What I was expecting: I’m not too familiar with Idolmaster franchise and to be frank I usually avoid them. Idol shows never really appealed to me, but last year I actually sat down and watched one and absolute loved it. Then again, Wake Up! Girls is a bit different from the Idolmaster series, but it’s because of it that I decided to give this a shot. This is me expanding my horizon and not remaining in my closed view of the anime world. I don’t really have any expectations for Idolmaster Cinderella Girls, but I do hope that I like it.
How it really was: The beginning of the episode made me think of two things. 1. I need to stretch more. And 2, the producer reminded me of a story that Kitagawa Keiko told during a variety show. It was the story of how she got scouted and to make a long story short, the recruiter freaked her out at first and she ran away from him only for the recruiter to chase after her. It’s a good thing that he did, since that jump started her career, but it also made the scenes where the Producer here acted in a awkward manner even funnier to me.
That producer, he might just be my favourite character so far. I don’t know if it’s the awkward stiffness that he oozes out, or how he talks and acts, but you can tell that he’s a good guy. He’s just a bit weird. I like him. I like him a lot. Hopefully, as the Cinderella Girls get bigger, he’ll still be a prominent feature on the show.
For the first time watching an Idolmaster show, I have to say it wasn’t bad. I actually quite liked it. So far, we only know 2.5 girls with this episode focusing more on Run and Uzuki, while Mio showed up at the end for like a second. Once she joins, I’m assuming we’ll met the rest of the Cinderella Girls.
Overall: At this point, I don’t really have any expectations for iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls, but I found myself enjoying the episode. It’s light, fluffy, and I had a smile on my face by the end of it. Plus, I really like the Producer. He was awesome! Good first episode. I’ll be looking forward to the next one.