1. Makoto Kikuchi
2. Makoto Kikuchi
3. Makoto Kikuchi
Yep, you read that right.
This episode owns. Gracing the rankings with another girl would do Makoto injustice, and I can’t really put the Producer in there, despite how good he was this week. Makoto’s characterization in this episode was perfect. I’m not very fond of tomboys, but her backstory was believable and I sympathize with her a lot. What kind of cruel father keeps her daughter from playing video games?
Granted, it’s not perfect. The 961 Pro running plot is annoying and pulls down my enjoyment of the show. Jupiter is dumb for not knowing what’s going on. I mean, seriously? It worked well when they weren’t butting heads at each other, but any interaction between Jupiter and the 765 Pro girls turn out to be cringe-worthy. And I’m pretty sure Iori would pwn all of their sorry asses on her own.
I don’t begrudge the show’s attempt in bringing out some of the shadier dealings in the idol business, but when your antagonist is someone voiced by Takehito Koyasu trying hard not to be Takehito Koyasu, it can’t be anything but irritating.
But you know what? The Producer was a total bro. It’s not utterly obvious, but he’s grown very well into his job since the start of the show. His treatment of Makoto in this episode was masterfully done, and I loved the prince part at the end.
Next week… is that Ritsuko??