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「大炎上!」 (Dai Enjou!)
“Blown Up!”

Well then, that escalated pretty quickly.

The Idol Life

You know, even though I’ve heard about situations and scandals like these relating to idols on the internet, it definitely felt a little different seeing the whole thing play out from the perspective of the people involved. First off, can you believe just how crazy it was that Koyuki decided to lay everything out on live television? Besides ignoring every protocol in the book for dealing with situations like these, I can’t imagine how much damage she might have done to herself and her “brand”. Because as nice and heartfelt as it is to reveal a one-sided love, I can’t imagine just how much hate it’d generate not only for herself but for Yuu. Seeing how Yuu is pretty much on the Internet constantly, it must be something to go from having casual conversations on Twitter to getting tons of hate being thrown his way.

All of which wouldn’t be all that bad if Koyuki was the one Yuu had eyes for — but that isn’t the case! Instead we have this awful situation that only gets more awkward when you realize that Yuu obviously has his eyes on Fuuka. Add in the fact that Fuuka is trying to play the good girl and is rooting for Koyuki and there’s no denying the sense of frustration that everyone is stuck at a standstill. I guess technically you could have viewed Koyuki’s confession as a way of trying to get the ball rolling so that everyone involved can get out of this awkward state but it looks like we won’t even get a hint of what’s going to happen until next week!

The Band and Yuu

Compared to the Yuu we met back during the first few episodes of Fuuka, it’s nice to see that he’s grown up a bit. Instead of cowering behind his phone when things get tough, it was actually a bit surprising to see him face his fears. With his friends providing support and a responsibility to them to perform well, I really enjoyed the short moment of solid friendship we saw sprinkled throughout the episode.

Looking Ahead

Even with the episode keeping us in suspense by not showing the concert this week, I can’t wait to see just how crazy things get when Yuu and everyone else go out to perform next week. Throw in the threat of bottles being chucked at them to a huge fight breaking out, hopefully things won’t get too heated. Anyways, catch you then!

February 11, 2017 at 4:43 pm
  • February 11, 2017 at 7:56 pmVelvet Scarlantina

    My kokoro practically went doki doki through out the entire episode

  • February 11, 2017 at 9:18 pmTrippwire

    The fact that the public reaction to Koyuki’s admission isn’t far from what sometimes happens in real life to Japanese idols… Jesus Christ.

    • February 12, 2017 at 1:28 pmTakaii

      Power of the public and someone intruding on their waifu

    • February 12, 2017 at 3:50 pmJuan

      I never really got why people get so emotionally involved with things like this. I understand having crushes and idols/celebrities you wish you were together with but I never really got why people sort of felt like they “owned” the person and that the person couldn’t live their own life. Scandals are another thing of course but if it’s just having relationships, etc. I think they should be perfectly entitled to it.

      Then again, life is sometimes stranger than fiction.

  • February 11, 2017 at 11:27 pmIncest Emblem

    One problem with the route Fuuka has chosen to take is that the author has decided to break every protocol for dealing with celebrity gossip we see in real life, venturing into the unknown with Koyuki publicly, directly, and quickly laying everything in the open regarding her relationship with Yuu. The result is that we are now in unknown territory, where it is difficult to gauge what conforms to reality, what is a realistic projection, and what is fiction.

    For example, suppose that her label decides to reforge Koyuki’s image into that of a tragic heroine, pining after her heartless childhood friend with her songs, would that work? Given how often the childhood friend appears in anime and loses, would it be particularly unreasonable to use that idea as an outrageous publicity stunt to extract some last few months/years of popularity from Koyuki from a different angle? It is difficult to say, now that the author has taken us on roads previously untread.

    • February 12, 2017 at 1:27 pmTakaii

      I think it’d be interesting if we got the opportunity to see it play out that way.

      But seeing how Koyuki went and just blurted out everything, it looks like we’re going to be in for a bumpy road.

  • February 11, 2017 at 11:28 pmTheemathas

    From what little I know about idols (mostly acquired from watching Wake Up Girls), Koyuki could have been fired due to the leaked photo alone.

    • February 12, 2017 at 1:25 pmTakaii

      True, but if there’s no actual confirmation that it’s Koyuki in the photo, she’d probably be okay.

      Plus, it’s just a pinky-promise. I can only imagine what kind of hell would have broken loose if it was a hug or god forbid a kiss!

  • February 12, 2017 at 12:34 amHalfDemonInuyasha

    It actually seems like the only one really getting hate is Yuu.

    If spun the right away, Koyuki’s agency could actually use the situation to IMPROVE her image given her love is “unrequited” and so they could make Koyuki continue to look like the “pure” idol and portray Yuu as the “problem” in hopes that he could be driven away from Koyuki to prevent any actual development between them (either Koyuki “comes to her senses” and breaks things off with Yuu, or Yuu being unable to take the harassment and breaks things off with Koyuki, but of course, neither of which seems likely to happen).

    Still, it took a lot of guts for Koyuki to do what she did (as thoughtless as it was) and it does pull me more into supporting her.

    • February 12, 2017 at 1:24 pmTakaii

      Mmm I agree but I’m pretty sure in any industry involving famous people, deny and move on is probably the easiest course of action

  • February 12, 2017 at 8:47 amManly Tear

    Nah, this can’t be it, the SEO’ing hasn’t begun yet. This feels more like the 1st major challenge our characters have to overcome where they’re expected to succeed. Then Seo’s probably gonna do something nasty where we’ll all bask in the rage.

    • February 12, 2017 at 9:00 amAex

      You get it! *pats shoulder with tearful eyes*

      Be ready…

      • February 12, 2017 at 9:23 amManly Tear

        Been reading ever since I’ve read Kimi no Iru Rage my friend. Bring it Seo!

    • February 12, 2017 at 1:23 pmTakaii

      Oh no..

      I’m not sure if my body is ready.

  • February 14, 2017 at 6:50 amminxy

    this if off topic but wouldn’t it be cool to see an anime adaptions of classic stories like tom sawyer, treasure Island, Oliver twist, Pinocchio, and jack and the beanstalk. it would but that will never come to be because most of these stories star grade school boy characters and most otaku can’t handle them. in this day and age of “people pleasing” the main characters of this stories would have to be gender swapped in order for “fans” to like them.