「一方通行の終着点」 (Ippou Tsuukou no Shuuchakuten)
“A Goal with a One-Way Path”
Damn Producer failing at being a producer. He just doesn’t understand the delicate hearts of 15-year-old girls! It’s a good thing Miki didn’t let him off the hook for simply bowing his head and apologizing, even though I saw it as Miki having him wrapped around her finger. It would’ve been way too easy if he got off with just that, especially when he scolded her for being selfish and leaving the others hanging. Clearly I’m biased when Miki’s involved, but hearing the Producer yell at her like that rubbed me the wrong way by reminding me of the unwavering Japanese mindset that nobody’s personal concerns are above those of the group. In some ways, that no-nonsense mentality is really commendable. In others, it’s kind of despicable since it doesn’t even try to understand what other people are going through. Luckily, the Producer realized after Kotori pointed it out to him, and unlike how he scolded Miki, she did it with the understanding that he’s under a lot of stress.
With his feelings in the right place, the lucky bastard was somehow rewarded with a make-up date with Miki. It didn’t look like one at first when Miki was all depressed and getting constantly reminded of Ryuuguu Komachi, but our Producer had the balls to chase her down and then follow her around to regain her trust. Granted, the cynic in me couldn’t help but see it as the Producer “preying” on the fact that Miki is really simple-minded. As soon as she got caught up in whatever she was looking at, the sneaky guy slipped in some conversation about it. There’s no question that he was pretty smooth about it though, showing that he understands Miki’s tastes better than I would’ve ever imagined, so he does deserve some credit for being dependable. The promise he made about turning her into an idol that rivals Ryuuguu Komachi’s level of excitement was kind of sweet too, seeing as she really made him work for it with that Kaga Rin-like face (a la Usagi Drop).
In the end, there was little doubt that Miki’s interest would be restored and that she’d return to 765 Pro, so the real surprise this episode was Chihaya. She had the same group mentality as the Producer, yet held back just enough to prevent her frustration from spilling out and making a big scene. It was kind of easy to tell that she was annoyed with Miki in the early parts of the episode, but the key difference was she didn’t blame Miki without knowing what happened. Anyway, the important thing is that Miki’s back, because her outfit is easily one of the best. Nice try Haruka for volunteering to check the size! Even Hibiki was quick to point out that they don’t have the bust size for it.
INS12: 「ふるふるフューチャー☆」 (Furufuru Future☆) by 星井美希 (長谷川明子) (Hoshii Miki (Hasegawa Akiko))
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ED12: 「ショッキングな彼！」 (Shocking na Kare!) by 星井美希 (長谷川明子) (Hoshii Miki (Hasegawa Akiko))
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