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Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA – 14


With Makoto gone, Saku Hibiki proposes a final test for Iori to become the Nebula’s Idolmaster. In addition, he tells Joseph about installing a new piece of equipment called the Master Unison – supposedly a data logger – onto the Nebula. Iori is thus sent into space with the mission of launching some Drop early warning satellites, and she’s particularly excited because today is an anniversary between her and the Nebula. When the mission goes off without a hitch, Saku has Azusa declare Iori the Nebula’s Idolmaster, causing Iori to be overjoyed. However, soon after, the Nebula suddenly locks up and activates the Master Unison. It then begins moving on its own and launches the third back-up satellite, causing everyone in the control room to be shocked except for Azusa and Saku who know that this starts the second part of the mission. As Saku explains, they want to collect data on unmanned operation of an iDOL through artificial intelligence. When Haruka wonders why they need something like this when they have Idolmasters like herself, Azusa reveals that it’s in response to the enemy’s Epimetheus. Iori thinks that this means the Idolmasters won’t be allowed to pilot the iDOLs anymore, but Saku claims that this is only so that the girls aren’t put into danger.

In frustration, Iori slams her fist against the control unit in her cockpit, and the warning lights suddenly start going off. Ami realizes that it’s because the Nebula hates the Master Unison unit, but they don’t have a way to return control to Iori because the commands are still locked out. What’s more, the Nebula’s internal core temperature starts rising rapidly, and they find it impossible to detach the Master Unison unit. In this dire situation where the Nebula could lose its personality and forget her, Iori decides to don a space suit and leaves the cockpit to manually remove the Master Unison unit. Iori is determined because today is the anniversary of they day they met seven years ago, and she remembers that back then, she had been teased by her friends because only she had seen the Nebula in the woods. She feels that they met by coincidence at the time, but without that, she wouldn’t be here now. Thus, she believes it to be fate. Addressing the Nebula, she says that she won’t forget it, so she doesn’t want it to forget her either. Unfortunately, the last lever refuses to press down, so Iori punches with all her strength until it finally gives way. Although this breaks the bones in her hand and requires her to wear a cast afterwards, Iori manages to save the Nebula by jettisoning the Master Unison unit. Later while the girls are off celebrating back at the dorm, the Nebula recalls the scene of Iori in space and the scene of Iori seven years ago.


It’s interesting to see how quickly Saku Hibiki is taking over control of the Mondenkind iDOL operations, doing things that even Joseph isn’t aware of. It makes me wonder if the main branch of Mondenkind is going to turn out to be evil or if it’ll at least become sinister enough so that even the Turiavita doesn’t seem quite as bad. Of course, the main point of this episode seemed to be to once again emphasize that iDOLs have feelings and that Iori is the destined pilot for the Nebula. In that regard, I found the episode fairly predictable once they explained what the Master Unison actually did. It didn’t seem very likely that Iori would fail with the Nebula twice, especially since that would leave it without a pilot.
On a separate note, there’s a small chance I may decide to start watching/blogging a j-drama on Mondays starting next week instead of Idolmaster, but I won’t make that decision until at least next week.

July 2, 2007 at 8:54 pm
  • July 2, 2007 at 9:32 pmFisio


  • July 2, 2007 at 9:35 pmGStrike-

    when will this series end =.=

  • July 2, 2007 at 9:42 pmHudson

    I thought it was a good episode….. And I’m right!

    Man… so many different possibilities for photoshop…..

  • July 2, 2007 at 10:41 pmChiu^2

    @GStrike- probably in another 12 episodes or so(assuming they’re going for 26)

  • July 3, 2007 at 1:25 amhirohetard

    you should’ve took strikerS instead of this =/

  • July 3, 2007 at 1:41 amOmni

    Unfortunately, StrikerS is a Sunday show, not Monday.

  • July 3, 2007 at 2:12 amQuina

    StrikerS is worse..-_-
    At least this one looks like it can develop somewhere..

    Thanks for the Summary :3

  • July 3, 2007 at 2:26 amMighty Mouse

    LOL, maybe I shouldn’t question how you can’t see or hear a huge mech in the middle of a forest…

  • July 3, 2007 at 3:43 amOropher

    jdrama = Hana Kimi?

  • July 3, 2007 at 3:43 amKit-Tsukasa

    @Quina: StrikerS is much better than this. It has more in depth plot. For Idol Master, nothing really intriguing has happened in my opinion. It feels like stuff is being recycled almost. In a sense I’m biased, since I’m obsessed with Nanoha x Fate, but I still feel StrikerS has the potential to come back with a bang like A’s, in fact it may continue to a second seaon :D

    Too bad StrikerS is a Sunday show. With Hayate no Gotoku! and Lucky Star already there, can’t really do much.

  • July 3, 2007 at 5:42 amAlgent

    Also too bad strikers had no sub released since a while :/

  • July 3, 2007 at 2:11 pmADP

    I never, but now i am. It seems good. IS it?

  • July 3, 2007 at 4:21 pmKorovyov

    I keep thinking you’ve already dropped this show. Why not?

  • July 3, 2007 at 10:04 pmHudson

    Look at the poll. hardly anyone else watches J-Dramams. Might as well stick with Idolmaster.

    Besides i want to see how this ends!

  • August 26, 2007 at 12:32 amxRhexianna

    Xenoglossia has actually improved a bit with the episodes following this one. It might be worth it just to watch it and see what happens?

  • June 11, 2008 at 1:27 pmJOEL PEREZ


  • June 15, 2008 at 7:00 amVesuvia

    What a total flip… GTFO.

    Thanks for the 411 on this show, Random. Thought it was going to be awesome on the strength of its popularity on the 360.

  • November 24, 2009 at 3:23 pmAlex

    I’m stuck between liking it and not. It’s interesting to watch it play out, but I hate seeing all my least favourite characters (everyone on Mondenkind save for Makoto) get everything good and all my favourites (Turiavita+Makoto) get douched around.

    I had so many problems with the “good” characters and very few with the “bad” characters.