IDOLiSH7 Episode 13
I apologize for the delay! I wasn’t in the condition the write yesterday, but I am feeling much better now after plenty of rest, so let’s get rolling!
Sogo was diagnosed with Acute Gastritis, caused by stress, otherwise having some rest, he is fine. But color me surprise when Sogo suddenly announced he not only wants to quit, but reveals his father is the chairman of the FSC Group who started causing trouble by blacklisting them. This really irritated me because nothing annoys me more than noble idiocy. The one who really got hurt from this statement was Tamaki… Poor guy. The way he responded to Sogo attempting to quit had trauma written all over it. He was undergoing a major meltdown.
One of Tamaki’s deeply rooted fears is people leaving him, and Sogo was no exception. When Sogo said he wanted to quit both Mezzo and Idolish7, Tamaki absolutely lost it. He started to panic, blame himself and experience a meltdown. Everyone was alarmed, especially Sogo. It actually makes me wonder if Sogo had already intended to tell the the truth why wanted to leave the group. And if not, I imagine Tamaki’s distress was what triggered him to do so.
After this particular event, I do wonder if Tamaki will finally get his act together after seeing Sogo collapse from stress. The only positive thing that came out of it, was that Tamaki felt like he and Sogo were a true duo now, since Sogo finally shared what was on his mind. But there were a lot of times when I thought he was going to learn from his mistakes, but time and time again he proved me wrong. I hope we actually see him put in the effort to be more responsible for himself and his actions.
When we learned about Sogo’s backstory, I couldn’t help but scoff. Not at Sogo himself, but his claim on how he abandoned his family. Oh no. No, no no no no. Sogo didn’t abandon his family, it was his family who abandoned him! And this explains exactly why Sogo had so much trouble opening up. He comes from a family who were adamantly against his (and his uncle’s) dreams of working in the music industry. They chided them, talked behind their back and disrespected them. Hearing such terrible things only motivated Sogo further to prove them wrong, because he knew despite his uncle living a short life, it was a happy one.But as result, he was forced to bottle up his feelings and keep quiet about his struggles. It’s not easy to break out of that kind of mindset, and it’s a habit that needs to be broken.
Gaku confronted Tenn this week by questioning him why he ditched his family name (Nanase), and asked him: Who is Kujo Tenn? However Tenn dodged the topic, and seconds later it was Gaku’s turn to have a secret of his own come spilling out, when Tsumugi thanked him for recommending Idolish7 to Music Festa. But that too was quickly dropped when he redirected the conversation to the subject of cake. Tenn took ahold of that opportunity to question Tsumugi on the reason why Idolish7 did not release their new song. Unfortunately she didn’t tell them why… but while I know it’s better not to say, it would have been cool to see her at least confess it was stolen, and leave it at that. But I think Tenn still got the answer he was looking for. He was already uneasy about the song to begin with, noticing the composition sounded more like Idolish7’s pieces than one of their own. I don’t know if Tenn intends to confront their so-called composer about it, but he did provide Tsumugi a message to relay to Riku: Win the New Artist Award at JIMA, and he will tell him what he wants to know. This is Tenn’s way of giving Idolish7 a source of drive to rise to the occasion.
Nagi was the one however who really gave them that jump start they needed after being bogged down by a combination of bad luck and poor decisions. He went on a date with a top model and did a photoshoot with her for famous fashion brand. They rode the new momentum with Yamato appearing in yet another drama, jumping at the opportunity to do drama’s theme song and with the help of Shimooka, they will be regulars in his new program.
Idolish7 is finally finding their stride again, making sure they get as much exposure as possible. The only thing that kind of slipped under the radar of course of is Mitsuki himself. I do wonder if we will see them address his character this season (positive thoughts everyone, LET’S THINK POSITIVE THOUGHTS), as over the past few episodes, it almost feels as though his character conflict has been slipped under the rug, or (ironically) overshadowed completely by the others.
I look forward to Idolish7 and TRIGGER re-encountering each other once again. They are expected to see each other at the music program Sound Ship, their next live broadcast. I have no doubt in my mind that if someone is going to mention the elephant in the room, it will be Tamaki.
Also, holy shit: GAKU. HE WORKS AT A SOBA SHOP DOING DELIVERIES?! He says he’s just some guy who looks exactly like Gaku, but I am like 99.999% SURE IT’S DEFINITELY HIM. Oh god, this just makes me love him even more…