The iDOLM@STER Weekly Character Rankings (2011/09/01)

1. Azusa Miura
2. Takane Shijou
3. Yayoi Takatsuki

Sloppiness seems to be the name of the game for this episode’s detectives.

I found this episode entertaining, but honestly it didn’t sell me on Ami and Mami. The conflict for the episode was “Ami and Mami can’t spend time together as much as they used to”, but that wasn’t resolved decisively either. On the other hand, the entire cast was utilized rather well, a shift in previous episodes’ focus on just a few girls at a time.

What was fun, however, were the reactions of people to the twins’ craziness. Yayoi’s noir-style interrogation was hilarious, down to her reactions. You can’t keep a good girl down. Makoto’s embarrassment at her lyrics was also really cute. Yukiho performed remarkably in her role (which is be herself). Hibiki and Takane were well-executed red herrings (the latter very much so), and Miki gets another Miki-Miki moment.

I liked how they sneaked in some nice Ryuuguu Komachi scenes in this episode. It’s great that we see the girls interact with each other, and not just being “that successful group”. Showing > telling.

Ranking this episode was hard. The twins were alright, but I was never more than mildly amused by their antics. So I went with Azusa (who had some great yandere-like moments), Takane (for that cool moment), and Yayoi (for refusing to be put down).

Starting episode 10 soon to atone for delays.

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