BanG Dream! Episode 3 Review – “I Ran Away!”

This is a Rimi episode, folks! Wallflower fans, unite!

(Spoilers in this review)

It turns out that Rimi has stage fright (like every quiet and shy girl ever) and that’s the reason why she declined Kasumi’s invitation to join her band. Kasumi kind of had to wrangle that out of her, though.

The second of the episode takes place at a Girls Rock Concert and every member of Kasumi’s band (current and soon-to-join) is there besides Saaya.

But a typhoon delayed Glitter Green’s flight (they were all on a school field trip), so they seemed unable to attend the concert in time. However, Kasumi and Arisa managed to stall for time singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” on repeat. Rimi eventually jumps in and plays bass to their singing. Before long, Glitter Green’s members arrived and they all play “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”

Rimi decides to join the band after having so much fun standing on stage. I guess a new girl will join every week at this rate, huh? The episode ends with Kasumi declaring that they’ll perform at the upcoming school cultural festival!

Thoughts on this episode:

  • I guess anime girls involved with the music industry all strive to be “shining.” Let’s cut it out with the overused phrases, Kasumi, okay?
  • It seems like every member of Glitter Green are all in the same grade since they all went on the same field trip. Imagine that. The same goes for Kasumi’s band, at this rate.
  • It’s obvious who’s going to be the focus of the next episode (Tae, the girl who works with the stage equipment) since the camera zooms in on her for a several seconds before the ED plays. Then again, Saaya is also the least invested in music thus far (even though her younger siblings seem to like playing with her drum sticks).
  • The way Rimi overcame her shyness and became brave enough to step onto the stage was great.
  • Somehow Kasumi got better and better at singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” I wonder how her seiyuu felt while singing this. Maybe she was told, “Well, try to suck at first, but progressively get better, okay?”
  • Arisa’s reactions to Kasumi is very amusing. She is very expressive. She is also very starved for affection.
  • The show isn’t doing anything innovative so far, but I guess I’m entertained. Kasumi’s cheerfulness (and lack of personal space) kind of gets you cheering for these girls, I guess. I still ended up cringing when she started singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” though.



6 thoughts on “BanG Dream! Episode 3 Review – “I Ran Away!”

  1. It’s nice to see each girl has a different personality​, making up for a diverse cast. Even if they can come across as stereotypical most of the time, I can see how this would be an entertaining anime overall, especially if you enjoy music.

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    1. Mmm it is nice. I found myself really interested in Saaya since she’s not as easy to read as the others.

      But yes, I can’t really argue against naysayers who think the show has done nothing special thus far. Still enjoying BanG Dream!, nevertheless! Even though I had to pause and walk away for a few minutes once Kasumi started singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star…”

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        1. I’m pretty sure the episode will stamp your jelly brain into mush given enough time haha. I want to say that this would be among the worst episodes to play on loop (what an exclusive honor!) considering how often she kept singing the song! :c


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