When high school idol Nakagawa Kanon (Touyama Nao) turned out to be so self-centered that she needed everyone groveling at her feet to feel successful, I loved watching every minute of Keima not giving a crap about her and staying absorbed in the 2-D world. In the back of my mind, I was all, “Yeah, you ignore her Keima!”, but had to draw the line on denying her existence and making her disappear. Now that’s just going too far. o_O Leading up to that, Keima was like a thorn in her side who adding insult to injury when Kanon increased her popularity in all areas of showbiz and he still wouldn’t give her a moment of his attention. Given how he got tasered over and over again for minding his own business and had his PFP’s screen signed on while he was frantically trying to save his game, I don’t think anyone could really blame the guy for giving her the cold shoulder though. Consequently, the whole “idol going after the one who got away” bit was pretty nice to see, simply because it wasn’t Keima working his ass off for a change. It’s about time the girls put in some effort of their own, regardless whether or not it was for the completely wrong reasons!
Keima is winning over these girls for the wrong reasons after all (i.e. saving his own neck), so it was befitting to see the tables turned just for the hell of it. Incidentally, not once did I feel any sympathy towards Kanon because of how into herself she was, but I suspect that was the sentiment they were going for in the first episode of her story. The only thing that slightly improved my image of Kanon was Elsie’s absolute love for her in contrast to Keima going the Zeon route of belittling the evolution of idols altogether. Still, his construed personal outlook on life doesn’t really warrant the abuse he received, so I was still on his side the entire episode. The icing on the cake was Kanon’s private concerts to make Keima a fan ending up all for naught, while he still had a game plan in mind to (reluctantly) win her over and force the escaped soul from her heart. For once, Keima was in the “better” position to make something happen in the romance department. As such, I was a bit disappointed to see that he didn’t get the chance to leverage it. On the plus side, Kanon’s sudden disappearance does set things up nicely for an unexpected finish.
At the moment, I still have a hard time seeing the good points in a character like Kanon though. I’ve never liked the conceited type — which she made herself out to be this entire episode — but I am open to the idea that my opinion of her will change next time. It sure looks like that’s the setup the writers were going for, so seeing what redeeming traits she’ll surprise me with next time is what has me looking forward to the follow-up the most. As for this episode, I’m all for the various outfits she was in, but she’s clearly trying too hard to win over the wrong guy. 🙂
* I would’ve expected Keima to think more highly of Kanon after the voice work she did, but I guess not.