December 22, 2011 at 8:37 pm Comments (91)
「みんなと、いっしょに！」 (Minna to, Issho ni!)
“Together With Everyone!”
I was anticipating A-1 Pictures to pull out all the stops for the 765 Pro’s New Year Live, but they really outdid themselves with a fully animated, 2.5-minute special performance of “READY!! & CHANGE!!!!”, followed up by a second insert song, “Itsudemo mo, Dokodemo mo”, before wrapping the series up with one more ending theme. It was just about everything I could’ve asked for in IM@S’ finale.
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December 16, 2011 at 2:40 pm Comments (51)
Up until about a month ago, it would’ve been nothing more than a joke to consider IM@S as one of the best dramas of year, but this recent string of episodes has really made a case for the series. Of course, it never hurts when the budget’s been blown for this episode, where we finally get a resolution to all of Haruka’s bottled up feelings.
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December 10, 2011 at 10:36 pm Comments (52)
If one of the goals of this IM@S adaptation was to turn to make it one of the most unexpected dramas of the year, the producers should give themselves a pat on the back for a job well done.
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December 3, 2011 at 4:48 am Comments (38)
「聖夜の夜に」 (Seiya no Yoru ni)
“On the Night of Christmas Eve”
It’s a tad bit early, but with the holidays quickly approaching, the timing of IM@S’ Christmas episode is probably about as good as it gets. Compared to recent weeks with Chihaya’s traumatic past and 961 Pro’s meddling, this was easily one of the more uplifting episodes to roll around too.
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November 25, 2011 at 7:11 pm Comments (35)
「まるで花が咲くように」 (Maru de Hana ga Saku you ni)
“As If A Flower Were Blooming”
A follow-up to Chihaya’s subplot, a resolution to the 961 Pro/Jupiter problem, and an unexpected performance by Kotori that ties Takagi and Kuroi’s past? Suffice to say, IM@S continues to push forward with its mini drama, providing an extra dimension to the series that one wouldn’t expect.
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November 19, 2011 at 12:25 am Comments (60)
With all the build-up toward Chihaya’s episode, this truly had the makings of a series finale and could have easily passed as one. The drama felt very real and the support that Haruka and the rest of 765 Pro showed Chihaya was incredibly moving, so much so that I couldn’t help but shed some tears by the end of the episode. This is easily the biggest tearjerker I’ve watched in the past while, and really showed that IM@S is much more than a slice-of-life series with an idol twist.
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November 11, 2011 at 7:48 pm Comments (21)
「雲間に隠れる月の如く」 (Kumoma ni Kakureru Tsuki no Gotoku)
“Like a Moon Concealed in the Clouds”
For Takane’s episode, it’s kind of a shame that she’s also subject to more of 961 Pro’s ongoing defamatory attempts, but luckily she handles herself pretty well against a paparazzi named Shibusawa (Matsumoto Dai). It also led to some really adorable moments care of Hibiki and Yukiho when they thought Takane was going to transfer agencies and join Elder Records.
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November 4, 2011 at 7:20 pm Comments (30)
「たくさんの、いっぱい」 (Takusan no, Ippai)
“Lots of, Lots”
Ritsuko fans will likely be both pleased and disappointed with this episode, as we got to see her stand in for a mumps-ridden Azusa with some of the shoddiest artwork to date. The quality has always fluctuated with some shortcuts taken when possible, but wow, this week was a doozy since it looked like the animators finished the episode in their sleep.
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October 29, 2011 at 3:17 pm Comments (38)
「真、まことの王子様」 (Makoto, Makoto no Ouji-sama)
“Makoto, A True Prince”
You know, I tried to go with the flow of this episode and see Makoto as a girl — I really did — but it’s so damn hard to. It’s like they designed her character so well that it’s practically impossible to her any other way. Sorry Makoto, you’ll forever be the idol prince who dreams of being a princess.
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October 23, 2011 at 3:32 pm Comments (30)
「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.
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October 15, 2011 at 2:15 am Comments (52)
「みんな揃って、生放送ですよ生放送！」 (Minna Sorotte, Nama Housou Desu yo Nama Housou!)
“Everyone Gather, It’s a Live Broadcast, a Live Broadcast!”
There’s no holding 765 Pro down, as they’re popular enough to have their own live program now. If you’re looking for a “show” that’s purely about cute girls doing cute things,
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IM@S “Are We Live? Sunday” is definitely it.
October 7, 2011 at 1:35 am Comments (46)
「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
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day episode that they were only our idols. *sniff*
September 30, 2011 at 11:55 pm Comments (42)
「そして、彼女たちはきらめくステージへ」 (Soshite, Kanojo-tachi wa Kirameku Suteeji e)
“And So, The Girls Stand On The Sparkling Stage”
Wow, what’s with all these Miki episodes? Someone should really remind A-1 Pictures that there are eleven other idols in IM@S.
…Yeah right, who am I kidding. Like I’d really say something like that. You guys know me better than that. :P
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September 22, 2011 at 10:20 pm Comments (49)
「一方通行の終着点」 (Ippou Tsuukou no Shuuchakuten)
“A Goal with a One-Way Path”
Damn Producer failing at being a producer. He just doesn’t understand the delicate hearts of 15-year-old girls!
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September 18, 2011 at 8:25 pm Comments (29)
「期待、不安、そして予兆」 (Kitai, Fuan, Soshite Yochou)
“Hopes, Anxieties, and Signs”
As much as I enjoyed seeing Haruka spearhead the optimism in the group, I can’t say I like where things are headed with Miki feeling betrayed by the Producer at the very end. If she leaves 765 Pro for another agency, a huge part of way I started watching IM@S will be gone. God forbid, she goes back to rival studio 961 Pro, which she was an idol of in the IDOLM@STER SP game.
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