Wake Up Girls! Episode 7: Test of Friendship


My name is Eva, I've been watching Anime since 2003, and I became a fan later in 2005. I am a passionate writer, so it's a wonderful experience and incredibly thrilling to blog reviews/critics and just express myself about the series.

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4 Responses

  1. omoikane says:

    While I do agree with you Eva in that there was a lack of suspense in Airi’s return AND that it was very predictable that Hayasaka was merely trying to “test” the group, I found that I was more willing to look past this flaw than you do. This is because it may very well just be Yamakan’s intentions in really driving home the “down to earth” feel to this show. Sometimes in life, there aren’t these huge dramatic resolutions that leave every single issue solved. While it may be true that it would have been superior story telling for Airi to come to terms with her more psychological and personal issues(i.e finding her own unique identity in the group), I think Yamakan isn’t really trying to make a well developed story with excellent charaterization but rather an accurate snapshot into the lives of these few country idols. Often times, these personal issues like the ones Airi may take a long time to be resolved and while it doesn’t help the story move along, it’s a rather realistic depiction of human drama. The main point here I feel is that the whole situation with Airi does more for the group than for Airi herself(It is nice to see Airi become a bit more motivated however). At the end of the day, despite the slow pace and rather bland feel to this show(you kind of expected that since this is an anime about an almost bankrupt company in a desolate city like Sendai,clinging onto a bunch of country idol upstarts for its survival), I think Yamakan makes a sincere attempt at healing this episode and damn me if I actually got moved by it.

    • Eva says:

      I agree with your point that the whole situation with Airi does more for the group than for Airi herself. But even while focusing on the realism aspect of the industry is the higher priority, I still think they could have came out stronger. I find when characters are more realistic, I tend to connect with them better, but in this case I felt absolutely nothing from Airi. Not even pity. So because it ends out standing out like a sore thumb, it makes it difficult for me to overlook.

      • omoikane says:

        lol I too don’t care much for Airi as she really doesn’t have any distinctive traits as well as lacking a more complex personality to make up for it(i also dont mind if she was actually cut from the group >.>). The characters do feel quite dry at times but I liked Yoppi’s coming to terms with her own insecurities about being the leader of WUG despite lacking the experience and her own somewhat insecurities of Mayu one upping her as the de-facto leader. There are 2 things that I am just curious about at this point and it is the confrontation of Mayu and by extension WUG against I-1 and the reveal of Mayu’s whole scandal. Come on! I want to see Mayu open up more. Right now she feels like one of the blandest WUG despite having the most intrigue and background development…..

        Also….the music in this anime is sorely lacking……..there are like what 2 decent songs? I know it’s trying to be realistic but for an idol anime….the lack of songs is really hurting it and undoubtedly, this is really an anime that won’t appeal to most people even with the inclusion of idol anime fans.

        • Eva says:

          Oh yeah the music is sorely lacking. This is probably going to be the first “music” anime where i give the OST a low rating.