Monday, August 17, 2015

The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Episode #18 Review

Idols should always be looking forward

What They Say:
The idols from 346 Production's "Cinderella Project" are back, and this time they have more work than ever! Following the success of the summer idol festival, the girls have gained an incredible boost in popularity. Their first group album has even launched. There's just one problem though -- the new executive at 346 Pro, Mishiro. This mysterious new boss is now planning on dismantling all of the company's idol-projects. ALL OF THEM. What could possibly be in store for our beloved Cinderella girls now?!

The Review:
Content: (Please note that the content portion of the review may contain spoilers)

Now that we've gotten the most important character out of the way in last week's episode, it's time to move back on to the main idols in Cinderella Girls. This time around, we're going to get to focus on Candy Island, with some added love for the happy-happy Kirari Moroboshi. Our episode starts this week with Candy Island making an appearance on Totokira Academy, disguised as kindergartners (Though Anzu seems like she's in the right place). The on-screen chemistry between Anzu and Kirari then goes on to spark an idea among the show's producers. Those two girls will now have their own segment on the show, while Chieri and Kanako will have to find a way to overcome to shyness and host a segment of their own.

So now, we have two separate plots we get to focus on. First off, Anzu and Kirari have their own...I don't know if I should call them problems...but issues. It seems that Anzu is a little concerned about the two of them being constantly put together considering their differences in size. Because of this, she seems a little skeptical about their future and has a hard time bringing it up to her much taller TV counterpart. But after a few shootings of their new segment, they are finally able to talk it out and ultimately become happy-happy. I swear, there can never be an actual problem as long as Kirari is involved.

On to plot number two (AKA: The better plot). We all know by now that Chieri is the shyest of all the Cinderella Girls. Kanako, on the other hand, isn't necessarily AS shy, but I'd say that she comes in at second place. So obviously, the most suitable thing to do with that in mind is put them in the middle of a village and make them interview people at random. Needless to say, this become a huge burden for them and they need to face their fears and learn how to be more...sociable. This culminates in half of the episode being a super-cute struggle between one of the best pairings on the show. In the end, the two are able to support each other with some added help from Producer and Sachiko Koshimizu. But that isn't before a whole bunch of Kairu-san chants and four-leaf clover hunting with Chieri. She is too cute.

Best/Favorite Part:
Initially, my favorite part of this episode was when Chieri and Kanako went into the glass maker's shop and weren't able to answer his question about what they liked most about his art. That brief awkwardness and depressed look on that old man's face was absolutely heartbreaking when he thought they didn't care and were just there for work. BUT THEN, that all changes when they go back, more determined than ever, and rant about how much they love the glass and how pretty it is. It was a super heartwarming moment. I'd also like to give an honorable mention to the scene where Chieri's clover rips. That was comedic gold.

In Summary: 
As someone who isn't much of a fan of Candy Island, I have to admit that this episode was pretty good. The show dropped the whole "Focusing on side characters" act and got right back to where we all wanted it to. As much as I love a lot of the side-characters, Cinderella Girls started to feel like it was slipping away from what it was supposed to be. This episode puts it back on track and shines a light on several girls who haven't had much screen time so far. I like all of them a lot more now.

Grade: A-

Streamed By: Daisuki/Hulu

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