「期待、不安、そして予兆」 (Kitai, Fuan, Soshite Yochou)
“Hopes, Anxieties, and Signs”
As much as I enjoyed seeing Haruka spearhead the optimism in the group, I can’t say I like where things are headed with Miki feeling betrayed by the Producer at the very end. If she leaves 765 Pro for another agency, a huge part of way I started watching IM@S will be gone. God forbid, she goes back to rival studio 961 Pro, which she was an idol of in the IDOLM@STER SP game.
Luckily, there’s nothing to suggest that she will from the game as far as I’m aware, but the thought did cross my mind since I think Miki has what it takes to make it on her own if she really tried. It was compounded by the scene in the preview, where she’s happily talking away to the media and/or scouts and everyone else is gloomy over the thought that she may not come back. I can definitely see where they’re coming from, especially when she has hips like that. If she leaves, only Hibiki will be left to flash some midriff on a regular basis. (Yes, I do take notice of these things.) In spite of all my (irrelevant) worries, I do like the prospect of an episode devoted to getting Miki to come back, assuming that is what we’re in store for next time.
As for Haruka, she is supposedly the “main” girl of the franchise, so it’s nice to finally see more of her “charm points” (as they like to refer to them in Japan). In execution, it felt like more of a packaged deal though, since Chihaya shared almost as much of the spotlight by helping Haruka with her singing and her studies. I didn’t mind of course, seeing as they compliment one another’s personality really well, particularly with the way that Haruka can get Chihaya to open up to her goofiness and even spoil her to a certain degree. Chihaya’s diligent and independent personality makes her come off a girl who’s really reserved around everyone except her closest friends. Of all the sub-groups at 765 Pro, they’re undoubtedly one of my favorites to watch. Their practical outlook on all the dance and singing practice served as a nice contrast to the struggling Yayoi and Yukiho too, the latter of whom I couldn’t help but feel sorry for.
The writers could have easily stretched out Yukiho’s struggles, but as always, chose to depict some character growth every episode. It worked really well in contrast to her and Yayoi’s soft-spoken nature, which may not seem like much, but wouldn’t have the same effect if it were say… Hibiki or Mami struggling. I just really can’t imagine anything bringing either of those two down. Every time Hibiki questioned if they’re going to be okay as idols this episode, I just laughed. Anyway, this was a fun episode to show what the others are doing to catch up to Ryuuguu Komachi and had some nice bits of drama throughout.
INS11: 「笑って!」 (Waratte!) by 中村繪里子 (Nakamura Eriko)
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ED11: 「START!!」 by 中村繪里子 (Nakamura Eriko)
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