At the Lovedol concert, the two generations of idols take the stage and perform their respective songs. The first generation, consisting of Aya, Chocolat (aka. China and Mina), Yui, Ayumi, and Sayuki, starts off the concert by performing 「シアワセ革命」 (Shiawase Kakumei). The second generation, consisting of Touko, Piccolo (aka. Hibiki and Shizuku), Yukimi, Makoto, and Rei, comes on after and performs 「ココロの矢印は上向き」 (Kokoro no Yajirushi wa Uwamuki). Fujisawa Tomohiro watches the concert from backstage and then goes to the dressing room when Yui starts addressing the audience. Tomohiro is the manager of the third generation, currently consisting of Nekoya Miu, Nonomiya Mai, Houjou Hina, and Kiryuu Kotoha. As he gets the girls ready, Tomohiro is surprised to hear Yui tell the audience that the debut of the third generation is postponed. He tracks down the company president Mariko in the parking deck and confronts her about the cancellation of the third generation’s announcement. However, she corrects him because it’s only postponed, not cancelled. For now, she finds his group to be insufficient and refuses to debut them until they find the answer. The four third generation girls meanwhile start doubting themselves, but Tomohiro comes back and cheers them up, even though he himself is unsure. When they go out to see the auditorium and dream about singing in front of a large crowd, Tomohiro vows that the girls will get on the stage.
The next day, Tomohiro is eating breakfast and thinking about what the president said when his little sister Ruri startles him. She can tell that he’s troubled, so he admits to her how the president called them insufficient. Ruri thinks that it’s a simple issue of numbers since the first and second generations are comprised of six girls each, but the third generation only has four. Tomohiro doesn’t think that’s it, especially since Miu, Mai, Kotoha, and Hina have such wonderful talent. Afterwards, he heads to work and finds the four girls ready to practice in the Lesson Room; they are determined to do their best and make their debut. Unbeknownst to Tomohiro, Ruri goes to visit president Mariko because she has something to say. As the day goes on and the third generation girls continue to practice, Tomohiro goes out to think more about what the girls are insufficient in. By chance, he passes a girl in a pedestrian tunnel right as the train above them roars by. But all Tomohiro hears is the girl’s beautiful singing, and so he follows her to the street corner where she performs with her guitar. He continues after her once she’s finished and eventually stops her. Impressed by her singing skill, he shows her his Sweet Fish Production business card and asks her to debut with his company. She declines and states that she hates singing. Tomohiro is left speechless when the girl explains that she was singing for the sake of revenge.
ED: 「LoveLoveLoveのせいなのよ！」 (LoveLoveLove no Sei na no yo!) by らぶドル (Lovedol)
Watch the ED! Mirror 1 Mirror 2 (12.1MB, XviD)
Neither the opening or ending song really appeal to me. The OP caught me a little off guard by how simplistic it was, and gave me the wrong impression on the animation quality of this series. Honestly, it feels like it’d be better if the the opening animation and the ending animations switched places.
I’m surprised they started the series off with six and a half straight minutes of song. I guess it’s to be expected of an idol-themed show, but I’d probably be happier if I had actually enjoyed wither of those two songs. In fact, the best one in my opinion was Sakaki Mizuki’s – voiced by Nogawa Sakura – solo guitar song near the end of the episode, and that was fairly short. The overall production quality wasn’t too bad – the animation quality was decent, but the character designs did get a bit repetitive.
The plot here seems really straightforward, with the third generation girls wanting to become idols. Tomohiro’s little sister Ruri and the mysterious Mizuki will of course join the group, and they’ll all make their debut together. The ED also hints at a romantic relationship between Mizuki and Tomohiro. But hey, maybe this series will surprise me and make the plot more complex – Mizuki’s revenge statement was certainly interesting enough. Still, the main reason to watch this show is for all of the seiyuu talent, with Gotou Yuuko, Nakahara Mai, Haruko Momoi, Chihara Minori, Kanako Sakai, and the aforementioned Nogawa Sakura. In that sense, I was pretty pleased with being able to hear them all together. It remains to be seen how long the seiyuu novelty factor lasts, but it’s enough for me to at least watch a few more episodes.