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OP Sequence

Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   OP   01 Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   OP   02 Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   OP   03
Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   OP   04 Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   OP   05 Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   OP   06
Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   OP   07 Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   OP   08 Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   OP   09

OP: 「微熱S.O.S!!」 (Binetsu S.O.S!!) by 橋本みゆき (Hashimoto Miyuki)
Watch the OP! Mirror 1, Mirror 2
The OP’s not bad, but I don’t think it’s one of Hashimoto Miyuki’s better songs. Still, I like it a lot more than the ED.

Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   02   01 Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   02   02 Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   02   03
Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   02   04 Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   02   05 Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   02   06
Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   02   07 Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   02   08 Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   02   09
Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   02   10 Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   02   11 Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   02   12
Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   02   13 Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   02   14 Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   02   15
Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   02   16 Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   02   17 Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   02   18
Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   02   19 Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   02   20 Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   02   21
Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   02   22 Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   02   23 Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   02   24
Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   02   25 Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   02   26 Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   02   27
Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   02   28 Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   02   29 Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   02   30
Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   02   31 Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   02   32 Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   02   33

Summary:

With the Nubilum pulling on the Imber and with Haruka not knowing what she’s doing in the cockpit, the Imber crashes down onto the ground. As the Nubilum grabs it in a hold, Haruka starts screaming, and the Imber comes to life on its own. It manages to free itself from the Nubilum and knocks the opposing iDOL away before falling down to the water. It is at this point that the Nebula, piloted by Makoto, joins the fight against the Nubilum. Outnumbered and with the girl R.I.F.F.A insisting that they go home, Chihaya starts to fly away. The Nebula tries to pursue, but Chihaya kicks it back down as she makes her escape. During all this, Haruka has fainted and now has a dream about flying on a penguin’s back. She eventually wakes up to the sound of her cell phone because her friend Yayoi is calling. Yayoi is quite concerned about her, but Haruka doesn’t even know where she is right now. Before their conversation can go on any further, a female doctor hangs up Haruka’s phone because they’re actually in the medical office where cell phones are prohibited. After getting a physical examination, Haruka is brought to have tea with Joseph Shingetsu, the chief of the Mondenkind Japan Idolmaster division. He explains to her that the mecha are called iDOLs and their pilots are Idolmasters. Thus, her original audition was not to be a normal idol, but rather for this, and Joseph offers to let her to save the world with the Imber.

When Haruka tells Yayoi about it, Yayoi feels that it’s all a fraud by a dishonest businessman. She gets Haruka to lead her to the location, which turns out to be a school. After Yayoi goes running in, Haruka is met by Iori just inside the school gate. Iori makes it clear that she doesn’t think that it’s possible for Haruka to pilot the Imber, and then stomps off, leaving Haruka with a confused look on her face. Meanwhile, at a seaside home, Chihaya is recalling a scene from her past where the Imber had been standing in a ruined city that was up in flames. This is the same home where there lives an old woman that Chihaya, R.I.F.F.A, and a boy named Karasu all refer to as mother. Back at the school, Yayoi and Haruka find that there’s no one around, and Yayoi soon gets a phone call that forces her to leave. She instructs Haruka to wait for her at her apartment, but Haruka realizes only after Yayoi leaves that she doesn’t know where Yayoi’s apartment is. Fortunately for her, she runs into Yukiho and Ritsuko outside the school, and they take her back to the dorm. Ritsuko confirms everything Joseph said about being a pilot, but what surprises Haruka is that Yukiho wants to try it. Ritsuko then points out that Haruka has already ridden in one and suggests that the Imber likes her. Haruka thinks it’s just a robot, but Ritsuko claims that it has a heart – at least, that’s how she feels.

Later that night, Haruka returns to the school alone and is surprised when the gates open for her. She heads to a classroom that automatically unlocks for her, and inside, the alarms suddenly start blaring and the room sinks down into the ground like an elevator. Haruka emerges from the elevator into the hanger where the Imber stands, and waiting for her there is a woman named Miura Azusa, the person in charge of the Idol team. She explains that the Imber emerged back then just to meet Haruka, and shows that Haruka’s Eye – the gold key-like object – is glowing. The Imber starts moving in response, and it then shines a light onto Haruka, which Azusa interprets as a greeting. The next morning, Yayoi shows up at the dorm looking for Haruka. She is very surprised when Haruka comes downstairs wearing her new school uniform and is even more surprised when Haruka says that her audition was actually an entrance exam for this school. Leaving Yayoi behind with Ritsuko, Haruka walks to school with Yukiho. Although she still isn’t sure about the Idolmaster stuff, Haruka feels that it’s okay.

Preview:

Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   02   Preview 01 Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   02   Preview 02 Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA   02   Preview 03

I feel better about this show now that I’ve seen the second episode. It had a lot more action (R.I.F.F.A against Azusa was an interesting fight) and introduction to the environment that I had felt was a little lacking in the first episode. We get a glimpse of a new character who appears to be a bad guy, voiced by Ishida Akira (hopefully won’t be Nagi all over again). I think the humor showed a little more too, particularly all the penguin stuff that’s hard not to notice since Yayoi parades around in that costume all episode. On a related note though, I really do enjoy Koshimizu Ami’s voicing of Yayoi.
I admit that since seeing episode one over two weeks ago, I’ve lowered my expectations considerably for this show and for new anime in general. Sunrise still has a ways to go to make XENOGLOSSIA better, but I think this episode was encouraging enough so that I can say that I’ll continue blogging this.

April 9, 2007 at 7:27 pm
19 comments »
  • April 9, 2007 at 7:34 pmmanlove

    based on these screenies a flying penguin saves the day .. and takes her off to the doctor for some breast examination ….

  • April 9, 2007 at 8:39 pmGStrike-

    now this is a series worth watching… ^^

  • April 9, 2007 at 8:49 pmtakamachi

    for some odd reason this series reminds me of Evangelion. the setting is almost the same, there’s only a select chosen pilots for the mechas, mechas can have a mind of its own, and there’s always some secret military facility that’s keeping tabs on things.

  • April 9, 2007 at 8:59 pmMighty Mouse

    Shiori?
    Yue?

  • April 9, 2007 at 10:05 pmbrooklyn otaku

    MAI-OTOME????????????? well i can’t knock this, especially if i was guilty for watching “that” whole thing,,,,,game on!!!

  • April 9, 2007 at 10:27 pmFuruba

    LOL flying penguin wth XD ahaha, Ami Koshimizu as the girl in the penguin suit ish very very :3 and that yue looking girl cracked me up in the first ep. and those two women with blue hair? they look similar =_____=”"
    Well, i liked this series from the first ep so i can’t wait till this is subbed ^____^

  • April 9, 2007 at 10:32 pmNanami Kamimura

    Question: Can anyone tell me why Yayoi is constant in a penguin costume? She looks silly!

  • April 9, 2007 at 11:13 pmmoyism

    “Can anyone tell me why Yayoi is constant in a penguin costume? She looks silly!”

    Answer: honestly, there is none other than Yayoi is another (great) Tenma ;)

  • April 9, 2007 at 11:17 pmKatsudesu

    Penguins = win.. gonna watch it even if just for that reason

  • April 9, 2007 at 11:35 pmHudson

    YUE!?

    http://randomc.net/image/Idolmaster%20XENOGLOSSIA/Idolmaster%20XENOGLOSSIA%20-%2002%20-%20Large%20Preview%2001.jpg

    This is defenetly a mecha series i can get into…. if i had broadband to DL it that is……

  • April 10, 2007 at 1:24 ampakxenon

    >>Shiori?
    >>Yue?
    WOW. I was pretty wtf’d with Shiori, but YUE TOO???

    Oh yeah, and I just watched the first episode this afternoon. XD
    Penguins remind me of NGE, except that this time will they actually do anything?

  • April 10, 2007 at 10:32 amMutio

    @Hudson. She somehow remembers me of Nina from Mai Otome^^
    Anyways, the second episode convinced me to watch this show. Now I have 4 shows from the new season I like.

  • April 10, 2007 at 11:12 amGermanguy

    Aww, men. Sunrise has the secret kawaii recipe girls… I can’t withstand it. I must see this anime :)

  • April 10, 2007 at 4:10 pmHudson

    Mutio: Actually Yue was the only one of the two that had a shinny forehead like that.

  • April 10, 2007 at 4:21 pmNoble

    Screenshot No. 26 http://randomc.net/image/Idolmaster%20XENOGLOSSIA/Idolmaster%20XENOGLOSSIA%20-%2002%20-%20Large%2011.jpg
    At that point she reminded me of Misato Katsuragi from Neon Genesis Evangelion..

    LOL

  • April 10, 2007 at 5:01 pmRickaZ

    second columne fourth pic damit that just looks too much like a certain blue haired girl from another mecha Anime from Gainax… ring a bell? anyone?
    what ASbout the name Misato? familiar to you people?

    yeah some people have seen the Resemblance hahaha

    oh yes and then we have Mai Otome crew kin here hahaha

  • April 10, 2007 at 11:14 pmRated-E

    Girl in a penguin suit = I have to watch this!

  • April 11, 2007 at 12:28 pmsento

    I watched episode one and I felt liked it was an introduction to the setting, characters and story. However, it was an interesting episode that I may check out the other episodes. This episode looks good that I can’t wait to watch.

  • April 11, 2007 at 9:05 pmEleutheria

    pinku!