Wake Up Girls! Episode 3: Be my Sunshine
It was nice to have a somewhat breather for Wake Up Girls! after their streak of bad luck. Today’s episode revolved around Minami as she quickly became a favourite out of the entire group during the three minute variety program. The girls were divided in two groups: The Gourmet Program (Nanami, Mayu, Minami), and the Weather Report (Kaya, Airi, Yoshino, Miyuu). Since Minami absolutely loves food, the Gourmet program was a piece of cake. However she soon came to a roadblock when the director asked her to expand her vocabulary instead of saying how it is ‘Good’ all the time. I was surprised that she never said, ‘Delicious’ or, ‘Yummy’ or ‘Tasty’ but instead went with ‘Meow’ which for the better ended up being a hit. One of the things we learned about her today is that she actually has stage-fright. It’s funny because there has never been that implications, but Minami tells Mayu (who is just as surprised) that the protection charm (given to her by Isokawa) helps her overcome that fear. Speaking of Isokawa, it was so nice to see the elderly be so cute and supportive of Minami. They consider her as the Sun because she is so radiant and makes them happy. So they made an adorable yellow banner to bring to Wake Up Girls! special stage concert. It was a sad moment to hear that Isokawa d had to be taken to the hospital, I really felt for Minami during that scene. But most of all, I respect President Tange (when she’s not running off with their money) for not getting angry at Minami when she said she couldn’t make it to the concert. It shows a shred of humanity is this greedy woman, and it makes me feel a lot better that she is managing them for real this time. Thankfully Isokawa was no in critical condition when Minami went to see her at the hospital, so she was able to encourage her to go and perform at the concert.
While the episode was sunny for most part, there was clouds over Mayu’s head and it appears a storm is brewing. Mayu’s mother is not happy at all about her returning to the idol industry. She claims that Mayu is responsible for her sufferings. Then by the end of the episode, a hardcore fan of Mayu (going by the name of Ota) posts on the idol forum how awesome Wake Up Girls concert was and that he is glad that he still follows her (I sure hope he doesn’t mean it as a stalker- you can never know…). But as result of Wake Up Girls! drawing attention, rather than the anti-fans, something even worse is coming up onto their tails. (I actually can’t believe I actually forgot about this part of the business up till now). That is the Scandal journalists. They are already evilly rubbing their hands together, brainstorming about what kind of Mayu scandal they can scoop this time. After all, Mayu’s history in the I-1 Club will definitely help create some articles that could potientially taint Wake Up Girls! image and naturally put a fresh target on Mayu’s back. That being said, I get the feeling rather than the Anti-Fans, it’s the scandals that made Mayu’s family suffer so much.