THE IDOLM@STER – 14
OP2: 「CHANGE!!!!」 by 765PRO ALLSTARS
Watch the 2nd OP!: Streaming ▼
「変わりはじめた世界！」 (Kawari Hajimeta Sekai!)
“The World that’s Started to Change!”
From struggling idols to overnight sensations, girls sure grow up fast these days. It felt like just the other
day episode that they were only our idols. *sniff*
Unfortunately, once you become popular, jealous bastards will take exception and use any underhanded means to be a nuisance toward your success. Nowadays, it’s practically an everyday thing on the Internet where people can hide behind the guise of anonymity (*cough*), but I’d imagine it’s even worse in the cutthroat showbiz industry. In the latter case, there must be a saying that goes, “It’s not about how talented you are, but how you use your authority, cash, or body to get your way.” When it comes to 961 Pro (Kuroi Pro), Kuroi Takao (Koyasu Takehito) deserves to be burned at the stake for using his connections to take away 765 Pro’s cover photo and replacing it with Jupiter.
I’ll have to agree with Miki on how that’s a pretty crap-tastic photo. Who the heck wants to see three arrogant bastards holding fruit instead of cute idols dressed up as fruit? Part of me really wishes the Producer didn’t stop Iori from using her family’s status to put Takao and Jupiter in their place. After all, it worked wonders before on Kodama Pro. Rather than “stooping to their level”, the bad role model in me prefers to think of it as “payback’s a bitch.” Unfortunately, that wasn’t going to fly with our Producer. He let those bastards stomp all over the innocent hearts of his idols and forced his righteous views on them about beating 961 Pro fairly. For a show like this, that wasn’t the least bit unexpected, but I do feel that the Producer and President Takagi Junjirou better make good on “politely” screwing over Jupiter in return — especially when this problem boils down to a falling out between Junjirou and Takao.
I gather this episode was to show that everything isn’t going to go smoothly for 765 Pro simply because they’re gaining popularity. 961 Pro showed its true colors and made itself out to be an underhanded rival agency, giving us an antagonist of sorts in the story. While I can see the intention, hopefully Jupiter’s involvement doesn’t become a regular thing, as I really don’t want to see their arrogant mugs taking up any more screen time. I’d much rather see more character-focused episodes where the girls get caught up in personal struggles. I’m not looking for realism when watching IM@S , so outside interference will just be annoying to watch. Granted, things still ended off in the usual uplifting way after Haruka used their fan letters to help everyone realize that 961 Pro doesn’t even matter to them. I thought for a moment that Miki rallied the group this time around, but nope, it was definitely Haruka’s optimism once again. She’s seriously the glue that keeps the group together and worthy of being considered the “main” heroine. That doesn’t mean I didn’t love Miki’s off-the-shoulder outfit and unenthusiastic reaction to her fan art though!
* Miki never called the Producer “Honey”. It’s all in your heads.
* A new opening was bound to happen at some point after we passed the halfway point of this 25-episode adaptation, but this episode had a really good insert and ending song as well where the IM@S girls were divided up.
INS14: 「キミはメロディ」 (Kimi wa Melody) by 高槻やよい, 萩原雪歩, 菊地真, 水瀬伊織, 三浦あずさ, 秋月律子 (Takatsuki Yayoi, Hagiwara Yukiho, Kikuchi Makoto, Minase Iori, Miura Azusa, Akizuki Ritsuko)
Watch the 14th INS!: Streaming ▼
ED14: 「Colorful Days」 by 天海春香, 星井美希, 如月千早, 双海亜美&真美, 四条貴音, 我那覇響 (Amami Haruka, Hoshii Miki, Kisaragi Chihaya, Futami Ami & Mami, Shijou Takane, Ganaha Hibiki)
Watch the 14th ED!: Streaming ▼