「みんな揃って、生放送ですよ生放送！」 (Minna Sorotte, Nama Housou Desu yo Nama Housou!)
“Everyone Gather, It’s a Live Broadcast, a Live Broadcast!”
There’s no holding 765 Pro down, as they’re popular enough to have their own live program now. If you’re looking for a “show” that’s purely about cute girls doing cute things,
IM@S “Are We Live? Sunday” is definitely it. Amazingly enough, the entire episode was dedicated to it too, so it was like watching a show within a show. I’ll be quick to admit that it’s a lot more fun watching the girls be themselves while aspiring to become top idols than watching them in a rigid television program, but the unique approach did give us an interesting inside look on things. It kind of reminded me of the premiere that was viewed entirely behind the Producer’s camera lens, except here it was all about the backstage access.
The actually humor on the other hand was pretty hit and miss, especially with some corners that really dragged out (e.g. Takane’s ramen expedition). Makoto’s attempt to be cute on the other hand was a real treat, simply because this is the first time Yukiho’s shown so much disappointment and passion toward something. Heck, she almost turned this into a Makoto episode with her makeovers — all three of them. For me, Haruka still stole the show though, smacking herself in the face and getting Chihaya of all people laughing helplessly. (I see she likes the slapstick stuff.) With all this attention on Haruka lately, she’s edging close to Miki in terms of being the most enjoyable to watch. Miki’s a little too docile after getting on good terms with the Producer, calling him “Honey” all time, and blowing him kisses, so I dare say she’s lost a lot of her nonchalant sleepyhead charm from earlier episodes. (*GASP*) In comparison, Haruka’s airheadedness still works for me, plus she looked pretty badass as the villain in their super robot movie, which has more combinations (i.e. “gattai”) than you can shake a stick at.
Suffice to say, the over-the-top movie trailer was the highlight of the episode. The melodrama was a nice quirky touch, but that was when I thought this was just a comedic skit. Cute idols or not, they’re really pushing the limits of their selling power with something like this, except maybe for people like me, being a mecha and IM@S fan. While it may not have measured up in terms of silliness, I would’ve loved to see a Xenoglossia variation of the trailer. That would’ve been more cool than funny, but oh-so-awesome to hear the original seiyuu in their spin-off roles. For everyone else, save for some revealing outfits care of Takane and Miki, the trailer as-is had parody written all over it. Your mileage will definitely vary depending on your familiarity with super robots. In any case, this was a decent episode overall. I did feel kind of bad for Hibiki, even though she managed to weather through the storm.
ED15: 「MEGARE!」 by 765PRO ALLSTARS
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