1. Chihaya Kisaragi
2. Yayoi Takatsuki
3. Yukiho Hagiwara
The star of this episode gets a place out of pity.
I wasn’t fond of this episode’s conflict. Yukiho’s character-defining traits are none too believable for me, and her timid personality rubs me off the wrong way. It’s okay to be afraid of the stage in my book, but fear of men and dogs? I don’t buy it.
However, I was surprised with the Producer’s involvement in solving Yukiho’s problem. I think that he should remain in the background (and still do), but the nice little twist they set up with him and Yukiho was rather good, and redeemed the episode a little. I mean, where were last weeks’ top rankers? Miki only got a cute hat, and Iori returned to her spoiled child rut. (I kept Yayoi because she’s still the cutest to look at.)
So why is Ms. Nebbish in the top spot? She didn’t stand out either, due to Yukiho hogging everything, but her scenes were the most enjoyable. Her scene with Takane about machines and singing, that scene where she calls the Producer up the stage (which quickly cut to the next scene, a nice director flourish), and her role in the mini-concert.
What was on her mind during the song? “My God, do these bozos suck or what?” I honestly don’t know, but I want to learn more about her the most. So I guess it counts.