1. Miki Hoshii
2. Chihaya Kisaragi
3. Haruka Amami
Some nice detail here.
This is a simple concert episode, but don’t be fooled: it’s excellent! It makes use of the dynamic between Ryuuguu Komachi and the remaining 765 Pro girls to bring us an excellent concert. You know that a rivalry is awesome if it brings out the best from both parties, and that’s what we exactly get. You could also say that this concert is the culmination of all the girls’ hard work and development since the very first episode.
It’s no surprise that Miki carries over her development from the past few episodes into this one. Presented with the responsibility to make or break the show, she steps up and performs marvelously. There’s something about her disarming the impatient crowd with her effortless charm. I was grinning ear to ear when she trudged to the backstage, telling the Producer how happy she was. I also half-expected her to drop dead after that scene, because she did give everything, but we can’t have that! I expect more great things from her.
The power of wota!
If Miki was the star of this episode, then Chihaya did exceedingly well by rounding things out with her professionalism and work ethic. Every Chihaya scene in the episode reveals her dedication to her job, and the praise she gives Miki at the end of the latter’s performance speaks volumes. Respect. Shame that they couldn’t show a longer version of Metome ga Au Shunkan, which is my favorite Chihaya song so far.
Haruka displayed her main character powers this week again, rallying everyone else to give it their all, and also having a nice insight on an idol’s view of the audience. There was a bit of Takane encouraging Yukiho again–I’d like to see more of this, but Yukiho does need to grow, too! Can someone care to teach me Futamese, too?
Next post will be a halftime report.