Umi is making unwanted progress towards the nice boat ending.
|Out of the two idol-based shows going on this season, Love Live caught my attention more then AKB even though my first thoughts were less positive for this series. Yep. It still might turn out less fabulous than AKB, but I am quite interested to know where this school idol group idea will end up. This episode seemed to move the plot along at least.|
|I am not liable for any pain or discomfort directly or indirectly caused by µ-themed puns in this post. They are not something I am proud of, but I am only human, sometimes the urge is too great. With that said, please enjoy our µ-sings on this week’s episode of Love Live.|
Step 1 to becoming an idol: …
Karakuri // The girls all seem to have their own ‘role’ in the group set out this episode, which is interesting. For one, it makes them seem SO unprepared for their first live. Another thing though is that it does bring about the reality that since they’re self produced, they do technically have to set up everything for themselves. They’re lucky to have a skilled seamstress, a song writer and a person to write the lyrics at their disposal. It’s rather convenient that everyone in the group seems to have a different talent, and so I wonder what the rest of the group’s personal skill sets will be. Eri would (probably) be a good manager since she already organizes things as the council president. They could probably use a dance coordinator later on, but that’s the only other job I can think of at the moment that they might need. I don’t know how successful the end result of doing everything themselves is going to be, but I’m interested in finding out.
Hawthorne // “Teamwork” seems to be one of the most prominent themes in idol anime, and it’s a thrill to watch that teamwork play out in Love Live. Rather than the group already being an established unit (a la Idolmaster), or being chosen by a mysterious godlike entity (a la AKB), these three average, high school girls must do everything on their own. The task of writing, producing, choreographing, and planning a live performance within a month isn’t exactly an easy task. In line with what Kara was saying about each girl having their own role, perhaps Honoka’s role is simply to be persistent. Without Honoka, there would be no song writer, or composer, or seamstress. She has an endearing personality, through which she’s able to inspire others, and I can see that being the exact reason why the other six girls join Muse. In that sense, she reminds a lot of Haruka from Idolmaster, in that from the outside she doesn’t exactly stand out, but despite that she’s the glue holding everything together. That’s also why I’d say that she’s easily my favorite character in the series so far.
Something tells me this wasn’t in the cards.
The Sound of µ-sic
Hawthorne // There was an obvious lack of music this week, which is understandable. The first episode drew in potential viewers by showcasing the music and dancing, but the second did a wonderful job of establishing both the story and characters. That said, it looks like we got our official ED this week, which was replaced by Honoka’s performance in the premiere. The song (“Kitto Seishun ga Kikoeru“) was well sung, but I admittedly prefer “Continue → Tomorrow.” That’s not to say it was bad in any way, but definitely not as exciting or catchy as the original. On the bright side, the ED provided some scenes of the girls interacting, which was cute and it’s a good sign that the show will only get better with the added characters.
Karakuri // Ever since Hawt pointed out the vice president’s voice last post, I can’t help but agree. Something’s off there with her voice. The acting was alright, but her character sounded like a different person every time she spoke. …Or maybe that’s just the fact that my neighbor has a bigass radio tower in their back yard for no apparent reason and my computer (somehow) sometimes picks up on their conversations, making it rather difficult to hear anime dialogue. Also, I was rather disappointed in the lack of singing and dancing this episode. Sure, we heard Maki sing, but it somehow seemed… less stunning this second time around. I’m still looking forward to the next episode’s performance though.
Future of µ’s
Karakuri // As for the plot, things are looking up for the characters a bit more. Eri is still depressingly pessimistic about the whole thing, but it seems like everyone else is supporting the idol group. They even won Maki over this episode through… well, bugging her until she caved and wrote a song for them. Honoka’s enthusiasm seems to be contagious throughout the school and it’s good to see things looking up from such a hopeless beginning. We even saw glimpses of the other characters like that shy megane girl and more of the vice president. Their personalities still seem a little flat, or they somewhat overlap like Umi and Maki, but they are improving as time goes on and that’s the important thing. I’m waiting to see how the other characters decide to join the group since some of them (coughEricough) seem a bit reluctant over the whole thing. The plot is still moving pretty slowly (yet the time lapse in the actual anime is pretty fast), but things are happening. Let’s see µ’s (lol Japanese pronunciations. I would have never gotten ‘muse’ out of that.) make this thing work.
Hawthorne // I’m still curious about the pacing of Love Live, and what the “end-point” will inevitably be. I can see two routes, one where the series uses its eleven remaining episodes to prepare for the first performance by recruiting girls and enjoying SoL activies. The other being only having Honoka, Umi, and Kotori in the first performance (sometime within the next couple weeks) which would cause the other six girls to join. At this point I’m enjoying the characters, music, and story enough that the pacing doesn’t quite matter. Another thing I’m curious about is whether or not the singles released before the show aired (like “Snow Halation” and “Wonderful Rush”) will be featured at some point, or if we can expect all new songs. Again, either way, I’m lady for whatever awaits!
I will never grow tired of this scene.
Things are still kind of slow, but at least they’re going places. I wasn’t wow’d by the content of the episode either, but at least the foundation of the show isn’t as shaky as it was the first episode where the girls didn’t even know if they wanted to be idols or not. They have plans now and they’re going through with them. Luckily, they have people supporting them, but I guess it’s still a bit of a risk until we see just how well this plan works or not. I’m a bit impressed by how much effort they’re showing the girls to be putting in though. I wasn’t expecting them to bother pointing out how much physical work idols do, on top of finding a separate composer and lyric writer. Yes, it’s still convenient that they manage to find people with just the skills they need, but I half expected Honoka to come up with things and them magically turning out well. Anyways, I’m looking forward to seeing the group slowly form together like it did the last two episodes and hopefully there’s more fabulous musical-like song and dance coming up in the next episode. Really, that’s all this one felt like it was missing.
A wonderful episode without a doubt, and though it might not live up to the standard set by the premiere, things should start picking up within the next couple weeks as Muse begins to take form. The premise might not be all too realistic, but the characters are energetic and story is whimsical fun. Honestly, it’s everything I hoped it would be. What I didn’t realize, outside of the anime, is that the Love Live series seems to be growing greater with each passing week. A quick search will find you a plethora of character songs, duo songs, and singles and apparently, pre-order sales on Amazon are also doing very well, topping the likes of Tamako Market and Sasami-san. If that’s any indication, we might be looking at a sequel in the future! It’s probably a little too early to get excited for a sequel, but Love Live has been incredibly entertaining so far and I look forward to more.
Yandere mode: activate.