailer alone, we've already seen an iPhone, a Nintendo 3DS and Daikoku Beer.
Obfuscating Stupidity: Ena in Episode 8. She spends the entire episode coming up with ridiculous theories as to how Sonico came to be locked in a room, unconscious, with her guitar missing, only to reveal in The Stinger that she'd known the truth all along and was actually helping to cover for the culprit (she's not interested in making arrests, only finding out the truth).
Overshadowed by Awesome: Kitamura accidentally upstages the heroes of the TV show Sonico was guest starring in during episode 3. They hilariously keep his action in the show, crediting him as a guest hero.
Raised by Grandparents: Sonico's parents are conspicously absent in her life, and even in her flashbacks to when she was younger usually shows her with her grandmother instead.
Reasonable Authority Figure: Kitamura, Sonico's talent manager. Despite the scary mask he wears all the time, he does try to look out for Sonico, and attempts to prevent photographers from taking advantage of her.
Recurring Extra: A shy, chubby, busty girl wearing twintails and glasses sometimes shows up in the background.
In episode 9 Sonico is playing a game that seems to resemble Bioshock. Sonico also cosplays as Makise Kurisu during that episode as well.
Sonico is dressed up as Hatsune Miku during a photoshoot in episode 10.
Slice of Life: Yes, really, much to the surprise of many many watchers, who expected the production to push the fanservice aspect of Sonico to the foreground. Instead, what sexy fanservice is there only shows up whenever Sonico is doing her modeling shoots, and the focus instead of the show is Sonico's day-by-day interactions with the people around her.
Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Kitamura in episode 3, when he "saves" Sonico from a squid monster instead of letting the heroes of the show do it. They decide to Throw It In as a result.
Suspiciously Specific Denial: Fuuri in episode 8 claims she didn't arrive late to the rehearsal because she was waiting in line to buy a meat bun...all while eating a meat bun.
Unusually Uninteresting Sight: No one seems to comment on the fact that Sonico's headphones seem to be permanently attached to her head, or how Kitamura's hanya mask more or less stands in for his actual face.
Invoked during episode 6. The cruise ship passengers and crew try out a new weight loss cream, only to then sort of turn into zombies. While they look and move like them, and the girls feel they're going to be eaten, the passengers are still human and only have an incredible appetite, although one invokes "blood dripping" when she eats a tomato. Which explains why they're chasing Fuuri around a lot due to all her snacks. They recover after a few hours.
Played somewhat straight during the ending credits, in which Sonico fights off zombies with a chainsaw while also singing and dancing with some of them as background dancers.