「大好きなもの, 大切なもの」 (Daisuki na Mono, Taisetsu na Mono)
“The Things I Love, The Ones I Cherish”
I never quite know what to expect from IM@S, as the series continues to throw the girls’ names in a hat and pick a few out at a time. Or at least, that’s what appears to be happening from my perspective, with Hibiki and Iori sharing some screen time with Yayoi after already getting a bunch in episodes four and six respectively. I’m sure some more thought goes into it than that, but the fact that they could probably get away with it goes to show the numerous options at series’ disposal with such a large cast. Rather than cramming everyone into every episode, IM@S focuses on a handful and doesn’t even feature the rest, which makes it a slice-of-life series with a rotating cast.
Case in point, I didn’t think I’d enjoy an episode about Yayoi all that much, but it wasn’t all that bad with the way it focused on family values. To that end, I was pretty impressed by Iori, whom I figured was going to provide a wealthy take on Yayoi’s poorer lifestyle yet didn’t act the least bit spoiled like most Kugimiya Rie characters. Instead, she proved to be pretty dependable and very likable with the way she took care of Yayoi’s siblings and called in the Producer to help search for Chousuke after he ran away. One of her best character-defining moments was when she refrained from talking poorly of eating just bean sprouts, gave them a try, and absolutely loved them. It may not have seemed like much, but that sequence of events completely twisted my image of a typical Kugimiya Rie-voiced character. It was like Yayoi spiked the dinner with crack with her secret sauce. Heck, she even had me craving some bean sprouts.
As for the sentimental aspect, I wasn’t too emotionally invested in Yayoi and Chousuke’s small fight, though I did find the way they made up somewhat touching. I was more taken back by the way Yayoi takes care of her five younger siblings without a single complaint, which reminded me of how she said she hopes to become an idol to better provide for her family. It was a very sweet impression that I wasn’t expecting to get from IM@S, so there’s another example of the series touching upon something different every episode. From this showing in particular, Yayoi has jumped up my personal rankings a fair bit. It always helps when I’m a sucker for the hardworking-type who makes the most of what they have. I still think she’s too innocent to be an idol, but I do want to see her succeed as one.
INS6: 「キラメキラリ」 (Kirameki Rari) by 仁後真耶子 (Nigo Mayako)
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ED7: 「おはよう！！朝ご飯」 (Ohayou!! Asa Gohan) by 仁後真耶子 (Nigo Mayako)
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