1. Chihaya Kisaragi
2. Takane Shijou
3. Haruka Amami
A more focused episode dealing with just four idols. While being Chihaya-centric, it uses the other girls very well, and they really mesh together. Haruka tries to cover up for Chihaya in her way. Hibiki and Takane break up the drama with their presence, so it’s not as unwatchable as the last episode if you’re not into the character in the spotlight.
The Producer acts as a vehicle to whom Chihaya could reveal herself. The role of the “new guy” here is to give exposition a more natural air, otherwise characters would just be repeating things they know to themselves. It’s pretty great–he does the job, nothing more and nothing less.
As for Chihaya herself, it’s pretty clear that singing is all that she has. If this were a video game, she’d be the glass cannon type of character. Her frustration with not getting what she wanted, and her inability to deal with it was painfully compelling to watch. Even when she pulled through in the end, I get the feeling that she just escaped through the skin of her teeth.
So why did she not give in to the Producer’s treat? Does she not like sweets at all? Is she antisocial? Chihaya is the “earnest” character, but unlike, say, Gertrud Barkhorn, she doesn’t lord it on others who don’t take their jobs as seriously as she does. Because after all, her insecurity seeps deep within herself, instead of radiating outside. This is a great departure from said character archetype.
I really like her, because she has very relatable problems. Chihaya has a dream, and she’s staking everything she has into it. Who wouldn’t want her to succeed?
PS: Takane was hilarious with the frog costume. She’s still a cipher at this point, but this sets the bar for the craziness we can expect from her.