Story concept is relatively simple. This is a reverse harem harem. Ha! Now I'll let you go through your brain and scan all the stereotypes a reverse-anime might encompass.
This anime is truly unique because a) heroine is not a helpless dimwit who needs rescuing 24-7, b) heroine actually has a fantastic personality, c) like Marginal Prince(which by the way the quality of the anime was truly marginal, see what I did there?), this is a musical anime that features really catchy J-Pop songs sung by really talented seiyuu's. It's the kind I would have on my handphone(I am very picky about my songs, really).
Saotome Academy is a performing arts school run by an eccentric but demonically talented principal who is said to be a legend among singers. His team of teachers are comprised of a prolific action star and a pop superstar singer who is noted for his cross dressing styles. Now that I think of it, there are only these 2 people as teachers...that aside, moving along.
The school is divided into Idol Classes and Composition Classes. Idol tsudent classes are the singers/dancers/actors and Composition classes are students who make lyrics, melody, scripts and choreography for the Idols. You could say the Idol and Composition classes work together to produce a masterpiece of a song. Those 6 bishounen you see at the top? They're considered the school's 'shining stars'. Also because we don't care about other irrelevant characters with normal black hair brown eyes we shall bask in the awesomeness of this boys with impossible eye color and equally ridiculous hair color. Not complaining, but still.
Nanami Haruka pretty much spends the first few episodes meeting her own harem(albeit oblivious to it) and share a special bond with each of them. It is up to the audience discretion to decipher if they really like her as a talented composer or they do have a romantic interest in her.
Now, character introductions.
Seiyuu: Miyuki Sawahiro
The object of
Seiyuu: Mamoru Miyano
A gifted singer with a beautiful voice(look at the voice actor, is this any surprise?) but has a reputation of being a frivilous airhead as Hayato. His Tokiya persona is a lot more stable. He entered Saotome Academy disguised as a twin brother but is eventually found out and pissed of many people, especially his nakama(the other bishounen's). He lives to sing, without it he
goes crazy. Even his intention of joining the academy was solely to sing wholeheartedly. He and Nanami are implied to be the official couple.
Seiyuu: Takuma Terashima
A childlike, cheerful and friendly young man. He is also one of the contenders for Nanami's 'affection'. Out of the 6 boys, he is the only one who's mentally stable and seem to have a level head on his shoulders. Seriously, he barely gets into trouble. He helps out and keeps the boys together in unity and peace - like the stronghold for a pillar. Very sweet and sociable, this is the guy you want as a best friend and boyfriend.
Seiyuu: Hiro Shimono
A pint-sized metrosexual young man who's very much into hats. Has a grumpy mood. Can be very selfish and a little bit of a show-off. Apparently he's prettier than a girl when he's dolled-up in a dress. People are always poking fun of his height but everyone has a soft spot for him. He has a great respect for Hyuuga-sensei whom I mentioned earlier to be a famous action hero and have a great desire to act alongside him.
Seiyuu: Junichi Suwabe
A tall, elegant and beautiful young man you can say is the 'romeo' of the school. He often says cheesy pick-up lines that almost all insipid girls in the school fall for with the exception of Nanami, of course. He has a dark side that he represses about his traumatic childhood and almost gave up on music. Nanami manages to cajole him by promising to write a song that would him proud to sing it. He's an excellent Saxophone player.
Seiyuu: Kenichi Suzumura
A stoic and serious young man who is the heir to a traditional Japanese family. Nurtured since young that his appearance and personality match that of a powerful conglomerate heir, he strives to use music as a way to express his repressed emotions. He offers some wise advice for Nanami and always lends an ear when she's needs someone to talk to. He is childhood friends with Jinguji Ren.
Satsuki, the dark side of Natsuki
This is good ol' cute Natsuki.
Seiyuu: Kisho Taniyama
A playful, nerdy bespectacled young man who seems to have a split personality. Dear God just dont remove his glasses! He likes cute stuff like soft toys and baking cakes(which are always disastrous but his friends are too polite to say anything). He is said to be a genius when it comes to making songs. His violent and temperamental Satsuki persona might have been repressed as a defense mechanism as we do get a glimpse of his childhood enduring over-bearing parents.
Seiyuu: Kousuke Toriumi
A cursed prince of a long-forgotten kingdom appeared in Nanami's dream one night ushering her to 'do the right thing'. His attire resembles that of Indian/Middle-Eastern culture and his dark complexion further clarifies so. (Oh, please his name is CECIL! Obviously he's not Japanese). He is implied to make a more notable appearance later in the anime. I CAN'T WAIT.
Seiyuu: Koji Yusa
A tall teacher who is also a famous action star. He seem to be well liked by his students. He and the principal share a secret that might just involve Nanami and her ST☆RISH entourage.
Seiyuu: Yuichi Nakamura
Note: THIS IS A MAN, DO NOT BE DECEIVED. He is a popular singer who is noted for his trademark cross-dressing as a way to make an impression on his fans. He comes off as an airhead but beneath those long pink tresses, lies a conniving and scheming bastard.
Originality: 10/10. Instead of having the usual normal high school girl with very little intelligence, we have a story about a bunch of kids trying to break out as celebrities. Like, how cool is that?
Plot: 8/10. It does have it's mundane moments but it promises to keep you hooked nonetheless.
Artwork: 9/10. Clear cut coloring and drawing, it's artistic definition is impeccable. There aren't many animes out there that portrays characters with accurate body proportions.
Overall: 7/10. Some parts gets a little boring and predictable.
Some character gallery for you.