The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls Ep 6: Expectations VS Reality
Well, so much for an amazing debut for New Generation! Who would have thought it would end up in flames?
I feel like I should have seen it coming, they were foreshadowing the outcome the entire episode. Love Lavia and New Generation performed their debut today on a beautiful stage. Anya and Minami managed to pull off their performance without a hitch and were happy with the overall results, New Generation however… or rather, Mio in particularly was absolutely livid about the results. Her sky high expectations of a full packed audience were ruthlessly crush, along with her spirit when she stepped out onto the stage only to be greeted with a small audience. While all her friends from school have come to support her with the banner they had promised to make, that wasn’t good enough for her- she was ashamed of performing in front of such a meager turnout. Mio had set herself up for disappointment by assuming that they were going to have a jammed packed audience like Mika had for her concert. So when the Producer tells her it was only natural to have that kind of turn out, and she took a bitch-fit claiming she’s going to quit being an idol!
And you know what? I don’t feel sorry for her one bit. Instead I am angry at her for not appreciating what the Producer had done for them. They were the last three members to be added to the Cinderella Project, and they are the first ones along with Anya and Minami to make their debut. But because the turnout wasn’t what Mio expected, she decides to quit? Talk about a slap in the face to everyone else who have been busting their ass off in hopes to make their debut as soon as possible!
Why? Because the reality is common sense. It is funny because when Mika had requested their participation in her concert, I didn’t like the idea. It felt like it was too soon… and while there weren’t any problems then, the consequence finally came around. It was not the Producer fault, it is Mio’s alone. Could he have given them a tip in advance of what to expect for a promo debut performance? Absolutely! But he didn’t think they had such expectations, so it didn’t cross his mind to bring it up. Let’s be real here, I can’t imagine any gentler way for Producer to break the truth to Mio. He said what had to be said in the nicest way possible. Mio says the results were cruel? No sweetie, this is reality, this is how everyone starts. Time to come back to Earth and undergo a reality-check.
I don’t know what Uzuki and Rin were expecting, but they too having a sloppy performance. I couldn’t tell if they were more distracted by Mio (because she made it so obvious that she was falling apart) or the lack of audience. Nevertheless, I more or less expected Rin to be rational about the low turnouts, but when the Producer gave her Mio reality-check, Rin turns her anger to him, so now we have another one who’s angry. I don’t know how Uzuki is going to respond, but I pray that she can at least speak some wisdom of truth because she appears to be the only one who hasn’t jumped sides yet.
While it is nice to finally have some conflict in the story, I can’t say it’s a good one. Right now I either care very little about the characters, or straight up dislike them. Unfortunately Mio has been added to the roaster of characters I dislike. While I have no doubt she will grow from this experience, she is going to have to bust her ass off to appeal to me – which I imagine will be difficult since I didn’t particularly care about her to begin with.
On the more brighter note, Mio’s outburst delivered us a surprising reveal. It appears that the Producer has a trauma regarding idols that he had taken under his wing to suddenly wants to quit. Mio’s words cut him like a knife and you can tell he fell into a dark place. Something had happened in the past, and it appears he is slowly attempting to make a recovery effort from that as the Manager had indicated earlier in the episode: “I hope this project becomes a positive turning point for you, too.”. I have no doubt in my mind that the manager knows well of what had happened, so now it’s only a matter of when we will hear the Producer’s back-story- which at the moment is the only thing that I am looking forward to.