Cloud5 are a 4 members band and they just had their major debut.
However, there are problems and misunderstanding among the members, and they are close to disband, when they meet SHARK members, some kohai from the same record company, who teach them once again what the music is.
Cast & Credits
What really served the first season was that the plot, which was not too original (it's been done millions of times before), was interesting because the characters were good. They were likeable and relateable and you wanted to root for them. You wanted to see SHARK succeed and claim the respect they deserved. I could honestly not care less about this season 2 band.
It isn't just the acting, which yes, is lacking, but it's how they're written too. Everything is a cliche and a cardbord cut-out of the genre. They not only spend 12 episodes arguing about the same thing over and over (do we use original songs or do we settle with what the agency wants?) but there's a painful love triangle that you have to go through in between (bless SHARK 1 for not using that) and the lead character, played by Shige (I'm not even gonna comment on the crying), is uncapable of both making a good decision and accpeting when he made a mistake. I'm supposed to root for this guy? Plus, some of the characters who remain from season one seem like they don't even want to be there (Ichika was 1/3 of the character she was in season one and her growth seems to mean little to nothing with this season).
There's 3 silver linings in this drama. The first one is Genki. If this whole season would have been about Genki's character and his band instead of Cloud5 (or at least, at the very least, the story was balanced between them both), this would have been a lot better. I was rooting for his band much more than I was rooting for Cloud5 and when Yasu interacted with Genki, especially in that final scene, his character was much more interesting to me than with Shige's character and Kaede's character. The 2nd one is IVAN. I love IVAN. I love what IVAN stands for and the character of Samantha and the acting. I want to see IVAN in more stuff. The 3rd one is that SHARK shows up complete in one episode. And there's a hint for a continuation on SHARK's story, but I don't wanna get my hopes up, not after this.
All in all, I miss SHARK.