THE IDOLM@STER – 16
「ひとりぼっちの気持ち」 (Hitoribocchi no Kimochi)
“The Feeling of Being Alone”
Well it sure didn’t take long for Kuroi and Jupiter to start sabotaging 765 Pro’s rising success again. I guess I should be grateful that there was even an episode in between where I didn’t have to see their cocky mugs. Interestingly enough, the series looks poised to make Kuroi the only truly bad apple and Jupiter as unsuspecting victims of his underhanded tactics. This is most apparent in Touma, who’s been led to believe that 765 Pro started messing with them first. I can’t say that I really care to see the Touma and co. getting along with the IM@S girls at some point, but I’m all for it if it means putting a stop to all this high school-like hazing. The last thing I’d want to see is for it to drag on indefinitely.
What was also interesting was how this episode opened with a flashback to when Chihaya’s parents got divorced, laying the foundation for what I’d like to believe is a future episode centered around her past. I gather it was no coincidence that the kanji for “bonds” in 765 Pro’s office was as prominent as it was when she walked in, especially considering that was the last we saw of Chihaya this episode. I’d be all for another Chihaya-centric episode of course, since the Gero Gero Kitchen one only gave a glimpse of her loneliness in the ending sequence. In a happy-go-lucky series about aspiring idols, Chihaya seems to be the only one that goes against the norm with her troubled past.
As for Hibiki, whose episode this truly was, her fight with Inumi came off fairly trivial at first, yet had a nice sentimental touch to it when I least expected. This should probably be considered Hamzou’s episode too, given his slap to Hibiki and his hamster heroics that got him all the way back to 765 Pro’s office. While I did find the rescue rather predictable and Hibiki’s self-realization somewhat convenient, I’d hardly knock the series in either case given its nature. For me, the highlight was the Producer suspecting that 961 Pro would be up to something and giving both Touma and Kuroi a piece of his mind. It wasn’t enough to shut them up, but at least he made his intentions clear that 765 Pro wasn’t just going to quietly endure all their crap. It looks like I’ll see what form of retaliation that translates to next time, as the focus shifts to Makoto.
ED16: 「Brand New Day!」 by 我那覇響 (沼倉愛美) (Ganaha Hibiki (Numakura Manami))
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