The iDOLM@STER Weekly Character Rankings (2011/11/03)

1. Ritsuko Akizuki
2. Iori Minase
3. Miki Hoshii

When you see it…

A rather inspiring episode. We get to learn some details about Ritsuko’s past, and why she works hard at being a producer, handled with just the right amount of sentimentality. Granted, it wasn’t much of a comeback as she was only filling in for a sick Azusa, but it gave us a good glimpse on her multifaceted nature. I still find it hard to reconcile Stage Fright Braided Ritsuko with Demon Sergeant Producer Ritsuko, but that goes to show how different some people become when they take on different roles.

It’s strongly implied that Ritsuko never got far ahead as an idol–her mini-concert remained her finest memory what must be a short-lived idol stint, and she explicitly states that she can’t help but feel unworthy sharing the stage with Iori and Ami, who’ve gone farther into their careers than she ever had. That, and she’s still pretty concerned about her old fans. Having fans is a wonderful thing, isn’t it?

Her singing is still indefensible, though.

Iori is still Iori and I’m glad to see her at length this week. Best moments were “Nihihi~”, and bullying Ritsuko during the dance rehearsal parts.

Miki is here in the rankings despite only appearing in a single scene, because her conversation with Ritsuko…san proves how much she’s changed since her “I want to join Ryuuguu Komachi” days. She rejected Ritsuko without an ounce of bitterness, and I admire her getting over the whole fiasco very well.

Next week: Finally, a Takane episode?

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