If you can’t beat them … kill them.
“No, no, no. Don’t listen to him, it’s just juice!”
|This post is a little later than usual, so apologies for that! Now that my Summer vacation has started I should have plenty of free time to dedicate to blogging, which hopefully means I’ll be more timely … until I start college at least. Oh, and thanks to everyone who voted for us in the Aniblog Tourney, we managed to get first place in Round 3! Congratulations to Baka-Raptor as well! Now, on to AKB!~|
Haters Gonna Hate
Voodoo is not the answer to your problems … most of the time.
This week we’re introduced to a darker side of being an idol (… well, maybe not as dark as some other aspects), for every crowd of fans there’s always a skeptic on the sidelines rooting against you, or in Orine’s case, threatening the lives of your friends. (Damn them for breaking down the sweetest character on the show! D<) What resulted from Orine’s creepy threatening fanmail was an episode full of tears, which I’m sure we’re all used to by now, familiar drama, and wait … hey look, finally some more mech v. idol action!
The “hater” was a nice touch to a generally cliched format, “girl becomes idol – instantly everyone loves them“, and even though it was only a single harmless kid, Orine’s reaction to the mean spirited letter was only amplified by the fact that her presence was now a threat to the rest of the group. In some way or another I think many people tend to dwell on negativity, even in the smallest doses. Especially someone like Orine, who’s been searching for acceptance and to be “seen” her entire life. To finally become apart of something and then be singled out as a weak point was a crushing blow to her confidence.
Dear Producers: I have a few choice words for you like “you” and “are” and “a jerk”.
“No. No. No. Spongebob quotes will NOT be tolerated!”
I’m sure some people will label this entire episode as overly dramatic (haters gonna hate after all, fufufu), but for me that’s been one of the most alluring qualities of AKB0048 so far. It could be the fact that I’m drawn to anime with plenty of tears and angst, which this is clearly not lacking in, or my growing attachment to the characters, but what’s the point of watching for realism when anime is a medium so far from that in the first place? If one thing can be said about episode nine it’s that the emotions expressed by Orine’s growing fear of failure and reflections on her past were handled very forwardly and managed to even make me tear up when she extended her hand to meet her very first fan.
A lot of credit should also be given to Chieri, who once again pushed one of her co-idols into facing her issues instead of letting them effect their performance. Even worse then being told you’re the weak point is actually BEING the weak point, and at that point Orine was just too emotional to overcome that and it showed in her dancing. Chieri might be cold, but I’m starting to see her actions are from the heart.
The resolution was very touching and was a good way of showing the “power” these idols have over people. The ability to inspire, charm, and even battle to name a few. Something tells me that if I was somehow displaced into the AKB universe I’d be one of those cloaked guys running around with rocket glow sticks. Just some benefits of being a fanboy I guess. Anyway, I hope this doesn’t mean she’ll float to the background once again, she deserves the spotlight every now and then!~
Me, in 20 years. Basically.
Plans for the Future!
“We don’t have enough time for a beach episode sir, but this should suffice.”
One of my questions was addressed this week regarding who will succeed who, partially at least. Matching your personality and meshing with the persona of the idol that draws in the fans seem to be the biggest concerns when it comes to succeeding. Oh, and let’s not forget dealing with the fans of the previous successors! (Orine got a taste of that firsthand.) From what I can tell of this episode there are two types of recruits, though I’m probably generalizing.
The first type are like Mikoto, the girls who are so eager to join AKB0048 that they don’t put much thought into who they want to succeed. Rather, they just want to make it in no matter which idols name they take on. The second type are like Orine who have a set girl in mind that they want to succeed, which is a sign that you know yourself and your personality very well, but it also seems to be a more difficult path to take. I’m not sure why I’m so involved in the whole “succeeding” part of the anime, it’s just an intriguing concept I suppose.
And in that moment her destiny was clear, Sonata would succeed the legendary puppy-chan.
“No. No. No. Do not believe the lies this fool is feeding you!”
RETURN OF THE MECHS.
I do not believe it can be more epic than this.
The action was well handled this week, though probably one of the weaker showings. Obviously the entire scenario isn’t very plausible to begin with, such small framed people taking on huge ass mechs, but even so I prefer when logic isn’t completely thrown out the window. (See, Jormungand.) Orine thoughtlessly running into a storm of bullets is just one example. Even so, I enjoyed the return to an action oriented segment, as short as it was, and I was actually more impressed by the camera angles and choreography more than anything else. Creativity doesn’t seem to be at a loss.
I’m still searching for that insert song though …
~ Weekly Idol Ranking ~
#1: Orine Aida
|How could I NOT give it to Orine this week, she was just too lovable. From her “omg fanmail” face, to her “omg that’s not fanmail” tears … she was my favorite this week. On a happier note, her ability to look past the hate mail and save the boy who wrote it was inspiring. Orine, in my eyes at least, has proven that she has the potential to be a strong contender for succeeding into AKB0048. Sure, she has some more work to do on her dancing and confidence, but it when it comes to her dedication to the fans she gets an A+! The fact that this episode had a heavy focus on her means she probably won’t be in the spotlight as often as other characters who haven’t gotten that chance, but I have a new respect for Orine.|
#2: Chieri Sono
|Chieri has once again proven how straightforward and dedicated she is. I have to say, I was not a fan of her in the beginning but I’ve warmed up to her over the weeks. At this point I’m eagerly awaiting for the inevitable scenario of dealing with her father. She gets bonus points this week for having one of my favorite action shots of the whole season on top of that mech.|
#3: Kanata Shinonome / Mimori Kishida
Kanata and Mimori were an amazing pair this week. Since this episode focused mainly on the new 77th generation, they weren’t as big a part of the events that went down in the first 3/4. When they did show up towards the end, they were as awesome as ever. Being the last two members of their generations must have given them ample time to grow as a duo, which is evident in their flawless teamwork against the mechs.
Who are you, and why do you have a lemon in your hair!?
- The girls in the preview are probably from a rival group, will we be seeing a showdown sometime soon?
- If you couldn’t tell, that Sayaka screencap was my favorite from this week. ´▽｀
Overall, I enjoyed this week’s episode as much as I did the last. AKB has been consistently entertaining for me, and I was especially happy to see the mech action return. So, until next time everyone!~
Maybe now we’ll think twice about sending hate mail. D<