Cute girls who can sing and dance; what more do you want?~
Hello everyone~ I’ve come back from the winter break shadows to finally contribute to the Winter season. Now, I’m no stranger to idols (though I’m not that familiar with Japanese idols), but the only idol-type anime I’ve ever cared to watch was AKB0048 because of the crazy space premise. However Wake Up, Girls! seems a little promising; I mean, how can I resist an idol group with a cute name like that?~
The trials of starting an idol group at a shady company with no money
First off, I do like the concept of the anime: starting an idol group from scratch in an attempt to save a failing entertainment company, and the challenges that are already piling up in front of them, starting with the disappearance of the company’s president and their money (which was pretty ridiculous since she was the one who came up with the idea in the first place). It’s normal, realistic, and definitely true to this boom in idols and idol wannabes who are trying to make it into groups themselves. It may not be the most original idea for an idol-type anime, but so far it works, especially when we have nice girls and a ton of obstacles to look forward to seeing them overcome.
Speaking of the girls, and allowing me to become an idol group critic for a second, I find that they aren’t all that extraordinary, personality wise, like I can’t find anyone who really sticks out. They all seem a bit bland, but I’m guessing it’s because we have yet to really focus on any one girl. And with this being about the girl group as a whole, I know I won’t get the amount of character focus that I want, but I appreciate the small attempts already being made to focus on the girls individually. Anyway, as a group, you can tell how different they are from each other, and at first it seemed like they didn’t really connect because of their differences, but the more I see them together the more they have that potential to be a united group that can appeal to a number of fans. If there’s one thing I know about idol groups is that they should have this whole togetherness factor even if all the members’ personalities are widely different from each other. With it, you feel that uplifting ‘Yeah, they’re totally in this together!’ kind of aura from a group, which not only makes you makes root for them to succeed, but makes them look widely more appealing and professional (at least to me). I’m guessing the show will focus on this problem later on, since there’s other more pressing issues for the girls. But if they don’t, you’ll know I’ll be on that in a second.
I have to say I actually enjoyed Wake Up, Girls!, both the OVA and the first episode of the series. I was confused as to why there needed to be an OVA first, but it turned out to be pretty brilliant since they’ve squished all the typical introductory shenanigans into a 50 minute special and saved the actual series from spending a ton of episodes focusing on the auditions, Mayu’s reluctance to join the group, etc., etc. It saves us some time, as well as gets us straight into this main story of them rising up as a legit idol group. I do have a feeling that it’ll get somewhat dull, as almost all slice-of-life like shows experience. However as I said earlier, we do have a lot of challenges to look forward to as seen in the first episode. I mean, we’ve got the obvious lack of money, I-1 Club opening a theater in Sendai, and now this shady producer guy who I’m assuming is going to want them to dress really sexy, and of course they can’t really refuse his help because of the situation they’re in. These girls haven’t even done anything major and yet they’ve already got major problems. But I guess once they hopefully overcome all these hurdles, it’ll make it an even sweeter accomplishment. I don’t mind continuing this series for now, so I’ll be back next week to see what happens with Sado and the girls. Until next week then~
Yeahhh, I don’t think so…