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|Once again, I’m trying this new posting style! Bits and pieces of summary are here and there, but it’s mostly thoughts/analysis and whatnot. Now, on to AKB!~|
Recreational Day Antics
New and old pairings … or as I like to call them, my new ships. (´∀｀)
With the realization that their only free day of the month has arrived, the girls (including the current AKB0048 idols) all spent the day in their own fashion. For some it meant more training, for others it meant shopping, but for the viewers it meant plenty of hilarious idol-life moments to keep us entertained on the off-day. While not a very crucial episode as far as the anti-entertainment storyline goes, episode 5 improved on an issue any show with a large cast might suffer from, interpersonal relationships. From what I’ve seen of anime with large casts, typically pairings (or tripl-ings) will become obvious within the first few episodes and only minor interactions will ever happen between the individuals of the groups. For the most part that seems to have been avoided in AKB0048. While there are still more apparent pairings that get more screen time and dialogue (Nagisa and Chieri, and Yuuko and Orine for example) the rest of the cast is meshing very well together.
The new recruits weren’t the only ones meshing however, because the current AKB0048 idols also found their way into the mix, some getting more development then others. Surprisingly the one who got the most development was Tomochin, who I’ve barely noticed beyond one or two still shots. Her family lineage dates back to a whopping 11 Tomomi successors, their household is like a breeding station for idols! While impressive, it brings up an interesting point which I’ll talk more about later.
Did I mention there’s a bath scene?
Succeeding the Successors (Part 2)
I don’t want anyone to be replaced. :<
Last week I talked a little bit about centers and leads, but this week I want to discuss (or I guess, question) the general idea of succeeding an idol. (Do they actually do that in the real AKB48? ><) Anyway, a lot of questions sprang through my mind this week while listening to any of the numerous talks regarding “successors”. For example, why or when does an idol ever feel the need to step down, and who decides which recruit takes on the name from then on? Or, are there other names besides the current girls and Acchan whose names can be taken up?
It seems like a complicated process to be honest, but my most important question is, will the new recruits completely replace the current idols, or will they join them under other names? By the looks of it the current idols are quite young and dedicated to the group. It could be a long time before any of them decide they want to “graduate” and allow someone to take their place. Nagisa and her friends could wait years and still not have a position. Then there’s the other mystery behind the disappearance of the centers that I won’t even attempt to explain. I doubt the centers were killed, but maybe they’re brought to a secret place to act as the people who decide which girls succeed who? AGH, QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS.
They should all just join together and be one big happy idol family … FOREVER!
Loss and Gain (aka Tomomi v.11)
KIRABOSHI … close enough.
I’m not sure if the new generation fully comprehends the fact that becoming an idol means losing their name, or if they truly don’t care, but if anything it seems like a huge blow towards their own identity. Maybe the topic is too serious for a relatively upbeat show like this in the first place, but then I remembered that Tomomi mentioned …
“Perhaps I’ve been working all my life to become Tomochin. But sometimes I wonder, what it would be
like to live as someone other than her.”
And Atsuko also said …
“You work hard to become someone else.”
Which seems to imply that becoming an AKB0048 idol is much more than dropping your name, but actually becoming that girl’s persona altogether. That’s pretty … intense, don’t you think? Losing yourself to become someone else, though I might be interpreting the dialogue wrong. If it’s true that puts hefty limitation on newer generations, who I’m assuming have to fit their personality to match one of these personas. If Tomochin’s family went to the length of “breeding” new Tomomis, I can only imagine how far others take it. I only brought this up because it seems like such a serious topic laced into an otherwise straightforward premise.
I’ve been trying to work out in my head who could possibly replace who, again assuming their aren’t other possible names for the recruits to take. Nagisa seems like an Acchan and Chieri like a Mayu (also because Chieri is voiced by Mayu), but who knows! I feel like I can’t really speculate without full knowledge of what’s going on!
~ Weekly Idol Ranking ~
So, to make these weekly AKB posts more interesting and personal, from now on I’ll fill you in on my top three idols of the week with some quick blurbs. Then, if you feel like it, you can do the same in the comments!~ One of the benefits of having such a large cast of characters like AKB0048 is that many viewers start to grow partial to certain characters more than others (Idolmaster, for example
CHIHAYA<3). Feel free to include both the current idols and the hopefuls in your list, I’ll be sticking with just the new recruits!~
#1: Makoto Yokomizo ~
|Makoto, aka Grumpy, made me laugh more than any of the girls this week. She might be the most “plain” (as Yuuka might say), but her sullen personality and hilarious facial expressions more then make up for her lack of unique features. (We can’t all be born with sparkly pink hair after all!) She had been falling mostly into the backdrop the past few weeks, though she still managed to squeeze a couple shots of those classic Makoto faces, but this week she got some more screen time by being paired up with Kanata in a “sexy” workout led by Haruna. The other idols better look out, because now she has both funny and sexy faces at her disposal!|
#2: Suzuko Kanzaki ~
|Linda got more screen time this week as well and much to my delight she got to spend time with the adorable Sonata, such an odd pairing!~ While the other girls went about their day training or learning more about their senpais, Suzuko got down to business to find the identity of “Sensei Sensei”, despite being told not to by Yukurin. In the end nothing much came out of it, but we got to see more of her “diehard fangirl” side as well as her sisterly side. (And for those of you who enjoy ecchi, there’s some bath scenes too.) What I love about Suzuko so far is that she comes off as a quiet-type character, but unlike most quiet characters she’s not timid. She speaks her mind confidently and reminds me a lot of of the current Mayu successor … just without the obsession for food.|
#3: Nagisa Motomiya ~
|I have a lot of respect for Nagisa, being able to put up with Chieri and all! Their “friendship”, if you can call it that, felt so one sided up until the end of this week’s episode with Nagisa always trying to make things work between them and Chieri turning the cold shoulder. As expected of Nagisa, she once again pushed forward with their relationship unwilling to give up on the closeness they shared as kids, and eventually Chieri was able to warm up a bit and dance with her. Nice work, Nagisa! (Y) Nagisa has grown on me as a protagonist and this week showed why, she has so much drive and never gives up even when things don’t seem hopeful. Maybe in a couple weeks I’ll even support her as a possible center …|
Scenery Porn … AGAIN.
Is it acceptable to be in love with art?
- Tsubasa has another name, “Mariko”. She’s got me curious now, what with all that ritual stuff and the diamond reflections in her hair and eyes.
- “Sensei Sensei’s” identity remains hidden! I have no speculation of who it could be, though possibly a code name for Tsubasa? Hm, I don’t know.
- Daisuke Ono’s character IS a man, or should I say “was”. There aren’t too many transsexual characters out their that are portrayed as anything other than a stereotype, I wonder where they’ll take this Ushiyama character … if anywhere.
To wrap things up, I enjoyed this episode despite the lack of high-level drama I’ve grown accustomed to! For a laid back episode it had it’s touching moments as well as its downright hilarious moments, but I’d love to get back to the dancing and singing as soon as possible. While quiet episodes like this have their charms, I’m desperate for a developed storyline! I get they want to be idols, but where’s the conflict with the anti-entertainment government!? I want action, and singing, and all those other shallow elements that I love! I have fully accepted my shallowness, now give me my electrified hair ties and microphone sabers! Until next time!~