This show is going to fucking explode with Japanese otaku. Yes, I know IdolM@ster is already massively popular and preventing the Berserk manga from going anywhere anytime soon, but I don’t think there is a single way they could have made this any better.
This was about a good a first episode as IdolM@ster could have done. It was a unique and clever spin on the standard opening episode ‘cycling through the haremmetes’ routine. In having the cameraman directly ask the girls why they became idols and other personal questions, it gets straight to the root of each of their personalities, without it coming off as lazy expositionary dialogue. I also liked how they made producer-san totally silent for the entire first episode. All the information I’ve gotten from the games is second hand, but from what I’ve heard, you are the silent producer-san, so the way they kept him silent for the episode served as a good way to make it seem like you were touring the set before the actual series began. The animation suited the show well, the bgm fit each scene. Praise praise praise etc.
And here is where I say “but” and launch into a big auld rant at some minor nitpicky aspects before admitting I like the show, right? Or are you too busy being shocked that I liked IdolM@ster?
Actually let me clear that up: I do not like IdolM@ster. I am merely commenting on why I think this anime adaptation looks about as good as an anime adaptation of the IdolM@ster game could be. The problem is, it still has to come from IdolM@ster. That means it still has to have the same cast of characters from the game. This was like a police line up for irritating female anime character archetypes. Each and every one is nerve-jammingly annoying with scary efficiency. They screech and whine and go “ah moo”, every single one sounding like they’ve got a blocked nose. Each one is overacted, desperately trying to highlight their single character trait. None of these aspiring idols are characters. They’re such calculated moeblob archetypes that they’ve surgically removed any actual personality from each one. Every single one made my eye twitch.
So yeah. Well produced. Extremely well produced. Could not be any better produced. But argh argh argh get it as far away from me as you can!