INS2: 「ALRIGHT*」 by 浅倉杏美 (Asakura Azumi)
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「すべては一歩の勇気から」 (Subete wa Ippo no Yuuki kara)
“Everything Starts with a Courageous Step”
I’m never too big on overly timid characters, even if it is due to a fear of men and dogs, but Yukiho’s innocence was fun to watch in 765 Pro’s first gig in a good while. I have an unusual image of her character though, since her seiyuu Asakura Azumi was replaced by one of my favorite female seiyuu, Horie Yui, in the Xenoglossia spin-off. I could easily say I prefer Hocchan in the role, but she wouldn’t be the “real” Yukiho, hence why I’m inclined to familiarize myself with the Yukiho we have here. I can probably do without her high-pitch squealing (very cringe-worthy during the concert), but I was pretty amused by how she resorts to digging a hole and burying herself when she’s embarrassed beyond words. She sure knows how to take shutting herself in to the extreme.
This episode marks the first time that our Producer has done something really reliable and befitting of his title, suggesting that he’ll remain a respectable producer for the entire series. I honestly don’t know if I could watch two cours of the more perverted alternative, considering that we do have girls like Yukiho. Plus there are die-hard fans who don’t like the fact that there’s a male producer to begin with, as ludicrous as that sounds. I’ve already said how I like having a character for the idols to interact with, even if they can’t be bothered to give him a proper name, and this gig in a small town pretty much showed why. With most of the girls dejected over the small stage and the subsequent realization that they forgot their costumes, it was up to him to rally their spirits and get them motivated and he managed to do that with the help of Ritsuko. Of course, the sweetest moment was when he helped Yukiho, especially with the way she thanked him in return. I dare say Yukiho has jumped up my list a fair bit because of her thoughtful dried plums gift and her smile while making a hand-puppet of a dog.
Amidst all that, leave it up to Hibiki to make the most of the moment, hanging out with a cow. Nothing can seem to get Miki down either as long as she has somewhere she can sleep, unlike Ami and Mami. I just seem to like the characters that make the most of the situation rather than complain about it, even if they’re just completely laid-back and happy with what they have. The townspeople were really welcoming of them as well and I thought it was kind of cute how they got their agency’s name wrong on all the signs — 756 Pro (Nagomu) instead of 765 Pro (Namugo). For that same reason, I really want to see more of Chihaya and Takane, who look like they’ll be front and center next time.
ED3: 「First Stage」 by 浅倉杏美, 平田宏美 (Azakura Azumi, Hirata Hiromi)
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