The main point of discussion in this post is the premiere episode of Idol Jihen. However, there were other premieres of shows on my Winter 2017 watch list that also took place but I did not have much to say about them, so I figured I would briefly talk about them in this post and then dedicate the rest to IJ1.
First of all is Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club or “That other Bicycle Girls Club” anime alongside Long Riders. Before anyone makes this comment, Bakuon!! is a “Motorcycle Girls Club” anime. There is a difference. Anyway the show stars Hiromi, who looks like she may be related to Bakuon!!’s Hane-chan. A distant cousin perhaps. They are also voiced by the same seiyu, Reina Ueda. She’s a chipper bike newb who gets help from the lovely megane babe Tomoe on how to start riding bicycles. And so the shipping has begun. The rest of the episode was just Hiromi and Tomoe getting chummy, heading to school, meeting their homeroom teacher and viewers getting glimpses of the other future bicycle club members. Solid start but as readers can tell there isn’t much to talk about yet.
Next up is Schoolgirl Strikers. It looks to be a show about schoolgirls who are secretly super heroines clad in mecha musume style gear charged with combating alien invaders from an unknown dimension. There is more than one group of five girls each with their own motif such as sexy commandos or angelic maids. Also the main five’s leader has amnesia so the wait for the big reveal of her dark past has begun. Another solid premiere but again not much to talk about.
Nyanko Days…I said this in my Twitter @Yuriambassador, if this show’s episodes were longer than 2 minutes I don’t think I would survive. Why? Look at the above screen. 22 minutes a week of those three. Yeah…the cuteness levels are lethal, unless you’re an internet critic then you’re safe. One of our fellow Nation members and one of my closest consultants, Mr Vampiro, aka cirno9fan brought up an excellent counterargument: Because each episode is only 2 minutes long the show’s cuteness is extra lethal due to viewers experiencing 2 minutes of paradise and then brought back to the cruel harshness of the real world. Well said dood.
Should anything noteworthy pop up for either of these three shows I will discuss them in a post. For now fans should know that I will continue watching all of them.
The time has come to talk about the main event of the post, Idol Jihen.
The show’s main girl Natsuki is a country girl loved by her family and community. One day the new president of the Heroine Party, a group of idol politicians consisting of “Dietwomen” as they are called running for office spotted Natsuki and immediately saw potential in her.
After passing a physical qualification exam that involved running up a large hill Natsuki was given her first shot at campaigning when she noticed a member of the Heroine Party’s opponents, the Rougai Party. Their tactics are the usual political mumbo jumbo we all see on television where they promote themselves as the ones who will lead the country to prosperity but once they are elected they mess things up.
The president knew this would happen so she also had an already established idol, Shizuka Onimura come help Natsuki out by training her and performing a duet with her. Shizuka initially refused but the president…convinced her to reconsider.
Natsuki worked hard to keep up with Shizuka but in the end Shizuka chased her away with harshness. It turns out that the the reason she did that may be because of a past experience where she herself was chased away by her seniors. the reason given was because her aura was like a double-edged sword, which from what I could gather meant that Shizuka was hard to work with and possibly too talented for the senpai to keep up with.
Natsuki did her “bescht” to go solo but was too nervous despite the fan support. Shizuka showed up in the nick of time to help out but was surprised by Natsuki’s incredible aura that matched her own, initiating the shipping potential between the two. The audience that looked down on Natsuki were instantly blown away by her performance alongside the already established Shizuka. Thanks to that Natsuki had officialy become Dietwoman and joined the Heroine Party in the race for the senate majority of Japan.
From the looks of it the show is about the war between politicians and idols. For the time being I will not go too deep into details on the pros and cons of both sides unless the show decides to do so, which it can but if it does not then at least we can hope for an enjoyable idol show.