If there’s one thing I really hate, it’s manufactured drama. Looks like I’m not going to be liking this episode…
What They Say
Episode 11: “I Want to Keep Feeling it…”
Yuuto is devastated when Yayoi tells him to stay away from Haruka so she can focus on her audition. According to Yayoi, Haruka has agreed to make her debut as an idol. Haruka herself seems to be having fun and working hard at the lessons, so Yuuto kills his own feelings and distances himself for Haruka’s sake. Milan, who knows Yayoi’s true personality, notices that there’s something strange going on with this whole situation. Then, Yuuto receives tickets to a live concert on the same day as the audition’s finals, February 14th, from Milan.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
So, operation “Let's Annoy the Audience,” I mean Yayoi Kayahara's plan to separate Yuuto from Haruka is proceeding well, because Yuuto is a doormat. While other people, including Milan the idol singer and Mika try their best to rouse Yuuto to action, he is immobilized, largely because the writers mistake Yuuto’s indecisiveness and weakness in the face of conflicting goals for a genuinely interesting personality, when in fact it is maddening and utterly cliched.
The issue gets forced a little bit when Yuuto suddenly receives a whole load of tickets to Milan's concert on Feb. 14th, the same day that Haruka's audition is scheduled to take place. This would seem to work into Kayahara's plan, as this would keep Yuuto away.
So, it's the day of the concert and Yuuto is at Milan's concert, far away from the audition hall. The evil talent scouts are practically rubbing their hands in glee. In the meantime, Mika and the Maid Squad have been looking into the evil talent scouts’ company and have found out some interesting things. Things that gain the attention of another party as well.
But the real push comes from Milan, who goes so far as to make a nice little speech about choices and dedicates her next song to a certain “stupid obstacle.” When you see the word stupid (and hear baka in the Japanese), it’s pretty obvious who it is referring to. So, Yuuto goes and storms into the audition hall, and we get a speech that seems like the writers watched the movie The Graduate one too many times.
In the end, the day is saved, though not by Yuuto. Instead, it was an ending that I saw coming about, oh, fifteen minutes before it did. Predictable writers are predictable. So, we end with justice being served, and lots of mushy stuff.
There is a resolution to the “Is Haruka going to become an idol?” story. Whether that resolution is satisfying or not really depends on how you like predictability. At least the writers did not drag out this inane storyline. About the only highlight was the speech by Milan the idol singer, but it sounded slightly odd coming from her, a speech about choices and other paths that one might have followed in life. And how is it that all manner of cajoling could not rouse Yuuto out of his indecisive stupor, but just one little, not particularly good, pop melody and a short speech from a pop singer suddenly awaken his true feelings and courage? Sure. Right. Okay. Bring on more cliches.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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