The iDOLM@STER SideM Episode 3
This week, Dramatic Stars are the first among the group to debut! Honestly speaking, I was quite surprised by how quickly we are already seeing them debut, especially this particular trio. Frankly speaking I thought perhaps HighxJoker would be one of the firsts since they already have some experience performing in front of people. And while the Dramatic Stars are always fussing about something (the usual tension between Kaoru and Teru), this week the struggle came from an unlikely source: Tsubasa. Of course the quiet and happy ones usually have a secret of their own, and sure enough Tsubasa surprised us when we learned he is the type of individual who easily becomes discourages after experiencing one failure. Truth to be told though, I honestly thought Tsubasa’s issue was going to be far more serious when the lights triggered the memory of when he failed as a co-pilot during turbulence. I suppose it’s fortunate it was not a major conflict to have to overcome, but regardless the build up to it kind of made it fall short when it was revealed Tsubasa is simply afraid of failing others, more so than himself. The fear that had him choked up was not being able to perform properly, messing up and ruining the stage for his team. He would rather run away than pursue his own dream, that’s how much of a coward he is when it comes to failure – which is shocking to say the least. This is why he gave up being a pilot, and simply transferred to work as the ground crew. All I can say is, “Wow, it’s your dream and you give up that quickly?” It wasn’t like they crashed, or he was fired…
Anyways, this episode pretty much covered that base in terms of Tsubasa not repeating his mistakes again. This had a lot to do with both Kaoru and Teru calling him out and encouraging him to not chicken out. Kaoru, though he had a round-about way of putting it, even said Tsubasa didn’t need to worry because he got his back. Teru told him to think about his own dream and stop being so considerate about others.
Their debut was a success, and their song Starlight Celebrate was good, not my favourite, but still good. I found it quite intriguing how different their voices are to each other, especially Tsubasa’s. I was not expecting that tone from him, but it’s quite distinct! Teru’s is pretty stable, and Kaoru’s is more velvety? Haha, what a weird way to describe it….
While the episode primarily focused on Tsubasa, there were little scenes of Kaoru that did not go unnoticed. That is the dolphin bracelet we saw him holding in one scene, and then putting on in other, before their rehearsal. Kaoru’s determination to make sure their debut a success is clearly being driven by another force. Someone who is related to the bracelet is one of the reasons why he is working very hard to make sure they succeed. With that in mind, I anticipate his backstory in the future.
Random Note of the Week: Are they seriously going to the airport? Dude you know how freaking loud it is at the airport?! How is that relaxing?!