What is one of the most important things an Idol needs in order to start her career greatly? It is the ability to look good in the camera. No matter how beautiful you are, you can’t look awkward.
This is what every idol aspires to be:
Yes, this episode of Idolm@ster is dedicated to photo-shooting. After failing to get jobs due to silly photo shots which can somewhat serve as a profile picture, the entire group is going to re-do their pictures! Iori Minase, Yayoi Takatsuki, Ami and Mami Futami spends half of the episodes trying to find out how to look great in the photo shoots which leads to the silly make-over you’ve seen in the picture above. Predictably, the girls learn they simply just have to be themselves…
The second episode clearly shows you the direction the show is taking => The K-ON Season 2 route which means very little plot, chill to the max and limited music. However, there’s a fatal flaw in Idolm@ster. K-ON had above average comedy moments which kept me watching for a good while. If you’re taking out the girl with hamster, the silver-haired girl and the 2 big b00bs, comedy in Idolm@ster doesn’t seem to have potential. K-ON used eccentric personas and moe as comedy tools while Idolm@ster doesn’t make much use of the two…so far. The characters look cute, but, except for the 2 clumsy characters, they’re not necessary moe material either. Their persona does not seem to develop as time goes on which prevents me from getting attached to them. Even in the second episode where only 4 characters are being focused on, 3 of them didn’t get my attention. You know who got my attention…
To my sadness, Iori confirmed herself through her behaviour that she’s a loli tsundere. The person who wrote that episode aka Captain Obvious felt the need to shove her tsundere persona “in your face” style about 3-4 times in the episode while we only needed one demonstration. We already get that she’s a F-ing tsundere. The fact that Rie Kugimiya is playing a little girl gives away her character’s personality. The Laws of Kugimiya says so. I’m only surprised that Minase didn’t make The Producer her slave… yet.
This is supposed to be a 25 episodes series, apparently. Will we get any story? Well, any idoling agency must have its rivals and financial challenges. So far, these are the only things that come to my mind for any plot ideas. There are times I wished there is more fan service to distract me from an anime’s lack of content. Just like an NHL drafted hockey prospect, Idolm@ster is still very raw. If you want to watch the show to kill time, by all means, do so. However, you’re not getting anything funny, moe, or heart-warming. If I can compare this series so far, I’d link it to a nude magazine (a display of hot naked women, but not really fap material either).Seeing as I just did another post of Idolm@ster, is it a sign that I’m regularly doing this? Right now, I’m near the end of Summer School which means I have very little time to decide right now. However, I do need something to bash, lol. I’m sure there will be people who will ask me why I’m still watching this if it’s so bad. My answer is simple. The very nature of an anime fan is to sit through a lot of sh!t in the hope that something good will happen. One Piece didn’t become popular by being good from the start. Lotte no Omacha would have been labelled as a pure pedophile anime if we only considered the 2 first episodes. You never know when surprise might come up.