「ふたりだから出来ること」 (Futari Dakara Dekiru Koto)
“The Things We Can Do Together”
An entire episode about a search for missing pudding? Only on IDOLM@STER. It ain’t just any old pudding either, but Sweet Gorgeous Celeb Pudding.
Things sure didn’t look like they were headed that way after the episode opened with a mini murder-mystery drama starring Ryuuguu Komachi, but the Futami twins had something else to say about that. Their whole detective bit was somewhat amusing too, largely in part to everyone else’s less than enthusiastic reactions. It got even better when they questioned Yayoi, with the way they shamelessly treated her like a poor person. It was pretty funny how Ami and Mami actually implied that she’s can’t buy pudding for herself, and even went on to refute her claims that she’s tried it before. To me, that was a lot funnier than it was probably intended to be, simply because I’m quite fond of Yayoi after the episode about her.
The rest of the episode wasn’t too shabby either, featuring some minor developments care of Mami, who’s been spending less time with Ami because of Ryuuguu Komachi’s success. They’re like two peas of a pod that have been torn apart by stardom. The most interesting aspect were the parallels between the case of the missing pudding and the mini-drama though, given the movie-like tension in the air when Ami thought she made a startling discovery. They actually had me going for a bit with Takane, considering that Hibiki was already the red herring as per the drama. That was some pretty good fake-out screenplay — as good as it can probably get when it’s over pudding anyway.
I’d have to say the true victim in all of this is Haruka, seeing as the twins’ trap didn’t faze Chihaya or Miki the least bit. I had a feeling that it would be Miki out of the bunch for eating other people’s snacks, but have to tip my hat to the way they switched things up with the twins as the original cause (for eating her jello) and then again post-ending sequence to reveal the true culprit. If nothing else, I have to give this episode credit for turning out to be a lot more enjoyable than I thought it would be with Ami and Mami leading the way. IM@S sure has a knack for showing all the girls in a better light once they’ve actually had some decent screen time. I gather there won’t be a focus next time, but who knows, maybe someone will step up on the track and make a case for herself.
ED9: 「黎明スターライン」 (Reimei Star Line) by 双海亜美, 双海真美 (下田麻美) (Futami Ami, Futami Mami (Shimoda Asami))
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