「こんなことになっちゃって…… (Konna Koto ni Nacchatte……)
“It’s Become Like This……”
Ugh, I thought I was covering Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu here, not WHITE ALBUM. Deceptive managers doing what they think is best for an upcoming idol while her boyfriend’s sent away only to end up as another idol’s manager? Thank god Yuuto’s no Touya at least and doesn’t sleep with every girl who lets him. In other news, we have shameless seiyuu plugs galore with all of N’s members mentioned.
Noto Mamiko (Haruka), Gotou Mai (Mika), Shimizu Kaori (Hazuki), Ueda Kana (Nanami), Satou Rina (Shiina), and even Takagi Reiko (Nobunaga) were brought up as the all-star cast for the Nocturne Girl’s School Lacrosse Club anime. Seeing as Nobunaga was filling in Yuuto on everything, I couldn’t help but laugh when they had Reiko use Nobunaga to promote herself even further. Anyway, with all the seiyuus shown at the recording studio, I’m not going to try to figure who’s supposed to be who, but I’m willing to bet they were inspired by the seiyuus themselves. Let’s not forget Inoue Kikuko either, playing “Mizuki-sensei” who’s Kazami Mizuho-sensei from Onegai Teacher! no matter how you look at it.
Getting back to the
WHITE ALBUM Nogizaka Haruka story, Yayoi and Nozomi have decided to trick Yuuto and Haruka into believing that the whole idol audition thing was a mishap on their part. The two of them end up convincing Haruka to participate by claiming they only need her to help fill an entry spot and not actually compete. This leads to her rigorous idol training where Yuuto’s presence is considered a hindrance, so he’s quickly sent away by Yayoi. In the process, he gets caught up as Himemiya Miran’s manager and does a good job as one despite his reluctance. He later gets a prep talk from Mika on how being apart from Haruka’s not a good thing, especially with the audition happening on Valentine’s day, and is forced to practice some more bedroom scenarios. After he accompanies Miran to a dubbing session for the Lacrosse anime, which she performs the theme song for (go figure…), Yuuto returns to the office to find Yayoi and Nozomi scheming on how they plan to make Haruka a real idol. With their plan out in the open, they decide to lie about Haruka already agreeing to this. They go on further to ask Yuuto to not distract her with what he’s seen and to stay away from her completely.
Well let me be the first to say, “Oh hell no Yayoi, if you’re going to take the Shinozuka Yayoi route, there needs to be some compensation sex to keep Yuuto quiet.” Speaking of which, there must be some weird trend with the name Yayoi and deceitful managers that I’m not aware of. In retrospect, maybe it’s not such a bad thing. Where Touya in WHITE ALBUM fails to handle a similar situation with any grace, we’ll probably get to see Yuuto show him how it’s done. Perhaps this is our wholesome, life-lesson anime’s way of correcting the wrongs introduced by the other series, or simply calming the rage that Touya’s retarded acts induce in its viewers.
If you don’t follow WHITE ALBUM, just imagine the same thing that’s happened here, except Yuuto would be going along with Yayoi’s plans because he gets to sleep with her behind Haruka’s back whenever he wants. That, and he’d be messing around with Miran and Shiina too. Sounds messed up? You betcha it is! Thankfully, I don’t foresee that happening here as Yuuto will probably resolve this without too much difficulty. This time around, things are a bit iffier because he believes this is what Haruka wants and doesn’t want to get in her way, but this is Yuuto we’re talking about. He’s pretty much known for clearing up misunderstandings faster than they can manifest themselves.
* Alice sucking on a huge choco-banana is so wrong, after seeing how Yuuto was using it to reenact things. >_<
* I finally finished watching Mnemosyne last night after putting it on a very long hiatus. Having done so, I can’t help but add how I wish Noto Mamiko played more characters like Asougi Rin. I find her voice is really well suited for those “sexy” roles, much like Amaha Masane in Witchblade.