Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight (少女☆歌劇 レヴュースタァライト, Shōjo☆Kageki Revyū Sutāraito) is a television anime produced by Kinema Citrus. The anime was licensed by Sentai Filmworks for simultaneous streaming through HiDive, with subtitles available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, as well as an English dub.
The anime is not a direct adaptation of Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight -The LIVE- #1, and instead only shares some plot points while working on the same themes.
The series ran for 12 episodes between July 12 and September 27, 2018. It was released across three Blu-ray Disc volumes between October 24, 2018, and February 27, 2019. Each volume shipped with a previously unaired eight minute original video animation (OVA), a digital specifications jacket, interview compilations, picture labels, and various types of additional video footage. The limited release volumes also included character song CDs and means to acquire tickets for various live performances.
Inspired by a play called Starlight, Karen Aijo and Hikari Kagura make a childhood promise to perform that very play together someday. Hikari moves away, and twelve years later Karen has enrolled in Seisho Music Academy to continue working toward their promise. As the 99th Graduating Class rehearses for their annual production of Starlight, a mysterious underground audition orchestrated by a talking giraffe allows Karen and Hikari to reunite to compete with the other stage girls in battles for the position of top star.
(舞台少女, Butai Shōjo)
|July 12, 2018|
|Karen Aijo is a Stage Girl who dreams of life on the stage. As she zealously works on her lessons at Seisho Music Academy, a transfer student she had known in the past shows up: Hikari Kagura. She is a childhood friend of hers who left when they were very young, and the Stage Girl with whom she had promised a destiny in which they stood on the stage of their dreams, "Starlight"......|
|02||"The Stage of Fate"
(運命の舞台, Unmei no Butai)
|July 19, 2018|
|In order to protect Hikari, Karen jumps into a mysterious audition. However, appearing to know something, Hikari tries to get Karen to pull out... On the other hand, Junna is unable to admit her defeat. Her tenacity and passion come to light. With her eyes set on becoming a star, Junna Hoshimi takes hold of her bow again.|
(トップ スタア, Toppu Sutā)
|July 26, 2018|
|The 2nd years of Class A start to advance towards the 100th Seisho Festival. In the midst of changing relationships between the Stage Girls due to the Giraffe's audition, Karen is still innocently aiming to be a star. But ahead of her stands the one destined to become a Top Star: the top seat of the class, Maya Tendo.|
|August 2, 2018|
|Indignant at Karen's thoughtlessness, Hikari leaves the Starlight Hall Dorm, and Karen wanders the streets of Tokyo in search of her. Her own naïveté, versus Maya's heroic resolve to become a star... Why had she decided to become one? Going back to her roots, Karen heads towards the place where she and Hikari made their promise.|
|05||"Is "Brilliance" Even Possible?"
(キラめきのありか, Kirameki no Ari ka)
|August 9, 2018|
|Having reaffirmed her promise to Hikari, Karen puts in hard work at her lessons as if she were reborn. Her classmates are astonished by her transformation, but her roommate, Mahiru Tsuyuzaki, cannot accept it. This changed Karen-chan is not the Karen-chan I love. Running wild, Mahiru's emotions open the curtain on the revue.|
|06||"Stage Left for Two"
(ふたりの花道, Futari no Hanamichi)
|August 16, 2018|
|Futaba Isurugi and Kaoruko Hanayagi have been together since they were children. However, since entering Seisho Music Academy and participating in the auditions, their awareness has shifted. Feeling that Futaba is willingly putting distance between them as she practices with Claudine, Kaoruko acts out of her own selfishness and makes an outrageous decision.|
(大場なな, Nana Daiba)
|August 23, 2018|
|Nana Daiba is someone who envelops the 2nd years of Class A with her generosity and kindness. This great affection originates from their performance of "Starlight" during the 99th Seisho Festival in their 1st year. It is something that is deeply etched in Nana's memory and has changed her. What is the reason why she is so fixated with a "re-enactment"...?|
|08||"Toward the Light"
(ひかり, さす方へ, Hikari, Sasu Hō e)
|August 30, 2018|
|"Someday, we'll stand together on that stage." That is the vow of fate that Karen and Hikari made as children. One day, we'll stand on that stage together. This is the first time I've seen the film. Despite having moved to London, leaving Karen behind, Hikari continued to pursue her dream with that feeling in her heart... Until she lost it. Hikari struggles desperately in her revue with Nana. What is that important thing she lost?|
|09||"On the Night of the Star Festival"
(星祭りの夜に, Hoshi Matsuri no Yoru ni)
|September 6, 2018|
|The script for the 100th Seisho Festival's "Starlight" has just been completed, and Nana's heart is in turmoil as she is still concerned with re-enacting the 99th edition. The nine Stage Girls are drawn to this play, in which a beautiful but sad farewell awaits. Nana intention to preserve "that day" and the future Karen and Hikari strive for converge on the stage.|
|10||"The Show Must Go On"
(されど舞台はつづく The Show Must Go On, Saredo Butai wa Tsudzuku The Show Must Go On)
|September 13, 2018|
|"I haven't lost." Despite having lost the lead and a revue to Maya Tendo, Claudine Saijo will never give up in her pursuit of her. However, the only one who understood her true ability was none other than Maya. Then, what is this unexpected form of revue that the giraffe is presenting on the final day of auditions?|
(わたしたちは, Watashitachi wa)
|September 20, 2018|
|The auditions are over, and Hikari is gone. While Karen desperately looks for Hikari, the seven Stage Girls also harbor an acute sense of loss. A Seisho Festival performance without Hikari draws near. As Karen continues to search for her fated companion, she finds the truth behind Hikari's disappearance in "Starlight".|
(レヴュー・スタァライト, Revyū Sutāraito)
|September 27, 2018|
|A futile re-enactment that will repeat for eternity. This is the stage of destiny that Hikari chose to protect Karen and the Stage Girls. However, Karen rejects that performance outright, and barges into it. "'Starlight' is a tragedy with an inevitable farewell." In order to change fate, the last revue begins.|
(99.419 採寸, 99.419 Saisun)
|October 24, 2018|
(99.419 討論, 99.419 Dōron)
|December 26, 2018|
(99.419 開演, 99.419 Kaien)
|February 28, 2019|
- Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight can be literally translated as Girls' Opera Revue Starlight.
- The main theme and source of inspiration for the franchise is the Takarazuka female theater, whose "top star system" serves as the center of discussion and the main conflict in the anime and stage play.
- In the promotional trailer, Claudine and Nana's image colors are black and white. This was changed to orange and yellow, respectively, in other media.
- Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight differs from other Bushiroad franchises in that it features lesbian characters explicitly in the text (such as Mahiru Tsuyuzaki) and offers social commentary on Takarazuka practices.