「みんなで、少しでも前へ」 (Minna de, Sukoshi demo Mae e)
“Moving Forward a Little with Everyone”
How dare those Shinkan Shoujo girls make Yayoi cry! The 765 Pro girls may have been the better person about it, but I was ready to bust some idol heads by slapping a bitch. I dare say I would’ve enjoyed it too after Hikari (Higasayama Tsugumi) proved to be one tough customer. Their saving grace was Nozomi (Shouji Yui), whom I was more forgiving of after she feel helplessly in love with Makoto and awakened her lesbian side in the process. The third member, Tsubame (Saitou Momoko), was a lot more like Hikari and deserved a good slapping as well. The sound of Yayoi’s crying with the instrumental version of “THE IDOLM@STER” theme (seen in episode six) playing in the background completely set me off, as that was some of the most believable crying I’ve heard in anime. I mentioned back in Yayoi’s episode that I think she’s too innocent for the cut-throat showbiz world, but it’s for that very reason that someone needs to protect her from this kind of crap. If that means that someone needs to slap a bitch, then someone needs to slap a bitch. Producer! It’s time to do some work!
Well that obviously wasn’t going to happen, but at least he made it clear that 765 Pro wasn’t going to let Kodama Pro win just because it would’ve been better for television ratings. I like the way that Iori used her family’s prestige to scare the daylights out of Kodama Pro’s producer too, which was probably one of the “hottest” displays of assertiveness and reliable that I’ve ever seen from a Kugimiya Rie-voiced character. Given the episode’s setup, I didn’t mind the fairy tale-like ending one bit. In fact, I really like the way the 765 Pro girls came together during the relay and showed an emotional outpouring of support for Makoto to come back and win it as their anchor. Even our normally clumsy Haruka was pretty clutch when it mattered because everyone wanted to win the race for Yayoi and stick it to Kodama Pro. Having Iori and Makoto at odds with one another worked out really well too, since they were quick to put aside their differences when it came to 765 Pro. It was most apparent when they were the last two runners in the relay and Iori trusted Makoto to win it for them. As always, the little bits of character development like that continue to impress, distinguishing IM@S from most slice-of-life series. Makoto’s screaming, the intensity in her face, and sense of relief after winning — I was moved by it all.
As for cameos, we did see all the members of the male idol group Jupiter this time around, namely Amagase Touma (Terashima Takuma), Ijuuin Hokuto (Kanbara Daichi), and Mitarai Shouta (Matsuoka Yoshitsugu). I actually got a laugh out of how Haruka said she’s met one of them before, yet chose not to mention how Touma bumped into her and treated her like crap. A more welcome cameo was 765 Pro’s friends from 876 Pro (pronounced “Bannam”, a play on Bandai) — Mizutani Eri (Hanazawa Kana), Akizuki Ryou (Sanpei Yuuko), Hidaka Ai (Tomatsu Haruka), seen from left-to-right here. They seemed a lot more “behaved” than our usual bunch, which kind of overshadowed the fact that they’re voiced by Kana, Yuuko, and Haruka — a trio of seiyuu that’s nothing to scoff at. They were invited to the after-party celebrations and sang the ending theme with 765 Pro, so hopefully that’s a sign we’ll see some more of them in future episodes.
ED10: 「GO MY WAY!!」 by 765PRO & 876PRO ALLSTARS
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