(Image yoinked from good ol’ Sakugabooru. Also, apologies to those who have slower connections that just got wrecked by this post and didn’t have the benefit of my Twitter announcement to warn them beforehand. Your sacrifice will not be in vain. Maybe.)
I am probably the worst person to come out of The Idolmaster a fan of the show. I don’t really care about any of the songs all that much; even now, I can’t really recall any of them off the top of my head. (I don’t spend all that much time in my days listening to music, so this is probably my deficiency.) Neither do I have all that much interest in parlaying my enjoyment of the anime into playing the video games or anything like that. Though I do appreciate that moment at SakuraCon earlier this year when I saw some Idolmaster girls dancing with burgers on their hands. That was pretty cool.
But The Idolmaster was one of several anime I watched with a good friend of mine this year, and I definitely enjoyed it enough to look forward to more. Maybe the movie will be here eventually. Who knows?
There are moments of good drama in The Idolmaster, but I enjoyed the silly, fun stuff the most because this show is just so damn exuberant when it wants to be. (Which is often!) I mean, just look at that gif at the top. (If, you know, it hasn’t totally fucked your computer.) That’s some fuckin’ showmanship, y’all. I liked plenty of episodes, but episode 8 is still the closest to my heart. Makoto looking classy as hell and throwing down with bodyguards? Yes. Azusa getting caught up in wedding misunderstandings and wandering lost through the city, helping many people out along the way? Double yes. It’s a silly charmer of an episode that reminds me of old Hollywood in a way. Maybe it’s the elegance and grace with which Azusa carries herself. One would think she really could solve every problem in the world simply by fluttering around everywhere and being herself.
But, again, there’s also the world’s classiest battler Makoto brawling on a rickety ladder. Old Hollywood could have used some of that, too.
(Also close to my heart: the bits in later episodes where the girls star in extended trailers for a super robot movie and a yakuza flick, both of which I WOULD LIKE TO SEE VERY MUCH, THANK YOU)