Right before we examine the real episode of The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Women, I would like to deliver up one thing that has been bothering me since episode a person: these costumes the ladies use through the opening concept. Am I on your own in considering that they are not only unpleasant, but remarkably unflattering? To say practically nothing of not being visually aligned with the relaxation of the show. I get that there’s an exertion being created to evoke “princess” in line with the Cinderella concept the series is likely for, but these costume/shorts combos have been a blight on the show from day a person.
“Alignment” is truly a key concept this 7 days as Cinderella Women pairs off its final aspiring idols and the blend could not be far more mismatched: cat-woman Miku and rocker Riina have been place in a group alongside one another. Not only do the ladies have absolutely various aspirations as much as being idols go, but their most popular visual and musical models are fully disparate. They accuse the Producer of only lumping them alongside one another for the reason that they are the final remaining Cinderella ladies, but he vehemently denies it…a little bit also vehemently, truly it seems pretty doable that he only had two remaining idols who did not function anywhere else. If permitted to make different, specific debuts, the program will have to be rearranged, with a gap among the CD releases, so it can make far more fiscal perception to get them out alongside one another. But will this odd few be capable to solve their variations?
Most of the episode is the ladies bickering back and forth as they tout the deserves of their most popular appears and models, but it would not drag virtually as substantially as it might have. For a person issue, this is the first time that this individual plot device has been utilized, which keeps it from experience stale. What really will save the day, nevertheless, is that we’ve been watching Miku in individual wrestle towards her debut from the starting of the series. A lot more than any of the other ladies, Miku has fought to make her mark on the enjoyment earth, remaining devoted to her cat-woman character and striving tricky to be recognized. That can make her profitable launch of a tune and general public performance substantially far more of a objective for the viewers as very well, regardless of irrespective of whether or not she’s your most loved character. She’s invested in this succeeding, and we see her generating an exertion to apologize when she goes also much and to adapt (to a diploma no way she’s giving up these cat ears and meow) as finest she can to Riina’s aesthetic. Riina also can make an exertion, but to a lesser diploma her second of key conceding is when Miku opens their debut live performance by encouraging a considerably less than enthused group to chant “nya” with them. Riina meows ideal alongside with Miku, even though just five minutes before (a day in show time) she was protesting that there was no way that she could meow with experience. A lot more than the other groups, these two have to discover to compromise and function alongside one another, which is perhaps why they on your own write their possess tune lyrics. That sales opportunities to my chief difficulty with this week’s simulcast – since the writing of the tune lyrics was these a key ingredient to their results as a duo, it would have been really great to have these lyrics as subtitles whilst they were being singing. Without having an effortless way for us to have an understanding of what they settled on for text, it feels as if a lot of the this means of the work out was misplaced, thus dropping the episode in phrases of impression and usefulness.
A further drag on the episode is the show’s new development towards not animating the performances. When Enjoy Laika and New Generations carried out, we noticed them dancing as they sang, generating for not only some gorgeous animation, but also the experience that we were being at the live performance. With Asterisk (or far more properly *), as with the groups who preceded them far more not too long ago, we hear the tune about still shots. It truly is a disappointing improvement, and a person I hope to see rectified, if not at the approaching idol fest then at minimum in the second cour of the show.
As Cinderella Women moves towards the summary of its first 50 percent, it has been striving to give absolutely everyone a second in the solar. It functions better in this episode than in some of the many others, exhibiting us that Miku would not always act like a cat-woman and exhibiting the far more human sides of both heroines as they wrestle to make their partnership function. If practically nothing else it absolutely exhibits us the degree of function that these ladies are eager to place in in buy to make their idol desires a truth. In some methods, that’s really the attractiveness of the series as a total.
Rebecca Silverman is ANN’s senior manga critic.