Idol Jihen Episode 2 Review – “Girl S”

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Natsuki continues to prove she ain’t just a normal country girl. She’s an idol daredevil!

(Spoilers in this review

Natsuki, Shizuka, and Sachie head to a town where the guy in charge is allowing various places to dump their unwanted trash. However, Chinatsu, the second-in-command of the Sunlight Party, and her henchmen are vehemently protesting against his activities (to no avail). She also wants nothing to do with Shizuka for some reason.

It turns out that Shizuka used to be part of the Sunlight party, but after Mizuki told Shizuka about the perils of her aura, Shizuka dropped out of the Sunlight party…only to join the Heroine party? I’m not sure why she didn’t bother explaining herself since Mizuki seems like the one who is in the wrong, but whatever.

Even though the Heroine Party wants to help, stubborn Chinatsu says she won’t accept their assistance unless she faces off against Shizuka in a bungee jump challenge (the one who accepted said challenge was Natsuki, however). Natsuki demonstrates she has the guts to jump off incredible heights (and to stand in front of a huge crowd) while coming with an idea on how to get rid of the trash. Well, Sachie was the one who finalized the idea of turning it all to art, but still.

The trash gets turned to art, the corrupt bigshot and his mooks are rendered harmless by singing (once again), and we get to see the nebulous politiican rubs his hands and says some nonsense.

Thoughts on this episode:

  • Communication is overrated. The only that speaks to others is idol trials/challenges and concerts!
  • It feels a little bad that Natsuki is the only one who’s proud to claim herself as Shizuka’s partner. Perhaps it’s because this partnership isn’t set in stone, but Shizuka seems quite a bit more distant. She definitely cares for her, though!
  • As I expected, Chinatsu wins over more idol dietwomen with her guts and determination, but she wasn’t the one who did the concert performance this episode. Will Chinatsu and her henchmen ever appear again?
  • Male politicians all look like terrible people. All of them will probably end up falling prey to teenage politician-idols singing and dancing at this rate, too!
  • I didn’t actually realize that Mizuki is one of the idol dietwomen dancing with Natsuki, Shizuka, and Sachie during the OP. I guess they’ll have to make up eventually.
  • The animation is about average and occassionally ventures into subpar. I wish I could compliment the insert song but it was even less memorable than that of the first episode’s.

tl;dr – more characters are introduced (side characters from the Sunshine Party), Natsuki continues to prove she’s a worthy idol dietwoman, and male politicians realize they are worthless in the face of teenager politicians who sing and dance. I’m guessing the next episode will focus on Mizuki, Shizuka will finally get over her self-esteem problems, and Natsuki takes over the episode. An average/sub-average idol show so far, really.

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As friends? Or…?
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A bit of an overreaction, isn’t it?
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Chinatsu’s cute henchmen.
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Oh, turns out this is Mizuki, the leader of the Sunshine party. Dude, Chinatsu, your leader is the one who caused Shizuka to leave in the first place…
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Her pleasant memories of this town is what pushes Chinatsu to protest garbage dumping.
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Oh, yeah?
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They just weren’t good enough idols, I guess.
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TOP IDOL SHIZUKA
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What a bold declaration.
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You keep saying this phrase.
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What does it mean? c;
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…you know, I think Mizuki is a bit of a bitch, but she looks pretty great on-stage.
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Chinatsu is so petty.
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“Do you have the guts to jum–“
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She sure does!
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I think I can, I think I can…
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As much guts as?
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Wow, that’s a lot of people!
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You should already the answer to that question, sweetcakes.
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Because she is an Idol Dietwoman!
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She’s the main character, that’s what.
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N-no.
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Here we have the main character jumping off the highest cliff/tower.
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Looking like a shounen character as she accelerates 9.8 meters per second squared.
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WHAT
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She’s okay because she’s the main character.
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What Chinatsu saw as she fell down.
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This ain’t art if you’re using such a tacky shade of purple.
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Dude, that dude with the brush has some long, thin legs.
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Grunt work.
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Pretty cushy job you got there, Chinatsu.
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The idiot bigshot’s mooks!
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W-when did the henchmen change clothes?
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The portrayal of men being charmed by idol music is almost accurate yet unpleasant.
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Guess who came to steal the credit? Ugh, she’s so unpleasant yet so pretty.
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NOW YOU’RE EVEN FEEDING HER
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Dude, you suck as a politician.
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