Sunday, August 9, 2015

The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Episode #17 Review

The real reforms are about to begin.

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)

Remember last week when I said that this week's episode of Cinderella Girls was going to have to be a strong one in order to follow the one from last week? Well, they definitely chose the right girl to get that job done. This week's focal point was the scientifically-proven best girl in the series, Mika Jougasaki, along with her sister Rika and some added love for Miria Akagi as well. I'm not going to lie to you, as soon as I turned on this episode and saw Mika in the first shot, I was completely prepared to be elated for the rest of the episode. I might have even started preemptively writing this first paragraph in my mind, already knowing its overall score. Or maybe I didn't. Either way, let's continue.

Obviously enough, the episode starts off with Mika's producers breaking the news to her that she must also change her image to go along with Mishiro's corporate takeover. Mika, being one of the biggest and most popular idols in 756 Productions, reluctantly accepts her fate and changes from her flashy girl-power look to a more mature, adult-style image. Just moments after this, we find out that Producer was able to start up a new weekly TV shows that girls from the Cinderella Project (As well as some others) would become a constant part of. The Cinderella cast members for the pilot episode of the show are none other than Rika, Miria, and Kirari (Making this week's episode a Decoration episode). Following the news, Miria returns home to tell her mother, whom we are meeting for the first time now, and apparently Miria is now a big sister -- meaning her mom doesn't have a lot of time for her. Poor Miria.

Anyway, the episode goes on to become one where Rika is battling with herself, struggling to keep her image from being to childish, while Miria tries to figure out what she should do as a big sister. And who is better to help with that than big-sister Mika Jougasaki? Mika and Miria go on to help each other out emotionally and Miria ultimately learns that she must keep her chin up and be responsible, for her and her sister's sake. Mika, on the other hand, kind of gives herself a reality check in doing this and winds up using Miria as a crutch of her own before returning to her blood-sister to see how she handled her own situation. And in the end, it is the big sister that learns from the little sister, who decided to just be herself and not let anyone else change her image.

Best/Favorite Part:
I thought the entire sequence of Mika and Miria bonding was absolutely adorable. Mika is now not only a big sister to Rika, but even Miria as well. And this is the first time we've really seen Miria out having fun with anyone in the first place. The two immediately created this super cute relationship that even ended in a few tears for the characters in what was one of my favorite scenes of the show this yet. At least as far as season two is concerned.

In Summary:
This was a great follow up to last week's Nana Abe-themed episode. This makes it two weeks in a row with a strong subplot and an overall entertaining time. This also makes it two weeks in a row that featured some of the best girls in the show. I am now going to be biased with my grading here because I have waited for a Mika episode for quite some time now. I am not let down with how it turned out.

Grade: A+

Streamed By: Daisuki/Hulu

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